Posted on February 23, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Tonight I am going to recommend a book that I received not too long ago. It’s called Embossing Powder Techniques from A-Z. It’s by Fran Seiford from Stampendous and I think it deserves a spot on every stampers workdesk.
In today’s video I give you a sneak peek and tell you why I love it so!
Now, a lot of the techniques are not new to me, I have been stamping for 15 years but having them all on one place is awesome! It is such a good resource and it will help me use my rather impressive stash of embossing powders. I am really looking forward to trying Fran’s Encrusted Jewels technique because that is new to me! The price of the book is $16.99 and did I mention it is a real book? When it comes to art resource books I want a real book that I can have at my craft table with me as I work.
If you have a lot of embossing powders this is a must have. If you are thinking about getting into heat embossing Embossing Powder Techniques From A-Z can save you money by explaining the tools you need and what powders yield what effects. The most endearing thing about this book is that it is designed to work with any brand embossing powders, you don’t have to use the Stampendous brand (although they make great powders) and Fran even shows us how to mimic her Frantage line of products. Fran Seiford (the author) has been a gift to the stamping industry for 35 years and this book really illustrates that. It is the best craft reference book I have come across in years, I fully recommend it!
Disclaimer: This is Not a sponsored post, my reviews are my own and I was not compensated for this video although I received a complimentary copy of the book. That said I probably will end up buying a few copies for gifts! Happy crafting!
Filed under: Product Reviews, Stamping | Tagged: Embossing, Embossing Powder Techniques From A-Z review, fran seiford, heat embossing, stampendous | 19 Comments »
Posted on February 8, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make a lovely thank you card using the new Year of the Ram stamps from Art Neko. I will share a few techniques including watercoloring, embossing and tips on using new unmounted stamps. So, grab a cuppa and spend 15 minutes in the craft room with me while we make a card!
All you have to do for a chance to win the stamps I used is leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway is open to everyone in the world!
- Ram and Heartfelt Thanks stamp from Art Neko
- Embossing folder
- Patterned paper (So Sophie/My Minds Eye)
- Die (Darice)
- Cardstock (110# Recollections from Micheals)
- Floral gems
- Watercolors and brush
- Hot pressed Watercolor Paper (Fabriano Studio #90)
- Waterproof black ink (Ranger Archival)
- Alcohol Markers
Follow along with the video for full instructions! Many of you have told me that you prefer the casual “craft with me” videos to the short edited ones so I hope you found this one fun and I hope it was not long and boring to everyone else. Good luck in the drawing and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: art neko, blog candy, cardmaking, Chinese New Year, Embossing, giveaway, Stamping, thank you card, unmounted stamps, watercoloring, year of the ram | 276 Comments »
Posted on June 5, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Do you want to spice up your jewelry packaging? Today I will show you an opulent looking technique that you can achieve on the cheap using little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart:
The size I use in the video are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and you get a box of 100 for $23. They have many sizes available making it perfect for whatever you need to package. Tip: Get your friends together and place an order for several sizes and divvy up the loot so you can try a variety without having to keep 100 of each on hand. Although these are so useful you will probably use them up in no time! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make faux cloisonne:
Supplies: kraft paper jewelry box, black acrylic paint, rubber stamp (an open line art stamp works best, avoid stamps with a lot of detail), metallic pigment in, gold embossing powder, heat gun, metallic watercolors,a small round brush.
Directions: Paint the box lid with black paint. You can paint the bottom of the box any color you like. Let dry. Stamp design on lid and ink the edges of the top with metallic ink, add embossing powder and heat with a heat gun to melt the powder to get the shiny metal look. Paint the design with metallic watercolor paint.
I hope you try this elegant project, it is sure to impress both your customers and friends. The box is a gift in itself. Please check out Papermart if you are in need of any type of creative packaging, I don’t think you’ll find better prices or quality anywhere else. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair, jewelry | Tagged: acrylic paint, craft fair packaging, earring display ideas, Embossing, embossing powder, gift packaging, gold embossing powder, how to make faux cloisonne, jewelry box, kraft jewelry boxes, kraft paper, packaging, papermart, rubber stamping | 14 Comments »
Posted on May 25, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! from the blog post title you can probably guess that we are going to get inky today! But first I want to announce the winner of stamps and a gift certificate to Art Neko (formally About art Accents) congrats to Kimberly E.!!! Check your email for details;) Don’t worry if you did not win, the Garden Friends set it is still on sale and I have another idea for using it in today’s video:
Feel free to adapt this technique to suit your project. You can even just do the inked emboss and call it a day, that is pretty on it’s own. Here is a recap of what we did:
First we did an inked emboss by inking an embossing folder with pigment ink and a brayer and embossing white cardstock. Then we added a little bit of copper, gold, rust and verdigris embossing powder to the embossed panel and heated it with a heat gun. We scribbled metallic green, gold and brown gel sticks to the panel and topped it off with a spritz of homemade shimmer spray ink.
Here is my tutorial on homemade spray ink.
Here is my tutorial on the firm foam blenders for gelatos.
Thanks again to Art Neko for sponsoring this contest, remember to use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your non sale rubber! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, Stamping | Tagged: art neko, background, Big Shot, Embossing, embossing folder, embossing powder, gelatos, heat gun, inked emboss, pigment ink, rubber brayer, spray ink | 18 Comments »
Posted on May 12, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Here is a card you can make for Fathers Day or a birthday for a handy man in your life:
It is fun and easy and will help you get more use out of the supplies you own. Watch the video to see how:
The stamps I used were from Technique Tuesday but you can use any tool stamps or use clip art. I used embossing folders for the backgrounds but feel free to use stamps. Take the ideas and fly with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: Embossing, fathers day card. cards for men, man birthday card, Stamping, technique tuesday, tool themed card, tools | 3 Comments »
Posted on April 11, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
EDIT: I forgot to post the printable sheet of Dolly Parton Quotes, you can download or print it directly here.
Happy Friday Folks! Well, I had plans of making a tofu scramble for dinner tonight but I was overruled 4 to 1 so I grabbed a pizza and we plunked in the living room and watched Once Upon a Time while we enjoyed takeout. They has pizza and I had a veggie Italian (and french fries…I’m a vegetarian, not a saint LOL!) I love how they are bringing OZ into story-line, I also love that it is a show I want to watch with my children and not some show with obnoxious teenagers in it LOL! Anyway, this recent TV show has inspired this card:
Wizard of OZ stamps: Lost coast designs, Quote: Dolly Parton
I used the Wizard of OZ stamps from Lost Coast Designs that feature the precious illustrations from the original book. I did not use many supplies for this card and I bet you can make do with what you have too to make something like it! Watch the video for tips and hints on masking, embossing and coloring!
I hope that tutorial inspired you to dig out some of your older supplies and show them some love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: lost coast, Stamping | Tagged: Dolly Parton, dolly parton quote, Embossing, fiskars texture plates, lost coast designs, OZ, rainbow, rubber stamps, spellbinders, Stamping, Wizard of Oz, wizard of oz stamps | 12 Comments »
Posted on March 2, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends. I often admire fussy, tedious, time consuming crafts but I know that I would not enjoy them. I really wanted to get the look of parchment craft (an elaborate embossing and paper piercing technique on vellum also known as pergamano) so I improvised a quick fix:
I later learned that if you emboss 2 sheets of cheap vellum at once it won’t crack. Also if you have the same Spectrum Noir markers that I do and find that some have dried out (before you even used them) you can make them juicy again with this quick tip:
That trick will work with any alcohol based marker. Many people asked if it will work with rubbing alcohol and the answer is maybe, I have not tried it so if you do leave a comment and let me know! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes | Tagged: darice embossing frames, dried up markers, Embossing, embossing diffusers, embossing frames, how to fix dry markers, how to re ink alcohol markers, how to reink spectrum noir markers, paper piercing, parchment craft, pergamano, spectrum noir, vellum | 15 Comments »