Embossing Powder Fun and a Fancy Fashion Card!

Hi friends! I made this card a couple months ago and thought it was about time I shared it!

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We will use a lot of techniques here, mainly playing with embossing powders and adhesive sheets, I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

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Embossing powders are so versatile and I hope this video inspired you to use them more!

Supplies:
Double stick tape and sheets (Punch Place Plus/Craft Chameleon) Check out their Adhesive Sheet Seconds for fantastic quality at a lower price-basically there might be a wrinkle on the backing paper but the adhesive is fine, why pay more?
Embossing Powder (rust tapestry and gold)
Stamps & Stencil: (Stampendous: vintage labels & Fashion Dame)
Patterned paper: DCWV-Hippie Chic matstack
Ribbon: Burlap and grosgrain
Buttons
Alcohol markers
Ink pads in black (pigment versa color) and brown (memento)

I hope you give these a try! Thanks to Craft Chameleon for sponsoring today’s video and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Colored Pencils & Solvent Tutorial {House Mouse!}

Hi Friends! Today I am going to share a technique that can help you stretch your supplies and this technique work with any wax or oil based colored pencils, even your kid’s Crayola or Prang colored pencils.

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I am using the House Mouse stamp Lily Pad Life from Stampendous. These designs are fun to color, my friend Tracey turned me on to these stamps years ago and I am still adding to my collection, I think they are so darling but any stamp that has areas to color will work just as well. Watch the tutorial to see how it’s done!

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Supplies:
Stamps: Stampendous-House Mouse Designs Lily Pad Life
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Medium: Colored Pencils
Blending Solution: Gamsol
Blending Stumps

If you don’t have Gamsol brand solvent you can use odorless mineral spirits (aka paint thinner), goo-gone or baby oil to blend these:) You can also use clear alcohol based markers to blend the pencils but they do not work as well as the other solvents and it can clog the marker. If you have watercolor pencils you can use a water based blender pen, I prefer a water based blending pen (marker) as opposed to a waterbrush because you can control the color better and it leaves the color on the paper rather than washing it away.

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook and Blitsy, 2 shops that have good prices and selection of the products we use a lot. When you make a purchase through these links we earn a small commission on the sale but it doesn’t cost you more, in fact, I try to find the best price for you:) Tip: Blitsy takes competitors 40% off  coupons so if you have a big-ticket item to purchase check there first!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

3 Quick Craft Ideas for Mother Day!

Hi friends! Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, here are a couple quick gifts you can make!

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Watch the video to see how!

Tip: If you don’t have a binding machine bring your pages to a copy shop and they can bind it for you inexpensively.
This video is sponsored by GraphicStock. Get started today with only $39 for 6 months of unlimited downloads from their extensive library!

Supplies:
Clip art & Graphics: GraphicStock
White cardstock
Adhesive: Foam tape and glue
Plastic binding comb
Tools:
Computer and Printer
Binding machine (an office supply store can bind your book for you as well)
Paper trimmer & scissors

You can make a custom coloring book, stationary and a lovely mothers day card simply using images from GraphicStock. Print only what you need when you need it and since these images are commercial use and royalty free you can even sell the items you make at craft fairs and ETSY! The Sky’s the limit!

Do you have any great DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas? Please share your ideas in the comments below, I’d love to see them and your fellow crafters would too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Mirror Stamping & Brayered Backgrounds!

Hi friends! Today I have a couple of fun techniques for you to try! This will either introduce you to new supplies or help you get more use out of the supplies you have.

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Watch the video for the tutorial! I will list options to get the same or similar looks with other supplies below in case you don’t have what I used.

*Save 10% off your next order of any size at ArtNeko or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!  Visit ArtNeko here.

Supplies:
Stamp (artneko)
Charm (artneko)

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Glossy cardstock (not photo paper)
Colored Cardstock
Kaliedacolor ink pad (this is a blank one, it is cheaper to buy this way and you can use the dye based reinkers you have)
Memento black inkpad
Soft rubber brayer
Gelli Plate

Substitutions!

Instead of using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp you can use a sheet of inexpensive rubber gasket from the hardware store, a piece of soft carving material like EZ cut, a large eraser from the dollar store, the reverse side of a fairly solid clear background stamp or you can actually buy a mirror stamp, they were popular many years ago and now they are coming back in style but if you have a gelli plate or any other of the mentioned items you don’t have to buy it!

If you don’t have a brayer you can use color dusters (or stippling brushes) or sponges to create the blended background. To do this add your yellow all over the glossy cardstock, then add orange on each side overlapping the yellow, make sure to leave pure yellow in the center. Then add read at the top and bottom. You might need to go over the entire panel with yellow again but do this last and then wash your sponge so you don’t contaminate your inkpad. You can also buff the cardstock with a tissue to help marry the colors.

A Warning!

Do not use photo paper when using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp, same goes for high quality photopolymer stamps, I once got photo paper permanently stuck to a nice clear stamp because it bonded too well to the glossy quick dry coating. It ruined the stamp and I don’t want anyone to ruin their expensive gelli plates.

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial and think of many ways to use these techniques. The next time you are stamping a person or animal but wish it was facing the other way you can use the mirror technique and they next time you want a blended sunset you will know how. What will you try next? Let me know in the comments and happy crafting!

Sponsored by ArtNeko.

Sweet Kraft Paper Pockets with Seeds!

Hi friends! Even though I have a “black thumb” I can’t resist picking up little packets of flower seeds each spring. I love the potential of the flowers than *might* grow as well as the lovely designs on the packets. I also think they make a nice embellishment or gift to include in an invitation or card!

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In today’s video I will show you how to make these cute little cards that would be appropriate for Mother’s Day, Bridal Showers or spring party invitations. It’s quick and easy too!

This is a great project to use up supplies you already have but if you want the specific supplies I used you can find then from our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:
Kraft Paper
6″ Paper Doilies
Organza Ribbon
Bakers Twine
Fabric Flowers
Tulle
Dry Adhesive (ATG double sided tape)
Rubber stamps (Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Ink (Kalidacolor)

Directions:
1. Make sleeve/bag from kraft paper.
2. Cover with doily.
3. Wrap with ribbon and twine.
4. Stamp a tag and tie to twine.
5. Insert seed packet and fabric flower.

I hope you are having lovely spring weather this weekend! Happy crafting!

 

Do You YUPO?

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to explore stamping on a plastic paper called YUPO. I was first introduced to this paper 14 years ago and I used it for watercolor but it is really fun to stamp on too!

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You can make really fun backgrounds by wetting the paper or get crisp stamped imaged when dry. Watch the video to see some fun techniques!

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I used the new release from Rubber Stamp Tapestry for my demo today (each set is listed below.) Deal alert! Get free shipping on USA orders of $10 or more with coupon code SHIPFREE16

Supplies:
Yupo Paper
Watercolor markers
Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:
Aloha
Retro Sundress
Bright New Day
Between the Paving Stones
Stars & Stripes Forever
Spray bottle
Small round brush

Feel free to try these techniques on any watercolor paper for more subtle results! I hope you enjoyed this fun technique and try it for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Photo Paper Ideas!

Hi friends! The other day I was testing out some new rubber stamps from ArtNeko and I like to use photo paper to test my stamps on because I have a lot of the smaller size paper leftover because my printer will no longer take it and also because it gives a really crisp impression. I liked the image so much that I decided to experiment and came up with these:

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Watch the video to see how to do this technique!

Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko!   *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
Cardstock
Patterned paper
Dye ink
Fish rubber stamps (Art Neko)
Building stamp (ArtNeko-used with rainbow ink pad)
Fibers
Buttons
glue and double sided tape
Waterbased Markers in light colors

Directions:
1. Stamp image in brown dye ink on white photo paper.
2. Color with watercolor markers.
3. Adhere pattern papers to folded cardstock, than attach focal image.
4. Embellish with fibers and buttons.
5. Make envelope as shown in video.

Photo paper CAN be used for stamping, unlike glossy cardstock which dries slow photo paper dries instantly making it great for dye based markers and detailed stamps! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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