House Mouse Halloween Card and Popular Markers are Back! {Ohuhu Brush Marker Review}

Hi friends! Last spring I got a chance to try out the new Ohuhu Brush markers. I posted a review on YouTube as soon as they were released but they sold out in a couple of hours so I decided to wait to post the review to my blog until they came back in stock. Today they are back in stock and available in the original 48 color pack and a new 72 color pack. The 72 color pack has all of the colors from the 48 set and both sets contain a colorless blender (in addition to the 48 or 72 colored markers) so don’t buy them both unless you want doubles. I tried out the new markers and they are just as good as the ones I got in the spring and I will post the full review below but first I have a new card for you!

Watch the video to see how I colored the image and how I tint embellishments to match my coloring!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

Ohuhu Brush Marker Review

Ohuhu has made a huge splash on the marker scene by coming out with really affordable marker sets over the past couple of years. The ink is smooth, the nibs resilient and the customer service is excellent! So when rumors that they were working on a brush tip version started to surface the art community got really excited. I had the privilege to get a set a couple of months prior to their release and I have been using them a lot. You have probably seen sneak peeks in some of my cardmaking videos, Today I am going to give you the lowdown on these markers!

Details

  • Available in 48 and 72 color packs with an additional colorless blender per pack. The 72 color set contains the original 48 colors plus an additional 24.
  • Brush and chisel tip
  • Nice carrying bag
I took a quick photo of my swatches for both sets, the 72 set contains more grays and pastel shades.

Pros:

  • Price Under $1 per marker with the 48 color set at .73 per marker ($34.99 set) and the 72 set at .97 per marker ($69.99 set)
  • Nice well rounded color selection
  • Brush tip is juicy and great for blending and laying in lots of ink
  • Reversible brush tip, if it gets worn flip it around to double the nib life.
  • Smooth ink laydown, not patchy
  • Works well with the classic Ohuhu markers
  • I recommend this for coloring and blending for stampers and artists (not brush lettering as the nib is a bit stiff)

Cons:

  • The color numbering system is not the same as the classic chisel/bullet Ohuhu markers
  • The material the brush tip is made of is the “felty” materials instead of the “foam-spongy” feeling materials and in my experience the felty material frays eventually especially if you let it go dry or press on the nib too hard. *but the brush nib is reversible so you can flip it around if it frays.
  • Nib is not very flexible and I fear damaging it if I tried flexing it. I would not recommend this for brush lettering.
  • Also with these types of tips (not on these Ohuhu markers because I have not had them very long) I have had desalinization where the salts from the ink leech up through the brush tip and make the marker look gross. To remedy that I add alcohol on the tip to dissolve the ink and salt back into the marker. Edited to add I have been using the 48 set for 7 months and have not had that happen.

Bottom Line:
These are a great budget brush tip marker if you get them for $1 a piece or less. The brush nibs are not going to last as well as a Copic but you can pull out the reversible nib and insert it in the other way around for a longer life. The nibs will definitely last as long as the ink in the marker. I have been using them 2 months and have not had any issues but I recommend keeping them capped when not in use and not storing them in hot dry areas (like on a shelf near a heater) because of drying. I have had markers with tips like these stored in my basement work area with no problem but the ones I keep in my office on a bookshelf 4 feet from a baseboard radiator have dried and frayed. I think storing the markers in a plastic Rubbermaid tote would help with this issue too. These markers are a lot of fun and easy to use. The quality isn’t up there with Copic or other foam-rubber-like tip marker but neither is the price and if you are looking for an affordable brush tip marker you can’t beat it!

Before You Buy Another Marker Try This With What You Have! 3 Beginner Blending Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we are talking about basic alcohol marker coloring. You can use whatever permanent markers you have for today’s lesson.

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As far as coloring mediums go alcohol markers come with the steepest learning curve. There are hundreds (well, it seems that way LOL!) of different marker brands from Sharpie to Copic offering alcohol based pens and they all have various features like brush, bullet or chisel nibs, different shaped barrels and matte vs shiny plastic but you know what? The ink is basically the same in whatever pen you choose! If you are feeling like you are not coloring up to your full potential because you don’t have the most expensive markers fear not. In this video I will share 3 simple techniques that will improve your coloring and make it easy no matter what brand you own.

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

Supplies (affiliate links used)

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Blending techniques:
1. Flat all over streak free coverage. The key to getting a solid flat coverage is to saturate the paper with ink. You can do parallel lines of ink with the chisel tip or circled with a brush tip to achieve this. If it is mottled looking do another coat. This also works well for small areas where you have no room to blend.

2: Layering or layered blending. Use 3 or more shades of the same color. Color the entire area with your lightest shade of maker, then color the dar and mid tone areas with the middle shade and color the darks with your darkest shade. Use the lightest marker to soften the edge where the mid tone meets the light and use the mid ton marker to soften the area the dark meets the mid tone.

3. Dark to light blending. Again with 3 shades of the same color, color your darks, then color over the darks with the midtone and bring the color out, then use the lightest marker to color over the whole area.

More coloring tips!

  • If you messed up a blend or your colors are too dark apply a later of colored pencil or chalk in a paler shade of the same color, it will even out your coloring and add depth and highlights.
  • Gel pens come in a huge variety of colors and transparencies, use opaque pastels and metallic to add a bold highlight or detail over a solid dark color or use dark transparent and glitter colors to shade and add a subtle sparkle!
  • If your color is streaky add another coat of marker.
  • A clear blending marker actually works better as a color lifter or eraser so if you color outside of the lines wait for the ink to dry and use the chisel tip if the clear marker to push the offending ink back in place. Id that don’t work you can tidy up the background with a gel or paint pen.

I hope this was helpful and it encourages you to give your alcohol markers another try. Alcohol markers are a lot of fun when you know the simply steps to use them to get the effects you want. Keep practising and til next time happy crafting!

Loaded Bags for Crafty Friends on Halloween!

Howdy friends! The best thing about having crafty friends in sharing ideas. When my friends Tracey and Cindy started making cute decorated bags with crafty bits and bobs stuck in here and there I was intrigued and I asked them to tell me what they were up to. They said they were called loaded bags and loaded envelopes and today I will try my hand at making one!

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Watch the video to see how and then try it yourself with your supplies! These are great fun to give to crafty palls because they can recycle them on scrapbook layouts, art journals or cards!

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Supplies:

Other Supplies: (These are what I used but this project is great for raiding your stash and using up leftovers! That’s why many of the things I used are retired-they are old:)

Directions:
1. Fold up the bottom of a paper lunch bag to make a pocket and tape, staple or glue the edges to secure.

2. To make the gatefold insert take any die you like and center on a piece of cardstock. Mark the inner walls of the die and fold in the paper wings (made sure the blades of the die won’t cut the folds) then die cut the folded paper for a shaped gate fold card.

3. Fill and decorate the bag as desired! Slip into a flat glassene bag or envelope to deliver.

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Have fun with this project and make it your own. Happy crafting!

“Owl” make a fun card for you today! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how you can stamps as pattern for painting with acrylics. This is really useful because you can extend an image to fit a shape or in this case a die.

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I had always loved this gothic arch die set that I got ages ago in the bargain bin at a stamp show but the challenge came in finding stamps that filled the space well. Nothing ever seemed to fit right and the shape looked awkward on a card. I thought this owl and castle stamp would be perfect with this theme so I decided to make it work and ll show you how in today’s video! BTW if you don’t have a gothic arch die simply fold a piece of paper in half and draw half an arch and cut it out, open it up and you have a template to trace. Easy peasy!

How fun would this be as an invitation to a Halloween or Harry Potter themed birthday party? Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other supplies (some may be substitutes as dies were discontinued):

A viewer on YouTube asked if he could use gouache instead of acrylics and yes, you sure can! When in doubt, try it out (it’s only a piece of paper after all!) I hope this project got you thinking about new ways to build cards and use your stamps! Let me know what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please share it with a friend or pin it on Pinterest, there are handy sharing buttons below this post:) Happy crafting!

Sponsored by Top Flight Stamps. Affilate links used.

 

Stamp School 16: Cardmaking with Paper Napkins!

Hi friends! There are so many lovely designs on paper napping, wouldn’t it be fun to use them on cards? Well tonight I’ll show you how! This is not a new technique but it was new to me. Is it new to you?

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to fuse napkins to paper to use in your card, I bet you have everything you need to do this already!

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Supplies:
Paper napkin
Plastic wrap
Iron
Cardstock
Stamps, ink, patterned paper, glitter pen
Silicone mat as a work surface (or a stack of newsprint.)
Foam tape: Simon Says Stamp

Directions:
1. Cut panel from Napkin.
2. Cut cardstock slightly bigger than napkin.
3. Place plastic wrap on cardstock, then place the napkin on top.
4. Place a sheet of thin paper on top and iron using a high dry setting.
5. Trim and use on your card.

Try this with pretty holiday napkins of leftover ones from parties! A viewer suggested saving a napkin from a wedding to make a keepsake with and I think that is a wonderful idea, don’t you? Another viewer asked if there was a smell when I ironed the plastic wrap and there was none.  Let me know what you think of this technique and if you plan to try it, also if there is anything else you want to learn on Stamp school in the future let me know! Please share this post with your crafty friends and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School 14: How to Make a Shaker Card {for Halloween!}

Hi Friends! The other day I shared a quick shaker card but tonight I am going to go a bit more in-depth for my stamp school friends!

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Sorry if I still sound a bit stuffy, I’m not back to 100% yet and it is getting on my nerves, I like being productive darn it LOL! It was nice to chill out and make a relaxed card. I hope you enjoy tonight’s mellow tutorial.

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Supplies:
Cardstock (purple and white)
Stamps from the Halloween Collection from Stampendous!
Ink: Black, lavender, purple
craft knife
ruler
Acetate or clear packaging
Foam Tape
double-sided tape
Ribbon
Embellishments and glue if desired

Directions for shaker card:
1. Stamp frame image on purple cardstock, tear away frame and cut out window. Save this center for the inside.
2. Place the frame on a folded card and trace the window. Stamp skeleton inside window and color the background orange.
3. Attach the acetate clear sheet over the backside of the frame to cover the hole you cut. Go around the opening with foam tape and fill with glitter, beads and sequins.
4. remove the liner from the foam tape and center the folded card over the frame so that the skeleton will show through the window.
5. Embellish as desired.

Tip! The dollar stores can be a treasure trove for embellishments, look at Halloween decorations, jewelry and party favors and see if you can repurpose them into card embellishments! Also look at your orange, purple, green and black supplies to see what you already have!

What kinds of cards and projects would YOU like to see me do in stamp school? Christmas cards? Scrapbook layouts? Let me know in the comments! Til next time happy crafting!

Halloween Stamp Giveaway from ArtNeko!

Howdy friends! Can someone please tell me what happened to September? The weather today is like summer except for the beautiful fall leaves. It does not feel like it should be October in a couple of days…but, alas, it will be. And since I have not given away any fabulous stamps this month I thought I might as well choose some Halloween ones because by the time the winner gets them it will be just right for Halloween! All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw a name at random next Sunday {October 5th.} Up for grabs are the 3 Halloween stamps I used on this project as well as a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko. Not feeling lucky? How about this, you can save 10% on non sale rubber with my coupon code Lindsay10%

I hope you had a great weekend! Good luck in the prize drawing and as always happy crafting!

How to Make a Center Step Card {with creepy crows!}

Happy Friday friends, boy, this week went quick, we were super busy preparing for scout events and just general day-to-day stuff. Today I had to clean my house a bit because it looked like I was in need of a visit from Hoarders or Super Nanny, I’m not sure which but that is NOT how I want to make my TV debut hahaha! The laundry is sorted and dispatched to the children and the house is out of the “in need of an intervention” stage and now I can sit back with a glass of wine and relax. Ahhhhhhh. How ’bout we make a card?

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I actually made this yesterday (when I should have been cleaning) when I needed a break from my to-do list. I used the new Birds in Trees and Murder of Crows stamps from Lost Coast Designs. I really wanted to make the background stamp stand out and use all 4 crows from the stamp set so I thought a center step card would allow that and add interesting dimension…almost a shadow-box look, to this card. What’s more it’s easy and uses no more cardstock then a normal card. Want to see how it is done? Watch the video:

I hope you give this card a try and maybe branch out to fancier step designs. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

EDIT: I just did a google search to see more step card templates and it yielded a treasure trove of wonderful free templates and beautiful card examples! You can find the search results here.

DIY Punchenella and a Crafty Card {2 Videos!}

Hey there, Lindsay here posting a little later than usual today. That’s because I wanted to get a video, 2 actually, done for you today. I wanted to make a card for Halloween with my Vintage Pumpkin Stamps from Pink Persimmon because they are having a great sale, 30% off  all of their stamps and a free stamp set (the Specail Delivery stamp set ) with a purchase of $25 or more. You have to use the coupon code: SuperSale2013 to get the savings. They are making room for more stamps and I adore their stuff so I thought I would share! If you shop tell ‘um Lindsay sent ya!

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A YouTube viewer asked me if I knew where to buy punchenella and I thought I would do one better and show you how to make it!

It’s easy, all you need is paper drywall tape with holes, Lowes has a 2″x100′ roll for $6, and something to color it with like an inkpad or paint. You can even glitter it like I did here:

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And now for the card. I designed this on the fly with the camera rolling (I feel like it needs a disclaimer LOL!) but you might get a new tip or trick to make it worth your while…

Well, I better get moving, I am running in the parent race for my son’s Cross Country team this afternoon, I don’t know what possessed me to agree to this 1.6 miles of torture, I think when the season started and I was so proud of my son for running every day I thought it would be fun (kinda like how snowshoeing sounds like fun when it is summer and when it is winter you think next summer it will be fun to go camping then when the time comes you come to your senses) so if I am not back tomorrow please send a paramedic into the woods after me to haul my sorry butt out, will ya? 😀 I did start training for the race about 2 months ago but I realized about 3 weeks in that a hate running, really hate running so my new plan is to save my strength for the race. I;ll let you know how that turns out. But if you don’t hear from me remember to send the paramedic, OK? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Eroded Stamping, Gears & Bones…Spooky!

Howdy folks! Last night we went to the kids school Halloween party. I was the fortune teller again this year and it was so much fun! Afterwards the kids had a couple of friends sleep over, lots of pizza, popcorn, chips and sweets were consumed, movies were watched and the pool table and pinball machine were busy into the night…oh yeah, I have the “cool” house LOL! Since we are in the Halloween spirit I thought I’d share this card I made the other day:

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I used some fun techniques in this card. The first technique is what I call eroded stamping because the image looks grungy and deteriorating and the key to the technique is stamping with water, I used the bubble background from Lost Coast Designs. Have a look:

Then I dug out the square stamping gear I had to have but never use and my skeleton stamp from Lost Coast Designs. BTW Lost coast design is part of the Virtual stamp convention going on this weekend at Rubber Stamp Chat, They have 20% off and free shipping, you have to go to Rubber stamp Chat to get the coupon code but don’t wait, The convention lasts through Monday!

It was a fun card to make, I enjoyed using the stamping gear and will try to use it more often now:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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