Maker and Stamp Giveaway! PLUS 2 ways to blend and stencil with alcohol markers!

***Edited to add winners names: Rebecca Bishop, Becky Hill, tammyreese, Rachel Gonzales and Linda Dewolf. I have emailed the 5 winners so if you see your name check your email (and spam folder just in case!) I contact winners with the email they used to sign up to comment on my blog. Thanks everyone for playing!

Howdy friends! I am really excited today because I get to get away some art goodies! 5 lucky blog readers will win their choice of colorway of either a 7 pack or 13 pack of new Azure markers from Royal & Langnickel and (because you will need something fun to color) a Cling daisy stamp from Stampendous. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what marker set you want (you can see all 18 sets here) and tell me what state you are from because due to shipping restrictions I can only offer this to USA residents.

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I will also be giving away 5 Azure marker sets and Stampendous Poppy cling stamps on my Instagram! So pop over there for another chance if you like.

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In today’s video I’ll show you how wonderful these markers are and how you can use them (or whatever markers you already have) to create smooth blends and airbrush effects!

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Supplies:

 

 

These cards were a lot of fun to make and I think the rose ones would be perfect for Mother’s Day. If you want to win your choice of a 7 or 13 pack of Azure Markers just leave a comment below telling me what set you would like and what state you are from and I will pick 5 winners next Thursday! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram page today for another chance to win as well! Thanks to Royal and Langnickel and Stampendous for providing these prizes and good luck to you and til next time happy crafting!

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Smart Art February Box Marker Play!

Hi friends! Today we are going to have a peek into the February Smart Art Box.

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I am never sure what will come in these boxes but it is always a fun surprise to see what’s inside. I was pleased to see that they has some Chameleon Color Tops because I have the original set of 22 Chameleon pens (think alcohol based blendy-pens for grown-ups) and I struggled with them because they blend light to dark and I tend to work dark to light. I couldn’t resist grabbing my older markers to try with the new tops and I used the combination to make this fun sketch perfect for Easter.

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Watch the video to learn more about the supplies in this months box and to see how I sketched a cute Easter chick!

 

This tutorial was sponsored by Smart Art! Find out more about their art subscription box here. They ship to many countries too! Currently I don’t see any leftover February boxes for sale at Smart Art but if any become available you can find them in the “past projects” section of the website.

I was pleased to see that there were Chameleon Color Tops and a Chameleon Pen in this months box as I had the original set of 22 which I reviewed here.

Below you will find links to the individual products I showcased. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

  • I like Chameleon Color Tones, they have an innovative product and the people who work there are lovely. There is a bit of a learning curve to these markers and color tops but they are fun to play with! The Color Tops add a fun new dimension.
  • I really liked the Strathmore marker paper that came in the kit, it is more like a cardstock then the typical thin marker paper most companies sell. If you are also a rubber stamper or mixed media artist I encourage you to try this as it is sturdy enough to go ona card and layer other media on. I also liked that I could use water based markers (and spread the ink with a wet brush) as well as alcohol markers (and lift the color with a blending marker) both equally as well. Most cardstocks are one or the other, this is fabulous! It comes in larger size pads too if you want to make bigger art.
  • Art Alternatives fineliners: These are really inexpensive pens but they write very smoothly and react with water.

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I had fun playing with these supplies, I encourage you to try the techniques I shared with the supplies you have at home and if you think a monthly box of surprise art supplies would suit you check out Smart Art Box. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Low Waste Cards & Envelopes! {Stamp School}

One of the best ways to make cardmaking an affordable hobby is to waste less and use up your supplies. Also try to think of all the different ways you can use a stamp set because it brings down the per-use-cost of that particular set. When you make several cards at a time you can save time, make use of a variety of scraps, and maybe use up a pack of embellishments so there are no odd-ball leftovers that will be tough to find a use for.

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I probably should have made a couple more cards so I would have had a couple more paper patterns to work with and also used up the rest of the cat buttons but as they say hindsight is 20/20. The key to this low waste cardmaking is making an envelope first and using the scraps to decorate your cards. It is a simple plan and the best part (besides having a few new cards on hand) is you won’t have to spend a lot of time filing (or feel bad throwing away) scraps when you are done. Oh! And not having to find or make an envelope when you are ready to mail it is a bonus too:) Since I sell my cards in a retail space I rent I am going one step further and packing them up for sale as soon as I am done. I am really hoping I can stick to that habit after spending 4 hours last week packaging all of the cards I had sitting in my studio.

After making 2 cards these were my scraps:

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I probably could have stamped 2 images on one piece of photo paper but then I might not have had enough room to die cut the images. Nobody’s perfect:) Besides, this 4″x6″ photo paper no longer feeds into my printer so it is a way for me to use it up! Watch the video for a full tutorial. If you want to make a larger batch of cards just multiply the supplies and make all of your envelopes first so you can mix and match your leftover papers. Working from a collection (or coordinated value stack) of papers makes mixing and matching effortless and fun! Plus it is a great way to use up those stacks of scrapbook paper that are so hard to resist on sale at the craft store!

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Supplies (and low waste cutting directions)

  • Cats Stamp set
  • 2 sheets of decorative scrapbook paper that coordinate * Make envelopes first with a template (I used a Kreatalope by Greensneakers) or trim the paper to 8″x8″ and fold around card as shown in the video. The scraps will be used for matting layers on the cards.
  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ heavy cardstock *Cut in half to make two A2 Size cards.
  • Ink-jet photo paper or glossy cardstock
  • Mini brads
  • Ribbon, String, twine or yarn
  • Novelty cat buttons
  • Stencil with small pattern
  • Black and brown markers (water-based)
  • Tan ink pad (optional)
  • Aqua ink pad and sponge
  • Dies (optional)

Directions:
1. Make envelopes from coordinating scrapbook paper and save scraps.
2. Make 2 card bases from one sheet of cardstock and adhere scraps as a layer.
3. Use marker to color directly on rubber stamps and stamp on photo paper. If the ink beads up you can start by inking the stamp with a tan pad then add darker blobs with markers. Stencil in background.
4. Trim stamped panels and accents from other scraps and adhere to card.
5. Add brads, string, ribbons and embellishments as desired.

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I hope you try making a batch of low waste cards today! It only takes an extra minute to have an extra card so it is an efficient use of time and resources and you will always have an extra card when you need it. Happy crafting!

Pretty Birdhouse with a Bunting Card! Stamp school!

Hi friends! Today we are going to use the masking technique to make this pretty card that would be nice to send this time of year!

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Watch the video to see how it’s done!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets on orders of $10 or more. Coupon expires July 3, 2017
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Supplies:

Follow the directions in the video to make this 5 1/2″ square card using several inking, stamping and masking techniques! Have fun with the masking technique and til next time happy crafting!

 

Huge Coloring Media Giveaway & Marker/Pencil Gel Pen Layering Technique!

Hi friends, the lovely folks at ColorIt are having a free instructor lead coloring party AND giving away over $500 in prizes! Below is the loot going to one of my lucky subscribers!

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Sign up for a chance to win the coloring supply bundle I showed you ( including 50 Markers, 72 Pencils, 48 Gel Pens, Colors of Nature and Around The World) here If you live in the USA. Links to the international giveaways are on the right hand side of the giveaway page. You can sign up for the free live coloring party here, it will be Thursday at May 11th at 9pm eastern time and they have a coloring page for you to download and print so you can follow along with the professional instructor who is leading the free tutorial.

In today’s video you can see the prizes up for grabs and I will show you how layering media in your coloring books or stamped images for cardmaking can yield beautiful results. I have linked all the supplies I used below the video but feel free to use the supplies you already have:)

Here are the butterflies from the book that I showed in the video. I really love the paper in the Color It books, my markers and pens lay down smoothly but there is still enough tooth for pencil. I really love the depth of marker plus colored pencil as illustrated on the large butterfly but I also love the shimmer from over-layering the gel pen. So many options!

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Supplies: (Refills are available for all Colorit coloring products! Save 10% with coupon code: frugal10)

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Techniques:

Example 1-Marker + Colored pencil: Color image with marker, let dry and shade and highlight with colored pencil to build richness

Example 2-Marker + Gel Pen: Color with marker, let dry, apply a small amount of dark gel pen to shadow area and blend with silicon tipped tool. Repeat with light shades until satisfied. Works well with glitter gel pens.

Example 3 – Colored Pencil + Gel Pen: Color with colored pencils and then add gel pen over top and blend with silicone tipped tool. The gel pen will stay wetter over the wax pencil so you have more time to blend.

I hope you try some of these techniques and make sure you head over to the Color It website to sign up for the giveaway and Free coloring party! Happy Crafting & Coloring!

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$2 Embossing Folders & 25% off Total Purchase!

Hi friends! I am sorry I did not share this sale earlier but it is a great one! 25% off your total (non-sale) purchase at Consumer Crafts! The also have free shipping on orders over $75!

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They also have their embossing folders on sale for $2 each! It is a great time to stock up, it is where I bought most of mine because you can’t beat the price or selection but they do sell out fast so don’t delay.

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They also have the best prices on markers and colored pencils from Crafter’s Companion so if you have been waiting for a deal to buy these the time is now! They even have the watercolor markers I use a lot for stamp school on sale for under $16!

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They also sell a larger variety of craft supplies from painting to floral to jewelry making and storage so if you are in need check them out today when they have 25% off your total order. Any thing you purchase at Consumer crafts after clicking my special discount affiliate links in this post also help support the free tutorials I post here and on YouTube and I thank you for your support! Happy shopping and crafting!

 

 

Stamping Without Ink! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Sometimes our crafting plans change mid project. When I began this stamping session I had planned to make a bunch of Project Life type cards so I could quickly scrapbook my vacation when I got back but the creative muse had other plans….

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Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, and that is just what I did.  Watch the video to see how fun it is to stamp with water-soluble crayons/pastels and markers and how to salvage supplies you pre-cut for one project to make them work with another.

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Supplies:

  • Stamps: Japanese Marine #2
  • Media: water-soluble oil pastels (or crayons) Waterbased markers
  • White and cream cardstock
  • Patterned paper (Tim Coffee Travel Specialty paper pack from K&Co)
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Waterbrush or small brush and water

Directions:
1. Spritz stamp with water and color the rubber with water-soluble crayons or markers. Stamp on white cardstock and spread areas of ink with a wet brush. Cut images out.

2. Trim patterned paper and stamp on the paper if you want, you can also flick and spatter any paint on the paper if you like.

3. Assemble paper and stamped images on card base. Stamp accent on envelopes if desired.

I love how this card (like many other of my cards and scrapbook pages) uses paper as an embellishment. I love finding scrapbook paper that has lots of elements than can be cut apart and used to decorate. It keeps postage cost down, it is easy to store and if you can find papers that are from the same line they all coordinate so it can take some of the guesswork out. So, the next time you find a project going awry, don’t fret, just go with it and see what happens! Happy crafting!

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