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

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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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Multi Window Shaker Card Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today there is a whole lotta shakin’ going on with this card! I’ll show you how to create a multi window shaker card. You can use any shape you like to make it fit your needs. I love versatile techniques.

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There are quite a few steps here and lots of tips and tricks in today’s video. I hope you like it!

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This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALAUGUST17 Р10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires August 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires August 31, 2017.

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This project is a bit more complicated than others. Please allow 30 minutes to an hour to make it if you have never made a shaker card. Complete instructions and tips in the video! I hope you give this project a try and let me know what you think. Happy crafting!

Stamp Giveaway & Metallic Look 3 Ways! Use Your Stash!

Edit: Contest closed, the winner has been notified in the comments below and by email. Thanks for playing!

Hi friends! Today I have 3 ways for you to get a metallic look on your cards without ink! So many times we think that ink is the only game in town when it comes to stamping but that is not the case at all! When I first starting stamping I was overwhelmed at the cost of all the inkpads I would need to make the cards I wanted so I used the acrylic paint I already had instead and it worked great. In today’s tutorial I will show you how to use acrylic paint, mica powder and water-soluble crayons/pastels to get fabulous metallic looks! Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win the stamps I showcased from ArtNeko. This giveaway is open worldwide and winner will be notified via email in a week.

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Are you ready to get messy? Watch the video and get started!

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:

About the embellishment I used: A couple of years ago I purchased an inexpensive children’s game from a store in Chinatown. I think it is a travel Mahjong game. During a recent declutter I came across it in my “Random game piece drawer” and I noticed how the tiles wanted to come apart, so I took them apart and put the flat tile tops in my cardmaking stash and I used one on this card. The bottoms of the tiles I ended up spray painting white so I can use them when I need a watercolor pan. I often like to put magnets on the bottoms of pans and use them in reclaimed tins as custom palettes. I think these might actually fit my metal palettes as well because they are about the same width as a half pan.

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Tips for picking the right metallic medium:

  1. Use acrylics if you want a durable surface that won’t need to be sealed and can take handling such as a postcard or even crafts and furniture. The sky’s the limit with acrylic!
  2. Use Gelatos/Gel Sticks/Watercolor Crayons when you want a painterly look! If you are using them with water or rubbing them into your cardstock they won’t require sealing but if you are using them thickly you will want to seal them because they will smudge.
  3. If you want a crisp and perfect design use clear ink and Pearl EX/Perfect Pearls (or Mica based eyeshadow.) Keep in mind that Pearl Ex (what I used) may smudge if not sealed with fixative or hairspray.

Will you try any of these techniques? Let me know which one in the comments below! Your comment will enter you in the prize draw to win these stamps too! Please note some comments require moderation so if you don’t see your comment live immediately please be patient, I will approve it shortly:) Good luck in the giveaway and til next time happy crafting!

Scene building &Faux Metal Effect With Inks!

Hi friends! Today’s card combines two of my favorite stamping techniques;¬†scene building and inking.

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It is amazing what you can do with white cardstock and ink, see how to make this card in today’s tutorial!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 Р20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets on orders of $10 or more. Coupon expires July 3, 2017.

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Make a sheet of faux metal paper but combining inks and water as I did in the video. I used distress oxide inks in shades of blue-green and brown as well as metallic acrylic paint. Let dry.

2. Stamp wheelbarrow, milk can and watering can on the metal paper and set aside to dry. Stamp the same images on white cardstock where you want them to be on the final card. Remember scale when you do this to make sure the scene looks right.

3. Use an ink blending brush and distress oxide inks to color the bottom of the card green and the top blue. Sponge in more green ink under the stamped objects.

4. Stamp flowers and leaves over the cans and wheelbarrow, make sure to overlap the stamped containers.

5. Use markers to color the wheelbarrow wheel and legs and add grasses around the containers as well.

6. Cut out the faux metal containers and glue them over the stamped ones on the cardstock.

7. Wrap twine around the bottom of the card and tie on the inside.

8. Stamp “thank you” on a die cut banner and glue to the card with a button.

I hope you try out these fun techniques and save the scraps because you can use them when you need another metal embellishment, this faux metal looks amazing embossed too! Have a great weekend 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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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!

If it Don’t Move, Stamp it! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! There has probably been a time in your stamping career when you wanted to add a stamped image on a  3-D or uneven object. This can be frustrating or impossible depending on the stamps and ink you choose. Today I am going to show you a technique using tissue paper and decoupage  that will allow you to apply stamped images to almost any surface you choose!

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It was easy to apply a stamped image to this ridged glass votive holder and I will show you how in today’s Stamp School video!

You can find the stamps I used at our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  SAVE 15% on your orders of Peg Stamps and Peg Stamp Sets $10 or more from May 19 РMay 28, 2016 with coupon code:  VOTIVE16
Supplies:
Tissue paper
White glue (elmers, mod-podge etc)
Stamps (Aloha set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Paint brush (for glue)
Scissors
Waterproof ink (such as Ancient Page, Ranger Archival, Staz-On)
You can use this technique for transferring any stamped images onto rough or textured surfaces. Tissue paper comes in so many beautiful shades and since it is translucent it will blend in with your surface and since it is so thin it easily molds to uneven shapes. Give it a try and have fun! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Do You YUPO?

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to explore stamping on a plastic paper called YUPO. I was first introduced to this paper 14 years ago and I used it for watercolor but it is really fun to stamp on too!

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You can make really fun backgrounds by wetting the paper or get crisp stamped imaged when dry. Watch the video to see some fun techniques!

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I used the new release from Rubber Stamp Tapestry for my demo today (each set is listed below.) Deal alert! Get free shipping on USA orders of $10 or more with coupon code SHIPFREE16

Supplies:
Yupo Paper
Watercolor markers
Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:
Aloha
Retro Sundress
Bright New Day
Between the Paving Stones
Stars & Stripes Forever
Spray bottle
Small round brush

Feel free to try these techniques on any watercolor paper for more subtle results! I hope you enjoyed this fun technique and try it for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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