Happy Bee-Day! Repeat a Pattern for cohesive Design!

Hi friends! How do you go about your card making process? Is it a scramble of sifting through everything you have hoping to find the perfect paper, embellishment or die cut only to make a chaotic card and have a complete mess of a craft table when you are done? If so I am going to share a tip that will streamline your process and help you create stylish cards (and you probably have everything you need already!)

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I got the brand new Bee-Utiful Day stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry this week. RST is a wonderful company who sponsors a weekly tutorial on my blog and YouTube channel and as a bonus they don’t mind one bit that I encourage you to use what you have:) Love those guys! When you get a new stamp set it should make all of your other supplies more useful (not redundant as so often happens) so keeping that in mind I thought of a design element I could repeat in the card. Hexagons! I could replicate the look of honeycomb by gathering the various hexagon stencils, embossing folders, punches, dies or pattern paper I already had and give them new live with the new stamp set! See where I’m going here? I could repeat the hexagon shape with different tools and add variety with different colors and materials but still have cohesion because of the consistent design element of the hexagon shape. Repetition and variety equal good (and easy!) design!

Need more ideas? Watch today’s video!

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I also employed the “make the envelopes first and die cut the scraps trick” that I have been using a lot mainly because I have lots of pattern paper I love to use and I am no longer buying the cheap blank card and envelope sets. I am really loving the look though because a patterned envelope is so much fun and special to receive. What tips do you have to improve your card design or mix old and new supplies? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to share this tutorial with friends who might like it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS here is a link to my DIY Shimmer Spray and Ink Dauber tutorial from a few years ago if you want it:) Have fun with your DIY supplies!

 

 

Low Waste Cards & Envelopes! {Stamp School}

One of the best ways to make cardmaking an affordable hobby is to waste less and use up your supplies. Also try to think of all the different ways you can use a stamp set because it brings down the per-use-cost of that particular set. When you make several cards at a time you can save time, make use of a variety of scraps, and maybe use up a pack of embellishments so there are no odd-ball leftovers that will be tough to find a use for.

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I probably should have made a couple more cards so I would have had a couple more paper patterns to work with and also used up the rest of the cat buttons but as they say hindsight is 20/20. The key to this low waste cardmaking is making an envelope first and using the scraps to decorate your cards. It is a simple plan and the best part (besides having a few new cards on hand) is you won’t have to spend a lot of time filing (or feel bad throwing away) scraps when you are done. Oh! And not having to find or make an envelope when you are ready to mail it is a bonus too:) Since I sell my cards in a retail space I rent I am going one step further and packing them up for sale as soon as I am done. I am really hoping I can stick to that habit after spending 4 hours last week packaging all of the cards I had sitting in my studio.

After making 2 cards these were my scraps:

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I probably could have stamped 2 images on one piece of photo paper but then I might not have had enough room to die cut the images. Nobody’s perfect:) Besides, this 4″x6″ photo paper no longer feeds into my printer so it is a way for me to use it up! Watch the video for a full tutorial. If you want to make a larger batch of cards just multiply the supplies and make all of your envelopes first so you can mix and match your leftover papers. Working from a collection (or coordinated value stack) of papers makes mixing and matching effortless and fun! Plus it is a great way to use up those stacks of scrapbook paper that are so hard to resist on sale at the craft store!

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Supplies (and low waste cutting directions)

  • Cats Stamp set
  • 2 sheets of decorative scrapbook paper that coordinate * Make envelopes first with a template (I used a Kreatalope by Greensneakers) or trim the paper to 8″x8″ and fold around card as shown in the video. The scraps will be used for matting layers on the cards.
  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ heavy cardstock *Cut in half to make two A2 Size cards.
  • Ink-jet photo paper or glossy cardstock
  • Mini brads
  • Ribbon, String, twine or yarn
  • Novelty cat buttons
  • Stencil with small pattern
  • Black and brown markers (water-based)
  • Tan ink pad (optional)
  • Aqua ink pad and sponge
  • Dies (optional)

Directions:
1. Make envelopes from coordinating scrapbook paper and save scraps.
2. Make 2 card bases from one sheet of cardstock and adhere scraps as a layer.
3. Use marker to color directly on rubber stamps and stamp on photo paper. If the ink beads up you can start by inking the stamp with a tan pad then add darker blobs with markers. Stencil in background.
4. Trim stamped panels and accents from other scraps and adhere to card.
5. Add brads, string, ribbons and embellishments as desired.

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I hope you try making a batch of low waste cards today! It only takes an extra minute to have an extra card so it is an efficient use of time and resources and you will always have an extra card when you need it. Happy crafting!

Had To Have IT {yet to use it!} Fun with Bleeding Tissue Paper

Hi friends! Last weekend I asked you if you had any supplies that you couldn’t wait to buy but have not used yet and boy howdy did you ever! I was so glad I wasn’t alone in this struggle. So for fun I decided to grab one of my “Had to have, but yet to use” items and make some cards!

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Bleeding tissue paper was a must buy item for me when I saw Vicki Boutin release some in her new mixed media line for CHA last January.  I had used this before in my kids classes and in mixed media paintings and it was a lot of fun, and bleeding tissue paper is extremely inexpensive and versatile. So why haven’t I used it? True confession, I bought not 1 but 3 packs because I got it on sale. I gave one pack to a friend to ease my hoarding conscience. You can test the colored tissue paper you have to see if it bleeds before buying new. Generally tissue paper for gift wrapping won’t bleed (can you imaging the tragedy if you wrapped a gift with bleeding tissue and you had to carry it from your car to the house in the rain?!? Another fun variation would be to use regular tissue paper and mod-podge to adhere it to the cardbase, it would give you a stained glass look and be fun and lovely! Use what you have!

Watch the video to see if it is a technique you want to try!

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When using bleeding tissue paper you can try many different ways to apply it to come up with unique backgrounds. You might even be able to get a couple of “dyes” from a dark-colored piece. If you know how you want to arrange the tissue you can pre wet the paper you will be placing it on and it will help the color transfer. You can even use the scraps laid out in random order on the paper to make unique backgrounds. Have fun! There is no wrong way to do it! I hope this inspired you to dig out the “had to have it, yet to use it” supplies in your stash and play with them! Happy crafting!

 

Card Trick! How to make a Magic Card with NO SPECIAL DIES!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun interactive card to share!

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And you probably have the supplies you need already! Watch the video to see how!

Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps. Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies:

Follow the directions in the video to make this card. It is a simple concept but it can be a bit fussy. It really is a fun card to make though:) If you don’t have the inkjet transparency you can use a regular overhead transparency or any clear plastic packaging you have saved (like that window on the macaroni box!) and stamp your design with staz-on ink OR if you have a steady hand you can place the transparency over the image you stamped on white and trace it with a fine tip Sharpie. Make it work with what you have and save up for the awesome stuff you really want:) I hope you give this technique a try and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Birthday Cupcake Watercolor Tutorial! {It’s my Birthday!}

Hi friends! Today I hit the big 4-1 and honestly I don’t feel bad about it! I feel so good in fact that I put my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor class on sale for $41 this week! *If you click the link above it should show the discount but if not use the coupon code: BIRTHDAY41 to get the discount:) I think turning 40 was harder. Since 40 is a milestone birthday I think we put greater expectations on ourselves and set goals we should have reached by that age. Non milestone years is where it’s at folks. I thought it would be fun today to make a hand painted cupcake birthday card. You can paint this card in less time than it would take you to drive to the drugstore and buy one!

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Feel free to switch up the colors, add sprinkles and do whatever you like. It’s your cupcake after all! 🙂

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This is the reference photo I used, as you can see my painting is nothing like the reference but it did give me a subject to draw from and I could see where the shadows fell on the icing. A reference photo does not need to be copied exactly and often it is better if you don’t. Use it as a reference and go on from there with your own ideas. It’s your painting, have fun with it! And if it doesn’t work out try again, after all it’s only a piece of paper.  Watch the video and paint along, paint a few if you like, they are nice to have on hand and you can play with color choices too!

Please feel free to use whatever paint and paper you like for this project. I like to paint on watercolor cards for practice because they are cheaper than making my own from watercolor paper and they come with an envelope but you certainly can make your own card with the paper you have.

Supplies:

  • Surface: Strathmore watercolor card #140 CP
  • Watercolors (I am using M Graham but you can use any kind)  Colors: Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna, Cad Yellow medium, pthalo blue, Quin. Magenta
  • #10 round synthetic brush (Grumbacher) *If you want to use a smaller brush you can, use what is comfortable but a big brush that comes to a fine point is most useful:)

I hope you give this easy beginner project a try, and if you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor training please consider checking out my course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting on sale for $41 (Regular $79) this week only!

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Join hundreds of happy students who are building their skills and confidence with watercolor! See what some of them have to say:

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Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres

Lindsay U R an amazing painter. I’m truly enjoying practicing these techniques. I’ve learned so much from this class. Watercoloring is a lot of fun. I’ve always loved detailing, so I know I’ll enjoy doing this iris..it’s just so pretty. -Kathleen Geisel

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor

In this course I show you the essential techniques to make your paintings more powerful. You will learn to mix colors from a limited palette. We will also go over the tools and supplies and how to use them. You will complete these paintings in class.

I think the best feature of this class is that it teaches you how to paint, not just copy someone else. My goal is for my students, upon completing this course, is for them to paint whatever subject they wish because they will instinctively know how to mix colors, pick paper and paints and handle a brush well. If you have ever felt like you needed more guidance in learning how to watercolor please check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course today at 48% off! Enroll today for $41 (Regular price $79) and you have lifetime access so you can return to the class whenever you like! This offer Ends 7/18/17. Thank you so much for painting along with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

Pretty Birdhouse with a Bunting Card! Stamp school!

Hi friends! Today we are going to use the masking technique to make this pretty card that would be nice to send this time of year!

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Watch the video to see how it’s done!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets on orders of $10 or more. Coupon expires July 3, 2017
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Use Coupon DISTRESS25 to take 25% off Distress oxide ink pads through 6/26/17

Supplies:

Follow the directions in the video to make this 5 1/2″ square card using several inking, stamping and masking techniques! Have fun with the masking technique and til next time happy crafting!

 

Colored Pencil Tips & Inky Backgrounds on Kraft Cardstock {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to make this card and share tips on coloring with colored pencils.

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Watch the video for step by step instruction.

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Supplies:

  • Stamps from Floral Sheet 1 (also available individually)
  • Collage papers
  • ATC Supplies
  • Distress oxide inks
  • Colored pencils (Chameleon color Tones, Review coming soon!)
  • Brown dye ink
  • Painters tape
  • Bakers twine
  • Glitter enamel dots

Colored Pencil Tips!

  1. Go lightly at first. This will allow you to build up color and blend.
  2. Match your pencil strokes to what you are coloring. Overlapping ovals work best for most subjects but if you have strong linear lines like the veins in a flower petal make your coloring linear to match.
  3. Try coloring on colored cardstock, it will make less work for you as the areas you don’t apply pencil too will still have color.
  4. Apply firmer pressure for final details. You can also color firmly over an area with a light shade (this is called burnishing) to fill in the tooth of the paper and get a smooth solid color.
  5. If you are having trouble getting color to laydown on your paper choose a paper with more tooth or feels a bit rougher. You don’t want the super smooth paper you use for markers.

I hope you give some of these techniques a try! If you don’t have distress oxides and want to try the inky background techniques you can use chalk and pigment inks or ink the area up with white pigment ink and sponge dye inks on top. You know what I say? Use what you have! Happy crafting!

 

 

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