Lovely, Easy & Frugal: Chalk Cards {Stamp School!)

Hi friends! If you have some chalk in your craft stash I encourage you to try this tutorial!

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You are going to want decorator chalks (they come individually or in a palette like eye-shadow) or chalk pastels, not chalkboard chalk for this technique. You will also need something to apply the chalk with, I used daubers from Darice but I also like to use small white pon-poms, Q-tips or even make-up sponges. If you have tried something else that works let me know in the comments!

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

Supplies:

Directions for applying chalks:
1. Stamp image with Versamark ink.
2. Dab on chalk with a sponge, pom-pom or q-tip
3. Rub with applicator to set. You can wipe off excess chalk with a tissue.

You can also use this technique with mica powder too, simply brush it over the clear stamped image with a soft brush and the shiny stuff will stick to the wet ink and leave a pretty shimmy design, it works best on black cardstock. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Are you ready to color! {and stamp too!}

Hello friends! I hope you are having a nice Friday! I feel like I have been bouncing from project to project this week but I have to tell you I love it! I’ll be starting my Mixed Media art Journal series on my blog tomorrow, I’m calling it Mixed Media Fun and each video will explore a specific technique or supply. I hope you check back for that! Today though, I have a couple tutorials for you on how I made the stamped panel for this card:

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I love the Flower Fairy stamp collection from Crafter’s Companion, I bought EVERY unmounted stamp set they offered on sale at Custom Crops a couple years ago and I am so glad I did because you can’t find them all anymore! There are a few (probably the most popular ones) sets of cling mounted flower fairy stamps available directly at Crafter’s Companion but they don’t have the massive amount of stamps that the original unmounted sets had and they are more expensive because they are mounted. But it is an option if you are looking for something similar and missed the boat.

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In the first video I will show you how to color the fairy using watercolor pencils and a blender pen:

I love the way she turned out but I did not like the white background so here is how to stamp a background without masking. You will need a clear embossing inkpad (or glycerin and a make-up sponge) chalk pastels and a pom-pom or Q-tip to apply the chalk, have a look.

You can get the set of chalk I used here at Custom Crops along with other color sets and the last time I checked they were on sale!

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I stamped the sentiment right on the background with purple metallic ink and then used embossing tinsel (OK show of hands, who has been stamping long enough to remember embossing tinsel, turns out it ages very well since I bought mine 8 years ago at a yard sale LOL!) to give it a bit of bling.

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I decided on an easel card because I wanted a little bit more space to decorate and the floor of the card gives me that opportunity.

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I decorated it with orphaned die-cuts that were sitting in the use-it-or-toss-it-basket, don’t we all have one of those? I hope you try these techniques and if you do share it on the facebook page, I’d love to see it! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: Using Chalk Pastels to Stamp!

Howdy folks! My crafty mojo made an appearance today while I was playing with my chalk pastels.

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It got me to thinking, chalk ink is expensive but you can get  set of student grade chalk (aka soft) pastels at the craft store for cheap (48 for $10) so I used said cheap pastels to stamp with, have a look:

Extra bonus, this is a technique that I would use the expensive inktense blocks with and the pastels work just as well and they are more in the price range of average crafters. What’s more most of us have some type of pastel or decorator chalk in our stash from 10 years ago when it was all the rage (yes, if you can pop those suckers out of the palette they came in you can use them!)

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I love that you can stamp on dark-colored cardstock with these too! Is there no end to the fun we can have with these inexpensive goodies? Now, I got a lot of questions on YouTube about whether the stamped image needs to be sealed. Well, before I took the photos I rubbed may hand over the images, no smudging at all. Another reason I would not seal them is that it might darken the color or make them disappear on dark cardstock, also sometimes fixatives will make paper brittle over time (especially if you are a cheap skate like me and use Aqua-Net as a sealer LOL!)

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So there you have it! Another use for an old product you probably already have, if not you can obtain them cheaply. I spied many sets that looked pretty good for under $10 at my local ACmoore. Look for rich, vivid colors and you can’t go wrong. In case you are wondering if you should spend big bucks on artist grade pastels ask yourself this: Are you going to paint a picture with them? Do you have children who will share them with you? Do you have proper ventilation? I love artist grade pastels and I paint with them. The colors will last longer because they contain pigments, some of which are toxic such as cobalt, cadmium, and other baddies and you shouldn’t breathe the dust. You don’t have to worry so much about student grade products because they are non-toxic, I don’t recommended breathing the dust on purpose or anything but they are a lot safer and the results will still be lovely. Chances are if you are using them in a scrapbook, journal or card they will not be hanging in direct sunlight for an extended period of time either, the cheap stuff is fine for this, BTW all of the chalk in the scrapbook “archival” aisle is the cheap stuff with a bigger price tag. You’re welcome.  I hope this project unleashed some creativity in you today, feel free to share what you have created by leaving a link in the comments, I’d love to see! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Creative play with a new “old” tool & lattice edge cards!

Well helllooooo my crafty friends. I snuck down to my craft room to play a bit yesterday, here are the results:

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I even made 2 videos! The first is how to make the lattice edge braid on the edge of this card. BTW the can can girls stamp is from Lost Coast Designs. All you need is cardstock, scissors, a pencil and a ruler. A 45 degree angle is handy too if you have one, if not take a paper square and cut it from corner to corner and you are in business! Let’s make a lattice edge card:

Well, that was easy huh? I got rummaging around, as I often do, in my studio drawers and came across a tool I got years ago called a Roltap. It is like a tiny sponge brayer and I used it to do some nifty techniques, watch as I finish this card! I also dusted off the color dusters, stencil brushes and chalk!

So, then I got to thinking, I wonder if Colorbox still makes Roltaps because now I see how cool it is I want more so I have one head for each color family. No such luck, I guess I’ll have to come up with a frugal replacement…I’ll keep you posted! That’s it for me. If you have any questions on anything I posted today feel free to leave a comment, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

I’m a Chalk Chick & WOYWW!

Boy, I love Wednesdays because I get to snoop around to other crafters desks and not feel one bit self conscious of my housekeeping skills! 😀 Yes, it is time for my weekly “Craft Hoarding Enablers Group” AKA What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday! Last week I was taken aback by some beautiful PanPastel work done by Jackie at Scrap Bang Wallop (love that name!) and I wanted desperately to get that look…the problem being that I do not have Pan Pastels. They are expensive and they look absolutely brilliant but alas, the do not reside in my stash. No worries, I have regular pastel chalks though so I decided to try to get a similar look with them:

The trouble I was having with my cheap student grade pastels (SMI brand I paid $15 for a box of 48) was that they would not stick to my smooth cardstock (well, duh, I always use pastels on rough paper) so I had to use fixative (OK ,I used hairspray 🙂 ) but the color was still not bold enough. I reckon the pan pastels are just super saturated and they would color anything but I never tried them. So I decided to play around with a damp sponge and it worked! Check out my video to see the technique…I’ll warn you, I’m a little more giddy than usual in this video!

Was that fun or was it just me? You can also stamp with clear embossing ink and use a dry sponge or pom-pom to apply chalk over the stamped image and it will stick to the stamping, that technique is called poppin pastels. Also you can stamp an image and pick up color with a water based blender pen and use that to pick up chalk and paint with it. Chalks are awesome! Here is a look at the chalk backgrounds I made:

 

Thanks for stopping by and if you want to see what other crafters are up to check out WOYWW! Til next time happy crafting!

Fun With Wheel Stamps and More!

Happy sunday folks. Today in most of the US we set our clocks ahead (an extra hour of daylight yea!) and when that happens Spring is sure to come soon! I am very excited because tomorrow I get to pick a winner for a brand new set of ProMarkers so if you have not entered for this awesome prize may sure you do today on the give-away post. Here is a card I made using Promarkers, wheel stamps, chalks, rainbow ink and the freebie digistamp from Thursday’s post, video to follow.

Supplies: Digital Stamp (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff), Rubber Stamps: Pink Persimmion (button), PSX (sentiment), Stamp Wheel (Stampin Up!), Ink: Inkadinkado (clear), Klaidacolor (Rainbow), Color medium: Promarkers and Chalk

Here is a video showing you how to make this…sorry it is so long, I knew it was a mistake when YouTube gave me permission to post videos longer than 10 minutes because I can talk all day!

Ane here is a close up of the card, yes, I know it is loud and bright but aren’t we all sometimes? 

 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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