Inktober Day 2: Decorative Corn

Hi friends! For today’s Inktober sketch I made a drawing of a bunch of decorative corn I picked up at the grocery store this week:

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Watch the video for the process:)

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Tomorrow’s Inktober prompt is “Poison”, I am looking forward to that one, sounds spooky! Til then, Happy crafting!

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I’m Back With a Live Show Today! Let’s Paint Something for Fall & Learn New Stuff!

Update! Thanks so much for tuning in today! I think this was the best live show we have had in months! Here is the final painting from the lesson today:

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Hi friends! I am back this week feeling much more caught-up, in control and relaxed (ohmm) so let’s have some watercolor fun! I was playing with a technique that I want to share: Packing Tape Masking! I am not a huge fan of masking fluid especially for a large area. It takes long to dry, it’s stinky and it can be hard to remove. I thought about using clear contact paper to mask off a large area but I didn’t have any so I grabbed the next best thing, packing tape! I wanted to test it out to make sure it worked. I wanted to be sure it didn’t let paint leak under and would come off my paper cleanly. The best part is I can sketch right on my paper, slap the tape down and cut off the excess! Instant gratification and so versatile!

Tip: Choose a packing tape that is not super sticky or press it against your clothes a few times to remove some of the sticky. Only press the tape down on the edges to seal out the water but not the middle so it will be easier to remove later.

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I wanted to paint from the reference photo below sho I could show some wood graining techniques but I didn’t want it to look fussy around the leaves. I wanted to paint right over them. Using this method will allow that. We will sketch this picture together during the live stream.

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As always you can watch the live broadcast or the reply in the player below but if you want to chat live or ask me questions please tune in at 12:30pm ET on The YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:  Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

*** I might add in a white gel pen and pastel pencils so if you are curious about those supplies let me know!

During the live shows I am often asked “what are your favorite (insert art supply here) so I made a favorites list here you can check out.  I will add to it as I think of things, I’ve tried sooo many products but I am just sticking to the things I use a lot and would recommend first on that list. Also shopping from that list helps support my free tutorials so thank you:)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET today and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Giveaway & Fall Card Coloring Tutorial!

Hi friends! I am so excited to offer another giveaway this week and it’s only Tuesday! I will be giving away the stamps I used to make this card and all you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment. This is open worldwide! I will pick a winner and notify them via email in one week!

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I used 6 stamps to create this image and I will teach you how to use masking to make your stamps more versatile. The wagon and pumpkins are separate stamps. Knowing this technique will allow you to fill this wagon with many other items so you can use it for more occasions. I bet you have stamps at home that would be more versatile if you tried masking. I will also show you how to color this scene.

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Sponsored by Art Neko  *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 (art neko) Fall Images
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
White Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest
Kraft card base
Patterned paper (My Minds Eye)
Printed Ribbon (Offray)
Buttons
Alcohol Markers (Blick)
Colored Pencils: Spectrum Noir Color Blend
Glue: Beacon 3-in-1

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win. Also I’d love to know if you have a stamp you are going to try the masking technique with, let me know that in the comments too. You guys have really great ideas!

In case you missed it I am giving away a spot in Angela Fehr’s Creative Watercolor Course and offering a 51% discount on it, please check out yesterday’s post for more info:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Nature Inspired Place Cards for Thanksgiving!

Hi friends! Quick update on Rosie the hen, she is still improving and eating a bit more, she seems to be taking thick oatmeal well and she had some peas and pear today. I think she lost a bit of weight before we brought her in and I wish she would eat and drink more but she seems happy. She is wide awake and looks perky but she just hangs out perched on her box. Very un-chicken like.

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On to the project! I want to create a simple, east to make place card to enhance a fall or Thanksgiving dinner table. I used some basic supplies and some natural elements to make this. Watch the video to learn how!

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Directions:

  1. Write guests name with an embossing pen or juicy marker on a die cut, sprinkle on embossing powder and melt with a heat tool.
  2. Attach die cut to tag and embellish with bakers twine, ribbon and buttons.
  3. Hot glue pine sprig and pine cone to gold doily and place tag between the tines of the pine cone.

That’s it! Easy and elegant and perfect for Thanksgiving. Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this project, thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School 15: Colored Pencil and Triple Time Stamping Techniques!

Hi friends! Today I will share the techniques to make this card:

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I will show you some colored pencil techniques and also show you how to cut your design (use whatever cutting tools you have) to make the layered panels. It’s a lot of fun! I am using Fall themed stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko. Mention thefrugalcrafter when you order to save 10% on any order or free shipping on orders over $50, you get whatever deal is better:)

Now on to the video!

Supplies:
1 sheet kraft cardstock
1/4 sheet of yellow, green and coral cardstock
Colored Pencils (I used Coloursoft by Derwent)
Stamps
Foil leaf charm
Wooden buttons and ribbon
Adhesive
Dies or stencils to trace for the shapes
Trimmer, scissors or craft knife.

Directions:
1. Stamp leaves on kraft panel and color with pencils.
2. Using nesting dies or a stencil cut the stamped panel in different sizes of the same shape as shown in the video.
3. Mat the die cut panels on green cardstock (or color of your choice.)
4. Reassemble the stack of panels and adhere to the card.
5. Embellish as desired.

I hope you try these techniques, you can use any shape to make your layers, circles and squares are simple but look terrific too! Til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Pretty Fall Tags!

Hi friends! It is beautiful, sunny unseasonably warn September day in Maine and I have a cold. I have been lounging on the couch trying with no luck to sleep so I can get this illness over with. I feel so lazy, at least I got to be creative yesterday and make these tags:

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They were a lot of fun to make and easy to batch out. Watch the video to see how!

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Recreate this project using the themes you like and the products you have but if you need a large quantity of really useful tags be sure to visit our sponsor Papermart! They have lots of other goodies too! Now it’s time for me to brew another pot of tea and try to steam away my head cold! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sending “Mice” Wishes!

Hi friends! Oh I do love a good stamp pun, don’t you?

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I have to admit I am usually not a big user of cute stamps but I have loved the House Mouse stamps since my friend Tracey introduced me to them years ago, I stamped out a few of hers to color and I was hooked. Before you knew it I had my local stamp store (sadly, no longer in business) special ordering me stamps and one time I hit the mother lode at a yard sale and bought a bunch. Until recently you could only get House Mouse stamps mounted on wood, I have a lot of those and while they are beautiful sitting on my shelf they could be tricky to stamp because they were so detailed. I love that most of their designs are available in unmounted rubber now (and some even in clear sets with sentiments!) because I get the detail of the rubber but I can put them on my curved block (I am using a Mega Mount in my video but the Rock-a-blocks also work well and are much cheaper) and get a perfect impression every time. I have to say I wasted a lot of paper stamping those old wood mounted ones. Tip, if you have the wood mounted House Mouse Stamps you will get a great impression if you lay the stamp rubber side up on your table, ink it up and lay your trimmed cardstock on the rubber and rub the back of the paper. I had to mention that because I have lots of the wood mounted ones and they are too pretty to unmount LOL! Don’t you dare call Hoarders on me!

I will also share some fun coloring tips and tricks in today’s video!


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Tips:

  1. Use a curved block for better detail (I used the Mega Mount from Impression Obsession, Rock-a-Blocks from Crafters Companion are also good)
  2. I used a thin strip of wood from a hand plane to stamp my sentiment on.
  3. Experiment layering your coloring media for rich colors!

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I hope you learned some cool tips and tricks that you can use on your next card! Please note that links to Hallmark Scrapbook are affiliate links and I earn a small percentage of sales made through the links, you do not pay more by clicking through the links but you help support these free video tutorials. Thanks so much for spending some time with me today and tl next time happy crafting!

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