Stamp School #2 How to Ink a Stamp

Hi friends! In this weeks Stamp School lesson we will make this card:

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You will need:

  • 1 sheet of white cardstock
  • Inkpads in shades if red, green and black
  • Paper trimmer
  • Button and string (if desired)
  • Optional: Paint brush and water/waterbrush

The first technique you will need when learning how to stamp is how to apply ink to a stamp. I know it seems basic but many people get it wrong. Today I will show you a no-fail way and we will create a beautiful card. you will also learn how to make background paper which is a great way to practice and good for scrapbookers too plus you will always have paper to match your project! Interested yet? Watch the video to learn how!

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I hope you are enjoying stamp school, I sure am! Next week we will be sing water-based markers, I will use the Spectrum Aqua markers (affiliate link) but you can use whatever water-based makers you have. The Spectrum Aquas are nice if you want to pick some up though. You can catch last weeks episode on basic supplies here if you missed it. Thanks for stopping by ad til next time happy crafting!

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It’s Useful & Cheap! DIY Desk Blotter for Stamping & Crafts!

Hi friends! Tonight I have a quick, easy, cheap and useful DIY for you. We are going to make a desk blotter that is the perfect surface to stamp and craft on and if you make a mess simply pull out the top sheet and keep on creating! I am using 12″x18″ black construction paper and white drawing paper in mine because the black is great to shoot video against and the white is neat if I am using spray mists because I can use my paper as backing paper or gift wrap later but you can use whatever size and type of paper you like. If you have old 12″x12″ scrapbook paper you want to use up you can make it 12″x12″ and use the back sides of the paper, same if you have old 8.5″x11″ office paper. Make it whatever size you like and use up that old paper you don’t know what to do with. I recommend having a stack of paper about 1/2″-1″ thick to have a nice amount of give for stamping. Watch the video to see how to make it!

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Supplies:

  • Scrap paper
  • Cardboard cut to the same size as your scrap paper
  • Duct tape

If you do not have any scrap paper to use up you can simply tear the cover off an old phone book and use that as a stamping/crafting/gluing surface too, or grab a pad of newsprint at the dollar store and just tear off the top sheet when it gets too dirty. The thing I like about using the backs of scrapbook paper or office paper is that it is likely acid free and sometimes you end up with pretty waste papers after projects and if they are good quality they can spawn more art but really, use what you have. I will have episode #2 of stamp school tomorrow and this is the perfect stamping surface so I hope you give it a try, it only takes a few minutes to make and it is really useful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Peacock Stamped Card!

Howdy friends! Today I have a colorful card using lots of fun stamping techniques!

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You can get the stamps I used from Carmen’s Veranda. You can get the Spectrum Aqua Markers at Hallmark Scrapbook (affiliate link, clicking the link and shopping supports me blog and YouTube channel, thanks!)

Other Supplies:

  • glossy photo paper
  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • Kaliedacolor (rainbow) ink-pad
  • chalk
  • color duster or brush for inking

I hope you see what fun you can have with your stamps, ink-pads, chalks and markers soon! If you liked this project please share it on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter :) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School! A Free Stamping Class for Beginners! Episode 1-Basic Products

Hi friends, I have been wanting to create a beginner stamping series for a long time. Many of us got into stamping 10+ years ago and we built on techniques as new products became available. For new stampers entering the hobby it is overwhelming. This summer I am going to bring you a weekly class right here on my blog and YouTube Channel teaching you the basics of stamping using a limited palette of supplies so you can try it out without going broke. In this first lesson I will go over the basic supplies we will be learning in the class.

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Of course there are many more supplies on the market for stampers and we will look at some of them later in the series but these I find to be the most versatile and useful to new stampers.

Supplies:
Stamps-your choice but I recommend versatile images you can use for many occasions as well as a few sentiments (greetings)
*If you are using clear or cling stamp you will also need a stamp mount (you can use a piece of plexiglass or clear plastic packaging if you want in a pinch)

Waterproof black or brown inkpad, I recommend Ranger Archival

Color media-I will be using these 3 items in the course but you do not need to have them all if you are just starting out, pick the one that you think fits your style more. Look for multi packs to keeps your costs down.

Waterbased markers: A few good brands are Spectrum Aqua, Tombow, Memento, Stampin Up, Letraset Aqua, Pitt or Distress. I will be using Spectrum Aqua

Dye ink pads: Memento, Hero arts, Distress, Lawn fawn, Stampin Up, Altenew or any brand dye inks, the smaller pad multipacks are great if you have little storage space and or budget

Watercolor pencils: Prima, Derwent, Faber Castell, Reeves and others are available. I’ll be using Prima

White cardstock: Any kind you can pick up from the office supply or craft store is fine.

This video is sponsored by Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) and they have a special deal for Stamp School Students:
10% off merchandise (not shipping and handling) or FREE shipping on $50.00 orders. You get either the 10% or FREE shipping, whichever is more. All you have to do is mention The Frugal Crafter to get the deal.

This post also contains affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook, if you click one of the links and then shop I get a small % of the sales and it goes a long way to bring you free courses like this. Plus they have all the new stuff at low prices so it is a win-win! :D

Don’t worry if you are an advanced stamper, I’ll still have my regular stamping videos as here and there, but I will be posting the beginner classes Wednesday nights on my blog through the summer. I hope you liked the first installment and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Fathers Day! Here is a fun card to make!

Hi friends! I just got back from visiting my dad for father’s day, we all went out to dinner and visited for a while. It was nice to get together with my parents, sister and to let the cousins play (my little nephew looked confused when I called his grampa ‘dad’  “Hey, that’s my mom’s dad!” he said LOL! Hmmm, if he does not realize that his mom and I are sisters I probably need to visit more! As soon as I saw this birch tree forest stamp from Rubbernecker at the stamp show earlier this month I knew I wanted to make this card:

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The technique is so useful, quick and fun that I had to share it with you! As a bonus at the end of this video you can see the project that my daughter Maizy made while I was making these cards! She is so funny, she pretends she is makign a video whenever she crafts. Like mother like daughter LOL! :)

Supplies:
Stamp
Ink: Archival black, Tea Dye brown Distress (Ranger) and Lawn Fawn Inks in Green, yellow and orange
Cream and kraft cardstock
Twine
Adhesive
sponges for blending (I used make-up sponges)
wax or clear/white crayon
scissors

Tip, I used a knife to cut a pointy chunk of wax off of the hunk of canning wax, it will help you have control where you apply it. You can also use a white crayon or save a clear crayon from an egg decorating kit too. Any wax will work for this. I hope you give this technique a try and til next time happy crafting!

Thanks Coach! Softball Cards!

Hi Friends! Ahhhh, what a great day! My wonderful Niece Sarah invited my kids and dog over for a playdate so I could wrap up the big long term secret project I have been working on for 2 months (stop bugging me, I really can’t tell you what it is yet!) :D Then we all got to enjoy the beautiful day with a bike ride to the library, a campfire and other fun outside stuff. Thank you so much Sarah for the hours of stress you saved me this summer, You have no idea how much it helped! While I am in this mood of thanks I wanted to share the coach cards I made for my daughters softball coaches:

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Watch this video to see how I made it along with some quick tips that add up to big impact on your card.

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Supplies:

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Tips:

  1. Use patterns instead of plain paper to make a big impact.
  2. Make envelopes first and use scraps to decorate your cards.
  3. Stamp on colored cardstock to save time.

Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

India Inspired!

Hi friends! Tonight I have a card to share. I was inspired by some ribbon and trims that my friend Shilpa from Artyshils Art World sent me (she painted my portrait on her channel, she is an amazing artist!) I also had the Pen Pattern Elephant stamp from Stampendous that I wanted to play with and I thought it was the perfect match!

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Watch the video to see how it all came together-mistakes and all!

Supplies:

As I mentioned in the video I mixed new and old supplies, it’s a great way to inject new life into your stamping stash. My friend Cindi purposely buys new things to work with older product, that was such a great idea/advice that I thought I would share it with you. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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