Easy Coloring Botanical Birthday Card with Frugal Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we will make a slightly over-sized card where we can play with many techniques and dust off some supplies you may not have used in a while:) There are many substitutions you can make while creating this card so I urge you to use what you have! 18527328_10209162046873702_3468856644300664836_o.jpg

 

This card ended up bring 5.5″x7.5″ but you can make any size card you like.  I will share a few fun, fast and frugal techniques in the video and mention where you can substitute products, I will also post a specific supply list below. *Contains affiliate links.

Video!

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

Supplies:

Let me restate that you can use what you have for this. I think the most interesting part of cardmaking and stamping it taking an idea and using it as a jumping off point to create something original. No harm will come if you try to make any card with the supplies you currently own and then only purchasing something new if you feel like it adds value and versatility to your supply stash. The fun with craft supplies is in the using, not the “having” I think:) Hmmm, Maybe I have been watching too many minimalist videos on YouTube hahaha:)

So, tell me in the comments below what supply you “made do” with instead of “buying new”, I am always looking for ways to breathe new life into old stuff like the glitter bookplate I had been hoarding for years LOL! I love to hear your insight. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Mother’s Day, a Batch of Inky Cards & Faux Distress Oxide Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun techniques that gives you the look of distress oxide using the inks you probably already have, in fact it will work with any distress inks. I will also show you how the effect differ depending on the ink pads you use. After you try these fun techniques you will have lots of cool backgrounds so I will show you have to turn them into note cards as well. Boy, we have a lot to do today, don’t we?

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Mmmmm inky goodness…..

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Grab your die inkpads and let’s get to work! (or play!)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: FREESHIP75 to get free USA shipping on your order of $75 plus of ANY products at Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Coupon expires July 3, 2017

Supplies:

Faux distress oxide technique:
1. Wipe dye inks onto craft mat and spritz with water.
2. Drag white sulphite paper through ink and dry.
3. Smoosh white pigment ink pad on craft mat and spritz with water.
4. Use a paintbrush to flick white ink on the inky paper and sop up the remaining white ink with the same paper.

To make the cards:
5. Cut cardstock to desired card size and score/fold in half.
6. Glue die cuts to paper.
7. Stamp sentiments and accents.
8. You can emboss the paper after if you like!

This project was super fun and I ended up with a bunch of cards, I hope you try it today! Happy mother’s day to all of the moms out there and til next time happy crafting!

Make Distress Oxide Blenders for Cheap or FREE!

Hi friends! I am having a ball with my new Distress Oxide inks! I was afraid (because they contain some pigment ink in them) to use them with my regular ink daubers so I decided to make some new ones for them!

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I have been hanging on to an old glass chess set for years, I kept the tempered glass game board for a cutting surface and polymer clay work-surface but I had yet to find a use for the glass pieces. When I came across the box of glass chess pieces during my Kon-Mari craft-room cleanup I knew that they sparked joy and I would use them so luckily I kept them! See how I turned them into in daubers in this video!

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*Note you can also use old plastic bottle caps to make sponge blenders with (You can even hot glue those for instant gratification LOL!) I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on how to make ink blenders. (Amazon affiliate links used:)

One more thing! today only Craftsy has 10 classes for $10.99! Here are a couple of the classes on sale that you might enjoy!

The Art of Painting Horses (Regular price $29.99)

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Pastel Pencil Essentials (Regular price $39.99)1476294156423-titlecard_11108_2888x1638.jpg The Basics of Landscape Photography (Regular price $49.99)

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There are other classes on sale too I discovered, see if anything at Craftsy strikes your fancy, from art to crafts to sewing or cooking they have you covered! Also any purchase you make through my special discount link helps support my channel and keep the free tutorials coming. Thanks for your support and til next time happy crafting!

Distress Oxide Inky One Layer Card {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! I had many people asking me what I thought about Distress Oxide ink so I decided to get some and try them out!

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I will play with them some more and do another tutorial with fun ideas for these but for now I have a few fun techniques in today’s video! I will also share some alternative ways to get this look if you don’t have Distress Oxide inks!

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. New stamps are being released soon, sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter for bonus free projects and fun news! *Please note that unmounted stamps and other craft supplies are not coupon eligible due to their already low everyday price:)

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Make a card from mixed media paper and tape it to a board, mask the borders of the card so you have a window to stamp in

2. Sponge blue and purple ink in window, dry then spatter with water and blot. Let dry.

3. Pounce ink through a stencil with a make up sponge. Also use a sponge and black in to make a frame. Spatter with water.

4. Stamp vines around the edges of the window and butterflies within the window.

5. Accent the butterflies with gel pens and outline the window with black.

6. Remove the tape and stamp flowers and sentiment on the bottom of the card.

7. Ink the bottom of the card if desired.

I hope you try a one layer inky card, even if you don;t have the new distress oxide inks you can use the inks you have to get a similar effect, the more you play with your supplies the more versatile they become! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Don’t be a chicken, enter to win this stamp!

Hello friends! I do love a good pun! And a good giveaway! Today I am giving away this beautiful stamp from Art Neko. It is the state bird and flower of Rhode Island (OK it should be a Rhode Island Red but I thought it would show up better as a lighter bird, my apologies Rhode Island) and the stamp is on sale for $4.50. I have the complete set of 50 state Birds and Flowers and they are all wonderful, especially if you like to color. It includes 54 ATC sized images that are super detailed and crisp on deeply etched red rubber. It is such a lovely set for anyone who likes nature. In all honesty it is my favorite stamp set.

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I colored my chicken with my new Spectrum Noir colored pencils. I got to try the Spectrum Noir blending solution too. It is Gamsol (it says so right on the label and it is made by Gamblin for Grafter’s Companion.) I have never used Gamsol thinking it would be just like odorless mineral spirits and it does work just like OMS but there is no smell at all! I could not believe it! That said, keep it away from kids and pets because it looks and smells like water. Usually I prefer to blend with baby oil but you cannot add more pencil over it but with the Spectrum Noir Blending Solution you can continue to layer colors after blending. I used a very smooth cardstock so if you want deeper colors you can use a rougher paper. Watch the tutorial for the coloring demo. If you like to listen to me jibber-jabber while I color for 19 minutes than this video is for you…don’t say I didn’t warn you LOL! Oh, I will show you how to make the card and the distress ink gelato background too so there’s that. Really, sorry about the long coloring video…and the mess at 13 minutes…that said, if you still want to watch the video here you go!

If you want to win the stamp I used and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko leave a comment below and I will pick a winner next week! Good luck and happy crafting!

An idea for those “not so great” watercolors!

Hi Friends! A couple of weeks ago I was trying to make a cool watercolor background for this art journal page. The more I did to it the worse it looked and by the time I was done I had used so many mediums on it that I hated to throw it away and waste the color. So rather than toss it I made paper beads! Watch the video to see how:

I had a similar thing happen yesterday, I was trying to paint a tulip because it was a viewer request and I just was not happy with the way it turned out, I painted that darn flower 4 times before I liked it! I asked my friends on the Frugalcrafter facebook page what they did with bad watercolor paintings and their ideas were inspired, you can see what they said here. I think the best advice was to wait and look at the painting later and when I did I actually liked them. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

Stamp Giveaway Time & Lots of Inky Goodness!

Happy Friday friends! I feel like giving away some stamps today and it’s a good thing too because the fine folks at Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) have some lovelies for me to give away.  You can win the stamps I used on this card, and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko! With Mothers Day right around the corner I thought I’d share a fun technique that lets you get nice and artsy! You will need an old book or magazine page, white gesso (or flat white house paint/primer if you don’t have gesso), some kind of clear embossing powder, a silhouette style stamp and a dye based ink pad and sponge. Ready? Let’s get inky!

I really wanted to feature these Authentic Antique European Silhouettes stamps because they are one of the first sets I got from them  5 years ago AND because that stamp set is on sale for $9.99 (regular price $29.99) for a 8″x10″ sheet of red rubber stamps! I love a bargain. Of course winning stamps for free is even better so leave a comment and you will go into the prize draw! If you buy the set and end up being the winner you can pick other stamps as your prize, yes the owners of Art Neko are that awesome! I’ll pick a winner next Friday. This contest is open to EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE so don’t be shy, leave a comment. Also Art Neko ships worldwide and charges actual fair postage. Good luck & happy crafting!

Pick Your Prize,Make a Gift Set & 20%off at Green Sneakers!

Howdy friends and happy Veterans Day! Today I have an exciting giveaway for you from the fine folks at Green Sneakers. Whenever I host a giveaway I always hope the person who wins really likes their prize, well I won’t have to worry this time because you get to pick your prize! How cool is that? Go to Green Sneakers and find 2 templates you would most like to win, then come back here and leave a comment mentioning your picks. If I draw your name next Monday you get the templates you chose. Neat huh? Perhaps you would like to win the A2 Kreate-a-lope and Portfolio templates I used in my tutorial today:

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…or maybe you want something completely different. It is up to you! And to sweeten the deal they are offering a 20% discount to any of my readers who want to place an order! Use the code Lin20 as many times as you want between now and November 21st.  Please note: You must log in and use the coupon code to see the 20% savings.You can tell your friends too and make sure they come by for their chance to win or use the coupon to get a head start on Christmas shopping! Check out their kits and specials for additional savings.   Alright, now for a video tutorial so you can see these wonderful templates in action:

I think these DIY card kits would make a fabulous gift or craft fair items. It is also a chance to use some of those embossing folders we crafters tend to collect…or is that just me? I think I will make some in wild bright primary colors (hubby’s idea) for children’s cards and some with more sentiments. I am considering taking special orders for these and bringing them to my next craft fair, I think they are a super gift (but I don’t want to sell out of my stash because I plan on giving some too!)

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You could also use the portfolio to make a painting studio on the go, put a small palette of paints and a waterbrush on one side and cut watercolor paper on the other, instant art studio!

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Use this idea with the supplies you have in the colors you like. I’m sure you can make a perfect stationary set for anyone.

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So, to recap: Visit Green Sneakers and check out the goods, leave a comment on my blog letting us know what TWO templates you want if your name is drawn. That’s it. Easy Peasy. If you feel the urge to shop use the coupon Lin20 to save 20% on your order. This contest is open to U.S. residents only, sorry for any inconvenience:) Good luck! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks!

Let’s get a little more use out of out supplies today and use something we already have in a new way. If you use clear or unmounted stamps you have acrylic blocks around (if not look around for a scrap of plexiglass or a plastic block to use) and while they get a lot of use as stamp mounts you can use them on their own to stamp too! Look at the squares on this card, they were stamped with distress ink and stamp mounts. The dragonfly stamps are from About Art Accents.

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This is a fun and easy technique. Experiment with different papers to see what you like best! Watch the video for the how-to and more ideas!

I stamped my samples on glossy photo paper then I stamped a postcard background on green paper and glued it to the back of my stamped photo paper.  Post cards are fun and I don’t send them nearly enough!

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The other sample was done on watercolor paper, a different look, try different paper for different results! Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: An Inky Week!

I have been having so much fun in my studio this week! From making my cheap homemade version of Goosebumps  spray (Recipe here) to playing with ink and cheap kids stencil brushes:

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Yep, I got a 15 pack of stencil brushes at Micheals with a coupon for $5 and I went to town, you can see them in the soup can on my desk along with my big ink sweeper, distress ink pads, random backgrounds over-stamped with my lovely new from the stamp show Artistic Outpost stamps and my homemade bottle cap & cosmetic wedge daubers. I love me some homemade supplies. Why am I sharing my desk you ask? Because it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday of course!

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The stencil brush ink technique is so quick and easy and a great solution for folks who have a hard time getting a smooth blend with foam blenders, have a look:

I also want to mention again how much I lobe my Samsung F90, it is so easy to shoot and share that I can make a quick little tutorial whenever I am in the mood. I’m not endorsed by them or anyone who sells them but I know a lot of you make craft videos too so I’m just sharing my opinion. For me the pause/record feature is what makes it, I can pause the video if I need to let something dry or get something and then resume it so no need to edit it later. I will say that I do not care for the software that comes with the camera, if I need to edit something I use Corel Video Studio Pro. Anyway, here is a close up of the inky card, not bad for 6 minutes eh?

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So, do you want to see more crafty desks from around the globe? Check out Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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