Should We Ban Glitter?

Hi Friends! One of my favorite craft supplies has come under scrutiny lately and it has lead me to dig deeper into the environmental impact that my crafting can have on the world. You can agree or disagree with me. I am open to polite discussion on this topic. Watch the video to see what I think and feel free to leave your opinion in the comments below this post.

Why might glitter be an environmental problem? Traditional glitter, along with sequins and embossing powder (and other small plastic things that measure less than 5mm long) are microplastics. Microplastics have been found in the ocean and in the bellies (potentially leaching chemicals) into the fish. Sometimes fish and birds can die of starvation when they eat plastic debris as it sits in their belly and takes up the room of real food. Microbeads (the little plastic beads used in facial scrubs) have been banned as they wash right down the drain when used as intended. Some scientists are calling for glitter to be banned next.

Resource: National Geographic

I don’t think out crafting glitter is the real issue as we are not applying it to our bodies and then rinsing it off. We typically use a small amount and affix it to a project with glue. Many of your projects like Christmas ornaments and Scrapbooks are heirloom projects and unlikely to be thrown away but even the greeting card destined for the landfill eventually isn’t that big of a problem in my opinion. I think the good of crafting a handmade card and sending it to a friend outweighs a bit of plastic glitter in the landfill. Besides, if we all through away out glitter bottles today where will they go…the landfill as they can’t be recycled.

Glitter is a staple craft supply, unlike many products we buy to craft with. I am still using glitter I purchased decades ago and it is still as sparkly as ever. You only need a little bit for a big impact. Other craft products can be very trendy and the leftovers get tossed unused because the fad is over. Glitter isn’t like that. My opinion is to keep using the glitter you have for your adult crafts. If you are working with kids or creating outdoors (maybe you are glittering Christmas decorations outside) you can switch to an eco-friendly biodegradable glitter like the Hemway ones I compared in the video. They come in large quantities so they would be suitable for this and are comparable in price to standard glitter. If you are a new crafter and want to avoid plastic glitter from the start (note: I do not think it is better for the environment to throw away your bottles of glitter and go out and buy eco-glitter) you might like this. Or use beautiful German glass glitters. *These are sharp so be careful and not for kids crafts.

We can all craft sustain-ably and it has as much to do with the upstream waste (the waste generated from making out craft materials like water pollution from fabric and paper manufacturing) as it does what we throw away. Purchasing appropriate amounts of supplies and using them up and disposing of our waste in the greenest manor is the best thing to do. If we use common sense we can continue to use our glitter without guilt. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Brush Lettering Tricks (anyone can do!)

Hi friends! Today I have some tips to make your handwriting pretty enough for the front of the card!

Best of all you don’t need to have a huge collection of sentiment stamps to make a thoughtful card. Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Working directly on your card (or a separate panel as we did for the embossed card) lay a stip of masking tape wher you want your sentiment to be.
  2. Stamp your images overlapping the tape.
  3. While the tape is still on lay a strip of ⅛” score tape right next to each edge of the masking tape but don’t peel off the backing.
  4. At this point on the dark cardstock you want to remove the masking tape and score tape backing and sprinkle on gold embossing tinsel and heat set.
  5. Remove the masking tape and print, or write your sentiment as neat as you can using big letters with a fine tip pen. Then use a brush tip pen to go over the letterns pressing on the down strokes. Use a bright dye based marker on white cardstock and a metallic on dark cardstock.
  6. On the white card add accents wto the lettering with a Quickie glue pen. Remove the backing on the score tape and sprinkle with red glitter.
  7. If you worked on a separate panel mount it to a card base.

You can change up the stamps, inks and glitter colors to suit your style! Give it a try and til next time happy crafting!

Glitter and Stencils? Yes Please!

Hi friends! This card design packs a punch and it will get you using some stencils you may have in your stash! Remember back in the day when the only way we could emboss paper was with a brass stencil, stylus and a light box? Well, I am betting some of you still have those stencils sitting around.

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This technique is fun and pretty easy but I will warn you that we are using glitter so don’t blame me if you are a little more sparkly that usual afterward LOL! Watch the video to see how it’s done!

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you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

Glitter directions:

  1. Coat back of metal stencil with bar soap or coconut oil. Apply adhesive sheet to cardstock and remove backing and stick stencil to adhesive.
  2. Sprinkle on color one, place backing sheet over glitter with stencil still in place and press it down. Dump excess back in glitter jar.
  3. Remove stencil and add the contrasting color. Pour off excess and press with backing paper again.
  4. Burnish firmly with backing paper to lock the glitter in place, trim the panel and add it to your card.

I hope you give this technique a try on your next card! Happy crafting!

Swatching Glitter! (and how I store it!)

Hi friends!  Glitter is fun to use. It can add a subtle sheet or totally glam up a project. Before you add glitter to your hard work you will want to know whether the glitter is sheer or opaque and the level of glitz it has. Today I’ll show you how I swatched my new Arteza glitter so I could see what I have.

You can find this set of Glitter on the Arteza website, Use coupon code PROMO10 for 10% off or on Amazon.

I store my other glitter and embossing powders in a 12″x12″ Iris cart where I removed the lids so I can access everything easily. You can also get the project boxes on their own if you prefer. My friend Kathy bought me that Iris card years ago and it is so useful! I hope you enjoy this quick tip and til next time happy crafting!

4 FUN Easter Cards to Make Today!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share 4 cards you can make for Easter and you probably have stamps you can use in your stash already!

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I love looking for new ways to use my stamps. I wanted a small solid egg stamp but I didn’t have one so t I turned a balloon upside down. When you look at your stamps with fresh eyes it’s like going shopping for new supplies!

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Check out today’s video to see how I made these!

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Supplies:

Here is a close up of each card:

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These cards were fun to make and what I loved most is that I got to bring in some older supplies that I have not used in a while (flock, glitter, UTEE, dies) and pair them with some new things. I also like to take everyday stamps and use them for holiday cards because if you get specific holiday stamps and dies they only get used once a year. All of the supplies except for the “happy Easter” stamp can be used year round! I hope you give these ideas a try and til next time happy crafting!

Selective Glitter Technique & Double Sided Paper Tips!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun card that makes use of double-sided paper (or scraps) and gives us a chance to use glitter in a subtle, yet effective way!

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Chose the papers you want to work with and then pick a few ink pads to match. If you don’t have ink pads you can always use any water based markers you have to ink up the rubber. It is so much easier to pick your paper first than trying to find paper that matches your project after you have stamped it. Watch the video to see how this was made and learn the selective glitter technique!

Video!

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Supplies:

Bonus Technique! You can use the Quickie glue pen with heat transfer foil or foil leaf as well, just make sure to wait til it goes clear before pressing foil to it. You do not need to be as particular with the glitter though. Just look for really fine clear/iridescent glitter and you will be all set. This technique looks really pretty on landscape scenes too so I hope you give it a try on your next project! Thanks for stopping by and til next time 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!

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