Stamp School #7: Faux Layers, No-Template Envelopes and lots of Tips!

Hi friends! Can you believe I am still coming up with projects using white cardstock and ink? I really think it is important to exhaust what you can do with your supplies when you start a new hobby (cuz they are pricey!) and I also think it is fun to go back to basics because us experienced stampers can remember the thrill of the first time we gave a handmade card. Today I am going to show you how to make this one layer card and envelope.

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I like designs like this because you get two cards from a piece of cardstock and since they are flat they do not require extra postage (It’s kind of embarrassing when you send a stack of thank you cards postage due, don’t ask me how I know…) I am using my Memento inks (any dye inks will work) and beautiful stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko. If you order from ArtNeko make sure you mention me (the frugal crafter) to get either 10% off any size order or free shipping over $50, they will give you the bigger discount, they are great that way:) Be sure to check out the sale pages, there are lots of good discounts! Now, please watch the video to learn how to make the card!

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OK stampers, did you learn a thing or two? Will you try this? I hope so!

Supplies:
White cardstock
Ink Pads (memento or any dye based ink)
Peacock stamp
Dragonfly stamps
Thank you stamp
Color Dusters (ink brush or use sponges)
glitter pen (Gelly roll stardust)

Envelope supplies:
Paper, a ruler and adhesive *Special thanks to my viewer Christine (from France now in Panama) for sharing this tip with me!

All instructions are in the video:)

A tip on color dusters, you can wash them with soap and water but they must dry before using with ink again if you want the soft look. I recommend getting one for each color family (one for greens, one for yellows, one for reds etc) so you do not need to wash them, in fact they work better as the ink builds up on them. You can use any long bristle stiff hog brush for this so if you have some kids paintbrushes lying around try them before buying these. They run about $1-$2 a piece. I think Joann Fabrics has them online too. I have even used stencil brushes for ink, video on that here, and it works very well. The point is try what you have before you buy!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp winner and a New Card {And a sneaky $1 stamping tool!}

Hi Friends! First up congrats to Trish Wood, the winner of the ArtNeko stamps from the giveaway I posted last week. If you did not win you can use my coupon code to shop: Lindsay10% and it will save you 10% on non sale rubber. I have 385 entries for that giveaway, holy cow! You like those stamps huh? I don’t blame you, that is why I used their Jellyfish stamp in today’s tip laden video, you will also learn what my sneaky $1 stamping tool is:

Funny, it seems like all of my tips today were about how to use mistakes and push through crafty failure. Doesn’t it feel good to know you are not the only one whose creative mojo takes a hit now and then? What do you do when your crafty mojo is down? I’d love to hear your tips! Leave them in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Aw, heck, why not? Let’s giveaway more stamps!

Howdy folks! I am feeling pretty darn happy tonight! That storm that might dump 10-15″ of snow on us seems to have shifted a bit so snowfall total tomorrow is now forecasted at 3″-5″, I am relieved because we still have so much snow yet to melt here and I think the kids are out of snow days. Of course I only checked one weather site because I liked that forecast LOL! I’m an optimist I guess! I was playing with some new colored pencils and stamps from About Art Accents yesterday and using the inspiration at Oriental Stamp Art I made this card:

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The challenge at Oriental Stamp Art was to use the folded circles on a card. I also had some stamps from About Art Accents to give away, the winner will receive the 3 dragonfly stamps I used (new ones though LOL!) and a $10 gift certificate (Thanks About Art Accents!) I’m going to show you how I made this card. I used a brand-new supply, Metallic watercolor pencils by Derwent,  I’m not sure what I think of them, I’ll let you be the judge:

I think if I look at these pencils not as metallic colored pencils but as opaque colored pencils or faux bleach look colored pencils I will like them more. It’s all about how you look at things sometimes! I wanted to show you the full stamp set the dragonfly stamps came from, it is normally $20 but it is on sale now for $10! And if you have any non-sale rubber in your order at About Art Accents you can use the coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on the regular priced stuff.

I can’t wait to use the snail next, they are so cute and what a bargain, I would not wait if you like them because I have no idea how long the sale will last. So, do you want to win? Well then, just leave a comment and I will pick a winner at random next Tuesday. Yep, that’s it, nifty huh? Thanks to About Art Accents for providing me with stamps to give away and thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Giveaway! Year of the Horse Stamp Set!

Howdy friends! I had another chance to play with my new Year of the Horse rubber stamps from About Art Accents (you can see another project with them here)  and here are the results:

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2014 might be the year of the horse but I can see myself using this versatile stamp set over and over again in not only my Asian themed cards but in general cards too. Watch this video to see how I used my watercolor pencils to stamp and paint on plain cream cardstock. It is so easy!

Here is a close up of the finished card. If I didn’t use origami paper I think the card would have a Southwestern flair! Totally versatile!

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So, now do you want to win these stamps from About Art Accents? Leave a comment and I will draw a winner next Friday the 24th! That’s all there is to it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamping Tips Video & a Stamp Giveaway!

Good morning crafters! It is time for our About Art Accents June stamp giveaway! today I have this pretty crane medallion stamp I used in this card:

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The burlap ribbon I used can be found here at Papermart. The card takes about 10 minutes to make and I decided to film a quick video and share a bunch of stamping tips with you from how to make an embossing pouch (and save yourself $12!), how to store white cardstock for stamping and an easy coloring idea! Have a look:

All you need to do to win the stamps is to leave a comment on this blog post by June 25th 2013, I’ll draw a name on the 26th. That’s it, easy peasy! Good luck, thanks for playing and til next time happy crafting!

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Video Tutorial: How to Marbleize Paper & Eggs!

Here is a fun project you will want to try today. It is quick, easy and inexpensive and what’s more, your kids will love it too! I’ll warn you it’s a bit messy (that’s what it’s so darn fun) but the results are stunning. Check out this Easter card I sent my sister, I made the background paper. I stamped the rabbit (About Art Accents) with black pigment ink and heat embossed so it would stand out on the marbleized paper.

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Looks fancy and store-bought right? Nope, I marbleized it with shaving cream! Watch this quick video to see how, I’ll even show you how to use this technique with eggs!

See, told ya it was easy;)

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Tips for marbleizing eggs:

  1. I recommend you use blown out eggs, you can use hardboiled eggs 
    (swap out the liquid watercolor for food coloring) but I worry the shaving cream might give the eggs a soapy taste.
  2. White eggs (or wooden eggs painted white) will show the technique better (but since I raise free-range hens that lay brown eggs-and cannot bring myself to buy factory farmed white ones-I used those.)
  3. After you blow out and clean the eggs you need to dry them. Microwave them 30 seconds ( for a dozen) , then dip them in vinegar and nuke them again for 30 seconds. The vinegar locks the color!

I hope you try this today! It is a great outdoor project to do with the kids to and you can just hose everything off when you are done! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Have Yourself a “Fairy” Little Christmas…{A Stamp Giveaway!!!}

Happy Monday Folks! I had fun stamping a card (it’s been a while, I know!) to enter into this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art. They asked us to make a card that was “Holiday” and “Asian” in theme. Then I remembered that AAA/Art Neko had generously given me the Holly Fairy stamp to give away on my blog and my card was born. Fairy Christmas! BTW, anytime you shop at About Art Accents/Art Neko be sure to use the code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your order!

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Wanna win it? Just leave me a comment (on this post) between now and next Sunday (the 9th) and  will randomly pick a winner on Monday. What a way to start the week! Here is a close up of the coloring. I treated myself to a set of  Spectrum Noir  markers (the Brights set) from Crafter’s Companion, they had all the 24 packs on sale for $24 and free shipping at Consumer Crafts (It was a bad time to be frugal because I wish I had bought them all!)

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I was a bit hesitant because I purchased a set of the light flesh tones at ACmoore when they first came out and they were dried out. I added some denatured alcohol to them and got them working but I was not a fan. I notice, though, that the lighter colors of alcohol markers do seem to be a bit dry feeling but these seemed too dry. I thought that maybe ACmoore might have got a bad batch so for $24 I took a chance and they were all good and juicy and they played nice with my other markers. I had to use a dark brown Promarker, dark red Tria and a tan Copic. I know I need more markers like a hole in the head but I am sorry I passed up getting the other sets now 😦

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Something else I want to enable you to buy…er… I mean recommend are Pan Pastels, I picked up 3 a few months ago (magenta, turquoise and lime green) when they were on sale for $4 each because I wanted to try them. Well, they are expensive but I can see why, I tapped a sponge into the color and rubbed it on my background and WOW! the color blended in beautifully and a tap of color was all I needed to do the background! I think I might ask for some for Christmas…my Christmas list is getting longer by the moment (I also want Santa to bring me a Fire Works beadmaking torch kit!)

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The final touch on the card was a game piece that I saved from Axis and Allies, hubby was tossing the game and there were cute mini airplanes and chips. I like the graphic punch the Japan chip gives and the repetition of the circle theme on the card.

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Well, that’s it for me! I am in the final push getting ready for my craft fair on Saturday. Today is my sewing day. I am making juggling balls, hand-warmers and key fobs. Don’t forget to leave a comment to win the beautiful fairy stamp from About Art Accents/Art Neko! Til next time happy crafting!

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