Posted on February 3, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! When I was going through my stash looking for sequins for a card yesterday I realized that I had a problem.
Luckily my problem was not a lack of sequins! That will probably never be a problem because it seems like sequins breed when you are not looking or my buying outpaces my using. Who can say?
If you too have a sequin problem you will love today’s project, a fun shaker card using stamp from our sponsor ArtNeko!
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White Cardstock (110#lb Recollections)
Pink, Red, Purple, Blue inkpads
Stipple brush (color dusters-Judikins)
Valentine Stamps (ArtNeko)
Dots/Background stamps (ArtNeko)
Sequins & beads
1. Score a 8 1/2″x5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock at 4 3/16″ and 4 5/16″.
2. Stamp head duo, mask it and stamp polka dots on top. Sweep with ink and a stipple brush. Also stamp a 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ panel with dots.
3. Remove ask and cut out inside of hearts.
4. Fill a clear plastic bag with beads and sequins and tape behind openings in heart.
5. Adhere stamped panel behind baggie using foam tape.
6. Embellish or add color to front of card if desired.
I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy shaker card and you try one for yourself! Happy Crafting!
Filed under: Stamping, valentines day craft | Tagged: cardmaking, sequins, stamp school, valentines | 22 Comments »
Posted on January 13, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! This week I will show you a few ways to dry emboss for texture on your cards:
One way with a machine and two ways without! Watch the video to see how!
Red, Blue and brown ink
stencils and ball end stylus
Stamps by Technique Junkies
I also wanted to congratulate my friend Glenna who is now a full-fledged American! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping, Uncategorized | Tagged: brass stencils, cardmaking, dry embossing, embossing folders, how to emboss, Stamping, technique junkies, usa | 8 Comments »
Posted on November 18, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I have a popular quilting technique that is just as lovely on a card:
The stamps I am using in today’s tutorial are from our sponsor ArtNeko! Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter! This technique is done by gluing, cutting and rearranging strips of paper. It’s a great way to use all of those scraps left around the paper trimmer OR to finally use that gorgeous striped paper you have been hoarding forever…or is that just me? Watch the video to see how it’s done!
Pattern Paper strips or a stripe design
Pearl paper (I got mine from The Paper Cut)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Black embossing powder
Color mediums: watercolor markers, pearlescent watercolors, alcohol markers (pick your fave or try them all!)
I hope you try this technique, it is really fun to see your pattern build up. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: art neko, bargello, cardmaking, heat embossing, paper bargello, stamp school | 8 Comments »
Posted on November 14, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! We all want to get more use out of our supplies right? Today I have used 1 die (and only 1 pass through the die cutter to create 4 different effects!)
I know there is some controversy over using waxed paper on die cuts, if you are worried about that or do not have waxed paper you can use a plastic bag instead: Tip courtesy of Cheery Lynn Designs. I like that I was able to finish two cards with this technique that would be appropriate for a man or woman and it saved me some time too! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: cardmaking, die cutting | 12 Comments »
Posted on November 5, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! A couple of months ago I shared a faux mosaic gift box tutorial and I asked you if you wanted to see how I made the cards that went with it. Well, I just got around to editing that video!
Actually, I wanted to save it because I thought it would come in a bit more handy when you were getting ready to start making handmade holiday gifts. I like this as a gift because it is beautiful and useful and it might even inspire someone to take up a new hobby: cardmaking! Feel free to change-up the look by using the stamps and ink color you prefer!
Papermart supplies used in the card set:
Jewelry Tissue on a roll
Kraft Jewelry Box 5″x6″
Mosaic Box Tutorial: https://youtu.be/9sKKUCxoBUk
Cardstock: White and Kraft
Stamps and Ink: Altenew, Envelope stamp Stampin’ Up!
DIY Stamp positioner: My friend Jody made me a stamp positioner tool that is perfect for layering up stamps. Here is what you will need to make it:
slim jewel dvd case (hub-less or with the hub removed)
clear grid by little B (if you want it to be sticky and hold your paper in place or you can use grid paper)
Directions for DIY hinged stamp positioner:
1. Cut fun foam to fit jewel case.
2. Adhere grid to foam.
3. Stamp! You may not need the foam if using cling rubber stamps because they are thicker, you will need the foam for clear stamps though. Add more foam if needed!
All the supplies used in the stamp positioner can be found here.
If you missed the tutorial on the Mosaic Box you can see the full tutorial here.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Sponsored by Papermart.
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: alt3new, Altenew, cardmaking, DIY MISTI, Faux Misti, gift ideas, handmade gifts, how to make a stamp positoner, how to make a stamp press, layerd stamps, stationery set | 7 Comments »
Posted on November 4, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Today we are going to talk about the power of a paper punch! These are workhorses of any stampers studio and if you buy wisely you can end up with a ton of looks from just a few versatile punches.
I have to admit, I don’t have a ton of punches and the ones I use the most are basic: Circles, scalloped circles, flowers, tags and generic design elements like this mosaic punch (that I just got in the mail today and I think will b a new favorite-prepare to be sick of me using this LOL!) and labels.
Watch this video to learn more about punches and see how I made this card in real-time!
Reasons why punches are handy:
- All in one tool, no die cut machine to fuss with.
- Quick, cute shape, no cutting!
- Versatile: Google “punch art” to see really creative ideas of embellishments you can make with basic shapes, you will animals, Sesame Street characters, minions and more made from basic shape punches!
- You can make use of small scraps of paper that otherwise might be thrown away.
- Portability: It is easier to grab a few punches to take to a crop instead of a machine and dies.
- Choose basic designs to start, a circle or oval will be more useful than a balloon shape BUT you can easily make a balloon from a circle or oval!
- The more detailed the design (like a lacy corner) the more limited you will be with materials it will cut. Die cuts are generally better for really intricate designs.
- If a punch sticks you can put it in the freezer and it will usually pop back. You can clean and sharpen punches by punching through aluminum foil and use WD40 or another light oil to lubricate them if they stick, just punch through scrap paper until no grease remains.
- Make sure to buy the designs you will use the most from a quality brand but it is OK to get the $1 novelty ones you are only likely to use a few times too. :)
I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have punches you give it a try! You can always trace stencils or use die cuts to get the look that I have here. The most important thing is to use what you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: cardmaking, how to use prime oil pastels, prima, prima oil pastels, prima watersoluble oil pastels, punches, rubber stamps, stamp school, stampin up, Stamping, watercolor, watercolor crayon techniques | 8 Comments »
Posted on October 28, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Today we are going to make this pretty card featuring two of my favorite stamp sets from Art Neko! They are offering 10% off ANY order or free shipping on orders over $50 if you mention thefrugalcrafter when ordering.
I used the Framed Flowers ATC set and the Bookmarks and Sentiments set for this. I stamped on smooth (hot press) watercolor paper and colored the images in with watercolor markers but watercolor pencils and a fine brush would also look nice! Watch the video to see how I made it!
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and you try something similar! Let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks to Art Neko for sponsoring today’s video and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: art neko, cardmaking, kuretake, Stamping, tri fold card, zig markers | 10 Comments »