Many Marvelous Mermaids!

Howdy friends! Today’s project combines a lot of crafty goodness! I had so much fun making these cards and I hope they inspire you to create!

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I worked an assembly line on these cards. I did a gel printing session, a coloring session, and an assembly session.

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It can be daunting to think of making multiple cards in one sitting. It can also be overwhelming to gel print backgrounds for only one card. By breaking up the tasks I get to extend my enjoyment of my craft without getting stressed out and have a batch of cards to show for my effort!

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You can see the complete process in the video!


Supplies (affiliate links used)

Here is a look at all of the images colored. I thought about just trimming them to ATC size at one point but I decided that I’d be more likely to use the greeting cards.

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I hope you have a lovely weekend! I’m off to watch my son play in his last tennis matches of the season and miraculously it’s warm and sunny! Yahoo! Til next time happy crafting!

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Create Without Fear

Hi friends! I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. It never occurred me to be afraid to try a new art or craft. (OK, using my bead torch give me a healthy dose of fear if I am completely honest LOL!)

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I mean really, what’s the worst that can happen? You waste a bit of time and materials. So what? I can waste gobs of time watching TV or scrolling on social media. The art supplies are already bought and paid for and if you are looking at stuff like stamps and stencils and brushes then can be used over and over again indefinitely. You might be out a few cents in paper, paint or ink but that’s about it. In most cases, you can give it a coat of gesso and carry on. The REAL waste is your paint or markers or inkpads going unused on your shelf to dry up or go bad. Now that’s what I’m afraid of, not making a mess, unspent potential. I think a lot of fear comes from shame. Are you worried about embarrassing yourself or someone judging what you make? Simple, make your art just for you, there is no law saying that we have to share everything. If you are going to let some random on social media keep you from creating because you are afraid what they will think you need to either not share it or think about why they have so much power over your actions.  There is so much pressure on our lives today we need a space where we can learn, stumble, make a mess and grow without worrying what anyone else thinks. Right now, right where you are, is the perfect place to start. You will not get better without practice. You are not obliged to share your work. You ARE allowed to share it if you want to. This is YOUR journey, you decide. Remember, what you see online is people’s highlight reel. Give yourself a chance to succeed, I’m rooting for you!

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Now, let me be completely honest with you. I am a weenie. I am afraid of so many things. But art, it ain’t one of them, in fact, I think it is the only place I am actually brave. I don’t know what my life would be like if I didn’t have that one space where I could be fearless. Everyone deserves a fearless space of their own. Happy crafting!

Fun! Fairy Terrarium Cards, Tags & Bookmarks! It’s like a free mixed media workshop!

Hi friends!  I started in on this project first thing yesterday morning after sending my kids to school and finishing my coffee. I had so much fun working on this that I forgot to have breakfast and lunch, in fact I worked on these until it was almost time to start dinner!

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I am going to share some fun ways to use inks on a gel printing plate but I will also offer tips if you have other supplies because I don’t think you need to have exactly the same stuff as me or anyone else to make good art! I did some embossing with embossing tinsel which is basically an embossing powder with glitter mixed in. You can try making your own by mixing a tiny bit of glitter in a container with embossing powder (about equal parts) and test it on a scrap before adding it to your project. Or you can add some glitter glue over your project when you are done. I shy away from glitter glue as no matter where I put the projects to dry I always manage to smear it but you are probably more coordinated than me! Watch the video for a full tutorial and feel free to snag these ideas and make them your own!

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Tips!

  1. Make sure you paper is very dry before stamping or your powder will stick everywhere. I actually ironed my inked papers to flatten them and make sure they were really dry and flat prior to stamping.  Also if you are having trouble punching or cutting paper try drying it with a heat tool as it will wick away and moisture and make cutting cleaner.
  2. Use an “embossing buddy” and this is just a fine powder to dust on your paper to remove static and wick up any pesky moisture on your paper. I made my own by sewing a little cotton pouch and adding a table-spoon or 2 of cornstarch and stitching it shut ( you can also put corn starch in an old sock and secure it closed with a rubber band, it will work just as well!) then pounce or wipe it across your paper before stamping. You can also buy a premade one for about $6 at a craft store.
  3. Preheat and work fast! Embossing tinsel can scorch easily and it can be hard to tell if it is set because it is not really raised like a normal embossing powder. It’s an embossing powder & glitter mix and the embossing powder acts like a glue for the glitter so you just want to melt and move on. Glitter is a plastic and if you overheat it then it will burn so heat up the gun for a few seconds and quickly heat the image moving as soon as you see a subtle change in shimmer.
  4. Have fun and don’t fret a badly stamped image or a bit of wayward embossing powder, that’s just fate telling you to glue an embellishment there;)

Have fun with your supplies and til next time happy crafting!

Gel Printing Workshop & Stamp Giveaway!

Announcement: Contest is closed, congrats to Lee Kendel who won this contest!

Hi freinds! Today I have an indepth gel printing and cardmaking workshop for you! I will also give away the rubber stamps I am using from ArtNeko to one lucky reader so make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win. This contest is open worldwide.

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I love making gelatin prints and I really like the synthetic options on the market today as they are vegan and durable and need no refrigeration. You can make your own though and I have a tutorial here on how to do that. I also have a tutorial on making a permanent one but after you buy the gelatin and glycerin for that recipe it might be cheaper to buy one. The main reason I don’t make prints more often is that I end up with a bunch of prints that I don’t know what to do with so they sit in a folder and get forgotten. Today though, we will print on 5″x7″ cards and envelopes. then we will finish them off with some stamping and embellishing so when we are done we have 6 finished cards ready to send and no stack of unused prints to be forgotten. Win Win!

Watch the video to see how!

Tutorial 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! *Visit my blog and enter to win the rubber stamps I used from ArtNeko!

Supplies:

Please note that you do not need all of these supplies, they are just the things I used:)

Directions:
1. Place your Gel printing plate on a piece of paper, this will keep your table clean. Squirt a couple dabs of acrylic paint on the pate and spread out with a brayer.

2. There are many ways to make an impression on the plate: You can press a stencil on the plate, you can press an embossed piece of paper on the plate, you can use found objects like mesh bags, leaves or string to make a cool impression too. I like to pull one print with the objects still on the plate and another after you have removed the stencil. You can also draw on the plate with foam and silicon tools. Just be sure not to use sharp objects as they can scratch the plate.

3. Press paper on the plate, rub the back of the paper to ensure the paper completely contacts the plate and remove and set aside to dry.

You can layer as many prints as you like for intersting effects!

4. When you are done be sure to clean your gelli plate, brayer and other tools with soapy water and let dry before storing. I recommend you save the packaging that comes with your Gelli Arts (TM) printing plate for storage.

Embellish your printed cards as desired! I hope you enjoyed this productive workshop. I love to make prints but I don’t like having a bunch of leftover prints I don’t know what to do with, that is why I love to print directly on card bases. This would also be a great way to use up bulk packs of cards, they are often not as thick as we would like but they still would make great notecards if they had a cool print plus the layers of paint will add a bit of thickness to them. Let me know what you think of this project and workshop style videos in the comments below and don’t forget to comment to win the rubber stamps I used from ArtNeko! The other links in this post are affiliate links and I earn a small commission on any sales generated through the links without costing you anything extra, it is a way to support the free tutorials on my blog as you shop and I thank you for your support. Good luck in the contest, I will pick a winner at random in one week, and til next time happy crafting!

Mirror Mirror On The…Stamp?

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun way to double the usefulness of all of your stamps, especially the tricky layering ones!

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If you have been stamping for a while you might remember the solid wood mounted “mirror” stamps that you could buy to reverse the image. To use them you stamp directly on the rubber of the mirror stamp with whatever image you wanted to reverse and then stamp the mirror on your paper and get a reversed image. It was pretty cool. The downside is that you could not see where your stamp was going to stamp on paper. That was not a big deal because you could get it in roughly the right place but if you wanted to reverse something with layers it would be a big headache…until now. Watch the video and see how it’s done!

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Check out their amazing selection, some of which was used on today’s project!

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Watch the video for full instruction on how to mirror your stamps and for other handy tips and tricks! Think of all the possibilities n your stash! Happy crafting!

Masking, Copic Coloring, Selective Glitter & More! Stamp School!

Hi friends! There is so much good stuff packed into today’s video it’s like taking a class but FREE! Yay! The card we are making is a tad more advanced than we usually make in stamp school but I know you can handle it. Also the techniques I am going to share with you will help you get more use from your stamps and let you create collage and scene images using the stamps you already have.

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The stamps I will be using are by 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!

Video!

Technique you learned today:
Masking
Monoprint Background (With gel press)
Selective glittering
Alcohol (Copic) Marker coloring
Paper distressing

Supplies:

  • Stamps (ArtNeko)
  • Bird
  • Flowers
  • Sentiment
  • Dye based ink (blues and greens)
  • Alcohol ink markers (Copic, Promarker, Prismacoloror others-will list colors below but all you need is shades of each color for blending)
  • Gel Press (a gelatin type mono printing plate, you can also use a Gelli Plate, Stampendous creative palette or a mirror stamp, OR use a large background stamp)
  • Embossed scrap of paper (for texture on the gel press or mirror stamp)
  • Buttons, ribbon or other embellishments
  • Quickie Glue pen
  • Ultra fine clear glitter
  • Kraft and white cardstock (I like Neenah Classic Crest super smooth for stamping)
  • Memento ink in Rich Cocoa (or your favorite color) to stamp the image to be colored.
  • Vintage Photo Distress ink and a sponge

Markers: Tip! If you don’t have enough markers use colored pencils to shade and highlight the colors you do have or use whatever medium you enjoy coloring with. Just make sure to use compatible ink.
Copic colors: E31, E44, YR00, YR24, YR02, R32, B02, B01, BG15, YG03, YG11,
Promarkers: Y635, Y337
Prismacolor Markers: PM86, PM10, PM95
Art Marker (Cheap pack of 24 available at ACmoore) Y42 Bronze Green

I hope you found this in-depth video helpful and you give these techniques a try with the stamps you have on hand. You don’t have to use all of these techniques in one card but hopefully one or two might be just the thing that your next card needs! Thanks to ArtNeko for sponsoring the video and til next time happy crafting!

A print of a daffodil with a gelli plate

Howdy friends. Printmaking is fun, the randomness of it all especially with gelatin and Gelli plates but sometimes you want to print something with more of a plan. Today I will show you how to make a representational print with a gelatin (or Gelli Arts) plate. I chose a simple daffodil flower for mine but you can do whatever you like:

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Watch this video to see the process from start to finish in real time while I explain all the steps for you as I go. If you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer them.

The process (video recap)

  1. Draw a picture (or use a photo or coloring book page as a pattern) and tape it to your work surface. Extend the tape lines out from the top and sides of the plate.
  2. Draw lines on the tape to act as registration marks.
  3. Brayer on your background color and place  a stencil on top, pull a print over the stencil to remove excess paint, remove the stencil and print on your cardstock.
  4. Before lifting off the cardstock make marks on the back of your paper to match the registration marks on the tape.
  5. Paint the flower, stem and leaf. Line the paper up with the registration marks before placing the paper on the plate. Repeat this step for as many detail layers you wish to add.

It really is that simple! If you have a print to share following this method post it on the Frugal Crafter Facebook page, we would all love to see them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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