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 Giveaway & Fun Shimmer Background!

Hi friends! Today we are going to get out the messy media and make some cards!

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Watch the video to see how to make a shimmer background that you can use to enhance several cards! Be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the stamp I used!

Sponsored by Art Neko  *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!

I will post a giveaway tomorrow on my blog!

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Spray and flick water onto watercolor paper. Shake on pigment powder. Spread with a brush if desired. Add metallic inks and Let dry.
  2. Stamp and emboss framed flower and color with inks or watercolors. Trim.
  3. Assemble card as shown embellish with sheep paper, thread, and a skeleton leaf.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the beautiful stamp I used from Art Neko! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Flower Power Card with Alcohol Markers! Lots of Techniques to Get You Started!

Hi friends! Today I want to do some coloring and show you some ways to use alcohol markers in your card making and crafting. You might enjoy coloring a stamped image in markers but did you know you can also use alcohol pens to stain and dye embellishments and ribbons? Today I will share some of my favorite techniques to get you off and running even if you have never picked up an alcohol pen before!

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Watch the video to learn fun and easy techniques that will have you coloring in no time!

This video is sponsored by and features Color It  markers! Save 10% (on EVERYTHING at colorit.com) with coupon code: frugal10

Supplies:
50 piece marker set and coloring book page from Color It (the page I used is from Calming Doodles Volume 1)
Black & White cardstock
Adhesive (double stick tape, hot glue, foam squares)
Washi tape (optional)
Stamps & Ink (Cling Daisy by Stampendous, stamping ink Tuxedo Black by Memento)

Tip! If you are unhappy with your coloring you can always adjust it by overlaying colored pencils on the marker colored image. This technique is also helpful if your marker collection is small. If you are not sure what mediums are for you and you want to try a bit of each Color It offers a fun bundle with 48 pencils, 24 markers in a carry case and a coloring book!

Directions:
1. Color a section of a coloring book page to use as designer paper. I used a page from this Color It coloring book.

2. Stamp flowers and color as shown in the video using the Color It Set of 50 markers

3. Fold a 10″x7″ piece of black cardstock in half to make a card base. Trim the coloring book sheet to fit along the edge of the card. Cut out flowers.

4. Assemble the card using double stick tape, hot glue and foam squares.

5. If you used black cardstock for your base adhere a lighter paper within the card for writing your note.
Recycling Tip! Instead of writing inside the card, jot down your greeting on a Post-it note and stick that inside, that way the recipient can reuse the card spreading the joy further! Think of where you card could end up! Not in the trash, that’s for sure:)

I hope you try out these techniques with the supplies you have and if you are in the market for a beautiful set of high quality alcohol markers I hope you will consider this set from our sponsor Color it.  Since I first discovered their high quality coloring books nearly a year ago they have been a favorite in the Weirich household (even my non-artsy son like to color in them!) and since then they have come out with more coloring books, sketch pads, colored pencils, pens and markers. They really have crafters at heart and you can tell they love what they do by the quality on their products. Don’t forget to use the coupon code frugal10 if you order to save 10% on everything at Color It! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Embossing on Dark Paper and Background Stamping!

Hi friends! I have a couple of fun techniques to share with you in this stamp school video!

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Watch the video to see how to emboss on dark paper and stamp some layered backgrounds!

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Take 10% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: TREES Coupon expires, Monday, November 14, 2016

Supplies:
Cream and Kraft Cardstock
Pigment ink
Dye ink (brown for tree trunk)
Embossing Powder
Peg Stamps: Embellished Holiday Wreath, Fruit Wreath
Other Stamps: Large backgrounds, trees
Ribbon
Punches (optional) photo corner and postage stamp
Scissors

Directions:
1. To create the card base fold a 8.5:x5.5″ panel of cream cardstock in half. Stamp 3 backgrounds in 3 colors of ink. Experiment with different patterns to create fun backgrounds!

2. Stamp or draw a tree on a 3.25″x4.5″ kraft panel. Dust this panel with cornstarch or baby powder (or make a sachet like I showed in the video!)

3. Stamp ornaments with pigment ink, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat with a heat tool.

4. Stamp postage element if desired and punch photo corners.

5. Assemble card.

I hope you try this technique, there is nothing quite like seeing embossing powder charge from a sugary coating to a raised glossy image. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Poinsettia Christmas Card & Removable Ornament!

Hi friends! Today I have another early Christmas card you can add to your stash. But first I want to announce the winner of last weeks stamp giveaway from ArtNeko, the winner of the fall stamps is Cheryl Singer Check your email to claim your prize! Now on to today’s project!

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This card has a removable ornament that can be cherished year after year. I think having a reusable ornament makes the card worth a little extra time. Remember to “assembly line” the card making process if you are making more than one because it drastically cuts down on time. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Supplies:

Feel free to switch up the design with the supplies you already have on hand. If you don’t have a die cutter why not fold a 4″ circle of white cardstock and make the snowflake base old school? Don’t let your lack of resources limit your resourcefulness! If you were interested in the 20 free personalized greeting cards from our sponsor Printer Pix you can snag them here, they have fun photo gifts you can buy too but it is nice to try a service for free first I think. I hope you enjoyed today’s project and til next time happy crafting!

Aloha Card & Selective Die-Cutting Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a technique that will help you get more use and versatility from your frame dies such as Nestabilities.  I will show you how to safely use your dies to partially cut a frame or window. You can use this technique on cards, tags or scrapbook pages and is really useful for shaker cards!

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I will also show you how to make the cute drink umbrella from a scrap of patterned paper. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

All the stamps I used are from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry  SAVE 15% with coupon code: SUMMERSUN (15% off all individual mounted stamps & peg stamp sets. Coupon expires June 18, 2016.)

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Vintage postcard, photo or advertisement (for inside of card)
  • Peg Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry: AlohaSeashellsCrab
  • Dye based inks
  • Blending sponges or color dusters
  • “Frame” style die cut like Nestablilities
  • Craft knife and mat
  • Thin patterned paper
  • Bamboo skewer or toothpick
  • Circle cutter or 3.5″ circle to trace and cut by and

Directions:
1. Trace die cut inside of frame on card.
2. Stamp images and let some fall inside of the traced die.
3. Use a craft knife to cut around the images inside the frame.
4. Tuck the cutting die under the cut image and align with pencil marks.
5. Run through die cut machine.
6. Embellish card as desired.

So tell me, will you try this technique? I hope you do because it will multiply the use you get from your dies. Learning new ways to use older supplies is a great way to stretch your stash and keep the hobby fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Easy Layered Mixed Media Card!

Hi friends! I know a lot of people are intimidated by using “messy” supplies on cards but I hope to help you get over your fear with today’s simple card:

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All you need is cardstock, a stencil, foam and rubber stamps and acrylic paint. You can use either a cosmetic sponge or foam brush to apply the paint and yes they can be washed and reused. Watch my tutorial to see how easy it is!

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The stamps and stencil came in a kit from Stampendous, they have 3 of them, one with an indian/elephant theme, one nature bird theme and this urban theme. I have all 3 and they make mixed media layering a breeze. When I first posted the video they had the sets at Simon Says Stamp and Blitsy but now both places are sold out:( I bet if you ask your favorite stamp store they will order it for you (these are brand new so they should:) plus that helps you local stamp store if you are lucky enough to have one, win-win!  If you are not sure if you like this sort of thing I recommend trying one and see if you care for it before stocking up on all 3. I hope they make more kits like this!

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Don’t forget to add some light-colored paper to the inside of the card if you are working on dark cardstock to make an area for writing. I use pattern paper scraps for this, hey, the back side is white, why waste it? A little bit of washi tape can also snazzy up the inside without making it to fru-fru!

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If you would like more in-depth lessons on Mixed Media please check out my new class at Craftsy, I am giving a 50% discount to all of my readers, just click the 50% off link here. I break down the process of creating interesting mixed media paintings into manageable step by step layers. I am really proud of this class and I think it can really help beginners learn the “Why” as well as the “How” of some of the popular mixed media materials and techniques out there all while keeping your budget in mind by getting the most use out of versatile supplies. I don’t like to buy a product that has only one use that ends up sitting on the shelf collecting dust and I don’t think you do either! You can take the class at your own pace and you have lifetime access to the class so there is no rush BUT if you want the 50% off savings enroll in Mixed It Up Mixed Media Step By Step soon! I can’t wait to see your artwork in the classroom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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