Little Stamps can make Big Flowers!

Want to make a big impact with your tiny peg stamps? Today I’ll show you how! Any flower peg stamps can be used for these techniques so raid your stash. Otherwise I’ll link the stamps (and options) I used below. This technique has many options for creating multi blossom flowers, trees and plants so brainstorm other ways to use this idea!

Watch the video to see how easy it is!

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Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Cut a sheet of heavy Kraft cardstock to 7”x10” and fold in half to make card. Save scraps to stamp on sentiment later. Cut 4.25”x5.5” white panel for stamping.
  2. Draw stem and flower shapes lightly with pencil on white cardstock.
  3. Fill in drawn shapes with lots of stamped flowers. Stamp a couple of times each time you ink up so you will get a variety of tones in the flower.
  4. Stamp leaves around flowers.
  5. Draw in stems and ink background if desired.
  6. Stamp and emboss Happy Birthday sentiment, trim and assemble card.

Have a look at your small flower stamps and make some big ones! Happy crafting!

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You have time to make these cards before you need them!

Hi friends! Today we are making some fun alcohol marker colored cards. You can adapt the technique for any theme card you want but I am getting a start on my Christmas Cards.

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies (Affiliate links may be used)

If you plan on any time consuming coloring on your holiday cards try and pick away at it early so you can spend your time enjoying the holidays and not stressing over your cards. Happy crafting!

House Mouse Halloween Card and Popular Markers are Back! {Ohuhu Brush Marker Review}

Hi friends! Last spring I got a chance to try out the new Ohuhu Brush markers. I posted a review on YouTube as soon as they were released but they sold out in a couple of hours so I decided to wait to post the review to my blog until they came back in stock. Today they are back in stock and available in the original 48 color pack and a new 72 color pack. The 72 color pack has all of the colors from the 48 set and both sets contain a colorless blender (in addition to the 48 or 72 colored markers) so don’t buy them both unless you want doubles. I tried out the new markers and they are just as good as the ones I got in the spring and I will post the full review below but first I have a new card for you!

Watch the video to see how I colored the image and how I tint embellishments to match my coloring!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

Ohuhu Brush Marker Review

Ohuhu has made a huge splash on the marker scene by coming out with really affordable marker sets over the past couple of years. The ink is smooth, the nibs resilient and the customer service is excellent! So when rumors that they were working on a brush tip version started to surface the art community got really excited. I had the privilege to get a set a couple of months prior to their release and I have been using them a lot. You have probably seen sneak peeks in some of my cardmaking videos, Today I am going to give you the lowdown on these markers!

Details

  • Available in 48 and 72 color packs with an additional colorless blender per pack. The 72 color set contains the original 48 colors plus an additional 24.
  • Brush and chisel tip
  • Nice carrying bag
I took a quick photo of my swatches for both sets, the 72 set contains more grays and pastel shades.

Pros:

  • Price Under $1 per marker with the 48 color set at .73 per marker ($34.99 set) and the 72 set at .97 per marker ($69.99 set)
  • Nice well rounded color selection
  • Brush tip is juicy and great for blending and laying in lots of ink
  • Reversible brush tip, if it gets worn flip it around to double the nib life.
  • Smooth ink laydown, not patchy
  • Works well with the classic Ohuhu markers
  • I recommend this for coloring and blending for stampers and artists (not brush lettering as the nib is a bit stiff)

Cons:

  • The color numbering system is not the same as the classic chisel/bullet Ohuhu markers
  • The material the brush tip is made of is the “felty” materials instead of the “foam-spongy” feeling materials and in my experience the felty material frays eventually especially if you let it go dry or press on the nib too hard. *but the brush nib is reversible so you can flip it around if it frays.
  • Nib is not very flexible and I fear damaging it if I tried flexing it. I would not recommend this for brush lettering.
  • Also with these types of tips (not on these Ohuhu markers because I have not had them very long) I have had desalinization where the salts from the ink leech up through the brush tip and make the marker look gross. To remedy that I add alcohol on the tip to dissolve the ink and salt back into the marker. Edited to add I have been using the 48 set for 7 months and have not had that happen.

Bottom Line:
These are a great budget brush tip marker if you get them for $1 a piece or less. The brush nibs are not going to last as well as a Copic but you can pull out the reversible nib and insert it in the other way around for a longer life. The nibs will definitely last as long as the ink in the marker. I have been using them 2 months and have not had any issues but I recommend keeping them capped when not in use and not storing them in hot dry areas (like on a shelf near a heater) because of drying. I have had markers with tips like these stored in my basement work area with no problem but the ones I keep in my office on a bookshelf 4 feet from a baseboard radiator have dried and frayed. I think storing the markers in a plastic Rubbermaid tote would help with this issue too. These markers are a lot of fun and easy to use. The quality isn’t up there with Copic or other foam-rubber-like tip marker but neither is the price and if you are looking for an affordable brush tip marker you can’t beat it!

Fall Fireplace

This card combines lots of stamps and techniques in a new way to create a cozy Thanksgiving card.


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you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Stamp fireplace in a very light ink so you will know where to stamp your other elements.
  2. Stamp fire, pumpkins, garland and wreath over fireplace. *Use the compass and pencil to draw a circle for the wreath before stamping. Use fall colored inks for solid designs and brown for designs you have to color.
  3. Color and mask pumpkins.
  4. Stamp fireplace again with brown Versafine Clair ink over the image. Use a stamp positioner if you can’t line it up well by sight.
  5. Ink and stencil background if desired,
  6. Heat emboss “Happy Thanksgiving on a scrap of cardstock and mat with peach cardstock and assemble card as shown. Decorate with eyelets or other embellishments if desired.

Happy Crafting!

Whoo’s Ready for Fall!

Hi friends! Today we are making a stamped card with alcohol marker coloring and rub-on transfers.

There are lots of techniques and ideas in this seemingly simple card, watch the video to see!


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Supplies:

Thanks for stamping with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Brush Lettering Tricks (anyone can do!)

Hi friends! Today I have some tips to make your handwriting pretty enough for the front of the card!

Best of all you don’t need to have a huge collection of sentiment stamps to make a thoughtful card. Watch the video to see how!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Working directly on your card (or a separate panel as we did for the embossed card) lay a stip of masking tape wher you want your sentiment to be.
  2. Stamp your images overlapping the tape.
  3. While the tape is still on lay a strip of ⅛” score tape right next to each edge of the masking tape but don’t peel off the backing.
  4. At this point on the dark cardstock you want to remove the masking tape and score tape backing and sprinkle on gold embossing tinsel and heat set.
  5. Remove the masking tape and print, or write your sentiment as neat as you can using big letters with a fine tip pen. Then use a brush tip pen to go over the letterns pressing on the down strokes. Use a bright dye based marker on white cardstock and a metallic on dark cardstock.
  6. On the white card add accents wto the lettering with a Quickie glue pen. Remove the backing on the score tape and sprinkle with red glitter.
  7. If you worked on a separate panel mount it to a card base.

You can change up the stamps, inks and glitter colors to suit your style! Give it a try and til next time happy crafting!

Simple Sushi Cards!

Hi friends! Today I want to share the cards I made for my teen twin daughters birthday last week.

This is a pretty simple video, you probably know all of this stuff but if you want to visit for a bit and see how it went together here is the video!

*Note: Affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook are used. They have the lowest prices on popular stamps, check there first if you are looking for something, plus the owner is super nice!

Supplies:

Something that I wanted to mention about is that you do not have to make a card all at once. There is no race. You can stamp out a bunch of images and then color them as you want. You can get a lot done in 10 or 15 minutes while you are waiting for an appointment. Or maybe you are having a “lazy day” and you just want to cozy up on the couch and watch Netflix, well, grab your markers and color too! I love lazy days! You can save all of your colored images in an envelope and then knock out a bunch of cards all at once. This is really good if you send Christmas cards because you can pick away at the time consuming coloring at your leisure and ENJOY it rather than feeling rushed at the last minute. It’s something to think about anyway:) Happy crafting!

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