Patina Look With Acrylics {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! Today’s technique is a teeny bit messy but the result you get is worth it. I’m going to show you how to use acrylic paint to get the look of old clay pots and metal. It’s quick, cheap and easy too…well quick not counting about 30 minutes of drying time. ūüėÄ

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You can find the full instructions in the video below!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! use coupon code: FRUGALOCTOBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS! Coupon expires October 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available

****You can find all of the new RST stamps here!*****

Supplies: (Use coupon above for 20% off all stamps!)

Directions:
1. Stamp containers on scraps of rust and silver cardstock. Stamp the images again on a 1/4 sheet of white cardstock.

2. Use a palette knife to scrape paint over the images on the colored scraps. Sponge on light green paint on the pots and let dry.

3. Stamp peg stamp designs in the containers on the white cardstock and die cut the images when done. *If you would like more detailed info on using peg stamps please check out this beginner video.

4. Use staz on ink to restamp the containers over the dry acrylic paint and trim out.

5. Ink the backgrounds of the die cut panels with blue and green in and a blender brush.

6. Trim pattern paper to fit card bases and assemble cards embellishing as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this acrylic paint patina technique using new peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

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Fabulous, Quick & Easy Lattice Braid Card!

Hi friends! Today I have a card technique that looks complicated but is really easy! Your friends will think you spent hours or used fancy tools to make the lattice braid on the edge (I won’t tell if you don’t!)

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Watch this video to learn how to make the card PLUS I’ll share tips and tricks for combining stamping and marker coloring:)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry use coupon code: FRUGALSEPTEMBER17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires September 30, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires September 30, 2017.

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

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Directions for lattice fold (you can do this on any size card, you just need and even number of flaps to fold over)

1. Score and fold card in half.

2. Mark a guide line 1″ parallel to the fold on the card.

3. Make marks every 1/4″ along the fold with a pencil.

4. Use a 45 triangle to draw a line from the mark on the fold to the guide line you drew.

5. Cut along the slits to the line you drew. Cut away the triangle at the top and bottom.

6. Open the card and fold the next to the bottom flap down. Repeat with ever other flap. As long as you have an even number of flaps it should work out but if you cut an odd number you can trim off the top:)

7. Fold the card back and decorate as desired!

The lattice step will take less than 10 minutes. The total card will take around 30 minutes to stamp, color and assemble. Try the lattice fold technique on any card you want to add a decorative touch to. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Colorblocked Batch of Cards (Make inky backgrounds or use up your scraps!)

Hi friends! Making a color blocked card is kinda like making a quilt. You can piece together different colors and patterns to make a really interesting composition. (I must say that this is probably one of my favorite scrapbooking technique too so try this on a larger scale if you scrap!)

I have templates to do this for 12″x12″ scrapbook layouts and I think you used to be able to buy card sized ones too but I never did. Luckily you can make up your own as I did. You could also sketch it out on grid paper and it would be easier and less wasteful. Hindsight is 20/20. Feel free to use my layout if you like it!

I love to make my own backgrounds (odd since I have so much store-bought pattern paper, huh?) So in today’s video I will show you some Distress Oxide background techniques. If you don’t have DO inks try regular distress ink for a similar result. Or use whatever ink you have then flick on some white ink (or white watered down watercolor, gouache or acrylic) you really can’t go wrong. I also use mica powder and if you don’t have that grab some pearly eyeshadow! Never fret if you don’t have what I am using, grab the closest thing in your stash and give it a try! You will learn something new about your supplies and if it goes wrong it’s only a piece of paper!

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This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry use coupon code: FRUGALSEPTEMBER17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires September 30, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires September 30, 2017.

Supplies:

Directions (for batch of 4 cards):
1. Cut a sheet of cardstock into 4ths and ink each section with a different color scheme using distress inks.

2. Make 4 card based and envelopes and set aside.

3.Stamp mason jar bouquet onto panels of watercolor paper or cardstock measuring 1.5″x2.75″ Accent with ink using a waterbrush if desired.

4. Once the inked panels are dry you can cut them into these sizes (cut 4 of each size, 1 for each card-see template above.)
2.25″x2″, 1.25″x.25″ (I did these from blue/purple color)
3.5″x1.25″, 1.5″x.75″ (I did these from green/aqua color)
1″x1.5″ (orange)
1.125″x1.5″ (pinky/red)
*Use whatever colors you want using my measurements or make up your own design!

5. Adhere all the blocks to your card-bases!

I love that you get four cards for the effort of one using this method and you have little waste afterwards. Since I have a shop in town where I sell my cards the extras always come in handy. Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

PS I just wanted to thank everyone who left me kind words of encouragement yesterday. Your support means the word to me and I am feeling much less stressed out after taking a “catch-up” day. Have a great weekend!

It’s OK not to have one of everything! {A card recipe: feel free to substitute:)

Hi friends, today I have acard background recipe for you: Distress Oxides + Color Burst + Gesso = Fun Inky Cards! It is so easy to fall into the “gotta have its!” when we see a new product that we jump in and buy a complete line before we take the time to think if it really suits us or if you have something already in your stash that will do the same thing. Many expensive mistakes can be avoided if we build our collection slowly and exhaust the possibility of a supply before trying something else. By proceeding in this way we can avoid the overwhelm of being confronted with a room full of media we don’t know how to use. Also we can avoid the regret that comes from spending money on a full set of something that we really don’t like. We all know how hard it is to let go of something we paid a lot of money for right? So with this theme in mind I want you to use what you have to create these fun inky backgrounds today. If I am using something you don’t have, find something similar. If you want to try the exact stuff I am using (like a Distress Oxide ink pad or gel printing plate) just try a couple of your favorite colors and see how they suit you rather than the entire line (trust me, they will be there when you decide if you like them or not.) I can hear the protests already “But it’s a better deal if I buy the entire set and if I end up buying the whole set then I’ll have two duplicates!” And yes, that is kind of true if you are really going to use every color, but more often that not you will probably only love half the colors in a line so why buy ones you won’t use that much? You are spending extra money, space and time to maintain these things. If you buy a complete set you might not bother to see how they work with the supplies you already own For instance the Distress Oxides work great with regular Distress ink and I’d never know that if I wasn’t limited in colors and wanted brighter hues. Full disclosure I ended up collecting the entire line (by purchase and gift) because they really suited me. I am waiting to buy reinkers until the pads are used up to make sure they still add value to my creative process. I think we all face the “fear of missing out” and we buy in a state of panic that we won’t be able to get something because it will be sold out or become more expensive but let me tell you if it keeps selling they will keep making it!

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Speaking of fear in our cardmaking…If you are afraid when you create you will be leery of wasting supplies. We tend to collect and hoard and then we become overwhelmed or even worse we forget what we have. The gel printing plate I am using today was a “had to have it, yet to use it” item I bought when it first came out. Why have I been saving it? You can’t use it up. I put it in a drawer safe in the knowledge that I can access it whenever I like but never did. Crazy huh? Just think of the treasures we could find if we just shopped our stash! In today’s video I am going to show you how to mix up supplies and make interesting artsy backgrounds and also how to look at your rubber stamps in new ways to increase their versatility, I hope you play along!

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Directions: Watch the video and then grab the supplies you have and make some ink backgrounds! Don’t get overwhelmed, just have fun! After all, it’s just a piece of paper!

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5 Do’s & Donts for inky backgrounds!

1. Do try making backgrounds using the supplies you already have. If a new product peaks your interest try one or two colors before purchasing the whole set to see if it suits you.

2. Don’t worry about making a mess or wasting supplies. You can use cheap white cardstock cut into quarters for your inky backgrounds. Then trim and mount the great ones to cards made of heavyweight cardstock.

3. Do use lots of adhesive when mounting the inky papers. You can even weight it with a book if it wants to warp.

4. Don’t overlook the cool stencils in your stash, you don’t have to use polka dots, take the idea and make it your own!

5. Do trusts your instincts and pick colors and images you like because it’s your art after all!

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I realize you may think it’s funny that I am urging you not to go crazy over-buying supplies on a sponsored blog post but I love this hobby and for it to be sustainable we need to find value and get use from the products we buy. If we stock up but never use these treasures it is a total waste. We need to pace ourselves and learn what our own style is (not what the cool crafters on YouTube are doing) or we will end up with drawers full of supplies that we don’t really like. This blog post and video was inspired by some critical comments on my YouTube channel where some viewers complained about the colors I chose for various projects. It’s easy to swap a color for one you prefer and I want to give you permission to do that, or use a whole different product all together. You don’t need to copy a project exactly for it to be good or meaningful, in fact it’s better to add your own style and spice to it! Vive la diff√©rence! You do you and it will be fabulous! Thanks for taking the time to read though my long pep talk (rant?) and as always continue the discussion in the comments below. I am really enjoying our conversations lately! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Crayon Cards (you can use other stuff too!) & Moldy Oldies!

Hi friends! Today I want to challenge you to dig out a supply you have not used in a while and use it. Try to think back to when you bought or were given the item and think about how excited you were at that moment and channel ‘past you’s’ excitement into ‘present you’s’ project! As an added bonus ‘future you’ will be happy you used up some of your stash!

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When I was almost done making these cards I went rooting around in my embellishment drawer looking for the “perfect” accent for the card (bonus points if it had a sentiment on it!) and came across these tags from Making Memories. This product came out in 2009 and I think that is when I got it. It was a gift from my mom. I think I was afraid that this product would be discontinued so I hoarded the tags for the “perfect” project and then simply forgot I had it, until I saw the tags on clearance at Big lots and bought a ton, came home, put them away and again and forgot that I had them. It is time to stop the insanity people! I have decided that saving a special paper, embellishment or supply for “someday” is a bad idea because someday never comes. Today is the only day we have so go on, use the beautiful things you have collected. You deserve to:) Whoa, that was deep. Now on to the tutorial!

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A word about color mediums…

This project is the perfect example of how¬†you can substitute products. In fact I dare say many products out there are near duplicates of each other or at least are close enough that you don’t need both. For instance, instead of watercolor crayons you could use: watercolor sticks, woodless watercolor pencils, water-soluble oil pastels, gelatos, scribble sticks or gel crayons. You could also use watercolor or gouache paint applied with a ¬†flat synthetic brush. You could use any water based markers or your trusty ink pads. We are not making a souffle here folks, it’s more like a gumbo and the more you infuse your own personality and supply stash in to it the more spicy the result will be!

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I am thinking about starting a new series making use of the “I have to have it!” supplies I’ve bought over the years but have not used that much. What are your “had to have it, but barely used it” supplies. Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Fancy Card Edges: Stamp School!

Hi friends! A fun and simple way to dress up a card is to shape the edges. You can use scissors, punches, or even die cuts to do this. After shaping the edges you can embossing them as well to enhance the effect!

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Learn this technique and make this quick and easy card today!

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Remember if you don’t have dies you can hand cut your edge like I showed in this tutorial. ¬†I hope you enjoyed this video and til next time happy crafting!

 

Happy Mother’s Day, a Batch of Inky Cards & Faux Distress Oxide Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun techniques that gives you the look of distress oxide using the inks you probably already have, in fact it will work with any distress inks. I will also show you how the effect differ depending on the ink pads you use. After you try these fun techniques you will have lots of cool backgrounds so I will show you have to turn them into note cards as well. Boy, we have a lot to do today, don’t we?

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Mmmmm inky goodness…..

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Grab your die inkpads and let’s get to work! (or play!)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: FREESHIP75 to get free USA shipping on your order of $75 plus of ANY products at Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Coupon expires July 3, 2017

Supplies:

Faux distress oxide technique:
1. Wipe dye inks onto craft mat and spritz with water.
2. Drag white sulphite paper through ink and dry.
3. Smoosh white pigment ink pad on craft mat and spritz with water.
4. Use a paintbrush to flick white ink on the inky paper and sop up the remaining white ink with the same paper.

To make the cards:
5. Cut cardstock to desired card size and score/fold in half.
6. Glue die cuts to paper.
7. Stamp sentiments and accents.
8. You can emboss the paper after if you like!

This project was super fun and I ended up with a bunch of cards, I hope you try it today! Happy mother’s day to all of the moms out there and til next time happy crafting!

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