Hi Friends! I think I win the prize for longest blog post title! I wanted to make this zentangle card because it is a challenge over at Oriental Stamp Art this month. I had a pretty kimono stamp I won in a past OSA contest from Stone house Stamps that I wanted to use and I found it to be a perfect image for this technique demonstrated in today’s video:
Using an open image like the line art kimono gives you a structure and makes trying zentangle a little less intimidating. It is just doodling after all, nothing to be scared of. 😀 I stamped on smooth white cardstock with waterproof archival ink and drew with Micron Pens because they would be waterproof when I colored over them with my watercolor pencils. The card I made is 4.25″x4.25″ and I wanted to make a cute envelope for it so I used my new We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch board donated to me from Oriental Trading Company. They have a lot of inexpensive scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies now, check them out if you havent lately! And don’t forget to tell them Lindsay the frugal crafter sent you and thank them for supporting my arts and craft tutorials.
Oh! I want to share the Crafty Owl website, she has a cool online template generator for making custom envelopes and custom boxes using the envelope punch board. Thank you to Joanne the Crafty Owl for sharing her template formulas and to YouTube viewers Kristen K and Jayne Saddington for telling me about her website! That is it for me today. I have a very messy house that needs attention, my dog picked up so much sand on our walk today you’d think we lived in a beach house! I hope your day involves more creativity than mine and as always happy crafting!
Hi friends! I love to stamp on tags! I love it because they are smaller than a card. I don’t worry about messing it up, it is fun and freeing. I also love having a box of 500 large tags in my drawer because it feels like an endless supply and I don’t feel like I have to hoard them. If I run out I can inexpensively order another box from Papermart. I wanted to play with some old shadow stamps (if you don’t have shadow stamps you can use a foam bath block, acrylic stamp block or cut a piece of craft foam or Styrofoam and use that) because that was the challenge this week at Oriental Stamp Art and it really helps to create a cohesive layered design. Confused? Watch this video to see how it is done:
Use your favorite stamps and ink and follow along!
- Stamp shadow stamp using your lightest ink.
- Stamp your focal stamp on top with two ink colors (rock and roll technique.)
- Stamp smaller background elements to fill in. Make sure to overlap images to anchor your design.
- Apply a stencil to the tag and spray ink over it.
- Add tulle to the hole in your tag.
I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial, now you can make bookmarks and gift tags until your heart’s content! Happy Crafting!
Howdy folks! I am feeling pretty darn happy tonight! That storm that might dump 10-15″ of snow on us seems to have shifted a bit so snowfall total tomorrow is now forecasted at 3″-5″, I am relieved because we still have so much snow yet to melt here and I think the kids are out of snow days. Of course I only checked one weather site because I liked that forecast LOL! I’m an optimist I guess! I was playing with some new colored pencils and stamps from About Art Accents yesterday and using the inspiration at Oriental Stamp Art I made this card:
The challenge at Oriental Stamp Art was to use the folded circles on a card. I also had some stamps from About Art Accents to give away, the winner will receive the 3 dragonfly stamps I used (new ones though LOL!) and a $10 gift certificate (Thanks About Art Accents!) I’m going to show you how I made this card. I used a brand-new supply, Metallic watercolor pencils by Derwent, I’m not sure what I think of them, I’ll let you be the judge:
I think if I look at these pencils not as metallic colored pencils but as opaque colored pencils or faux bleach look colored pencils I will like them more. It’s all about how you look at things sometimes! I wanted to show you the full stamp set the dragonfly stamps came from, it is normally $20 but it is on sale now for $10! And if you have any non-sale rubber in your order at About Art Accents you can use the coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on the regular priced stuff.
I can’t wait to use the snail next, they are so cute and what a bargain, I would not wait if you like them because I have no idea how long the sale will last. So, do you want to win? Well then, just leave a comment and I will pick a winner at random next Tuesday. Yep, that’s it, nifty huh? Thanks to About Art Accents for providing me with stamps to give away and thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Good morning friends. The other day while digging through a drawer I cam across a box of old office labels. I remembered a technique one when I painted across a bunch of them and used them on a card. It just so happened that they would be perfect for this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art:
It is a really fun technique and easier than it looks too. You can use any stamp you like but I used this Panda motif from About Art Accents (it’s on sale for $4 too!) to make mine. Watch the video for full instructions on making the card:
Easy huh? I think I have a package of small rectangle yard sale labels around here somewhere, If I can find them I will try this technique on a “window pane” looking card. Of course I’ll probably get distracted by something else (probably something shiny) while I am on the hunt.
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Happy Monday Folks! I had fun stamping a card (it’s been a while, I know!) to enter into this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art. They asked us to make a card that was “Holiday” and “Asian” in theme. Then I remembered that AAA/Art Neko had generously given me the Holly Fairy stamp to give away on my blog and my card was born. Fairy Christmas! BTW, anytime you shop at About Art Accents/Art Neko be sure to use the code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your order!
Wanna win it? Just leave me a comment (on this post) between now and next Sunday (the 9th) and will randomly pick a winner on Monday. What a way to start the week! Here is a close up of the coloring. I treated myself to a set of Spectrum Noir markers (the Brights set) from Crafter’s Companion, they had all the 24 packs on sale for $24 and free shipping at Consumer Crafts (It was a bad time to be frugal because I wish I had bought them all!)
I was a bit hesitant because I purchased a set of the light flesh tones at ACmoore when they first came out and they were dried out. I added some denatured alcohol to them and got them working but I was not a fan. I notice, though, that the lighter colors of alcohol markers do seem to be a bit dry feeling but these seemed too dry. I thought that maybe ACmoore might have got a bad batch so for $24 I took a chance and they were all good and juicy and they played nice with my other markers. I had to use a dark brown Promarker, dark red Tria and a tan Copic. I know I need more markers like a hole in the head but I am sorry I passed up getting the other sets now 😦
Something else I want to enable you to buy…er… I mean recommend are Pan Pastels, I picked up 3 a few months ago (magenta, turquoise and lime green) when they were on sale for $4 each because I wanted to try them. Well, they are expensive but I can see why, I tapped a sponge into the color and rubbed it on my background and WOW! the color blended in beautifully and a tap of color was all I needed to do the background! I think I might ask for some for Christmas…my Christmas list is getting longer by the moment (I also want Santa to bring me a Fire Works beadmaking torch kit!)
The final touch on the card was a game piece that I saved from Axis and Allies, hubby was tossing the game and there were cute mini airplanes and chips. I like the graphic punch the Japan chip gives and the repetition of the circle theme on the card.
Well, that’s it for me! I am in the final push getting ready for my craft fair on Saturday. Today is my sewing day. I am making juggling balls, hand-warmers and key fobs. Don’t forget to leave a comment to win the beautiful fairy stamp from About Art Accents/Art Neko! Til next time happy crafting!
OK, First, the moment you have been waiting for (drumroll please…) Congrats to Carmen L who won the “Best Day” stamp set from About Art Accents! Woohoo! Carmen, I will email you for your address and I’ll pop that in the mail for you tomorrow.
Speaking of About Art Accents I just got a sampler of beautiful Washi paper from them and let me tell you it would be a crime to cover any portion of that patterned goodness under a layer on a card so I used my Xyron to apply adhesive to the paper then cut it into tape sized strips and used it on this card:
This is a votive screen. You place an electric tea light (or safely contained jar votive-we’ve got paper and yarn here, it is a wee bit flammable!) behind the screen and it glows through the vellum panels. Here you can see it with the lights off. The lucky neko cat is from About Art Accents too! It is from this really cute set of kokeshi dolls.
I turned almost every pattern I had into washi paper tape, it is so rich in color and pattern:
Here is a video showing you exactly how to make it, it is very fun and addicting!
So, what do you think? If you want more ideas I have other tutorials on making your own patterned tape:
Here using sticker paper and stamps and Here using masking tape and gelatoes.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Howdy folks! This week on Oriental Stamp Art they challenged up to try the Triple Time Stamping technique. Here is a card I made using a huge Far East set of clear stamps I got on sale for $2.50 at oriental trading company, regularly $15, score!
So basically you stack up 3 panels of white cardstock and stamp a design over all three, then take apart the panels and mat them with color and stick them to a card base, yep folks, it is that easy! I saw a really cute tutorial for it on this blog, I love this lady’s French Canadian accent, she reminds me of my “Grammie” 🙂
On the above card I used SVG cutting files from Lettering Delights and SCAL software with my die cutter. Using the Sizzix Eclips this week had really psyched me up to do some more cutting!
For the burst of color in the background I used a color Spritzer tool (Stampin’ Up!) I have had it for a while but it did not always work for me but then I found out I did not have my marker pushed through far enough, The nib of the marker should protrude father than the “blow-hole” on the spritzer. I have now used this with all of my brush tip watercolor markers with success!
Since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday here is a peek of my desk. The kids started school today so I have some real work laid out. I have artwork that needs to be framed in the tubes and lying flat on my workbench. I do not like to have other people’s artwork in my studio with the kids around. So all of my framing jobs have to wait until the kids are in school LOL!
Well, I’m off to get my car’s oil changed and do a bit of shopping and have lunch with a stampin’ friend, til next time happy crafting!
…but this card is! I used the paper beads to embellish this card using the sketch at Oriental Stamp Art. The cheerful paper is by K&Co and stamps are by About Art Accents:
Do you have a sweet tooth yet? I posted a tutorial on making the paper beads here, I coated them with glitter nail polish for a little extra bling.
I am heading out with my daughters to girl scout camp today and I am bringing paper bead supplies with me (and nail polosh! not every color I own because after all we a “roughing it” LOL!) in case we have rainy weather and are stuck in our cabins. I hope you have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
I have been drooling over the new Tim Holtz Distress markers since I saw a video of him demonstrating them at CHA. I really WANT them but I don’t NEED them with all of the supplies in my craft room. So I was brainstorming a way to try some of the techniques that he does with the markers with something else. I have other brands of water-based markers and while they are great for coloring the rubber and stamping with they don’t blend like watercolors (or the new TH markers) but then I remembered my well loved watercolor crayons! I love the result! BTW if you do not have watercolor crayons you can use watercolor paint and a brush to do the same thing!
If you want to learn how I made this card and stamped with the watercolor crayons check out this video. You might want to click on the fullscreen button to see more detail. Please note, I moved my water bucket out of the way but I still dipped my crayon on the water each time I colored with it. I just didn’t think it was fun looking at my nasty water bucket for the entire video 🙂
I used the sketch at Oriental stamp Art to make my card. BTW, if you want to join a wonderfully supportive stamping group and you happen to like Asian art you should check out the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group. I love the window, it is a fun touch, I love how it reveals a surprise on the inside. I stamped and blended with my watercolor crayons and then stitched a layer of vellum over the inside panel, filled it with glitter and stitched the rest up. I used double stick tape to adhere the panel to the inside of my card so the stitches wouldn’t show.
I hope you enjoyed the video and you will see what you can do with the supplies you already have:)
BUT, if you are itching to spend some money you can check out the 50% off sale I have in my shop now through Saturday (nice segue huh?) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!