“Owl” make a fun card for you today! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how you can stamps as pattern for painting with acrylics. This is really useful because you can extend an image to fit a shape or in this case a die.

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I had always loved this gothic arch die set that I got ages ago in the bargain bin at a stamp show but the challenge came in finding stamps that filled the space well. Nothing ever seemed to fit right and the shape looked awkward on a card. I thought this owl and castle stamp would be perfect with this theme so I decided to make it work and ll show you how in today’s video! BTW if you don’t have a gothic arch die simply fold a piece of paper in half and draw half an arch and cut it out, open it up and you have a template to trace. Easy peasy!

How fun would this be as an invitation to a Halloween or Harry Potter themed birthday party? Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other supplies (some may be substitutes as dies were discontinued):

A viewer on YouTube asked if he could use gouache instead of acrylics and yes, you sure can! When in doubt, try it out (it’s only a piece of paper after all!) I hope this project got you thinking about new ways to build cards and use your stamps! Let me know what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please share it with a friend or pin it on Pinterest, there are handy sharing buttons below this post:) Happy crafting!

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Patina Look With Acrylics {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! Today’s technique is a teeny bit messy but the result you get is worth it. I’m going to show you how to use acrylic paint to get the look of old clay pots and metal. It’s quick, cheap and easy too…well quick not counting about 30 minutes of drying time. ūüėÄ

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You can find the full instructions in the video below!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! use coupon code: FRUGALOCTOBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS! Coupon expires October 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available

****You can find all of the new RST stamps here!*****

Supplies: (Use coupon above for 20% off all stamps!)

Directions:
1. Stamp containers on scraps of rust and silver cardstock. Stamp the images again on a 1/4 sheet of white cardstock.

2. Use a palette knife to scrape paint over the images on the colored scraps. Sponge on light green paint on the pots and let dry.

3. Stamp peg stamp designs in the containers on the white cardstock and die cut the images when done. *If you would like more detailed info on using peg stamps please check out this beginner video.

4. Use staz on ink to restamp the containers over the dry acrylic paint and trim out.

5. Ink the backgrounds of the die cut panels with blue and green in and a blender brush.

6. Trim pattern paper to fit card bases and assemble cards embellishing as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this acrylic paint patina technique using new peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

I’m feeling a bit “Crazy” today!

Crazy quilt that is! Hi friends! I love the look of crazy quilts and I thought it would fun to take that idea and apply it to a card.

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The technique is easy and fun and best of all you probably have some supplies that will work. See how to make this in today’s tutorial!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! use coupon code: FRUGALOCTOBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS! Coupon expires October 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available

Supplies from Rubber stamp Tapestry:

Other Supplies:

Crazy Quilt Technique Directions:

  1. Start in the center of your card panel and mask off a shape (it can be a square, triangle, hexagon, trapezoid, whatever you like!) and stamp in it then dust with ink. Remove the post it notes and mask of an adjacent space and repeat. Continue in this fashion until your card is full!
  2. To finish you panel poke faux stitching holes along the seams and trace over with a black pen. Puff the paper from the back using a ball end stylus (work on a mouse pad or sheet of craft foam)
  3. “Bind” with washi tape and adhere to your card base.

Have fun with this card technique! It is a great way to use some small stamps! Happy crafting!

 

Even I learned something new with this card…

Hi friends! I hope you try something new and crafty this weekend! No matter how much you create there is always more to learn! I learned something with this card:

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I learned that when you work with craft foam you need a ¬†super strong adhesive! My ATG tape did not want to stick to the foam and after I photographed the card when I was done it fell apart! So, unless you want to send your friends and family a DIY card kit you want to make sure you use a strong adhesive like Scor-Tape or a thick fast grab glue. I could have not mentioned this and let you think that I am a crafty goddess but that’s not my style, I gotta keep it real:) I must say I really like the dimension if this card using craft foam as the matting layer but you can use paper instead and it would be just as pretty. Watch the video for a full step by step!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALSEPTEMBER17 Р10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires September 30, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires September 30, 2017.

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

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Directions:
1. Cut a sheet of cardstock in half and fold to make an A2 card. Cut the remaining piece of cardstock in half to make a 4.25″x5.5″ panel and emboss using a hexagon embossing folder.

2. Ink the embossed panel with yellow ink and a blending brush and cut each corner off diagonally as shown in the video. This is easily achieved with a 12″ paper trimmer. Adhere the triangles to craft foam and trim so there is a 1/4″ reveal of the foam on the long diagonal edge of each triangle.

3. Use the triangle panels you just made as a template and trace on your card. Stamp a design in the area that will show. Use a white gel pen to protect any light areas you wish. Ink the background with a sponge dauber when you are done stamping and sprinkle with water and ink. While your ink is out stamp a sentiment and trim it out.

4. Adhere the triangle panels and sentiment to your card and embellish with buttons as desired!

This was a simple, yet fun card to make and I hope you give it a try! You can use any theme or occasion stamp you like too! Happy crafting!

Stamp Giveaway (Worldwide!) & Acrylic Block Stamping-Stamp School

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a really fun and colorful cardmaking technique! The stamps I am using are from ArtNeko and they will be giving away the stamps I used on today’s project to one lucky reader. To enter the contest simply leave a comment and I will pick one lucky commenter next Wednesday! Good luck!

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These card were so fun to make and I think a batch of these colorful creations would make a lovely gift or craft fair item too. If you are new to stamping I suggest you invest in mini ink cubes instead of full size pads because the raised top pads can ink any size stamp and you can have a big variety of colors in a small space and on a tiny budget. I also recommend buying reinkers as they get dry. There are many good brands but I like the Memento pads because I can always find reinkers at stamp shows if I need them. Here I have my mini ink pads in an empty Project Life page protector box and I have them all out and ready to go. Convenient huh?

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Simply watch the video to see how it’s done!

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!

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Cut and score card bases. I took 8.5″ x 4.25″ cardstock and folded it in half for my cards. Also make envelopes to match.

2. Select an acrylic block and cover with ink from mini ink pads. spray with water (generously) and press on card bases. Let dry. Repeat for all card bases.

3. Stamp a focal image on each card with black ink.

4. Glue on wooden charms, add sequins and penwork if desired.

I have to be honest, some projects just give me joy to make and this was one of them. Sitting down with ink and making a (small) mess with colors and ink was the perfect way to decompress after a tough day. Creating can give us that releif from stress and worry that we so often need. Just like excersize rejuvinates out body creativity calms the soul (and it is a heack of a lot more healthy they eating a bag of potato chips LOL!) Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win and til next time happy crafting!

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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31, 2017

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

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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!

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