Cardmaking Tips: 5 ways to color Your images!

Hi friends! Today I taught a free class on how to use 5 different art supplies to color images for paper crafting and cardmaking.

I used the pretty printed postcards that came in the Papercraft Society box I designed! The kit included a large sheet of clear stamps and dies that I designed as well as papers made from my watercolors and foiled vellum die cuts, embellishments and more! You can see the full kit here. You can use whatever supplies you like to follow along with me today. Enjoy the free class!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Here are some closeups of the cards:

Left: Vivia watercolor sheets and traditional watercolor, Right Colored pencils. Other supplies are included in the kit.
These feature alcohol markers that blend beautifully on this paper but the ink will bleed through the back of the paper so I recommend gluing them to a card base for professional results. Other supplies are in the kit.
This card features the included Viviva watercolor bookmark as well as traditional watercolor and touches of colored pencil.
This card features water-based markers and features the stamps in the kit. The edges were cut with one of the border dies in the kit.

My Papercraft Society kit was so fun to design! I think there are a lot of useful products in there that you will want to craft with for years to come. I hope this video helped demystify coloring stamped or printed images and I hope you give these techniques and mediums a try soon! Happy crafting!

Let’s Make Cards! Fun Watercolor Marker Coloring made Easy!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share some fun cards you can make. You will need some water-based markers and a few rubber stamps. Feel free to use stuff you already have!

I think it’s great when you take an idea but recreate it using your favorite supplies because it makes all of your work unique!

Supplies (Affiliate links used, feel free to substitute!)

I hope you just of those oldies but goodies and make a card today! Happy crafting!

Craft & chat with me today! Packed with card making techniques and inspiration!

Hi friends! Today at 12 noon Eastern time on YouTube I will chat live in the comments with anyone who wants to join in while I premiere this fun, stash busing, free cardmaking workshop!

don’t worry, if you can’t make it when it premieres you can watch the replay in the player below after the event.

Supplies & links to technique tutorials (affiliate links used) Please note that I am using up a lot of old, random stuff. you probably have scraps in your stash that will work just fine. Many of the supplies I used are discontinued but I tried to find similar things if you need them. Have fun and create! Everyone’s will be a bit different that that’s where the magic is!

Here are the still shots of the cards we made if you want a closer look!

I hope to see you at noon today on YouTube, happy crafting!

Crafting with my fake ancestors! 2pm ET free craft along cardmaking workshop!

Hi friends! Finally after a week of tech problems we will have our live chat and craft-along today at 2pm eastern time. If you want to chat with me and other crafty friends live from 2pm-4pm ET today be sure to watch this on the YouTube watch page.

You can also watch the live premiere (on or after 2pm today) or replay in the player below:

Gather your supplies!

Here are photos of the finished cards and tags for your inspiration!

I just love projects like this and I hope you do too! I look forward to seeing you today in the live chat on YouTube if you can make it but don’t worry if you can’t, you can always watch the video later and ask questions or say hello in the comment’s below. If you like projects like this please chare it with a friend or by using one of the sharing buttons below and til next time happy crafting!

Wanna hear a joke?

Hi friends! Have you ever seen really fun stamps but you have no idea what kinds of card you would make with them? That was the dilemma I faced with some really fun and quirky stamps from Katzelkraft.

I looked at the animals in the sets and internet searched the animal plus the words joke or pun and came up with all kinds of options that can be used as sentiments. Since a joke has a set up and a punchline it’s perfect for the inside and outside of a card!

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

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I hope this sparked some ideas and you get out those quirky stamps and use them! Happy crafting!

Woodless Watercolor Pencil Techniques & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share many ways you can use watercolor pencils. I am using the new woodless watercolor pencils from Altenew but you can use what you have. This post is part of a blog hop. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/28/2020 for a chance to win. We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list under the video. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/30/2020.

In today’s video I am using the new Woodless Watercolor Pencils set of 24 from Altenew and the Paint a Sunflower stamp. They are available in a money saving bundle as well. (affiliate links used)

Woodless watercolor pencils are easy to use and versitile and I will show you 3 ways to use them for differnt effects.

The neat thing about woodless watercolor pencils is that there is no waste, you can use every bit of the pencil!

Watch the video to learn how to use these pencils!

Now that you have seen my project with the Paint a Sunflower stamps and Woodless watercolor pencils check out the other designers in the blog hop and be sure to comment on all of their blogs for a chance to win!

Altenew Card Blog 

Nicole Watt

Amber Rain Davis

Kelly Griglione

Erum Tasneem

Lindsay Weirich *You are here!

LauraJane

Nathalie DeSousa

Jenny Colacicco

Virginia Lu

Tenia Nelson

Lilith Eeckels

Emily Midgett

Norine Borys

Mindy Eggen

Tania Ahmed

Dana Joy

Jaycee Gaspar

Laurie Willison

Maryam Perez

Nenette S. Madero

Svitlana Shayevich

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and good luck in the giveaway! Happy crafting!

Why buy the die when you can use the supplies you have for free? Cute face swap card!

Hi friends! Today I have a super cute card to share!

There is a notch on the side so you can turn the mechanism inside the cards and the faces on the doll will change. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make with the supplies you already have!

I don’t know what to call this mechanical card except super fun to make! Grab your basic cardmaking tools and let’s get started! The cards are so fun to craft using supplies from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

  • Build a Baboushka Stamp Set
  • White cardstock *I used Neenah Patterned paper *Pick your paper first and use that to choose markers to color with.
  • Thick cardstock for card base (I used Park Lane heavyweight from Joann Fabrics)
  • Mini brad
  • Scrap paper for templates (keep for future cards)
  • Circle cutters or dies/punches Alcohol markers in colors to match the pattern paper (I mostly used Art-n-Fly)
  • Alcohol ink safe ink pad like Memento

Now, there are fancy dies you can buy to make mechanical cards like this but if you use a little creativity you can get the same results with the supplies you already have. Happy crafting!

Let’s make some artsy cards with lots of techniques and tips!

Hi friends! Today I have a real time workshop using acrylic paints, pan pastels, stencils, fibers stamps and gel press plate and more. Learn some fun techniques you can use in your next project!

Enjoy the video!

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

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I’m wondering, do you enjoy the real-time or shorter more edited tutorials. Let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

Trendy Looks for Less on Your Cards!

Hi friends! I love to be inspired by new products but I don’t like to run out and but something that is trendy now only to have it look dated in a year. I had been seeing “stacked dies” used on cards and although I liked the look the sets are expensive and quite specific and I don’t get on well with intricate dies. I find them fiddly and unpleasant to work with. My Big Shot die cutter is about 13 years old and still going strong with near daily use and I don’t see the point in replacing it so I can cut one type of die more effectively especially since I have heard the newer models don’t last. *I do have the Sizzix precision base plate and that really helps cut those intricate dies in my old Big Shot. I recommenced it over spending $100 on a new machine because, as they say, they don’t make them like they used to.

Today I am going to show you how to layer up dies you already have to get the stacked die look. I will also offer tips on using up supplies before they go bad and how to get a faux foil look. This lesson is about using what you have. I will list specific supplies used below but you can likely find something close in your stash. Hot Looks we will do: Foil, offset die cutting, ink blending, ombre

Supplies:

  • One intricate corner, border or background die. I used a broken tile die from Creative Expressions
  • Any Background Stamp (I used a Stampin up stamp Corner Garden that seems to be retired)
  • Ink blending brushes (or any blending tool you like)
  • Hero arts ombre ink pad or pink, orange and yellow ink pads (if inking up a stamp with 3 pads to yellow first and then pink and orange where they overlap if needed. This is easier with mini pads.
  • Gold rub ons (these can give you the trendy foiled look, you probably have some in your stash and they don’t keep so use them up!)
  • Mirror cardstock Sometime you can save this from packaging, often beauty products come with foil cardstock inserts. *also great for the trendy foil look without the cost of foiling supplies!
  • Enamel dots *DIY enamel dots tutorial here

I hope you use one or two of these techniques in your next card. Til next time happy crafting!