“Sweet” Happy Birthday Cards! [How to use layering stamps]

Hi friends! My twin daughters had a birthday last week and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use the new layering stamps I bought from Impression Obsession a couple of months ago.


Layered stamps are fun and you get a pop art-offset printing look with your stamping. I think it is super fun and I like all the options you can get by switching up your colors. Watch the video to see how to use layering stamps.


Lindsay’s Tips for Layering stamps! (just so you know other stampers might disagree with this and that’s OK)

  1. If you don’t have enough colors of ink to create your picture ink up your stamp, stamp it off on a scrap and then stamp on your project for a lighter shade. This will waste some ink but if you only occasionally need that pale color it will work out way cheaper than buying and maintaining another inkpad. You can also stamp another layer of the same color for a slightly darker shade.
  2. Try ink cubes for less needed colors. You can still reink these pads just like you can larger pads if you need to and brands Memento and Gina K sell reinkers to replenish their old pads. If I had it to do over again I’d only get large pads in my outline stamping colors (black,brown, grey) and stick to mini cubes for colors. (Except for distress ink where I use the ink pads to color cardstock as I would ruin mini pads with that kind of use.)
  3. To assist with lining up your images look directly over the stamp block. Also you can ink up your stamps with black archival ink and let it dry so the stamps will be stained black easy to see.
  4. Start by stamping the largest (most solid layer) first with your lightest ink and gradually work darker as you go smaller.

I hope this project give you the confidence to try layering stamps. Some stampers get so frustrated with them if they are not absolutely perfect but I think they look beautiful even is they are stamped slightly off. If you have some layering stamps give them a try! They are so fun to play with! affiliate links were used in this blog post, I earn a small commission if you shop through my links without costing you anything extra, thanks! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Squeeze the Day!

Hi friends! Today is my 17 year wedding anniversary! Isn’t it funny how time flies? My hubby and I have the entire day to spend together and I am so thankful. Some days are ideal  and on other days we have to make the most of the time we have and try to Squeeze the best out of the day we are given.


I really liked this sentiment: “When life gives you lemons…Squeeze the day” because it is a good motto I think. It’s also nice if you like to decorate the inside and outside of a card.


Watch the video to see how I made this card!

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Squeeze the day, don’t hoard the washi tape and make the most from what you have! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Stamping, Embossing, Paper Piecing, Shading, Highlighting & More! {Cardmaking Tutorial}

Howdy friends! This project is really fun because you get to play and experiment and when you are done you end up with a bunch of cards!


I love using embossing powder, it not only can make a stamped image shiny and raised but it can also create lots of fun textured backgrounds. I’m using a couple of the new Steth Apter/Emerald Creek embossing powders. Below are swatches of each color so you can see what they look like heated up (Thanks to Sheth Apter for providing us with the swatches!)

As you can see they give some textured, antiqued and grungy results perfect for backgrounds and surface treatments. If you want that die cut cereal box to look like decades old metal these will do it! I will share some tips for working with these powders and also show you how to add shading and highlighting to simple stamped shapes to make them pop and hopefully have you using up some scraps while we are at it. I don’t know about you but my scrap bin is getting out of control!

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


Project pointers!

  1. Mixing embossing powders in a background is fun but take care not to contaminate your powders. I like to use the main color first and return the excess color to that jar and then sprinkle on the secondary color. You can use the back-end of  paintbrush or a craft stick to take out a tiny amount so there won’t be any contaminated excess to put back in the second jar. Embossing powder goes a long way, it is better to discard excess that has been mixed than to contaminate the whole pot OR you can keep mixed powders in a separate container for future use.
  2. Any media is fine for shading and highlighting but if you use distress crayons keep in mind they dry fast and smudge them as soon as you apply color or it won’t smudge.
  3. Bumpy paper needs strong adhesive. Anytime you are dealing with warped of bumpy paper you need stronger adhesive because you have fewer contact points (in the case of pressure embossed paper) so you can either use more adhesive (as I did with my ATC tape) to make sure there is contact in more areas or use a thicker adhesive (like I did with hot glue for my stamped pieces) to marry the substrates. Hot glue is aces for warped watercolor backgrounds too! Really tho, what is hot glue not good for?

I hope you give some of these techniques a try in your next project and til next time happy crafting!

Wanna win some fishy stamps? It’s giveaway time!!!

Hello friends! What an awesome night, we just got back from watching the Penobscot Theater’s presentation of Narnia, it was a delight and the play was done entirely by children, well done kids! My kids loved the performance and it is inspiring to see other children work hard and accomplish things I think, a better accomplishment that beating a high score on a video game anyway. 😀  So now I have another fun thing to do tonight, give away some rubber stamps, yay! Check out the beautiful stamps from About Art Accents I used on these cards and envelopes:

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All you have to do is leave  a comment on this blog post for your chance to win. I’ll pick a random winner next Friday. If you don’t want to wait you can buy them here, be sure to use my coupon code (Lindsay10%) to save 10% on your regular priced purchase. I have to confess, I’ve had these stamps on my desk for about 2 months. I really loved them but I wanted to do them justice. “Enough!” I said this week, I’m just gonna play with them, and so I did! Watch the video to see how I made the stamped panels for these cards. We are going to have fun with glossy cardstock.

I had a viewer ask if photo paper can be used in place of glossy card, well sometimes it can, I always say give it a try and see but for the techniques I showed you tonight you need glossy cardstock like Kromecoat because it had a plastic coating that repels the ink a bit rather than glossy photo paper that promoted quick drying. Don’t despair if you don’t have glossy card, be resourceful, look through the magazines and junk mail in your recycle bin. Find ads and glossy pages that are mostly white and experiment! You would not believe the amount of “art supplies” we routinely toss away! Another tip, if you have a copy shop or printer nearby you can purchase Kromecoat for about 25 cents a sheet. Don’t let lack of money stop you from creating, it just means you need to be more creative! Here is a close up of the cards:

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I used a Ranger resist pad of the jellyfish, you might be able to use your embossing ink-pad for this too as long as you don’t get too much ink on the stamp, embossing pads are spongy while the resist pad is firmer. Either way make sure you dry the paper well before inking. The pattern paper I used on both cards are from the Taj-Mahal mat stack from DCWV, I like the mat-stacks because I don’t waste any paper, they are perfect for layering on a 5″x7″ card.

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I hope you found my creative play today inspiring. I hope you try these techniques and I really hope you leave a comment to win these fab stamps from About Art Accents! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Pick Your Prize,Make a Gift Set & 20%off at Green Sneakers!

Howdy friends and happy Veterans Day! Today I have an exciting giveaway for you from the fine folks at Green Sneakers. Whenever I host a giveaway I always hope the person who wins really likes their prize, well I won’t have to worry this time because you get to pick your prize! How cool is that? Go to Green Sneakers and find 2 templates you would most like to win, then come back here and leave a comment mentioning your picks. If I draw your name next Monday you get the templates you chose. Neat huh? Perhaps you would like to win the A2 Kreate-a-lope and Portfolio templates I used in my tutorial today:

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…or maybe you want something completely different. It is up to you! And to sweeten the deal they are offering a 20% discount to any of my readers who want to place an order! Use the code Lin20 as many times as you want between now and November 21st.  Please note: You must log in and use the coupon code to see the 20% savings.You can tell your friends too and make sure they come by for their chance to win or use the coupon to get a head start on Christmas shopping! Check out their kits and specials for additional savings.   Alright, now for a video tutorial so you can see these wonderful templates in action:

I think these DIY card kits would make a fabulous gift or craft fair items. It is also a chance to use some of those embossing folders we crafters tend to collect…or is that just me? I think I will make some in wild bright primary colors (hubby’s idea) for children’s cards and some with more sentiments. I am considering taking special orders for these and bringing them to my next craft fair, I think they are a super gift (but I don’t want to sell out of my stash because I plan on giving some too!)

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You could also use the portfolio to make a painting studio on the go, put a small palette of paints and a waterbrush on one side and cut watercolor paper on the other, instant art studio!

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Use this idea with the supplies you have in the colors you like. I’m sure you can make a perfect stationary set for anyone.

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So, to recap: Visit Green Sneakers and check out the goods, leave a comment on my blog letting us know what TWO templates you want if your name is drawn. That’s it. Easy Peasy. If you feel the urge to shop use the coupon Lin20 to save 20% on your order. This contest is open to U.S. residents only, sorry for any inconvenience:) Good luck! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Circus Dogs & More Moldy-Oldie Fun!

Howdy friends! I spend most of my free time over the last couple of days trying to get my studio under control. The summer is hectic, the kids are home, packages arrive, projects get done but not put away and there there was the rummage sale (ever notice how rummage sounds like rubbish?) where I picked up a garbage bag full of wool felt and various other craft supplies for $2…wow, that is a lot of piled up craft-crap to deal with! So then I sorted, and put away, came up with a great way to store my fabric (the felt is in a plastic tote and nice and flat…until I pull out a piece from the bottom and it is a mess again, clearly the felt situation needs more consideration but that is for another day!)

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When I was cleaning and sorting I cam across another moldy-oldie tool I loved called the colorbox stylus with moldable tips. Wow, this is fun, you heat the tips with a light bulb, press it to a texture such as a stamp (I used the bubble background from Lost Coast Designs) or embossing folder and you have a cute shaped stamp. Don’t worry, you can also do this with cheap kids foam blocks from the dollar store! Why am I gabbing? Just watch the video! We will make this card from start to finish and drag out other oldies but goodies too!

Fun huh? I love the crepe paper and stenciling too, it is great when we can mix and match old with new and come up with a look that is all out own dontcha think?

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You can find the Circus Dogs stamp set from Lost Coast Designs here. So, what old tool or supply have you used lately? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s Stamp Giveaway Time & a Watercolor Letterpress Tutorial!

Hi folks! Another busy summer week around here, whatever happened to the lazy days of summer? Anyway, this week I will be giving away this beautiful pansy collage stamp from About Art Accents. Leave a comment and next Monday I will pick a winner. Easy as pie!

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I love using my watercolor markers to stamp! You can be specific with your coloring then all you need is a damp brush to give it a painterly feel. Watch the video to see how I made this card. You can also see my homemade letterpress in action!

I know you are going to ask so the paper I used is Rives BFK, it comes in 22″x30″ sheets and most art supply shops will carry it for about $8 a sheet but it is cheaper to get it online from Cheap Joe’s Artstuff (5 sheets/$22.) The paper is smooth, thick and soft but it handles water very well so you can stamp, watercolor, and letterpress on it. I always loved the look of letterpress (although try to get  a decent photo of it!) so when I started seeing the expensive Lifestyle Crafts plates go on clearance everywhere I snagged them for about $5 a kit. I guess it was a trend that never took off for the home crafter.

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Here are the homemade letterpress tutorials I mentioned:

Home Letterpress Part 1

Homemade Letterpress Part 2

You can open an embossing folder and use it with the Rives BFK to letterpress too, it is the same plastic as the plate , well near enough anyway, the plates a bit more rigid. Another cool thing about using markers to stamp is that you can get 2 impressions from one inking! In the next example I misted the stamp with water and restamped, look how much ink is still on the stamp. Get more stamping for your effort!

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Here are close ups of the cards:

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Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win this beautiful stamp from About Art Accents and if you decide to shop you can use my coupon and save 10% on your regular price order: Lindsay10% Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: An Inky Week!

I have been having so much fun in my studio this week! From making my cheap homemade version of Goosebumps  spray (Recipe here) to playing with ink and cheap kids stencil brushes:

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Yep, I got a 15 pack of stencil brushes at Micheals with a coupon for $5 and I went to town, you can see them in the soup can on my desk along with my big ink sweeper, distress ink pads, random backgrounds over-stamped with my lovely new from the stamp show Artistic Outpost stamps and my homemade bottle cap & cosmetic wedge daubers. I love me some homemade supplies. Why am I sharing my desk you ask? Because it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday of course!

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The stencil brush ink technique is so quick and easy and a great solution for folks who have a hard time getting a smooth blend with foam blenders, have a look:

I also want to mention again how much I lobe my Samsung F90, it is so easy to shoot and share that I can make a quick little tutorial whenever I am in the mood. I’m not endorsed by them or anyone who sells them but I know a lot of you make craft videos too so I’m just sharing my opinion. For me the pause/record feature is what makes it, I can pause the video if I need to let something dry or get something and then resume it so no need to edit it later. I will say that I do not care for the software that comes with the camera, if I need to edit something I use Corel Video Studio Pro. Anyway, here is a close up of the inky card, not bad for 6 minutes eh?

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So, do you want to see more crafty desks from around the globe? Check out Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Another stamp giveaway & resist ink technique!

Howdy folks! Looks like another dreary day but that’s OK, I can always brighten things up with stamps and ink! You can win the set of 4 crane stamps from About Art Accents I used in today’s technique video by living a comment on this blog post. I will pick a winner at random next Tuesday! Today’s technique is really fun, you will need glossy cardstock (photo paper will not work for this because it soaks the ink in, I used Kromekote available at print shops for about 25 cents a 8.5″x11″ sheet) dye based ink and a make up sponge.

Now that was easy! Don’t forget to leave a comment to win the beautiful stamp set from About Art accents. If you can’t wait and want to shop now use my coupon code to save 10%: Lindsay10%.  Be sure to check out all the great sale items too! The stamp set I used today happens to be on sale along with many other beautiful sets. You won’t be disappointed. Good luck and til next time happy crafting!