“Sweet” Happy Birthday Cards! [How to use layering stamps]

Hi friends! My twin daughters had a birthday last week and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use the new layering stamps I bought from Impression Obsession a couple of months ago.

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Layered stamps are fun and you get a pop art-offset printing look with your stamping. I think it is super fun and I like all the options you can get by switching up your colors. Watch the video to see how to use layering stamps.

Supplies:

Lindsay’s Tips for Layering stamps! (just so you know other stampers might disagree with this and that’s OK)

  1. If you don’t have enough colors of ink to create your picture ink up your stamp, stamp it off on a scrap and then stamp on your project for a lighter shade. This will waste some ink but if you only occasionally need that pale color it will work out way cheaper than buying and maintaining another inkpad. You can also stamp another layer of the same color for a slightly darker shade.
  2. Try ink cubes for less needed colors. You can still reink these pads just like you can larger pads if you need to and brands Memento and Gina K sell reinkers to replenish their old pads. If I had it to do over again I’d only get large pads in my outline stamping colors (black,brown, grey) and stick to mini cubes for colors. (Except for distress ink where I use the ink pads to color cardstock as I would ruin mini pads with that kind of use.)
  3. To assist with lining up your images look directly over the stamp block. Also you can ink up your stamps with black archival ink and let it dry so the stamps will be stained black easy to see.
  4. Start by stamping the largest (most solid layer) first with your lightest ink and gradually work darker as you go smaller.

I hope this project give you the confidence to try layering stamps. Some stampers get so frustrated with them if they are not absolutely perfect but I think they look beautiful even is they are stamped slightly off. If you have some layering stamps give them a try! They are so fun to play with! affiliate links were used in this blog post, I earn a small commission if you shop through my links without costing you anything extra, thanks! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Before You Buy Another Marker Try This With What You Have! 3 Beginner Blending Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we are talking about basic alcohol marker coloring. You can use whatever permanent markers you have for today’s lesson.

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As far as coloring mediums go alcohol markers come with the steepest learning curve. There are hundreds (well, it seems that way LOL!) of different marker brands from Sharpie to Copic offering alcohol based pens and they all have various features like brush, bullet or chisel nibs, different shaped barrels and matte vs shiny plastic but you know what? The ink is basically the same in whatever pen you choose! If you are feeling like you are not coloring up to your full potential because you don’t have the most expensive markers fear not. In this video I will share 3 simple techniques that will improve your coloring and make it easy no matter what brand you own.

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

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Blending techniques:
1. Flat all over streak free coverage. The key to getting a solid flat coverage is to saturate the paper with ink. You can do parallel lines of ink with the chisel tip or circled with a brush tip to achieve this. If it is mottled looking do another coat. This also works well for small areas where you have no room to blend.

2: Layering or layered blending. Use 3 or more shades of the same color. Color the entire area with your lightest shade of maker, then color the dar and mid tone areas with the middle shade and color the darks with your darkest shade. Use the lightest marker to soften the edge where the mid tone meets the light and use the mid ton marker to soften the area the dark meets the mid tone.

3. Dark to light blending. Again with 3 shades of the same color, color your darks, then color over the darks with the midtone and bring the color out, then use the lightest marker to color over the whole area.

More coloring tips!

  • If you messed up a blend or your colors are too dark apply a later of colored pencil or chalk in a paler shade of the same color, it will even out your coloring and add depth and highlights.
  • Gel pens come in a huge variety of colors and transparencies, use opaque pastels and metallic to add a bold highlight or detail over a solid dark color or use dark transparent and glitter colors to shade and add a subtle sparkle!
  • If your color is streaky add another coat of marker.
  • A clear blending marker actually works better as a color lifter or eraser so if you color outside of the lines wait for the ink to dry and use the chisel tip if the clear marker to push the offending ink back in place. Id that don’t work you can tidy up the background with a gel or paint pen.

I hope this was helpful and it encourages you to give your alcohol markers another try. Alcohol markers are a lot of fun when you know the simply steps to use them to get the effects you want. Keep practising and til next time happy crafting!

Build a Terrarium! 6 cute cards to make today!

Hi friends!  I was browsing my local big box craft store the other day and came across a cute little die set that inspired this batch of cards!

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I love it when I find something that makes me use the supplies I already have more. Find out how I made these cards in today’s video tutorial!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies

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Directions:
1. Make 4 1/4″ square cards from kraft.
2. Die cut small dome from watercolor paper, large dome from silver and base from gold.
3. Stamp terrarium filler on the watercolor pieces.
4. Cut doilies and glue to 4″ square pattern paper and assemble terrarium on top. Glue to card base and embellish as desired.

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This idea can be used for any occasion, just switch up what you stamp inside!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quilty Christmas Tree Cards!

Hi friends! Want to get an early start on your Christmas cards and have some craft fun? Try this faux quilt technique!

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This will work with any shape to create a homespun handmade card. No Christmas tree stencil? Trace a printed clip art or a cookie cutter! Watch the video to see how to make these!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

Project tips!

  1. When using blending brushes I recommending having about 6 brushes, 1 for all greens, 1 for reds, 1 for yellows etc so you don’t have to wash them and you conserve your ink.
  2. I used heavy-duty scissors with serrated bladed I bought at the dollar tree to cut through all of the trees at once. Be sure to hold the trees together tightly as you cut so they don’t slide.
  3. If you don’t have stamps you can try this technique with scrapbook paper, it would be really cute and you can use up what you have!

I hope this project inspired you and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp a Topiary!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a whimsical topiary card using small stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

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Watch the video to see how! Oh! BTW  Rubber stamp Tapestry has 30% off retiring stamp sets and supplies, check out the sale here and you can also use the coupon code LINDSAY for an extra 15% off! Sale ends 8/6/18

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies: *note, all stamps are linked to peg stamp sets but individual stamps are available if you just want one design:)

Topiary tips!

  1. Use any bold shape for your topiary. You can use a punch, die cut or trace a cookie cutter to make your stamping template.
  2. Try any small leaves and flowers you have. You can also use little bird brads or stickers to embellish the trees!
  3. If you don’t have blending brushes use a sponge and sponge it on instead.
  4. Save your templates for future topiary cards!
  5. Most importantly, have fun!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

There’s no place like gnome…

Howdy friends! Today I have a cute set of cards using a couple new stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry to share!

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Watch how easy it is to make them in today’s video!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Fold cardstock in half and die cut large scalloped heart to make card. Make sure to let the top of the heart hang over the fold so you get a connected card. Die cut another smaller scalloped heart from white cardstock and plain harts from patterned paper.

2. Stamp garden sentiments and peg stamps on white scalloped heart. Add brad if desired.

3. Apply washi tape to plain heart mat. and layer up elements and adhere to card base.

4. Use a fork to make a tiny bow and glue to card. Decorate inside of card with washi tape and leftover hearts.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Squeeze the Day!

Hi friends! Today is my 17 year wedding anniversary! Isn’t it funny how time flies? My hubby and I have the entire day to spend together and I am so thankful. Some days are ideal  and on other days we have to make the most of the time we have and try to Squeeze the best out of the day we are given.

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I really liked this sentiment: “When life gives you lemons…Squeeze the day” because it is a good motto I think. It’s also nice if you like to decorate the inside and outside of a card.

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Watch the video to see how I made this card!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

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Squeeze the day, don’t hoard the washi tape and make the most from what you have! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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