Low Waste Cards & Envelopes! {Stamp School}

One of the best ways to make cardmaking an affordable hobby is to waste less and use up your supplies. Also try to think of all the different ways you can use a stamp set because it brings down the per-use-cost of that particular set. When you make several cards at a time you can save time, make use of a variety of scraps, and maybe use up a pack of embellishments so there are no odd-ball leftovers that will be tough to find a use for.

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I probably should have made a couple more cards so I would have had a couple more paper patterns to work with and also used up the rest of the cat buttons but as they say hindsight is 20/20. The key to this low waste cardmaking is making an envelope first and using the scraps to decorate your cards. It is a simple plan and the best part (besides having a few new cards on hand) is you won’t have to spend a lot of time filing (or feel bad throwing away) scraps when you are done. Oh! And not having to find or make an envelope when you are ready to mail it is a bonus too:) Since I sell my cards in a retail space I rent I am going one step further and packing them up for sale as soon as I am done. I am really hoping I can stick to that habit after spending 4 hours last week packaging all of the cards I had sitting in my studio.

After making 2 cards these were my scraps:

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I probably could have stamped 2 images on one piece of photo paper but then I might not have had enough room to die cut the images. Nobody’s perfect:) Besides, this 4″x6″ photo paper no longer feeds into my printer so it is a way for me to use it up! Watch the video for a full tutorial. If you want to make a larger batch of cards just multiply the supplies and make all of your envelopes first so you can mix and match your leftover papers. Working from a collection (or coordinated value stack) of papers makes mixing and matching effortless and fun! Plus it is a great way to use up those stacks of scrapbook paper that are so hard to resist on sale at the craft store!

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Supplies (and low waste cutting directions)

  • Cats Stamp set
  • 2 sheets of decorative scrapbook paper that coordinate * Make envelopes first with a template (I used a Kreatalope by Greensneakers) or trim the paper to 8″x8″ and fold around card as shown in the video. The scraps will be used for matting layers on the cards.
  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ heavy cardstock *Cut in half to make two A2 Size cards.
  • Ink-jet photo paper or glossy cardstock
  • Mini brads
  • Ribbon, String, twine or yarn
  • Novelty cat buttons
  • Stencil with small pattern
  • Black and brown markers (water-based)
  • Tan ink pad (optional)
  • Aqua ink pad and sponge
  • Dies (optional)

Directions:
1. Make envelopes from coordinating scrapbook paper and save scraps.
2. Make 2 card bases from one sheet of cardstock and adhere scraps as a layer.
3. Use marker to color directly on rubber stamps and stamp on photo paper. If the ink beads up you can start by inking the stamp with a tan pad then add darker blobs with markers. Stencil in background.
4. Trim stamped panels and accents from other scraps and adhere to card.
5. Add brads, string, ribbons and embellishments as desired.

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I hope you try making a batch of low waste cards today! It only takes an extra minute to have an extra card so it is an efficient use of time and resources and you will always have an extra card when you need it. Happy crafting!

Water Marbling How To PLUS Heat Embossing Tips! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today’s project was inspired by a marbling kit I picked up for $1 the other day.

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The kit contained 6 small tubes of color. The key to water marbling is that the ink or paint you use needs to float on the water so you want a thin oily paint. You can use liquid oil paint, nail polish, oil based model paint and I bet pigment reinkers will work. Try what you have:) Watch the video to see how easy it is!

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Supplies:

  • Peacock Stamp set
  • Mulberry paper
  • Black and white cardstock
  • Paper marbling kit (or any oily ink, thin oily paint or nail polish)
  • Metallic thread
  • Rhinestones
  • Foam tape, double-sided adhesive and clear tape
  • Embossing powder
  • Pigment ink

I was thrilled to see that ArtNeko is carrying mulberry paper! They have a large variety and it only take a little to make a project special. I have been searching for colorful  mulberry paper for folks and was unable to find it until now, enjoy!

I hope you give water marbling a try. I think it would be a really fun to make with kids home on summer vacation. You could even make it outdoors and clip the finished paper to the clothesline to dry! The papers I made in the video turned out nearly as light as the ones I used for the card but a helpful viewer shared this advice:

To keep the bright color on marbling – you should pre-treat the paper with Alum. Works marvelous! -Sheri Havens

Thanks for the tip Sheri! I will share the shaving cream marbling technique this weekend if you want another option. It’s fun to make your own designer paper and quite frugal too! Let me know if you have tried this technique before in the comment below. If you liked this project please share it with a friend. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamping Without Ink! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Sometimes our crafting plans change mid project. When I began this stamping session I had planned to make a bunch of Project Life type cards so I could quickly scrapbook my vacation when I got back but the creative muse had other plans….

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Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, and that is just what I did.  Watch the video to see how fun it is to stamp with water-soluble crayons/pastels and markers and how to salvage supplies you pre-cut for one project to make them work with another.

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Supplies:

  • Stamps: Japanese Marine #2
  • Media: water-soluble oil pastels (or crayons) Waterbased markers
  • White and cream cardstock
  • Patterned paper (Tim Coffee Travel Specialty paper pack from K&Co)
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Waterbrush or small brush and water

Directions:
1. Spritz stamp with water and color the rubber with water-soluble crayons or markers. Stamp on white cardstock and spread areas of ink with a wet brush. Cut images out.

2. Trim patterned paper and stamp on the paper if you want, you can also flick and spatter any paint on the paper if you like.

3. Assemble paper and stamped images on card base. Stamp accent on envelopes if desired.

I love how this card (like many other of my cards and scrapbook pages) uses paper as an embellishment. I love finding scrapbook paper that has lots of elements than can be cut apart and used to decorate. It keeps postage cost down, it is easy to store and if you can find papers that are from the same line they all coordinate so it can take some of the guesswork out. So, the next time you find a project going awry, don’t fret, just go with it and see what happens! Happy crafting!

Stamp School: Colored Pencils & Gamsol AND Liquid Applique!

Hi friends! Today I have a bunch of fun techniques that will add a bit of dimension to your cards and get you using some old supplies!

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Most of us have colored pencils in our stash but they get overlooked sometimes because we have fancy markers to use or maybe because the repeated coloring can be tiring. Tonight I am going to show you a technique for using colored pencils that is easy on your hands and give spectacular results! You can even apply this to your adult coloring books! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Snowman stamp from Country Christmas #2 set (lots of big images to color!)
Watercolor paper (any brand)
White 5″x7″ card
Blue patterned paper (DCWV) or cardstock
Colored Pencils (Colourblend-I reviewed these yesterday on my blog)
Solvent: Gamsol, Odorless mineral spirits, goo-gone or baby oil
Black sharpie
White gel pen
Blending stumps
White Liquid Applique

Directions:
1. Stamp image on watercolor.
2. Gently shade design with colored pencils as shown.
3. Apply solvent (Gamsol) to the image using a blending stump to smooth out color.
4. Tear edges of panel then mount on blue paper and then on a 5″x7″ white greeting card. Handwrite in or stamp a sentiment if desired.

I know this looks like a very simple card but you can apply these techniques to more elaborate cards too! Have fun with this and let me know what you think in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Cutaway Card & Beginner Tips for Scene Stamping and Watercoloring

Hi friends! Do you get confused when you try to mix several stamps together to create a scene? Today I’ll show you how to do it as we create this fanciful one layer card!

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When you are mixing stamps, especially from different sets, it can get chaotic real quick. That’s why we are keeping it simple by using watercolor to tie everything together. This flat card is not boring though, because of the clever peekaboo cutaway we have put on the front so the inside can be just as fun as the outside. Watch the video to see how!

Video! *Note, this is a beginner video so advanced stampers might want to skip around or watch in fast mode:)

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Please note: This is a beginner stamping and watercoloring tutorial. Feel free to skip around if you are a more advanced stamper:)

Supplies:

Tips:
When stamping use your largest images first then fill in with the smaller ones.

Use a big brush for a loose washy look and a small brush for detail.

Dig through your stash for old shape cutters that might make cool cutaways on your cards.

If you don’t have watercolors use reinkers or press a dye ink pad to a place to make a makeshift palette!

I hope you try this technique using the stamps and color media you have! Let me know how it goes in the comments below and share this project with any beginner stampers you know! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Masking, Copic Coloring, Selective Glitter & More! Stamp School!

Hi friends! There is so much good stuff packed into today’s video it’s like taking a class but FREE! Yay! The card we are making is a tad more advanced than we usually make in stamp school but I know you can handle it. Also the techniques I am going to share with you will help you get more use from your stamps and let you create collage and scene images using the stamps you already have.

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The stamps I will be using are by 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!

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Technique you learned today:
Masking
Monoprint Background (With gel press)
Selective glittering
Alcohol (Copic) Marker coloring
Paper distressing

Supplies:

  • Stamps (ArtNeko)
  • Bird
  • Flowers
  • Sentiment
  • Dye based ink (blues and greens)
  • Alcohol ink markers (Copic, Promarker, Prismacoloror others-will list colors below but all you need is shades of each color for blending)
  • Gel Press (a gelatin type mono printing plate, you can also use a Gelli Plate, Stampendous creative palette or a mirror stamp, OR use a large background stamp)
  • Embossed scrap of paper (for texture on the gel press or mirror stamp)
  • Buttons, ribbon or other embellishments
  • Quickie Glue pen
  • Ultra fine clear glitter
  • Kraft and white cardstock (I like Neenah Classic Crest super smooth for stamping)
  • Memento ink in Rich Cocoa (or your favorite color) to stamp the image to be colored.
  • Vintage Photo Distress ink and a sponge

Markers: Tip! If you don’t have enough markers use colored pencils to shade and highlight the colors you do have or use whatever medium you enjoy coloring with. Just make sure to use compatible ink.
Copic colors: E31, E44, YR00, YR24, YR02, R32, B02, B01, BG15, YG03, YG11,
Promarkers: Y635, Y337
Prismacolor Markers: PM86, PM10, PM95
Art Marker (Cheap pack of 24 available at ACmoore) Y42 Bronze Green

I hope you found this in-depth video helpful and you give these techniques a try with the stamps you have on hand. You don’t have to use all of these techniques in one card but hopefully one or two might be just the thing that your next card needs! Thanks to ArtNeko for sponsoring the video and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: It’s Magic!

Hi friends, today I am going to show you how to make a card that magically colors it self when you pull the tab.

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Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Stamp: Framed Poppies (ArtNeko)
Ink: Staz-on for transparency, Memento for cardstock *I used Archival in the demo but staz-on will ensure no smudging.
Transparency film
White cardstock
A2 card or 5 1/2″x4 1/4″ cardstock folded
patterned paper
Ribbon
Washi tape
Punch (circle or fancy shape)
Dry adhesive (ATG gun)
Stamp positioner
Coloring medium: Chameleon pens, Watercolor pencils and blending pen

Measurements
Cut the cardstock and transparency for stamping on to 3″x4 1/4″
Card sleeve: 5 1/2″x8 1/2″ (then fold in half)
Divider: 5″x4″ (then cut a 1/2″ strip off the bottom for stopper)

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I hope you give this card a try, it is a bit tricky but so fun when it is done! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School 17: Simple Silhouettes!

Hi friends! If you have never made a card before OR need a quick elegant card OR want to learn how to use tricky silhouette stamps this lesson is for you!

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Silhouette stamps make a big impact and they can make a quick card too since you don’t need to color anything in. They are also very versatile, if I took this gingko tree silhouette stamp and heat embossed it in white iridescent powder on silver cardstock it would be an elegant wedding card. You can also use any colors to completely change the look for any occasion. Silhouettes equal quick but it can be a bit tricky getting the ink to transfer properly. I will help you overcome that with this video! The stamps I am using today are from our sponsor Art Neko, mention “Thefrugalcrafter” to save 10% on any order or get free shipping on orders over $50. You can use whatever discount is greater!

Now, even pros make mistakes, after I made this card I realized that the bottom clump of leaves was a separate stamp on the plate LOL! You are actually supposed to cut that stamp off so you can stamp on more foliage if you want. Well, I still think it looks great!

Supplies:
Cardstock in black and shades of green (or color of your choice)
Ink in black and green (or color of your choice)
Stamps: Bonsai Tree Silhouette, Leaf
Ribbon
Round paper clip

Directions:
1. Stamp focal image on colored cardstock that is the same color as card base.
2. Cut a piece of black the same size as stamped panel.
3. Layer a lighter shade of the same color of card on the card base, then adhere the back piece and then offset the stamped panel.
4. Cut a slit for the ribbon 1/2″ from the bottom of the card, insert the ribbon and wrap around card and tie the ends to a round paperclip.

Try this the next time you need a quick card. 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!

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!

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