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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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