Winner, winner, chicken dinner! & a cheap marker trick!

Howdy friends! The winner of the chicken stamp and $10 gift certificate to Art Neko is Elaine! I have sent you an email with instructions on how to claim your prize! Now, on to the tutorial. I was going through my school supply stash today and saw some boxes of Crayola markers that I bought at Target for $1 a few years ago at back-to-school time. I wondered if I could use them for stamping. Turns out I can and they work great, have a look at them in action in today’s video:

I saw the marker packs on sale for $1 this year too. You might want to splurge on a bigger set now that you know they work but I love the vibrant colors in the classic and assorted sets plus you can mix the colors on a tile or on the rubber stamp itself. It is easy to tone down a bright color but you cannot brighten up a dull one. What do you think? Have I gone too cheap with this tutorial? Just think, with all the money you saved on markers you can buy more stamps! The stamps I used are from Art Neko (formally About Art Accents) and the bamboo and peony are among my faves. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Christmas Card…Seriously.

(collective groan) Yes, this is a Christmas card. I know it is early but I need to get in the holiday mood for an article I am writing so I made a warm up card:

 

I played with some background stamps and I wanted a distressed look so I made a large distressing background stamp with plastic canvas and craft foam. Watch the short video to see how:

This is the background I made in the video:

 

To make the 3-D element on the card I punched 5 scallop circles and folded it in half, then opened them up and folded them in half again and pinched two of the folds together like so:

 

This card is quick enough to mass produce, plus i think the medallion would be cute on a tag or scrapbook page. All of the stamping I did on glassy photo paper with water based markers.

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!