Fun Watercolor Powder Backgrounds & Sourdough Update!

Hi friends! Today we are going to dive into the world of watercolor pigment powders. They have been around for a few years so if you like to keep up with the trends chances are you might have purchased some of these in the past. I hadn’t seen many people using them lately so I thought it would be a good time to take them for a spin again!

Watercolor pigment powders are made by many companies, today I’ll use a variety including Colourcraft’s Brusho, Ken Oliver Color Burst, Magenta’s Nuance Powder, Cosmic Shimmer and Infusions by Paper Artsy. Any of these brands will work for today’s techniques. You can even use fabric dyes but you want the kind that have the mordant (salts or soda ash) separate. I have had good luck with Tye-Dye kits but bad luck with Rit as it has the salt crystals in it and it keeps the color from reacting as intensely. I prefer the powders that use multiple colors like the Paper Artsy Infusions do but you might like others. There are a lot to choose from!

I made more backgrounds than I did cards but that’s OK, they will keep. I cut all my paper to layering size (4″x5 1/4″) prior to working so when dry they will go into my paper storage, You might remember a couple of weeks ago I cut all my scraps down made lots of serendipity papers in that size. I’m telling you, cutting down my scraps was the best thing I ever did for cardmaking, I can make a card in no time now and the bins of paper are so inspiring to look at!

So, are you ready to get inky? A few tips before you begin:

  • Cover your workspace with plastic or a craft mat that will wipe clean. This will stain.
  • Wear gloves or be prepared to have multi colored hands for a day or two.
  • Pre cut all paper prior to beginning, Watercolor paper or bristol works the best with the watercolor powder but any thick white paper will also work, expectantly with the texture paste technique.
  • Create a space for the paper to dry, these will take a few hours to try so I usually do a project like this at the end of the day and leave them over night.
  • These powders are really fine and can easily be airborne so you might want to wear a mask (and nowadays we all seem to have them!

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I think projects like this are perfect when you have a couple of hours but you don’t really know what you want to do but you still want to be creative. There is no pressure for perfection and you are making so many little backgrounds that if you have a couple of duds it’s no big deal. It’s only a piece of paper! You could even stamp, stencil or gel print on any dud so there doesn’t have to be any waste. What was your favorite technique?

Sourdough Bread Update!

I made my first sourdough loaf yesterday and it was a hit! I used a King Arthur Flour sourdough bread machine recipe on the longer rising French bread setting and it was good but didn’t rise as much as it should have. I am experimenting today with the beginner sourdough loaf recipe from TheKitchn because that is where I got the starter recipe from and since it makes 2 loaves I am going to do one loaf (in a loaf pan) risen slowly overnight in the fridge and the other as a round artisan loaf (because I only own one loaf pan LOL!) risen at room temperature so I can serve it with dinner tonight. Both of those recipes require a small amount of baking yeast so it’s not a 100% true sourdough but my starter is only a week old and I am new at this so I am giving myself a break. I must say I enjoyed the crusty heel slice of yesterday’s bread toasted with Margarine today much more than the slice I had yesterday. The kids were disappointed that it was gone! I don’t think I am going to have a problem with discard starter in this family the way they like to eat bread around here! Anyway, that’s what’s going on in my neck of the woods:)

Happy crafting!

It’s OK not to have one of everything! {A card recipe: feel free to substitute:)

Hi friends, today I have acard background recipe for you: Distress Oxides + Color Burst + Gesso = Fun Inky Cards! It is so easy to fall into the “gotta have its!” when we see a new product that we jump in and buy a complete line before we take the time to think if it really suits us or if you have something already in your stash that will do the same thing. Many expensive mistakes can be avoided if we build our collection slowly and exhaust the possibility of a supply before trying something else. By proceeding in this way we can avoid the overwhelm of being confronted with a room full of media we don’t know how to use. Also we can avoid the regret that comes from spending money on a full set of something that we really don’t like. We all know how hard it is to let go of something we paid a lot of money for right? So with this theme in mind I want you to use what you have to create these fun inky backgrounds today. If I am using something you don’t have, find something similar. If you want to try the exact stuff I am using (like a Distress Oxide ink pad or gel printing plate) just try a couple of your favorite colors and see how they suit you rather than the entire line (trust me, they will be there when you decide if you like them or not.) I can hear the protests already “But it’s a better deal if I buy the entire set and if I end up buying the whole set then I’ll have two duplicates!” And yes, that is kind of true if you are really going to use every color, but more often that not you will probably only love half the colors in a line so why buy ones you won’t use that much? You are spending extra money, space and time to maintain these things. If you buy a complete set you might not bother to see how they work with the supplies you already own For instance the Distress Oxides work great with regular Distress ink and I’d never know that if I wasn’t limited in colors and wanted brighter hues. Full disclosure I ended up collecting the entire line (by purchase and gift) because they really suited me. I am waiting to buy reinkers until the pads are used up to make sure they still add value to my creative process. I think we all face the “fear of missing out” and we buy in a state of panic that we won’t be able to get something because it will be sold out or become more expensive but let me tell you if it keeps selling they will keep making it!

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Speaking of fear in our cardmaking…If you are afraid when you create you will be leery of wasting supplies. We tend to collect and hoard and then we become overwhelmed or even worse we forget what we have. The gel printing plate I am using today was a “had to have it, yet to use it” item I bought when it first came out. Why have I been saving it? You can’t use it up. I put it in a drawer safe in the knowledge that I can access it whenever I like but never did. Crazy huh? Just think of the treasures we could find if we just shopped our stash! In today’s video I am going to show you how to mix up supplies and make interesting artsy backgrounds and also how to look at your rubber stamps in new ways to increase their versatility, I hope you play along!

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Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

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Directions: Watch the video and then grab the supplies you have and make some ink backgrounds! Don’t get overwhelmed, just have fun! After all, it’s just a piece of paper!

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5 Do’s & Donts for inky backgrounds!

1. Do try making backgrounds using the supplies you already have. If a new product peaks your interest try one or two colors before purchasing the whole set to see if it suits you.

2. Don’t worry about making a mess or wasting supplies. You can use cheap white cardstock cut into quarters for your inky backgrounds. Then trim and mount the great ones to cards made of heavyweight cardstock.

3. Do use lots of adhesive when mounting the inky papers. You can even weight it with a book if it wants to warp.

4. Don’t overlook the cool stencils in your stash, you don’t have to use polka dots, take the idea and make it your own!

5. Do trusts your instincts and pick colors and images you like because it’s your art after all!

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I realize you may think it’s funny that I am urging you not to go crazy over-buying supplies on a sponsored blog post but I love this hobby and for it to be sustainable we need to find value and get use from the products we buy. If we stock up but never use these treasures it is a total waste. We need to pace ourselves and learn what our own style is (not what the cool crafters on YouTube are doing) or we will end up with drawers full of supplies that we don’t really like. This blog post and video was inspired by some critical comments on my YouTube channel where some viewers complained about the colors I chose for various projects. It’s easy to swap a color for one you prefer and I want to give you permission to do that, or use a whole different product all together. You don’t need to copy a project exactly for it to be good or meaningful, in fact it’s better to add your own style and spice to it! Vive la différence! You do you and it will be fabulous! Thanks for taking the time to read though my long pep talk (rant?) and as always continue the discussion in the comments below. I am really enjoying our conversations lately! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Stamping Fun with Clay, Inks, Stitching & Paint! Stamp School!

Hi friends! I love to grab different supplies to use in my cardmaking. You can incorporate almost any other craft or hobby into your next card making session. Do you like to use polymer clay? Do you like to sew? Paint? By looking at the supplies you already have for other crafts you can stretch your supplies and come up with some truly unique and beautiful cards!

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In today’s video I’ll show you how to combine stamps and clay, make a cute fence without a die and hand stitch on cards. We will also use paint and ink! I hope you give one of these techniques a try in your next card!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: FRUGALJULY17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires July 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires July 31, 2017.

Supplies:

Directions for flowers:
Before you begin get your clay roses made. If you are using air dry clay make the roses the day before.
1. Condition clay and roll into pea size balls. Flatten.
2. Ink up rose stamps with pigment ink and stamp on the clay disks.
3. Bake according to package directions.
4. You can also paint the roses later if you like!

Card Directions:
1. Make a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″card base from kraft. From white card trim a 4″x 5 1/4″ panel and make six 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strips and two 1/8″ x 4 1/4″ strips. Die cut or tear 2 grass strips from green and punch or hand cut a scalloped oval from any color scrap.

2. Ink the white panel with blue using the scallop oval as a cloud mask then ink the bottom with green. Protect the top part of the panel with a post-it note! Spritz with water if using distress oxide ink for a fun effect!

3. Trim the fence strips so they have points at the top and ink with a blending brush and brown and grey ink. Ink edges with a sponge.

4. Assemble the fence directly on the card. Stamp rose vines over the fence. Glue grass at the bottom.

5. Poke stitching holes with a needle tool or tack on a foam pad. Back-stitch i the holes with green thread.

6. Glue roses on card. You can stamp a sentiment and add a bird like I did if you like!

I had a lot of fun making this card and I love how it turned out! Would you use any of these techniques on a card? Let me know in the comments below and it you liked this project please consider sharing it on your favorite social network using the handy buttons below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Backgrounds with Colorburst, Liquid Metals & Rubbernecker Stamps!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share some fun background and stamping techniques!

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We are going to use stamps, color burst powders and liquid metals to create these. You can get everything I am using at Rubbernecker and SAVE 10% with code FRUGAL10 at checkout!

Want to play along? Watch the video to see how this is done!

Supplies:
Stamp Daisy #953
Liquid Metals Precious Alloys (colorful, more transparent), Liquid Metals Heavy Metals (more opaque-better on black), Color Bursts
White cheap cardstock
Black glossy paper (Judikins)
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I hope you try these techniques on your next cards or art journal paintings! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Peacock Stamped Card!

Howdy friends! Today I have a colorful card using lots of fun stamping techniques!

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You can get the stamps I used from Carmen’s Veranda. You can get the Spectrum Aqua Markers at Hallmark Scrapbook (affiliate link, clicking the link and shopping supports me blog and YouTube channel, thanks!)

Other Supplies:

  • glossy photo paper
  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • Kaliedacolor (rainbow) ink-pad
  • chalk
  • color duster or brush for inking

I hope you see what fun you can have with your stamps, ink-pads, chalks and markers soon! If you liked this project please share it on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter 🙂 Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Funky Water-drop Background Technique! {Quick & Easy!}

Hi friends! Here is a quick and fun technique to use as backgrounds on your cards. All you need are watercolor markers and water! Have fun & watch the video to see how it is done:

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Happy crafting!

Grungy Backgrounds with “Blends” and Embossing Powders!

Hi Friends! Today I am playing with a product that a viewer requested a demo of: ColorBox Blends. ColorBox provided me with these four colors to try out. You can follow along with an ink pad and blending tool if you do not have these. Blends are basically an ink filled blending tool with a sponge tip applicator that claims to have 10x the ink of an ink pad. Watch the video to see my first impressions of this product and the backgrounds I came up with.

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So, what do you think? They retail for $5.49 each but online retails have them for different price points and some viewers reported that they saw them on clearance for $3 at Hobby Lobby stores. My thought is that they are fun and would be good for people who do a lot of DTP (direct to paper) backgrounds or people demonstrating at stamp shows but for the average stamper a cat’s eye pad or blending tool and ink pad would probably do the trick and be more versatile. BTW the bubble background stamp was from Lost Coast Designs. I think the brown and black would be handy for scrappers who like to ink edges so they don’t have to deal with an ink pad and potentially inky fingers. I am a bit worried that two of my Blends had nozzles poking out and two did not and I am not sure how they are supposed to be or if I did something wrong to them, there were not many directions on the package. I like the concept though.  Let me know what you think in the comments. You can see the full range of blends on the ColorBox website. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks!

Let’s get a little more use out of out supplies today and use something we already have in a new way. If you use clear or unmounted stamps you have acrylic blocks around (if not look around for a scrap of plexiglass or a plastic block to use) and while they get a lot of use as stamp mounts you can use them on their own to stamp too! Look at the squares on this card, they were stamped with distress ink and stamp mounts. The dragonfly stamps are from About Art Accents.

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This is a fun and easy technique. Experiment with different papers to see what you like best! Watch the video for the how-to and more ideas!

I stamped my samples on glossy photo paper then I stamped a postcard background on green paper and glued it to the back of my stamped photo paper.  Post cards are fun and I don’t send them nearly enough!

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The other sample was done on watercolor paper, a different look, try different paper for different results! Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

Homemade Resist Spray {DIY Goosebumps!}

Happy Monday Folks! Last month while I was at the Heirloom show I saw Pat from Technique Junkies make some fun samples using the product Goosebumps. I planned on buying a bottle (Pat did not sell it or I would have got it from her) but then I got too distracted by all of the other goodies at the show and forgot I wanted some. So I decided to see if I could make my own, here is a project made with my homemade version:

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Not bad and totally fun! My homemade version does not have texture like the store bought Goosebumps spray but the look is pretty darn close. Watch this quick video for techniques:

Lindsay’s Resist Spray Recipe

1 Tablespoon white glue (non-washable)

1 Teaspoon metallic liquid watercolor or a bit of fine mica powder (optional)

3 ounces water

Place all ingredients into to a spray bottle (with a cap) and shake well before use each time. Make sure to replace the cap when not in use so that the glue won’t dry in the nozzle. Measurements do not need to me exact, if your sprayer will not spray well flush it with water and add more water to the mix. If the spray is too fine add more glue. Use what you have on hand for glue such as Elmers, Mod Podge, tacky glue or whatever.

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It is a fun way to make unique backgrounds for a card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamps a Stencil & a Stipple Brush = Awesome!

Happy Friday folks, it is the first day of Summer Vacation and I have started my kids on their pre-TV routine: 30 minutes of IXL Math (a school recommended math program) and I have also informed them that their rooms have to be tidy before the TV is turned on! I know, I’m awfully mean, they also have to read 30 minutes (at least) a day but they don’t mind that. I went down to my studio the other day to tidy up but was distracted by the bin of new stamp show stuff so after clearing a spot to work I played with my new stash, I liked my first try so much I simply turned on the camera (which is always set up) and filmed the process. You can use whatever stamps and stencils you have, stencils with bigger holes work best, and dye based ink, You can use any large brush you have too.

Pretty fun huh? Now between this and the gelli-prints I am going to have to actually use these backgrounds before my pile-o-backgrounds gets out of control. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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