Distress Oxide Inky One Layer Card {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! I had many people asking me what I thought about Distress Oxide ink so I decided to get some and try them out!

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I will play with them some more and do another tutorial with fun ideas for these but for now I have a few fun techniques in today’s video! I will also share some alternative ways to get this look if you don’t have Distress Oxide inks!

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Make a card from mixed media paper and tape it to a board, mask the borders of the card so you have a window to stamp in

2. Sponge blue and purple ink in window, dry then spatter with water and blot. Let dry.

3. Pounce ink through a stencil with a make up sponge. Also use a sponge and black in to make a frame. Spatter with water.

4. Stamp vines around the edges of the window and butterflies within the window.

5. Accent the butterflies with gel pens and outline the window with black.

6. Remove the tape and stamp flowers and sentiment on the bottom of the card.

7. Ink the bottom of the card if desired.

I hope you try a one layer inky card, even if you don;t have the new distress oxide inks you can use the inks you have to get a similar effect, the more you play with your supplies the more versatile they become! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Think Spring, Stamp a Scene & Save 40%!

Hi friends! It is currently snowing outside and we have had temps ranging from -20 to 8F the past few days. Luckily I live in Maine so if I don’t like the weather all I have to do is wait a day and it will change. They are calling for a high of 40 and rain tomorrow. Almost springy huh?

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I do hope we have a white Christmas (as long as the roads are good so I can safely travel home to see my folks) but honestly I needed a break from Christmas cards. I finally got them addressed and in the mail today. I know what you are thinking, the cobbler’s kids have no shoes right? The professional crafter (almost) doesn’t get her Christmas cards out LOL! Ha! I never claimed to have my act together, one year I sent out “Happy New Year” cards because I completely missed the boat. In today’s video we are going to make a one layer card using many techniques with simple supplies. Watch the video to see how!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry they are having a BIG sale – 40% off 90 sets AND 35% off crafting goodies + free shipping on orders of $75 shipped within the USA (use coupon code: FREESHIP75) + all Frugal Crafter fans get a FREE Mini Mistletoe Stamp (not currently on our site) with any size purchase. Sale Ends 12/31/16

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Cut window from typing paper, save both pieces.
2. Place window on cardstock and swipe ink on with brushes, then stamp on images.
3. Add more color with colored pencils.
4. Remove window and place cut out over the stamped scene and stamp and ink the border if desired.

I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are this weekend! Have fun with these inking techniques and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!

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No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!

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Sponsored by Art Neko  *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!

Supplies:

  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Quick One Layer Birthday Cards and Invites!

Hi friends! Today’s project is a good one when you need a batch of cards or if you just want to practise with a new stamp set because it is on a flat sheet of cardstock. Limited supplies=fast & frugal!

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Watch the video to see how it’s done! I apologise for the long video but this is a “stamp School” video and I want to make sure all the steps are clear. If you are making a batch of these I suggest you work “assembly line” style and stamp each item on each card before grabbing the next stamp, it saves a ton of time!

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You can find the supplies I used from our sponsor Luvin’ Stampin’ *Use the host code to receive free card kits when you order. Here is the current code valid through Sept. 24th A636C73Q (After that check http://www.luvinstampin.com/ for the current one!)

Supplies:

For more fun projects visit “Luvin’ Stampin'” Wendy Cranford’s YouTube Channel

Tips:
When stamping one layer cards think about the ink you are using for subsequent layers. Blue stamped over yellow may take on a green cast and a lighter color stamped over a darker color may not show up at all.

When you are using a layering stamp but you don’t have many colors of ink you can keep overlapping the same ink color until the desired darkness is achieved.

Don’t worry about being perfect, these fun cards area fantastic way to get to know a new stamp set and when you are done you have a new batch of cards to show for it! Besides, people love to get a handmade card even if it isn’t perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fabulous One Layer Cards // Use Your Stash // 20% off RST

Howdy friends! I have a problem, I’ve mentioned it before, I hoard supplies. Oh, I have no problem using them or sharing them but just purging them? Never! And it’s a good thing because every once in a while I think of a way to use an oldie but goodie, in this case rub-on transfers (AKA rub-ons.)

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I urge you to dig out any old rub-ons you have and try making these cards. Rub-ons can crack and not transfer as they age so let’s make sure they get used! Watch the video to learn a new way to make a quick card.

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No rub-ons? Don’t worry, these cards would be just as pretty with a stamped sentiment and if you want to do the resist technique I share in the video simply stamp in clear and emboss in white and it will work the same, or write your sentiment with a white crayon, get creative people! 🙂

The stamps I used are from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Get 20% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more with coupon code: ONELAYER *Offer good through 6/25/16

Supplies:

Tip! If you own several peg stamp sets mix them up for more options and versatility! I store mine all together to I can combine them easily on projects!

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Directions:
1. Mask area where your sentiment will be with tape or a post it note.
2. Ink around mask with a light ink and then fill the area with small stamped images.
3. Remove mask and outline masked area with a fine tip black marker.pen.
4. Apply rub on in masked area. If you are using a white rub on on white paper apply watery ink over the rub on to make it show up.
5. Flick on ink as desired!

These are fun to make in batches. Get creative with your stamps and use up those old rub-ons! I love using up old stash, it helps me justify buying new stash! If you want to add any of the stamps I used today (or others) to your stash make sure to use the coupon code ONELAYER to save 20% at Rubber stamp Tapestry. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School #7: Faux Layers, No-Template Envelopes and lots of Tips!

Hi friends! Can you believe I am still coming up with projects using white cardstock and ink? I really think it is important to exhaust what you can do with your supplies when you start a new hobby (cuz they are pricey!) and I also think it is fun to go back to basics because us experienced stampers can remember the thrill of the first time we gave a handmade card. Today I am going to show you how to make this one layer card and envelope.

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I like designs like this because you get two cards from a piece of cardstock and since they are flat they do not require extra postage (It’s kind of embarrassing when you send a stack of thank you cards postage due, don’t ask me how I know…) I am using my Memento inks (any dye inks will work) and beautiful stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko. If you order from ArtNeko make sure you mention me (the frugal crafter) to get either 10% off any size order or free shipping over $50, they will give you the bigger discount, they are great that way:) Be sure to check out the sale pages, there are lots of good discounts! Now, please watch the video to learn how to make the card!

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OK stampers, did you learn a thing or two? Will you try this? I hope so!

Supplies:
White cardstock
Ink Pads (memento or any dye based ink)
Peacock stamp
Dragonfly stamps
Thank you stamp
Color Dusters (ink brush or use sponges)
glitter pen (Gelly roll stardust)

Envelope supplies:
Paper, a ruler and adhesive *Special thanks to my viewer Christine (from France now in Panama) for sharing this tip with me!

All instructions are in the video:)

A tip on color dusters, you can wash them with soap and water but they must dry before using with ink again if you want the soft look. I recommend getting one for each color family (one for greens, one for yellows, one for reds etc) so you do not need to wash them, in fact they work better as the ink builds up on them. You can use any long bristle stiff hog brush for this so if you have some kids paintbrushes lying around try them before buying these. They run about $1-$2 a piece. I think Joann Fabrics has them online too. I have even used stencil brushes for ink, video on that here, and it works very well. The point is try what you have before you buy!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Christmas Sweets (quick card!)

Hi Friends! Today I want to share a quick card with you:

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Watch how easy it is to make!

You can find mason jar stamps in any craft store it seems these days but if you don’t think you will use them often you can print a free one off the internet and get your fix that way! I think Mason jars and other images you can stamp other things in are always a good investment! I hope you enjoyed this quick Christmas card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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