Stamp School: Cardmaking Mistakes & How to Fix Them!

Hi friends! First up let me apologize for not having a live show today, we were hit by a ‘Noreaster with high winds and our electricity and internet were down today. I spent the day watching Harry Potter movies with the kids and painting watercolors in the living room. I can’t complain about a power outage because we have a generator and a wood stove, we are very lucky:) Several neighbors had large trees come down and rip electric wires off their homes and cause lots of damage. We fared quite well. I hope everyone who is digging out from this storm does so safely and if needed reach out to a neighbor for help or offer your home up to a neighbor in need. Take care of each other:)

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I wanted to share this video tonight for a couple of reasons, first off I wanted to give you some hope and inspiration for your weekend crafting, no matter how badly a craft seems to be going you CAN salvage it and secondly because I mentioned the 40% off selected peg stamp sets and accessories sale going on at Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I wanted you to have a chance to grab some deals before the sale ends tomorrow night.

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry BIG sale – 40% off 90 sets AND 35% off crafting goodies + free shipping on orders of $75 shipped within the USA (use coupon code: FREESHIP75) Sale Ends 12/31/16

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Stamp window box with black memento ink on Neenah white cardstock and color with chameleon markers. Use the mixing chamber if you want a blended image and start coloring in the lightest area. Practice on a scrap piece of cardstock if you are new to these markers.

2. Stamp on flowers with peg stamps and dye inks.

3. Accent image with white and black pens. Add more color and shading with alcohol pens if desired.

4. Run a scrap of cream cardstock through a embossing machine with a wood-grain embossing folder. Color with distress inks, gelatos and gesso. Repeat steps if desired until you get the look you want. Fold up top and bottom of that panel to make a contrasting border on the panel. Attach panel to frat cardstock with grommets and thread twine through he holes to make a frame.

5. Stamp Thank you with black pigment ink an heat emboss.

6. Make a 5″x7″ side fold card with cream card stock. Ink edges and stamp border is desired and attach all card elements.

 

I hope it goes without saying, use what you have, you do not need to have the exact same brand of ink, pastel, marker, pen etc to make a fabulous card. The best supplies to use are the ones you have. Have fun working through those mistakes and til next time happy crafting!

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Interchangeable Brushes Back in Stock & Winner Announced!

Hi friends! I am so happy to let EVERYONE know that the FABART set of 12 (15 pc) interchangable brushes are now back in stock. I shared them with you last week and they sold out in a couple of hours. I have been getting emails, comments and messages from viewers all week wanting to know how to get a set, hopefully there is enough in stock this time to satisfy you guys:) They have also extended the coupon code through 12/7/16, save 20% with coupon code: 7XOWSQJ9 that code is good for everything in the Fabart store as well (and I have projects coming up using the knitting needle sets and kids brushes if you want to plan ahead or grab some gifts.)

The folks at Fabart also let me give a set away to a lucky winner: Janet Okelley!!! Janet, check your email shortly for directions on claiming your prize:)

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If you were thinking about grabbing some sets of these interchangeable brush sets for gifts I really would not wait, they just popped up back in the shop seconds ago and they will ship out December 3rd. I would hate for any of my viewers to miss out. I just wanted to make sure you knew in time to get some and use the coupon code.

If you missed the video I did on these brushes you can find it here, I went through 12 different brush types and what they are used for and as a bonus all of these brushes are included in this travel set in a compact case that keeps the brushes safe and secure. The brush set retails for $24.95 and shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime. Don’t forget to use the coupon code for: 7XOWSQJ9 for 20% off through 12/7/16. Happy crafting!

Flower Power Card with Alcohol Markers! Lots of Techniques to Get You Started!

Hi friends! Today I want to do some coloring and show you some ways to use alcohol markers in your card making and crafting. You might enjoy coloring a stamped image in markers but did you know you can also use alcohol pens to stain and dye embellishments and ribbons? Today I will share some of my favorite techniques to get you off and running even if you have never picked up an alcohol pen before!

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Watch the video to learn fun and easy techniques that will have you coloring in no time!

This video is sponsored by and features Color It  markers! Save 10% (on EVERYTHING at colorit.com) with coupon code: frugal10

Supplies:
50 piece marker set and coloring book page from Color It (the page I used is from Calming Doodles Volume 1)
Black & White cardstock
Adhesive (double stick tape, hot glue, foam squares)
Washi tape (optional)
Stamps & Ink (Cling Daisy by Stampendous, stamping ink Tuxedo Black by Memento)

Tip! If you are unhappy with your coloring you can always adjust it by overlaying colored pencils on the marker colored image. This technique is also helpful if your marker collection is small. If you are not sure what mediums are for you and you want to try a bit of each Color It offers a fun bundle with 48 pencils, 24 markers in a carry case and a coloring book!

Directions:
1. Color a section of a coloring book page to use as designer paper. I used a page from this Color It coloring book.

2. Stamp flowers and color as shown in the video using the Color It Set of 50 markers

3. Fold a 10″x7″ piece of black cardstock in half to make a card base. Trim the coloring book sheet to fit along the edge of the card. Cut out flowers.

4. Assemble the card using double stick tape, hot glue and foam squares.

5. If you used black cardstock for your base adhere a lighter paper within the card for writing your note.
Recycling Tip! Instead of writing inside the card, jot down your greeting on a Post-it note and stick that inside, that way the recipient can reuse the card spreading the joy further! Think of where you card could end up! Not in the trash, that’s for sure:)

I hope you try out these techniques with the supplies you have and if you are in the market for a beautiful set of high quality alcohol markers I hope you will consider this set from our sponsor Color it.  Since I first discovered their high quality coloring books nearly a year ago they have been a favorite in the Weirich household (even my non-artsy son like to color in them!) and since then they have come out with more coloring books, sketch pads, colored pencils, pens and markers. They really have crafters at heart and you can tell they love what they do by the quality on their products. Don’t forget to use the coupon code frugal10 if you order to save 10% on everything at Color It! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Live at 12:30pm ET Today: Watercolor Candies!

Hi friends! If you are in the mood for a bright cheerful painting session and good company be sure to join us for the free painting live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern time on YouTube.

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Here is a color swatch and a couple rough sketches. We are using the following colors: Quin Rose, Perm. Scarlet, Perm. Gamboge, Perm. Yellow, Pthalo Blue and Turquoise.

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You can use my sketch as a pattern to trace. Be sure to check out the reference photo by Lillian Bell on Paint my Photo (she is one of my favorites!)

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You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us (you folks do have a blast in the live chat!) you will need to watch this at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

You can find the supplies from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

ALSO I wanted to remind you of the early enrollment special for LifeBook 2017! I am one of the many teachers on the year-long artistic journey and I would love for you to join me! 20% off Life Book 2017 with coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 learn more or sign up here.

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I hope to see you on YouTube at 12:30pm ET for a fun and free painting class! Happy crafting!

Watercolor & Alcohol and a Cute Origami Box!

Let’s have fun mixing up our supplies to make cute undersea gift boxes!

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There are lot of fun techniques in this video, I hope you try one or more in your next stamping of painting project! Watch the video to see how!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry: Use coupon code: ORIGAMI to get 20% off orders of $10+ of mounted stamps. Expires Sunday, July 31, 2016

Supplies:
Watercolor paper or heavy cardstock cut 9″ square
Watercolors (or dye ink pads pressed to a block to make paintable ink)
Dye ink pads in bright colors
Stamps by Rubber Stamp TapestrySeahorse GardenSea Turtle MamaSea Turtle HatchlingSand dollar and Starfish BorderShell Border
*Stamps are available individually as well as in the above sets.
Pencil
Circle template and ruler
Scrapbook paper 8.5″ square
Rubbing alcohol (I used 70% from a drugstore)

origami1thumb These boxes are quick and fun to make and when you use your paint and stamps you can customize them however you like! The alcohol technique can be used in your watercolor painting as well when you want that bubbly look, just make sure you drop in the alcohol while the paint is still damp or it will not work. I hope you enjoyed this project! Thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Backgrounds with Colorburst, Liquid Metals & Rubbernecker Stamps!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share some fun background and stamping techniques!

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We are going to use stamps, color burst powders and liquid metals to create these. You can get everything I am using at Rubbernecker and SAVE 10% with code FRUGAL10 at checkout!

Want to play along? Watch the video to see how this is done!

Supplies:
Stamp Daisy #953
Liquid Metals Precious Alloys (colorful, more transparent), Liquid Metals Heavy Metals (more opaque-better on black), Color Bursts
White cheap cardstock
Black glossy paper (Judikins)
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I hope you try these techniques on your next cards or art journal paintings! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Postoids & Inchies (DIY Ephemera!)

Hi friends! I like to make my own embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages. I also like techniques that I can use my stash of stamps without using anything up. That is what I love about rubber stamps (as opposed to stickers and other embellishments) you can keep using them but you never use them up. Because of this it is important to collect really versatile rubber stamps, especially if you are a beginner. Here I am using several Rubber Stamp Tapestry set to make some postage stamp embellishments. Oh! Before I forget use the coupon POSTOID16 to get 20% off your peg stamps and peg stamp sets order of $10 or more at Rubber Stamp Tapestry through 6/5/16. (sets I used are linked below)

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This technique is really useful for smaller stamps and sometimes those can be the most challenging to use because we have to be creative and build a whole design ourselves but working within the confines of a small “window” it becomes very fun and easy! So, grab your small stamps and let’s get started!

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I like to make a bunch of these and save them for future use on cards and scrapbooks or swap them with other stampers.

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Cut a mask (window) with as many rectangles as you like from cardstock or acetate.
2. Tape the mask to white cardstock and stamp in the opening.
3. Sponge or sweep ink over the mask to color the background.
4. Cut around with stamp edge scissors and pierce holes between the stamp squares.

I hope you try this fun technique, make sure to keep the masks you cut so you can make more in the future, I have been using mine for years! Don’t forget, get 20% off your peg stamps and peg stamp sets order of $10 or more using coupon code: POSTOID16 at our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry but don’t wait, the 20% off coupon is only good through 6/5/16. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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