Get Ready for Christmas! Gift Card Holder Shaker Cards!

Hi friends! I got some great advice once: Do something today that will make tomorrow easier. That might be making your kids lunch the night before so you don’t have chaos in the morning or washing the dishes in the sink in the evening  so you don’t have to struggle with piles of plates just to fill the coffee maker when you are bleary eyed and in desperate need of your morning jolt of caffeine. Do “Future You” a solid and get something done ahead of time. Christmas will be here before you know it and it just seems like there is never enough time to do everything we want once December hits so I like to get a  few things made before then so I can actually relax a bit and ENJOY the holidays.  Since I have been more mindful about “stuff” this past year I am really trying not to clutter other people’s lives so this year I am going to rely more on gift cards (and not feel guilty about it like I have done in the past.) I think making a handmade card to hold a gift card says “Hey, I like and care about enough to spend time on a gift but I don’t want to clutter up your life with stuff you might not have room for.”

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I think when we make a handmade card we are showing we care without the clutter. You can even tuck a personalized not in the pocket with the gift card rather than write on it so the card can be reused by the recipient. I don’t want someone feeling like they have to keep the card forever either, this gives them permission to pass it on and brighten someone else’s day. (Truth be told I have a drawer filled with cards that were given to me but it’s a nice theory right. I admit it, I hoard cards friends give me but I don’t expect others to:) LOL!)

Want to see how I made this card? Well then, watch the video!

 

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

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other Supplies:

Heat embossing on acetate directions:
1. Stamp design with pigment or embossing ink.
2. Sprinkle with embossing powder.
3. Heat up the gun for a few seconds before bringing to the film. Heat powder until it melts but if an area starts to warp pull the gun away, then go back in and heat some more after it cools. Embossing powder melts faster on acetate than paper typically.

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Let’s have a relaxed holiday, shall we? Do something today that future you will thank you for. I think that’s worth celebrating! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Lot’s Of Mixed Media Card Techniques! {X-Mas Card Idea!)

Hi Friends! Over the past few months I have adopted the idea of doing things today that make tomorrow easier. For instance taking 5 minutes to wash up the few dishes left in the sink and setting up my coffee pot before I go to bed saves me at least 20 minutes the next morning. It’s the old “Stitch in time saves 9” routine. It’s true though. So with that in mind I decided to share some techniques and apply them to a Christmas card. You can use these techniques to make any kind of card you need though (but I bet you will be happy to have a few Christmas cards already done come December!) 😀

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Watch the video to see these fun techniques!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  Use coupon code: FRUGALAUGUST17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires August 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires August 31, 2017.

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

Other Supplies:

Finished Card Size: 5 1/2″x4 1/4″ (A2)
Trim mixed media layer to 3 1/2″x4 3/4″
Trim patterned paper mat to 4″x5 1/4″

Directions:
1. Add a pattern to cardstock with a stencil, inkpad and blending brush.
2. Scribble gelatos over cardstock and blend with a damp sponge or baby wipe.
3. Gather pegstamps together with a rubber band and stamp as one large background randomly over the paper. Partial images are fine.
4. Mix gelatos and embossing paste and trowel on paper over a stencil. Let dry completely.
5. Die cut labels from white and pattern paper. Stamp poinsettia motif on white and adhere to patterned paper with foam tape.
6. Use inkpads and water to dye seam binding. Let dry.
7. Trim mixed media and pattered paper panels and adhere together. Tie ribbon in a bow around panels and adhere to cardbase.
8. Adhere labels and pearls to card.
9. Stamp sentiment inside if desired.

Don’t fret if you don’t have the same supplies as I do, use what you have and make it your own! 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!

Christmas Cookie Card And Scan & Cut Demo!

Hi friends! Why not make up a batch of Christmas cards featuring a batch of gingerbread cookies?

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This is a one stamp wonder project and a lot of fun! Watch the video to see how I made it. The video also features a demo of my Scan ‘n Cut machine. I have felt badly that I haven’t gotten a tutorial up for you on that machine yet but honestly I am a novice with it, I seriously just use it to “scan & cut” and it does that easy as pie!

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This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: COOKIES to save 20% on all peg stamp & peg stamp set orders of $10 or more! Offer expires Sunday, October 16, 2016.

This is a one stamp wonder card using the jumbo gingerbread man from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
You can get him on his own or as a part of Old Fashioned Gingerbread peg stamp set and it coordinates with the Gingerbread Wreath set which has the same design in smaller sizes.
There are no repeats from set to set but most stamp are available individually if you just want one:)

Other Supplies:
White, silver and tan cardstock
Plaid scrapbook paper
Dies or paper trimmer
Buttons
Doily
Scissors

Feel free to hand cut the cookies with scissors, it will work out just fine. I hope you find some crafty time this weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Colored Pencil Layering for Beginners!

Hi friends! Break out the colored pencils and get ready to feel like a kid again!

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I left this tutorial in real-time because it is geared to beginners. I think it is helpful to see how long it takes to build up layers, how to hold the pencils and how much pressure to apply. If it is too slow for you simply play the video then click on the gear at the bottom of the player and you can play it faster, warning, it might make me sound like a deranged chipmunk but at least you can watch it in half the time!

The stamps I am using in today’s tutorial are from our sponsor ArtNeko! 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:

  • Stamps (full set of all 50 states birds & flowers plus bonus images)
  • OR the individual image is available for $5
  • White cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Die cuts or embellishments of your choice
  • Colored pencils (Prismacolor colors I used listed below)
    pc 1015 deco blue
    pc 903 true blue
    pc901 indigo blue
    pc 917 sunburst yellow
    pc 914 cream
    pc 943 burnt ocher
    pc 946 dark brown
    pc 911 olive green
    pc 908 dark green
    pc 912 apple green
    pc 923 scarlet lake
    pc 924 crimson red
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pattern paper
  • A2 size card base in red

Feel free to use the paper and pencils you have on hand. Even Crayola. It is better to see if you enjoy using colored pencils before shelling out big bucks for a professional set. I love the burnishing technique (coloring firmly) but it might make people’s hands tired after a while. I want Stamp School to be about trying techniques and exploring media without busting the bank, and if you love the colored pencils, well, Christmas is right around the corner and there are many lovely brands to pick from! I hope you enjoyed this project and you give some of these techniques a try! Happy crafting!

 

 

Let’s paint Holly! (Cute watercolor Christmas card idea!)

Hi Friends! Here is a watercolor tutorial for you! Feel free to paint this larger than card size if you want, if you really like it you can always scan it and have it printed as a Christmas card!

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Here is a traceable pattern for you.

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And here is the free video watercolor tutorial. Enjoy!

So, how did you like using masking fluid? If you don’t have that you can always apply white acrylic paint after the painting is dry for snow, heck, you can even sprinkle some iridescent glitter into it for extra realistic fun!

Supplies:
5″x7″ Strathmore watercolor card
Watercolors: Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Hookers Green, Lemon Yellow
Brushes: #12 angle, #4 & #10 round, #2 liner
Other: Tape, pencil, water, masking fluid with old brush and soap, graphite paper

Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School 13: Intro to Alcohol Markers!

Hi friends! Today we are going to look at a product that you may want to try for enhancing your stamped cards: Alcohol markers. These have been the darling of the stamp world for a few years because you can get a beautiful blended effect and also because you can spend a long time on an image to get it just perfect. Coloring is very relaxing. I have spent as much as an hour coloring a really detailed image with markers. Because of that I would tend to stamp out a few images and color them while I was watching TV I the evening or while my kids were coloring. Today we are going to color an easy design perfect for a Christmas card.

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During the demo you will be able to see how the markers blend, how to fix mistakes and learn tips for getting good results from your markers. The stamps I am using are from our sponsor Art Neko, be sure to mention TheFrugalCrafter if you order to get 10% off your order or free shipping on orders over $50, whatever discount is greater!

Video!

Supplies

  • Stamps: Star Sprinkling Angel, Snowflakes (some of these stamps are found in larger Christmas sets from ArtNeko, look at those before buying to see if you want the other stamps in the kits because it brings down the individual stamp price.)
  • Dye ink: Memento
  • Distress ink (Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey)
  • Cardstock: Neenah (white) brown, maroon
  • 6″ paper doily
  • Distress ink in vintage photo, tumbled glass, wild honey
  • Gelly Roll Stardust pen
  • ribbon & buttons
  • Alcohol based markers (Copic, Promarker, Sharpie, Bic Markit, Prismacolor, Spectrum Noir, Tria or others)
    * OR you can use watercolor markers but be sure to stamp with Archival ink so it does not smear. Also, if using watercolor markers you can’t go over the paper as much as we do with alcohol markers.

If you are thinking of trying alcohol ink markers I urge you to see if you can borrow some from a friend before deciding to invest. Also expect a learning curve. I have not used mine in a while and I was a bit out of practice. Also I am fond of quick projects so I don’t often reach for my markers but on the other hand there is something really relaxing about spending an hour coloring an image. One way to get started is to buy a 36 pack of Bic Markits or Sharpies then a few really light shades of some art markers so you can blend and get a range of shades. Below is a playlist of many alcohol marker techniques that you might find helpful:

I was not intending to cover alcohol ink markers in stamp school but so many of you asked me if I would so I hope that gave you a good foundation on them. So, what do you think? Do you use alcohol markers? What do you like about them? Do you have any tips for beginners? Leave that info in the comments below and help your fellow stampers out. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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