Stamp School: Cardmaking Mistakes & How to Fix Them!

Hi friends! First up let me apologize for not having a live show today, we were hit by a ‘Noreaster with high winds and our electricity and internet were down today. I spent the day watching Harry Potter movies with the kids and painting watercolors in the living room. I can’t complain about a power outage because we have a generator and a wood stove, we are very lucky:) Several neighbors had large trees come down and rip electric wires off their homes and cause lots of damage. We fared quite well. I hope everyone who is digging out from this storm does so safely and if needed reach out to a neighbor for help or offer your home up to a neighbor in need. Take care of each other:)

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I wanted to share this video tonight for a couple of reasons, first off I wanted to give you some hope and inspiration for your weekend crafting, no matter how badly a craft seems to be going you CAN salvage it and secondly because I mentioned the 40% off selected peg stamp sets and accessories sale going on at Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I wanted you to have a chance to grab some deals before the sale ends tomorrow night.

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry BIG sale – 40% off 90 sets AND 35% off crafting goodies + free shipping on orders of $75 shipped within the USA (use coupon code: FREESHIP75) Sale Ends 12/31/16

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Stamp window box with black memento ink on Neenah white cardstock and color with chameleon markers. Use the mixing chamber if you want a blended image and start coloring in the lightest area. Practice on a scrap piece of cardstock if you are new to these markers.

2. Stamp on flowers with peg stamps and dye inks.

3. Accent image with white and black pens. Add more color and shading with alcohol pens if desired.

4. Run a scrap of cream cardstock through a embossing machine with a wood-grain embossing folder. Color with distress inks, gelatos and gesso. Repeat steps if desired until you get the look you want. Fold up top and bottom of that panel to make a contrasting border on the panel. Attach panel to frat cardstock with grommets and thread twine through he holes to make a frame.

5. Stamp Thank you with black pigment ink an heat emboss.

6. Make a 5″x7″ side fold card with cream card stock. Ink edges and stamp border is desired and attach all card elements.

 

I hope it goes without saying, use what you have, you do not need to have the exact same brand of ink, pastel, marker, pen etc to make a fabulous card. The best supplies to use are the ones you have. Have fun working through those mistakes and til next time happy crafting!

One Sheet Money Holders!

Hi friends! I have to admit that I am a horrible gift giver. I hate to give something that will just become clutter for someone to deal with and sometimes the perfect gift just doesn’t exist. Gift cards are nice but they have to be used at a specific place and some can even expire. Sometimes the most practical thing to give is cold hard cash. Today I will show you how to craft a beautiful money holder out of one sheet of card-stock so you can put a handmade touch on the gift of money.

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Watch the video for full instructions. Written directions and measurements are below the video if needed:)

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Take 10% off your mounted stamp order with coupon code: THANK YOU
Coupon expires, Monday, December 31st, 2016

Supplies:

  • 1 sheet of cream cardstock (Recollections #110)
  • Stamp sets Brambly Rose and Between the Paving Stones
  • Dye inks in reds, greens, browns
  • Ink Blender brushes
  • Dies (photo corner, heart)
  • Embossing folder (borders work great)
  • Shape Cutter or craft knife
  • Foam squares, double sided tape and liquid glue
  • Painters tape or post it notes for masking.

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock: 6 1/2″x8 1/2″ and 2 3/4″x6 1/4″. Save scraps.
2. Score the large panel at 3″ and 6″ so that when you fold it up you have a 3″x6 1/2″ trifold. Cut an oval window from the small flap and round one of the edges (as shown in video)
3. Mask the top and bottom edges of the 2 3/4″x6 1/4″ panel so you have a 1″ strip down the center and stamp and ink the bare strip.
4. Remove the masking tape and emboss the plain edges. Ink the embossed edges if desired.
5. Stamp happy birthday and die cut, then stamp flowers around the edges.
6. Stamp around window in the center and glue down the non rounded edge to make a pocket for money yo go in.
7. Adhere the embossed panel on the front of the card, then use foam tape to add the happy birthday die cut.
8. Die cut embellishments from scraps, ink and glue to card front.

I hope you enjoyed this project! Please feel free to share this post using one of the handy sharing buttons below! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Get Ready for Wrapping With DIY Tags, Tape & Labels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to make some fun wrapping supplies in bulk. I like to keep these in a box on my pool table with wrapping paper, scissors and ribbon so anyone in my family can wrap a present quickly!

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I had an empty tissue box handy so I cut a diagonally on each edge and pushed the top into the box to make a holder for everything. I reinforced it with duct tape from the dollar tree and you can easily see everything in there. Try not to be jealous of my fanciness LOL!

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You can easily make a seasons worth of tags in  an afternoon and it make a nice way to relax during a hectic week! Learn these easy and fun techniques in today’s video!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Cyber Monday Sale: 25% off Sitewide and free USA shipping on orders over $50 on 11/28/16 only.  And you can sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter to get reminders of sales, project ideas and coupons!

Supplies:

All directions to make these handmade gift tags, labels and tape are in the video! Feel free to substitute any supplies you want and make it extra unique! Happy crafting!

Stamp School: Stamping on Embossing Folders & Giveaway!

Hi friends, this lesson will make your stamps and embossing folders way more useful! I am a bit of an embossing folder collector, I shudder to think at the amount of folders I have on my desk but these are tools we invest in and can use over and over. I mean, heck, why pay $1 for a pre embossed sheet of cardstock when we can buy an embossing folder for $4 and emboss until our hearts are content.  Oh! Before I forget be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the rubber stamps I used from Art Neko, I will pick a winner in a week and this giveaway is open worldwide:)

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Sometimes though, we want more than just a textured paper and many of these designs are pretty enough on their own to be the focal point if a card and that is what we will do today. We will make a card by stamping on top of an embossed image! Watch the video to see how!

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:
Embossing Folder (Birch trees from Darice)
Dye ink in navy and green
Colored pencils
Leaf or branch dye cuts
White and green cardstock (green can be glittery!)
Christmas tree stamp
Season’s Greetings stamp

Directions:
1. Emboss paper then tape to secure it in the open embossing folder.
2. Stamp on paper while still in folder.
3. Ink paper to color the background, use a sponge blender if you don’t have a spongy inkpad.
4. Accent with colored pencils.
5. Remove paper from folder and use this beautiful image on a card!

I really love this technique and I hope you give it a try! You can use this with any embossing folder, just make sure you stamp on the debossed side (the side with the most flat area) and it will work. Remember that generic patterns will give you more of a designer paper look while folder with a defined motif (like the birch trees) will give you more of a finished scene. It literally adds more dimension to your stamp art! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the stamps I used and til next time happy crafting!

Flower Power Card with Alcohol Markers! Lots of Techniques to Get You Started!

Hi friends! Today I want to do some coloring and show you some ways to use alcohol markers in your card making and crafting. You might enjoy coloring a stamped image in markers but did you know you can also use alcohol pens to stain and dye embellishments and ribbons? Today I will share some of my favorite techniques to get you off and running even if you have never picked up an alcohol pen before!

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Watch the video to learn fun and easy techniques that will have you coloring in no time!

This video is sponsored by and features Color It  markers! Save 10% (on EVERYTHING at colorit.com) with coupon code: frugal10

Supplies:
50 piece marker set and coloring book page from Color It (the page I used is from Calming Doodles Volume 1)
Black & White cardstock
Adhesive (double stick tape, hot glue, foam squares)
Washi tape (optional)
Stamps & Ink (Cling Daisy by Stampendous, stamping ink Tuxedo Black by Memento)

Tip! If you are unhappy with your coloring you can always adjust it by overlaying colored pencils on the marker colored image. This technique is also helpful if your marker collection is small. If you are not sure what mediums are for you and you want to try a bit of each Color It offers a fun bundle with 48 pencils, 24 markers in a carry case and a coloring book!

Directions:
1. Color a section of a coloring book page to use as designer paper. I used a page from this Color It coloring book.

2. Stamp flowers and color as shown in the video using the Color It Set of 50 markers

3. Fold a 10″x7″ piece of black cardstock in half to make a card base. Trim the coloring book sheet to fit along the edge of the card. Cut out flowers.

4. Assemble the card using double stick tape, hot glue and foam squares.

5. If you used black cardstock for your base adhere a lighter paper within the card for writing your note.
Recycling Tip! Instead of writing inside the card, jot down your greeting on a Post-it note and stick that inside, that way the recipient can reuse the card spreading the joy further! Think of where you card could end up! Not in the trash, that’s for sure:)

I hope you try out these techniques with the supplies you have and if you are in the market for a beautiful set of high quality alcohol markers I hope you will consider this set from our sponsor Color it.  Since I first discovered their high quality coloring books nearly a year ago they have been a favorite in the Weirich household (even my non-artsy son like to color in them!) and since then they have come out with more coloring books, sketch pads, colored pencils, pens and markers. They really have crafters at heart and you can tell they love what they do by the quality on their products. Don’t forget to use the coupon code frugal10 if you order to save 10% on everything at Color It! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Try This Plaster/Stone technique!

Hi freinds! This fun technique can be done with the supplies you have on hand!

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And it’s another quick and fun technique that you can use on holiday cards! Watch the video to see how!

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:
Stamps from Art eko, available individually or in a set: Large pineconeHolly, Small Pinecone
Photo paper (any brand)
Water based markers (any brand)
Basic cardstock and patterned paper
Other embellishments: bakers twine, burlap, buttons
Stamp blocks or plastic

Directions:
1. Color a stamp block with light shades of marker, spritz with water and stamp directly on photo paper. Let dry.

2. Ink up rubber stamp using markers to color in specific colors and stamp over dry background.

3. Tear around images and mount of cards. Embellish as desired.

Ihope you give this a try with the supplies you have on hand, happy crafting!

Stamp School: Poinsettia Christmas Card & Removable Ornament!

Hi friends! Today I have another early Christmas card you can add to your stash. But first I want to announce the winner of last weeks stamp giveaway from ArtNeko, the winner of the fall stamps is Cheryl Singer Check your email to claim your prize! Now on to today’s project!

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This card has a removable ornament that can be cherished year after year. I think having a reusable ornament makes the card worth a little extra time. Remember to “assembly line” the card making process if you are making more than one because it drastically cuts down on time. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Supplies:

Feel free to switch up the design with the supplies you already have on hand. If you don’t have a die cutter why not fold a 4″ circle of white cardstock and make the snowflake base old school? Don’t let your lack of resources limit your resourcefulness! If you were interested in the 20 free personalized greeting cards from our sponsor Printer Pix you can snag them here, they have fun photo gifts you can buy too but it is nice to try a service for free first I think. I hope you enjoyed today’s project and til next time happy crafting!

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