Bookmarks for Back to School or Tags for Any Time!

Hi friends! I love to stamp on tags! I love it because they are smaller than a card. I don’t worry about messing it up, it is fun and freeing. I also love having a box of 500 large tags in my drawer because it feels like an endless supply and I don’t feel like I have to hoard them. If I run out I can inexpensively order another box from Papermart. I wanted to play with some old shadow stamps (if you don’t have shadow stamps you can use a foam bath block, acrylic stamp block or cut a piece of craft foam or Styrofoam and use that) because that was the challenge this week at Oriental Stamp Art and it really helps to create a cohesive layered design. Confused? Watch this video to see how it is done:

Supplies:

Use your favorite stamps and ink and follow along!

Directions:

  1. Stamp shadow stamp using your lightest ink.
  2. Stamp your focal stamp on top with two ink colors (rock and roll technique.)
  3. Stamp smaller background elements to fill in. Make sure to overlap images to anchor your design.
  4. Apply a stencil to the tag and spray ink over it.
  5. Add tulle to the hole in your tag.

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I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial, now you can make bookmarks and gift tags until your heart’s content! Happy Crafting!

Stamp Giveaway! A Journal Page! Fun Techniques Too!

Hi Friends! I have stamps to giveaway today from Art Neko (formally About Art Accents) and all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment. The winner will get the 3 stamps (mermaid, ladies and boat)  I used on this page and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko!

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This page was fun to make. I was not sure if I was going to make a card or a scrapbook page but I liked the background so much I did not want to cut it down to card size (you can see how I made this background on my Bad Background Paper beads video) so on a journal page it went. Watch this video to see how this page came together:

What do you link of the soda can, yarn and drywall mesh on the page? I think anything is fair game on an art journal layout. The journal I am using is by Canson, the pens are by Micron and the journaling templates were all provided by Oriental Trading Company. I really like the way my letters turned out all wimbly-wobbly by using the template. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win the Art Neko stamps I used. This contest is open to everyone worldwide! I will draw a name at random on Monday, July 21st, 2014.  Also if you happen to shop at Art Neko be sure to use my coupon code Lindsay10% good for 10% off non-sale rubber! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

Use watercolors instead of ink pads! It’s fun!

Hi friends! If you are a beginner stampers the expense of buying inkpads in all different colors can be quite intimidating and expensive! Well, today I am going to show you how to stamp with watercolor paint to make this card:

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I will also share frugal tips on making cards in batches like this:

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To make three cards you will need:

  • 3 sheets of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock
  • 1 sheet of 12″x12″ patterned scrapbook paper
  • 3 A2 envelopes
  • Stamps (this is the Chicks set from Local King Rubber Stamps)
  • Watercolor paints
  • An embossing folder and label die cut and machine or cutting tool of your choice.

Watch the video to see how it’s done:

I used my new KOI watercolors but you can use any brand, even your children’s! If the paint does not want to stick you can rub the stamps with an eraser or if you are using clear stamps a viewer told me that you can ink the stamp first in clear embossing ink and then the paint will stick. I have not tried it but it will probably work! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wanna win some fishy stamps? It’s giveaway time!!!

Hello friends! What an awesome night, we just got back from watching the Penobscot Theater’s presentation of Narnia, it was a delight and the play was done entirely by children, well done kids! My kids loved the performance and it is inspiring to see other children work hard and accomplish things I think, a better accomplishment that beating a high score on a video game anyway. :D  So now I have another fun thing to do tonight, give away some rubber stamps, yay! Check out the beautiful stamps from About Art Accents I used on these cards and envelopes:

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All you have to do is leave  a comment on this blog post for your chance to win. I’ll pick a random winner next Friday. If you don’t want to wait you can buy them here, be sure to use my coupon code (Lindsay10%) to save 10% on your regular priced purchase. I have to confess, I’ve had these stamps on my desk for about 2 months. I really loved them but I wanted to do them justice. “Enough!” I said this week, I’m just gonna play with them, and so I did! Watch the video to see how I made the stamped panels for these cards. We are going to have fun with glossy cardstock.

I had a viewer ask if photo paper can be used in place of glossy card, well sometimes it can, I always say give it a try and see but for the techniques I showed you tonight you need glossy cardstock like Kromecoat because it had a plastic coating that repels the ink a bit rather than glossy photo paper that promoted quick drying. Don’t despair if you don’t have glossy card, be resourceful, look through the magazines and junk mail in your recycle bin. Find ads and glossy pages that are mostly white and experiment! You would not believe the amount of “art supplies” we routinely toss away! Another tip, if you have a copy shop or printer nearby you can purchase Kromecoat for about 25 cents a sheet. Don’t let lack of money stop you from creating, it just means you need to be more creative! Here is a close up of the cards:

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I used a Ranger resist pad of the jellyfish, you might be able to use your embossing ink-pad for this too as long as you don’t get too much ink on the stamp, embossing pads are spongy while the resist pad is firmer. Either way make sure you dry the paper well before inking. The pattern paper I used on both cards are from the Taj-Mahal mat stack from DCWV, I like the mat-stacks because I don’t waste any paper, they are perfect for layering on a 5″x7″ card.

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I hope you found my creative play today inspiring. I hope you try these techniques and I really hope you leave a comment to win these fab stamps from About Art Accents! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Pop-Up Slider Card!

Howdy folks! This weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art was to make a pop-up slider card. Since I have never tried this type of card before I decided to give it a go:

 

FYI the card on the left shows the card with the tag pulled out, the one on the right has the tag pushed in…It will make sense when you watch the video. The blue ink I used is Stampin Up! Brilliant Blue.

It was really fun and super quick to make (like 15 minutes!) and these beautiful Asian stamps from About Art Accents were just perfect. Remember you save 10% on all About Art Accents and Art Neko Stamps with my coupon code: Lindsay10% Ain’t it good to have connections :D Here is a real-time video on how to make this card, see I told you it was quick!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Here’s one swingin’ card!

Well, today I made my first swing (AKA flip-flop) card. It was a challenge at Oriental Stamp Art and I like to try something new now and then. Here is what the card looks like when it is folded, it would come out of a standard A4 envelope like this:

And here it is open, the lovely ATC frame is from this set by About Art Accents, I love the set it is from, there are 9 ATC frames and I use them a lot for scrapbooking, don’t forget to use my coupon code: Lindsay10% when you order to save 10% off your total price!

But wait! There’s more, the center panel flips around to reveal this, again, beautiful stamps from About Art Accents:

 

Here is a video to show how I made it:

Here is the template I promised in the video:

 

Here are the supplies I used but feel free to use a ruler and a craft knife if you don’t have a paper trimmer like the one I used, both ways will work. I want to experiment with making shaped windows. You can alter the template bu making the inner flipper a different size (just change the margins where you cut) or you can even off set the window, experiment! If you do try it leave me a link in the comment section so I can check it out too!

Have a great weekend ant til next time happy crafting!

DIY Lightbox!

Have you ever needed a light box? Chances are sometime in your crafty career you will need a light box for embossing, tracing or as I am going to show you in this video lining up stamped images to make perfectly spaced backgrounds. I have so many little filler designs that came on full plates of stamps from About Art Accents and I always wanted to make pretty stamped background paper but I always went a bit crooked. I used my homemade light box and was pleased with the paper I stamped like the ones on this card and tag…OK don’t look too close, Mine is not perfect per se but better than any other attempt I have made and this was my first try :P

As a bonus if you put a sheet of white vellum or thin copy paper on the light box you can use it to view slides…remember them?

All you need is an acrylic “box” frame and a string of white Christmas lights.  I love these frames, I use them to store wood mounted stamps and projects in progress, I bought a ton of these at a dollar store once and it had been a good investment! I said in the video that I would share the link to the website where I printed my graphs: http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ I used the Square Multi width graph paper and the circular Polar Graph one. There are other grids and graphs to choose from and play with too, have fun! I adjusted my line weight (thicker) to 3px, 2px and1px for the square grid and 3px, 1.5px and .5px for the circular grid. I changed the colors to black for both of them because I wanted to make sure I would be able to see my lines through my cardstock. If it doesn’t look right just try agin, it is free and fast to use. You can even save your grids to your computer if you like. I printed my grids on ink-jet transparency but vellum and light weight white copy paper would probably work just fine:)

Here is a close up of the sentiment I used on the card. All stamps are from About Art Accents, seam binding is from Sew true and the pattern paper I used is from the Kioshi line from Basic Grey.

This set qualifies for the following challenges:  ABC Challenge, Creative Card Crew, Divas by Design, Truly Scrumptious, Bearly Mine, Everybody-Art-Challenge, Cupcake Craft, Ooh La La Creations,  and the tip challenge at Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS if you want a more detailed tutorial on dry embossing with a lightbox you can read Carla’s tutorial here.

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