Let’s make some artsy cards with lots of techniques and tips!

Hi friends! Today I have a real time workshop using acrylic paints, pan pastels, stencils, fibers stamps and gel press plate and more. Learn some fun techniques you can use in your next project!

Enjoy the video!

This video is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

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I’m wondering, do you enjoy the real-time or shorter more edited tutorials. Let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Gel Printed Business Cards for Creative People!

Hi friends! This idea has been rolling around in my brain for a while. I had used up my old business cards (after what seemed like ages) and I wanted something new and a bit unusual. Also I didn’t want to have to order 1000 or have them be super expensive. I love the way cardstock feels when you gel print on it and I thought it would be really special to make business cards with a real hand-pulled print on the back.

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The original plan was to print the contact info for my business cards on the cardstock 10 to a page, print on the back side and cut them apart. That would have works splendidly if I just stuck with gel printing with acrylic paint. However I decided to add some liquid acrylic ink and it seeped through to the front of the paper so I ended up backing them with cardstock and glueing on my contact info to that. In the end I actually liked this method better because they have a really nice thickness to them. Watch the video if you want to see how I made them step by step.

Supplies (Amazon affiliate links used)

Even if you don’t have a business you can still make these calling cards, think of Victorian calling cards. What a classy way to introduce yourself! I know I’d have an easier way remembering someone’s name if they handed me one!

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You can also use this method to make ATCs or artist trading cards. You might add more accents and details after cutting them up though. *ATC are mini artworks measuring 2.5″x3.5″ in size and traded between artists and stampers.

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I hope this project get your creative juices flowing but I hope you don’t wait til the night before you need some cards like I did LOL! At least it makes for a fun story! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Playing with Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultraviolet!

Hi friends! I was brainstorming some idea with REbecca over at Rubber Stamp Tapestry the other day and she suggested trying a project with the color of the year and I thought that was a great idea as purple is a color I don’t use very often.

Since it is not one of my go to colors I didn’t have any cardstock, pattern paper or ribbon that was that particular shade of blue-violet so I grabbed my media and got to work!

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that it took the course of 2 days to make the backgrounds, create the cards and clean up after myself (which, truth be told happened several days after the mass creation!) In fact I walked down to my studio yesterday forgetting the state I left it in and just about had a heart attack thinking someone came in and ransacked the place LOL! I didn’t use all of the supplies I grabbed but it did get me looking at and using stuff I had forgotten about. I am going to show you the process of making the backgrounds I used in these cards and I urge you to try something similar with the media you have on hand. Don’t feel like you must have the exact stuff I used, feel free to substitute, we are not making a souffle, substitutions will be just fine:) And, hey, if you mess up, keep adding more layers til you like it!

Video!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code FRUGALJANUARY18 on all stamp orders over $10, expires 1/31/18

Supplies for Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

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The only rule here is to have fun! Don’t worry if your paper warps as you work because using it later in the die cutter will flatten it right out. Also make sure you cut your window before you emboss it so you don’t squash out the texture. You really can’t go wrong, just keep going until you like how it looks!

Exciting Announcement!!!!

I have a new line of stamps coming out with Rubber Stamp Tapestry! If you want to get your hands on them make sure you sign up for their VIP newsletter so you will be the first to know when they are available! My samples just came in the mail today and I can’t wait to play with them! I hope you like them:)

I hope this post inspired you to dig out that messy media and play! I have a couple of tutorials if you want to make your own gelatin printing plate. I have a traditional plate and a permanent plate. Make sure you refer to the recipes in the video descriptions of the videos for the most tried and true recipe. Either of the homemade plates can be remelted if you want a different size or if it gets scratched. Due to the expense of the glycerin needed for the permanent recipe I am not sure if you save much in making one over buying a gel plate so I’d probably recommend making a traditional plate and freezing it between uses so it doesn’t get moldy. Wow, that’s a lot of info! Don’t get overwhelmed, just grab supplies and play…yeah, I could have just said that from the start huh? Til next time happy crafting!

 

Layered Gel Printing Tutorial!

Hi friends!  We are hunkering down for the upcoming storm tomorrow! They have already cancelled school for tomorrow for the kids. They are calling for 12+ inches of snow and high winds so we might lose power. When we lose power our internet goes out (we are lucky, we have a generator but it still knocks the internet out) so I am blogging this project tonight in case I lose internet access:) I am planning to film a painting tutorial tonight before the storm in case I have no power on Friday for the live stream. Wish me luck:)

Tonight I want to share a fun gel (aka gelatin) printing workshop. I will show you how cool it looks when you layer gel prints. It can be discouraging to see beautiful gel printed paper papers and then when you go to try they don’t look as interesting as others you have seen. It’s not anything you are doing wrong, you just need more layers. There is no limit to the amount of layers you can add to a print, you just go until you are happy with it! In today’s video you will get to see how the prints look in progress layer upon layer (hot mess stage and all!) I hope you enjoy it and give it a try!

Sponsored by Smart Art!  get a box of full-sized art supplies delivered to your door every month. The December box had supplies from Gelli Arts including a 5″x7″ plate, brayer, acrylic paint and blank cards to print on. You can sign up for a subscription to get a surprise project sent to you every month or check out some of their past boxes. You get everything you need for a particular lesson in each box and you can use supplies from several boxes together as your collection grows.

 

There are many hand supplies you can use in gel printing. You can even make most of your supplies. Below I will list some suggestions!

*Feel free to use any textured items you have around the house that you don’t mind getting painty like: Mesh produce bags, bubble wrap, string, burlap, plastic bags, leaves, lace, ribbon, feathers, rubber bands, sponges, rubber shelf liner, plastic canvas, mesh, gauze etc.

Tips:

1. wash your brayer well with soap and water after printing because dried paint can leave bumps on the surface and it can prevent the brayer from rolling well if the axle gets cakes with paint. The brayer in the kit pops out of the handle for easy cleaning.

2. Use craft paint that comes in bottles rather than thicker artists acrylic, it works better and it cheaper too!

3. If at first you don’t succeed, layer, layer layer! Since you are using acrylics you can keep layering until you are happy with it.

4. Have fun!

If you are in the path of the storm stay safe and warm and hopefully I will be online friday with a live stream and if not hopefully I will have something prerecorded:) Take care 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!

A Watercolor Rose, Upcoming Projects & A Sale!

Hi friends! My work table has been delighted by many projects this week using a variety of media from mold making supplies, gel printing plates, acrylic paint, rubber stamps and embossing folders. I planned on sharing a big batch of gelli printed greeting cards on Tuesday but the batch got bigger and took me into yesterday to complete and I haven’t even looked at how much footage I have to go through!

The reason I am telling you this is because in the video I mentioned that embossing folders are on sale for $2 this week at Consumer Crafts but when the video goes up the sale will be over so if you need any grab them now AND shipping if half off too (or free on orders over $75.) I just don’t want anyone mad at me if they missed the sale (and I also don’t want to have to voice over the video since I narrated it live…OK I’m lazy, so sue me:)

Now on to today’s tutorial! I was not happy with this rose painting but I liked the leaves so I re-filmed the leaves only and shared that a week ago. I showed this card as well and said I would post the video for it if anyone was interested and surprisingly many said that they would like to see it. I think you just like to see me struggle LOL! Well, at least you can see how I think through a hot mess painting, in any event it is only a piece of paper so why worry?

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I hope you enjoyed that little practise and I hope it makes you realize that not every painting is a winner, everyone struggles, even people who paint everyday, it is part of the journey. Just to let you know I am back to normal live streaming time tomorrow so mark your calendar for 12:30pm Eastern Time tomorrow for a free live paint along! I will try to have all the supplies and details ready tomorrow morning so you can be ready to paint:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Gelli Printing on 3-D Objects!

Hi friends! I admit, I am a bit obsessed, I am not sure why I am using my Gelli Arts plates so much lately but I am finding them so addicting! I was looking for a way to dress up some packaging today and though hmmmm, “can I Gelli print on that?” Turns out I can!

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Watch the video for lots of fun techniques!

Supplies:
Gelli Arts printing plate 8″x10″ or homemade gelatin plate (recipe below)
Acrylic paint
Soft rubber brayer
Kraft Take out boxes
Kraft Jewelry boxes
Canvas Bags
Other boxes to print on
Other cloth bags to print on
Jewelry Tissue
Deli paper (dry waxed paper)
Other: Stamps, stencils

Directions:
1. Ink printing plate with acrylic paint and a brayer.
2. Press box to plate making sure to make full contact. You can place your hands inside the box to ensure total contact.
3. Clean up excess paint with deli or tissue paper.
4. Add more layers of printing until you are happy with the results.

More info:
Homemade gelatin printing plate recipes: Temporary, Permanent (see recipe in description)
More printmaking tutorials

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this tutorial, please check them out for loads of plain packaging to print and stamp on, it is so much fun and you can make a truly unique statement! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

DIY Gelli Tools (Fast & Frugal!)

Howdy friends! I am back home slowly getting back in the groove so bear with me:) I had a chance to play with my gelli plates before leaving for Denver and I was inspired to make some cheap tools to create with, I liked them so much I decided to share them with you so you can save some cash too!

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Watch the video to see how!

I got the double ended silicone spatulas at Dollar tree, the single ended “art spatulas” are $7-$20 retail, holy smokes! You can make them for a tiny fraction of the price!

You can also get the funky combs in a  1o pack for a dollar and the fun foam at the dollar store too!

Cut fun foam or cracker boxes with fancy edge scrapbook scissors to make texture combs too! *Thanks UK MaryAnne for that, check out her blog here, it is so good!

Use embossing folders and junk cardstock (Junk mail postcards work great!)to make impression plates for printmaking.

Foam “bath blocks” are great to making designs on the gelli plate and you can even heat up the blocks [with a heat gun] and press them on things to make custom stamps!

All the foam stamps you already have are great for this too!

Save waste paper from die cuts and punches for cool stencils.

Regular Gelli Arts plate vs. Student Gelli Arts plate

The regular Gelli Arts soft printing plate is much thicker and comes in more sizes.

The student gelli arts plate is 5″x5″ and about half as thick as the regular version but using it is pretty much the same and you can use a coupon on them at ACmoore and I think you can order the student plates in bulk online. At ACmoore the retail for the student plate was $20 and I paid $8.50 after my coupon and teacher discount. Totally worth it.

You can always make your own too with unflavored gelatin to see if you like it before investing. I have recipes for a disposable and permanent plate below, the homemade ones are more fragile BUT you can chop it up and re-melt it if you need or want to.

More info:
Homemade gelatin printing plate recipes:
Temporary
Permanent (see recipe in description)
More printmaking tutorials
Have fun and happy crafting!

 

Yeah man, I’m Gellin’…

Hi friends! Do you remember those old Dr Scholls ads for the gel insoles, that came into my mind as I created a batch of gelatin prints because the process is so fun, carefree and relaxing. I used my new circle Gelli Arts(R) printing plates to make these 13 prints:

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Watch the video to see the process, it is easy. Just pick a few colors, grab a few stencils and tools and have a ball. If you like my stencils and you have a die cut machine that take SVG files you can purchase my Stencil Bonanza kit to make your own. I just let the paint build up on them and they get more durable with every use. I got the idea for making texture tools from UK Maryanne, she has awesome ideas for the gelli plate so check her out!

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I will be using the prints in a project later this week. If you have ever done gelatin printing before you know how quick the prints pile up so I wanted to use them up! Oh and if you have no desire to make print but you like the papers I have a set digital papers featuring some of my favorite prints and you can print as many as you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Gelatin Print Art Papers

You can print these at home! Click to visit my shop at MyGrafico to purchase.

Stencil Bonanza! SVG

Cut these stencils with your electronic die cutting machine (SVG format) Available in my shop at MyGrafico!

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