LIVE! Let’s Paint a Rainbow Giraffe in Watercolor! 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! I am a  child of the 80’s and I couldn’t help feel nostalgic for my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper after I painted these rainbow giraffes last night!

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I turned to Instagram and Facebook and asked friends which giraffe I should paint. There were strong support for both but the close up had a bit more of an edge plus it is more difficult so I think I will do the close up one but also give instructions for the tall one if that is what you prefer. Both patterns will be provided in the material list and they are jpg format so you can print them whatever size you want. My practice pieces were done at 6″x9″ and the one I am painting live will be 9″x12″. You can do what you like!

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You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in on YouTube at 12:30pm today.

Supplies available at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items.) Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (you can totally use any brand with a good assortment of bright colors, this would be a great project to paint with kids too!) If doing this project with kids try Lukas studio. *They are a great starter set but make sure you supervise them as they are highly pigmented, you don’t want kids eating the paint or redecorating your walls! I’ll be using Turner watercolors (Rose, Pyrolle scarlet, lemon yellow, pthalo blue, *turquoise, Ultramarine, Diox violet, burnt sienna) *=optional
  • Watercolor paper. I am using Strathmore Windpower, it is cheap and wet in wet techniques look really pretty on this. *I am using the 9″x12″ pad, you get 15 sheets for $7.99 and it’s made with recycled materials!
  • Brushes: A variety of rounds in any brand you like! Try Mimik Kolinsky, it is faux fur and a bit stiffer than the Mimik Squirrel. I have the value set
  • Other: Masking tape, credit card scraper, paper towel, 2 water buckets
  • Reference photos: Tall giraffe and close up face *you will want to crop or zoom in
  • Patterns: Tall Giraffe or Close up face giraffe

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The techniques you learn today will help you “rainbowize” and animal, how fun is that! I urge you to share you painting gifts with someone. If you have children or grandchildren this is the perfect project to show that the “ordinary watercolors” they have at home can be bright and vivid! Let them draw freehand or help them trace it if it helps. Art kept me out of so much trouble as a kid and I think it is important to have an outlet to express yourself any way you want. It harms no one and is constructive and confidence building.

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I hope to see you on YouTube at 12:30pm for some rainbow painting fun! Til then happy crafting!

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5 Ways to Rainbow! Trendy Card Looks with Supplies you Have!

Hi friends! I love rainbow and color wheel themed projects. There is something so satisfying to see colors all lined up next to their color friends in rainbow order. Maybe it’s because I have a hard time picking a favorite color so I just use them all!

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From candy, to clothing to home decor the rainbow trend is catching on. You might not be ready to redecorate your home but it sure is fun to play with rainbow colors on a card!

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Left to right: Watercoloring with markers and using markers to stamp.

Today I’ll show you 5 ways you can get the look with supplies you already have! Watch the video to see how!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other supplies:

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Left to right: Mini ink pad stamping and rainbow in pad technique.

5 rainbow techniques you can try!

1. Use Acrylic paint to stencil and stamp. Use a Foam cosmetic wedge to apply to stencil or stamp.

2. Use water based markers it ink up a rubber stamp!

3. Use water-based markers or ink pads (pressed or scribbled on a palette) to paint in an image stamped in black.

4. Use a rainbow ink pad!

5. Ink up stamps with mini ink pads: Yellow first in the middle then overlap magenta and turquoise on each side.

I hope this article gave you some ideas on how to incorporate the rainbow trend in your net card. If you enjoyed this tutorial please share it with your crafty friends with one of the handy sharing buttons below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Inktober Day 5: Long

Hi friends! Don’t worry, there will be a live show later today but I wanted to pop in quickly this morning and share my sketch for Inktober day 5 where the prompt was “Long”:

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This was my most favorite Inktober sketch I have done so far. Watch the video to see how it came to life!

Today’s prompt was the word “long” so what’s more fun than a long rainbow braid? You can learn more about inktober here.

Supplies I used:

I am loving the daily #inktober2017 challenge. I am not sure if I will post an inktober video each day but I’ll at least post a sketch if not. See you later for the live show and til then happy crafting!

Layered Window Cards! {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! I have a bright and cheerful card for you today but if you prefer a more elegant look than you can change up the window shape and colors for a more subdued palette!

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I tend to need many children’s birthday cards so I figured you might too and it is fun to learn a new technique and have a very useful card when we are done but this would also be pretty done with an oval die and shades of white for a wedding. Use what you like!

Video!

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

Supplies:

Follow the steps in the video to line up your cardstock layers when die-cutting. Remember to use your leftover bits on other cards! How did you like the glimpse of my “vintage” die cutting machine? I think I am the only “youtube crafter” using that model still. Heck, if it ain’t broke why replace it? Honestly that is the big reason when people ask me what die cutting machine I recommend I say Big Shot/BigKick, they are rugged beasts even after 10 years of daily use! I hope you enjoyed this project and til next time happy crafting!

Die & Jewelry Kit Giveaway! Rainbow

Hi friends! I have a fun tutorial for you tonight and a giveaway! Craft Chameleon has so many really clever products perfect to keep you (and the kids) creative this summer.

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I will be giving away 3 packages containing: 2 dies, 2 card packs, 5 bracelets, package of oval jump rings (shipping included US only) from Craft Chameleon. To enter just leave a comment and I will pick 3 winners next Friday! Good luck! Now let’s learn how to make these!

Supplies:

If you are doing this project with small kids you will probably need to open and close the jump-rings as it take a lot of coordination but they can help by die cutting plastic shapes and coloring them with permanent markers. It is a great family project! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a bracelet kit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick Tip: Using scraps of baker’s Twine (or ribbon, yarn, twine….)

Hello Friends! I think as crafters and artists we can become…well..pack-rats if we are not careful. I finished up a set of cards the other day and could not bear to throw away the scraps of bakers twine trimmings. So rather than dump it into my big ribbon scrap jar never to be seen again I decided to make a quick gift tag with it, have a look at how easy it is:

This technique can be used with ribbon, yarn, string or even slivers of paper. Cuz let’s face it, some of this stuff is just too pretty to throw away, even the tiniest scrap! To make the tag I cut a heart out of white cardstock and punched it out with a large label punch. Then I applied adhesive (score-tape) to a scrap of cardstock slightly bigger than the heart and adhered my twine scraps to that. I covered a manila tag with rainbow paper and adhered my twine square to that then topped it with my heart window with foam tape. Easy peasy and I have a gift tag ready to go and no guilt over throwing anything away. You can find the baker’s twine I used at Papermart, they have awesome deals on bulk supplies but that doesn’t mean we should waste anything. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Follow the yellow brick road…

EDIT: I forgot to post the printable sheet of Dolly Parton Quotes, you can download or print it directly here.

Happy Friday Folks! Well, I had plans of making a tofu scramble for dinner tonight but I was overruled 4 to 1 so I grabbed a pizza and we plunked in the living room and watched Once Upon a Time while we enjoyed takeout. They has pizza and I had a veggie Italian (and french fries…I’m a vegetarian, not a saint LOL!) I love how they are bringing OZ into story-line, I also love that it is a show I want to watch with my children and not some show with obnoxious teenagers in it LOL! Anyway, this recent TV show has inspired this card:

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Wizard of OZ stamps: Lost coast designs, Quote: Dolly Parton

I used the Wizard of OZ stamps from Lost Coast Designs that feature the precious illustrations from the original book. I did not use many supplies for this card and I bet you can make do with what you have too to make something like it! Watch the video for tips and hints on masking, embossing and coloring!

I hope that tutorial inspired you to dig out some of your older supplies and show them some love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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