Stamp School: Stamping on Embossing Folders & Giveaway!

Hi friends, this lesson will make your stamps and embossing folders way more useful! I am a bit of an embossing folder collector, I shudder to think at the amount of folders I have on my desk but these are tools we invest in and can use over and over. I mean, heck, why pay $1 for a pre embossed sheet of cardstock when we can buy an embossing folder for $4 and emboss until our hearts are content.  Oh! Before I forget be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the rubber stamps I used from Art Neko, I will pick a winner in a week and this giveaway is open worldwide:)

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Sometimes though, we want more than just a textured paper and many of these designs are pretty enough on their own to be the focal point if a card and that is what we will do today. We will make a card by stamping on top of an embossed image! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Embossing Folder (Birch trees from Darice)
Dye ink in navy and green
Colored pencils
Leaf or branch dye cuts
White and green cardstock (green can be glittery!)
Christmas tree stamp
Season’s Greetings stamp

Directions:
1. Emboss paper then tape to secure it in the open embossing folder.
2. Stamp on paper while still in folder.
3. Ink paper to color the background, use a sponge blender if you don’t have a spongy inkpad.
4. Accent with colored pencils.
5. Remove paper from folder and use this beautiful image on a card!

I really love this technique and I hope you give it a try! You can use this with any embossing folder, just make sure you stamp on the debossed side (the side with the most flat area) and it will work. Remember that generic patterns will give you more of a designer paper look while folder with a defined motif (like the birch trees) will give you more of a finished scene. It literally adds more dimension to your stamp art! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the stamps I used and til next time happy crafting!

Ideas for Embossing Folders & Bottle Cap Brooches!

Hi friends! When I was a kid my mom would mom would crochet holiday pins for me and all of my classmates. There would be Jack-o-lanterns on Halloween and wreaths on Christmas! My classmates loved to see what my mom had in store for them as a holiday approached. Today’s project was inspired by that happy memory, but instead of crocheting a wreath we are going to stamp one and turn it into a brooch that you can wear and as a bonus it arrives on a Christmas card as an embellishment!

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If pins aren’t your thing you can make a hairbow or magnet with your mini creation or just glue it to your card. You can also use this idea with any theme. You could make party invitations with another design entirely for example! Watch the video to learn all the techniques from flattening bottle caps, adding color to embossing folders and looking at your dies with fresh eyes!

Video!

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Take 10% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: PINS
Coupon expires, Monday, December 5th, 2016

Supplies:

Don’t be freaked out over the supply list, you do not need to have all of these things, these are just all of the things I used but you can substitute or omit things you don’t have, it’s cool. In fact that is the best thing about crafting, getting inspired by something and making it your own. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

PS I know this is a super busy week for folks in the USA but I have a couple of giveaways coming up that you won’t want to miss so make sure you check back every couple of days so you can see what I have in store for you!!!

Flower Power Card with Alcohol Markers! Lots of Techniques to Get You Started!

Hi friends! Today I want to do some coloring and show you some ways to use alcohol markers in your card making and crafting. You might enjoy coloring a stamped image in markers but did you know you can also use alcohol pens to stain and dye embellishments and ribbons? Today I will share some of my favorite techniques to get you off and running even if you have never picked up an alcohol pen before!

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Watch the video to learn fun and easy techniques that will have you coloring in no time!

This video is sponsored by and features Color It  markers! Save 10% (on EVERYTHING at colorit.com) with coupon code: frugal10

Supplies:
50 piece marker set and coloring book page from Color It (the page I used is from Calming Doodles Volume 1)
Black & White cardstock
Adhesive (double stick tape, hot glue, foam squares)
Washi tape (optional)
Stamps & Ink (Cling Daisy by Stampendous, stamping ink Tuxedo Black by Memento)

Tip! If you are unhappy with your coloring you can always adjust it by overlaying colored pencils on the marker colored image. This technique is also helpful if your marker collection is small. If you are not sure what mediums are for you and you want to try a bit of each Color It offers a fun bundle with 48 pencils, 24 markers in a carry case and a coloring book!

Directions:
1. Color a section of a coloring book page to use as designer paper. I used a page from this Color It coloring book.

2. Stamp flowers and color as shown in the video using the Color It Set of 50 markers

3. Fold a 10″x7″ piece of black cardstock in half to make a card base. Trim the coloring book sheet to fit along the edge of the card. Cut out flowers.

4. Assemble the card using double stick tape, hot glue and foam squares.

5. If you used black cardstock for your base adhere a lighter paper within the card for writing your note.
Recycling Tip! Instead of writing inside the card, jot down your greeting on a Post-it note and stick that inside, that way the recipient can reuse the card spreading the joy further! Think of where you card could end up! Not in the trash, that’s for sure:)

I hope you try out these techniques with the supplies you have and if you are in the market for a beautiful set of high quality alcohol markers I hope you will consider this set from our sponsor Color it.  Since I first discovered their high quality coloring books nearly a year ago they have been a favorite in the Weirich household (even my non-artsy son like to color in them!) and since then they have come out with more coloring books, sketch pads, colored pencils, pens and markers. They really have crafters at heart and you can tell they love what they do by the quality on their products. Don’t forget to use the coupon code frugal10 if you order to save 10% on everything at Color It! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Try This Plaster/Stone technique!

Hi freinds! This fun technique can be done with the supplies you have on hand!

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And it’s another quick and fun technique that you can use on holiday cards! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Stamps from Art eko, available individually or in a set: Large pineconeHolly, Small Pinecone
Photo paper (any brand)
Water based markers (any brand)
Basic cardstock and patterned paper
Other embellishments: bakers twine, burlap, buttons
Stamp blocks or plastic

Directions:
1. Color a stamp block with light shades of marker, spritz with water and stamp directly on photo paper. Let dry.

2. Ink up rubber stamp using markers to color in specific colors and stamp over dry background.

3. Tear around images and mount of cards. Embellish as desired.

Ihope you give this a try with the supplies you have on hand, happy crafting!

Stamp School: Embossing on Dark Paper and Background Stamping!

Hi friends! I have a couple of fun techniques to share with you in this stamp school video!

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Watch the video to see how to emboss on dark paper and stamp some layered backgrounds!

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Take 10% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: TREES Coupon expires, Monday, November 14, 2016

Supplies:
Cream and Kraft Cardstock
Pigment ink
Dye ink (brown for tree trunk)
Embossing Powder
Peg Stamps: Embellished Holiday Wreath, Fruit Wreath
Other Stamps: Large backgrounds, trees
Ribbon
Punches (optional) photo corner and postage stamp
Scissors

Directions:
1. To create the card base fold a 8.5:x5.5″ panel of cream cardstock in half. Stamp 3 backgrounds in 3 colors of ink. Experiment with different patterns to create fun backgrounds!

2. Stamp or draw a tree on a 3.25″x4.5″ kraft panel. Dust this panel with cornstarch or baby powder (or make a sachet like I showed in the video!)

3. Stamp ornaments with pigment ink, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat with a heat tool.

4. Stamp postage element if desired and punch photo corners.

5. Assemble card.

I hope you try this technique, there is nothing quite like seeing embossing powder charge from a sugary coating to a raised glossy image. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Feeling Froggy?

Hi friends! Tonight I have a get well card I made for my nephew. It is a fun example of how you can use a Halloween stamp for another purpose.

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This is an “old school Lindsay” video where we just make a card with no fancy editing LOL! Enjoy:)

Supplies:
Stamps: The set I had was from Inkadinkodo but I could not find them, these are similar though.
Patterned paper
Watercolor pencils: Spectrum Noir Aquablend
Blender pen: Stampin Up
Waterproof ink
White cardstock or watercolor paper
Blender pen (Stampin up)
Dies: Spellbinders

I hope you enjoyed this quick little project! Happy crafting!

Stamped Notecube With Storage! Gift Idea!

Hi friends! It’s never too early to start making handmade holiday gifts. Here is an easy and useful idea perfect for many folks on your gift lists especially teachers!

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Blank note cubes can be found online (Amazon has them) and they are so easy to dress up with stamps! I’ll also show you how you can add a storage compartment at the back perfect for keeping your pens, markers or peg stamps!

Video!

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Take 20% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: NOTES Coupon expires, Monday, November 7, 2016

Supplies:

I hope this project gets you in the mood for some Christmas gift crafting! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

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