Stamp School #6: Layering stamps!

Hi friends! Last week my hubby and I celebrated 14 years of wedded bliss, this is the card I made him:

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I really like layered stamp designs, also called 2 step stamping, because it is quick and you get beautiful results.  I am using some watercolor and accent stamps from Rubbernecker today. I often reach for their watercolor stamps when I want to make a quick, yet beautiful card. There are a few tips I have for you on lining up your rubber stamps, the most important tip is that you do not have to be perfect lining them up to get a beautiful result. Watch the video to see how I made this card.

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Supplies you will need for this card:

  • Stamps: Rubbernecker, they have all the stamps I used on sale and free shipping over $25, thanks guys!
  • Ink: Black (Ranger Archival) Shades of red (Memento)
  • Color Dusters (optional)
  • Black Grosgrain Ribbon (Dollar Tree)
  • White cardstock
  • Paper trimmer or ruler and knife
  • Frame die or stencil (optional)

I hope you try some of these techniques on your next card. I know many people get frustrated with the layered stamps but hopefully you can relax and give it another try. Another tip, if you ever feel like you are not getting a technique, make the card anyway then set it aside and look at it tomorrow because it will look so much better. You can then tell if it needs something else or if it is great as is, hindsight is 20/20 as they say. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School #5: Winning Ways With Watercolor Pencils!

Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer, we had another beautiful day in Maine! Sunshine and low 80s! I hope you picked up some watercolor pencils because I’m going to show you a few techniques while we make this card:

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I recommend a waterproof black inkpad and watercolor pencils for beginner stampers for 2 reasons: 1. they are very versatile and allow you to have a rainbow of color for a small cost. And 2. Because even if you do not continue to stamp you can use the watercolor pencils for many other hobbies.  I hope you enjoy this weeks lesson!

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Supplies:
White cardstock
watercolor pencils
Butterfly stamp
Sentiment (this is by inkadinkado)
Blender pen
watercolor brush
bucket of water
Waterproof black ink pad
Black pen
Glue
Optional

BTW  If you don’t have a waterbased blending marker just use a paintbrush dipped in a 50/50 water glycerin mix (glycerin is available at the drug store.)

Let me know how these techniques work for you! If you liked this project please click the like button below and share it with your friends on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter! Thansk for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Just a quick Summer card!

Howdy! I spent the day at the beach today, it was looking pretty sketchy this morning but it turned out to be a glorious 85 degree sunny day! I have to stock up on enough vitamin D to get me through the long Maine winter dont’cha know. I made this card yesterday for the #lovesummerart YouTube collab and it was easy and fun using some new goodies from Simon Says Stamp:

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Supplies:

Stitched Flourish Ribbon Die
My Sunshine Stamps
Happy Block Greetings Stamps
Inks: High Dive, Sunkist, Sunflower
Envelope board
White cardstock
Glue
Pattern paper for envelope and card liner
Spray ink
Blending tool: Color duster

I hope this inspires you to make a quick, fun summery card or at least spend a day at the beach Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Stamp School #4: No-Line Watercoloring with Markers, Masking & More!

Hi friends! I love the look of watercolors and you can achieve the look really easily with stamps using the technique I am going to show you today!

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All you need are watercolor markers (I am using Spectrum Aquas but you can use whatever you want), white cardstock, water and a paintbrush as well as a tile or laminated card (or plastic packaging) to use as a palette. I am also going to show you how to make a mask so that you can build your own arrangements and make images appear to overlap each other. If you are using a stamp with a prearranged (complete) scene, or you are stamping images that are not touching each other you do not need to mask. It is a really great trick to know though so I encourage you to try it!

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I kinda wish I chose bolder colors for the flowers but when you are beginning with this technique to softer, lighter shades are more forgiving. I used the colors Blossom, Aquamarine, Moss, Desert from Spectrum Aqua (affiliate link to Hallmark Scrapbook, they have the markers on sales!) The stamps are all from the Bouquet For You stamp set from Stampendous. Feel free to try this technique with any open line work stamp you want to use. By that I mean a stamp made up of outlines and not a lot of solid area. So, what did you think of this weeks lesson? Was it too much info for a beginner or could you follow it OK? If you feel a bit overwhelmed just pause the video and go at your pace. It’s just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. Take it one step at a time and you will do fine! And, no I do not advise eating an elephant, it’s just a figure of speech…and I’m a vegetarian. :D Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you tomorrow with an easy bookmaking tutorial! Til then Happy Crafting!

Stamp School #3: Using Markers to Stamp

Hi friends! Today we are going to use our water-based markers to stamp. You can use any water-based (watercolor) markers you have, even the kids crayolas but you will get better results with a stampers brush tipped marker but use what you have! Today’s video is sponsored by, and features stamps from ArtNeko (formally About Art Accents) they specialize with Asian themed stamps, papers and embellishments and their designs have a timeless elegance that never goes out of style. ArtNeko has a special for Stamp School attendees, 10% off ANY order or free shipping on orders over $50, which ever is greater, they will refund you the discount if you mention The Frugal Crafter when you order.The stamps I am using today are from the Marine 1 set.

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All you need is white cardstock, markers and adhesive. You might want to try stamping on glossy photo paper if you have any and you also might want a small paintbrush and water if you need to fix any stamped areas. Let’s get on to this weeks lesson on Using markers to stamp!

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Here is a look at the difference between stamping on the glossy photo paper and the plain cardstock. The photo paper is on the bottom. Be careful using clear stamps on photo paper, do not leave the stamp on the paper long or the paper might stick to the stamp for good!

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks Stamp School Class! Make sure to join us next week when we will do some coloring with our watercolor markers. You will want a “line work” type stamp with plenty of room to color. If you missed the first two Stamp School classes they can be found here. Thanks for stopping by and til next week Happy crafting!

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!

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