Stamp School 17: Simple Silhouettes!

Hi friends! If you have never made a card before OR need a quick elegant card OR want to learn how to use tricky silhouette stamps this lesson is for you!

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Silhouette stamps make a big impact and they can make a quick card too since you don’t need to color anything in. They are also very versatile, if I took this gingko tree silhouette stamp and heat embossed it in white iridescent powder on silver cardstock it would be an elegant wedding card. You can also use any colors to completely change the look for any occasion. Silhouettes equal quick but it can be a bit tricky getting the ink to transfer properly. I will help you overcome that with this video! The stamps I am using today are from our sponsor Art Neko, mention “Thefrugalcrafter” to save 10% on any order or get free shipping on orders over $50. You can use whatever discount is greater!

Now, even pros make mistakes, after I made this card I realized that the bottom clump of leaves was a separate stamp on the plate LOL! You are actually supposed to cut that stamp off so you can stamp on more foliage if you want. Well, I still think it looks great!

Supplies:
Cardstock in black and shades of green (or color of your choice)
Ink in black and green (or color of your choice)
Stamps: Bonsai Tree Silhouette, Leaf
Ribbon
Round paper clip

Directions:
1. Stamp focal image on colored cardstock that is the same color as card base.
2. Cut a piece of black the same size as stamped panel.
3. Layer a lighter shade of the same color of card on the card base, then adhere the back piece and then offset the stamped panel.
4. Cut a slit for the ribbon 1/2″ from the bottom of the card, insert the ribbon and wrap around card and tie the ends to a round paperclip.

Try this the next time you need a quick card. Happy crafting!

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Tutorial: Elegant & Easy Placecards for Wedding and Holiday!

Because nothing screams “Elegant!” like Lindsay the Frugal Crafter…am I right? Here is an easy 2 minute place card I made with the new Mini Silhouettes and Monograms stamp set from Pink Persimmon.

 

You don’t need calligraphy experience just a 2.00mm felt tip calligraphy pen (I used one by Marvy Uchida) and a 4″x4″ peice of cardstock. If you have a scoring board that is handy but if not you can score it with a ruler and bone folder (or the smooth edge of a butter knife), Also you will need an old-fashioned circle cutter like Colluzle or Creative Memories (or trace around a quarter and use a craft knife. Well, enough jibber-jabber! Watch the video to see how it’s done.

Easy peasy right? You can mix up the cardstock, ink and pen colors to be as bold or elegant as you like! And you too can be a “classy broad” just like me! 😀 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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