Layered Window Cards! {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! I have a bright and cheerful card for you today but if you prefer a more elegant look than you can change up the window shape and colors for a more subdued palette!

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I tend to need many children’s birthday cards so I figured you might too and it is fun to learn a new technique and have a very useful card when we are done but this would also be pretty done with an oval die and shades of white for a wedding. Use what you like!

Video!

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Supplies:

Follow the steps in the video to line up your cardstock layers when die-cutting. Remember to use your leftover bits on other cards! How did you like the glimpse of my “vintage” die cutting machine? I think I am the only “youtube crafter” using that model still. Heck, if it ain’t broke why replace it? Honestly that is the big reason when people ask me what die cutting machine I recommend I say Big Shot/BigKick, they are rugged beasts even after 10 years of daily use! I hope you enjoyed this project and til next time happy crafting!

Elegant & Easy Foiled Cards!

Hi friends! I’m back from a 2 day field trip with my kids’ school band and chorus trip. We got back in the wee hours of the morning, slept then went to a girl scout fundraiser.  We are all a bit tired. I hope you are having a fun, even if it might be tiring, weekend too! Today I wanted to share a simple, inexpensive way to add a bit of foil to your cards.

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Foiling has become very popular lately and many crafters have even bought special machines to do it with but this method only take a glue pen and some double stick tape. Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies

Directions:
1. Place masking tape on card on the bottom 1/3 of paper.
2. Stamp design with peg stamps.
3. Press inkpads to acrylic blocks, add water with a paintbrush and mix it with ink. Spatter on ink. Dry paper.
4. Remove tape. Stamp friendship on white space. Add strips of thin tape on the strait stamped edge.
5. Trace over the sentiment with quickie glue pen (go slow!) and let the glue dry until it goes clear.
6. Remove liner from tape and press foil down, make sure the pretty side is facing up!

Tip! You can use a ruler and the quickie glue pen to make the stripes if you don’t have scor-tape, jut keep making more parallel lines until you have the thickness you want.

You can also try this technique with gold leaf so if you have that in your stash give it a try! Gold leaf is better on bold designs (like the tape strips) than fine designs where-as foil can capture very tiny details. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Coloring Botanical Birthday Card with Frugal Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we will make a slightly over-sized card where we can play with many techniques and dust off some supplies you may not have used in a while:) There are many substitutions you can make while creating this card so I urge you to use what you have! 18527328_10209162046873702_3468856644300664836_o.jpg

 

This card ended up bring 5.5″x7.5″ but you can make any size card you like.  I will share a few fun, fast and frugal techniques in the video and mention where you can substitute products, I will also post a specific supply list below. *Contains affiliate links.

Video!

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Supplies:

Let me restate that you can use what you have for this. I think the most interesting part of cardmaking and stamping it taking an idea and using it as a jumping off point to create something original. No harm will come if you try to make any card with the supplies you currently own and then only purchasing something new if you feel like it adds value and versatility to your supply stash. The fun with craft supplies is in the using, not the “having” I think:) Hmmm, Maybe I have been watching too many minimalist videos on YouTube hahaha:)

So, tell me in the comments below what supply you “made do” with instead of “buying new”, I am always looking for ways to breathe new life into old stuff like the glitter bookplate I had been hoarding for years LOL! I love to hear your insight. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Mother’s Day, a Batch of Inky Cards & Faux Distress Oxide Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun techniques that gives you the look of distress oxide using the inks you probably already have, in fact it will work with any distress inks. I will also show you how the effect differ depending on the ink pads you use. After you try these fun techniques you will have lots of cool backgrounds so I will show you have to turn them into note cards as well. Boy, we have a lot to do today, don’t we?

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Mmmmm inky goodness…..

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Grab your die inkpads and let’s get to work! (or play!)

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Supplies:

Faux distress oxide technique:
1. Wipe dye inks onto craft mat and spritz with water.
2. Drag white sulphite paper through ink and dry.
3. Smoosh white pigment ink pad on craft mat and spritz with water.
4. Use a paintbrush to flick white ink on the inky paper and sop up the remaining white ink with the same paper.

To make the cards:
5. Cut cardstock to desired card size and score/fold in half.
6. Glue die cuts to paper.
7. Stamp sentiments and accents.
8. You can emboss the paper after if you like!

This project was super fun and I ended up with a bunch of cards, I hope you try it today! Happy mother’s day to all of the moms out there and til next time happy crafting!

Tips for Coloring on Black Cardstock & More!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun project to share using many interesting techniques.

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One technique in particular is coloring on black cardstock with colored pencil. I like this technique for beginners because when you color on black you don’t have to worry about tone as much as value. Here’s what I mean, you can use several shades of blue, some can be warmer, some cooler and they will all blend together fine. Just make sure you have a dark, medium and light color that are reasobly close. I think the translucency of pencils with the back cardstock diminishes the ability to discern between subtle tones so you coloring looks natural! I used several shades of yellow in the parasol and they all looked the same on black so you can definitely get by with a smaller collection of colored pencils using this technique. Intrigued? Watch the video to see this technique and more!

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Supplies:

  • 5″x7″ white card and envelope
  • Black cardstock
  • Embossing folder
  • Geisha Stamp
  • Happy Birthday stamp
  • Silver pigment ink
  • Silver embossing powder
  • metallic thread
  • Stick-on gemstones
  • Foam tape
  • Gelato crayons
  • Colored pencils (Derwent Coloursoft)
  • Versamark embossing pen
  • Pearl and glitter acrylic paint (Turner Acryl Gouache in Lavender Pearl and Pink Lame’)

 

I am a big fan of investing in tools, coloring media and basic cardstock especially if you are starting out. A stamp and embossing folder can be used over and over and plain solid cardstock never goes out of style. Today I didn’t have a pattern paper in the lavender and aqua shades that I wanted so I used gelatos and paint to get what I needed instead of making a trip to the store. Always see if you have some coloring media or tools on-hand to DIY the perfect supply. The best thing about it is no one will make exactly the same cards as you! I hope you enjoyed this project and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Ombre Backgrounds Using Mini Ink-Pads! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today’s tutorial is going to help you get more use from the supplies you already have and save you some money too!

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I love to make gradient backgrounds with my brayer and rainbow ink pads. I do not, however, like how expensive the rainbow and ombre ink pads are and if you think about it they are kind of limiting in their use. I had a brainstorm the other day: How about we line up the mini ink pads we already have and use them instead of rainbow pads? And guess what? It worked like a charm! If you have Versamark (resist or other embossing ink) you can stamp a design on the paper before inking for a cool resist look. Ready to play? Watch the video to see how!

Video!

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Supplies:

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Tips:
1. Make sure the Versmark ink is dry before you brayer on the ink.
2. Use dye inks for for brayering over resists.
3. Tack down your inkpads to a stamp block for easy of use. I used poster putty for this (AKA blue tack)
4. If you are using regular cardstock or photo paper keep in mind that the Versamark Watermark pen will not work, go for the Versamark pad.

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I hope you give this a try, and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

 

Lovely, Easy & Frugal: Chalk Cards {Stamp School!)

Hi friends! If you have some chalk in your craft stash I encourage you to try this tutorial!

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You are going to want decorator chalks (they come individually or in a palette like eye-shadow) or chalk pastels, not chalkboard chalk for this technique. You will also need something to apply the chalk with, I used daubers from Darice but I also like to use small white pon-poms, Q-tips or even make-up sponges. If you have tried something else that works let me know in the comments!

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Supplies:

Directions for applying chalks:
1. Stamp image with Versamark ink.
2. Dab on chalk with a sponge, pom-pom or q-tip
3. Rub with applicator to set. You can wipe off excess chalk with a tissue.

You can also use this technique with mica powder too, simply brush it over the clear stamped image with a soft brush and the shiny stuff will stick to the wet ink and leave a pretty shimmy design, it works best on black cardstock. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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