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!

Simple Sushi Cards!

Hi friends! Today I want to share the cards I made for my teen twin daughters birthday last week.

This is a pretty simple video, you probably know all of this stuff but if you want to visit for a bit and see how it went together here is the video!

*Note: Affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook are used. They have the lowest prices on popular stamps, check there first if you are looking for something, plus the owner is super nice!

Supplies:

Something that I wanted to mention about is that you do not have to make a card all at once. There is no race. You can stamp out a bunch of images and then color them as you want. You can get a lot done in 10 or 15 minutes while you are waiting for an appointment. Or maybe you are having a “lazy day” and you just want to cozy up on the couch and watch Netflix, well, grab your markers and color too! I love lazy days! You can save all of your colored images in an envelope and then knock out a bunch of cards all at once. This is really good if you send Christmas cards because you can pick away at the time consuming coloring at your leisure and ENJOY it rather than feeling rushed at the last minute. It’s something to think about anyway:) Happy crafting!

Hang it Where you Gather!

Hi friends! When we bought our home 20 years ago I had requirements, it mist have a bathtub and a fireplace! I have never regretted having a fireplace and we use it often and love to change up the decorations every few months. I saved the mirror from my childhood dresser and placed it on the mantle years ago and it doe a good job of enlarging the space and gives me a fun place to hang a wreath or banner.

FIY I use a slim wreath hanger when I want to hang a wreath over the mirror and I put two small eye hooks on the sides of the mirror frames for hanging banners. This makes it easy to change things up. Also you might recognize my bouquets on the ends of my mantle because I used one as a subject for this painting tutorial a couple weeks ago. Because we use our fireplace real plants and foliage would dry out too fast so I like to use faux greenery. I highly recommend checking out the better faux flowers and garlands available at a crafts store as you will get a much better quality compared to the dollar store or department store. Feel free to fill in with the Dollar Tree berries and such but if you need a full garland or bunch of flowers try the crafts store and use a coupon or wait for a sale because the good stuff is pricey!

Today I am going to show you how I made the banner on my mantle. It would be really cute hung on a door, archway or even a hutch so make it to fit your needs and decor. Put it where you like to gather! Also this would be a sweet housewarming gift if you did a couple last name or “welcome”. The options are endless!


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Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Prep your wood slices. Sand if necessary, wipe off dust and paint the background a light color. I use a light sage green. I let a rim or raw wood exposed at the border for a rustic look. Let dry.
  2. Stamp wreath using peg stamps and pigment ink. Pigment ink will resist fading. Heat set.
  3. Use foam stamps and black acrylic paint to spell “gather” on the slices or another word you like. Alternatively you can use a letter stencil or freehand them.

As you could see from my mantle I removed the ribbon as I tend to favor a more simple decor these days but you can embellish your banner as much or as little as you like! That’s why DIY is so great, you get the perfect thing for you! You can find more mantle decorating ideas here. Happy crafting!

Fun gel printed card (useful for art journals too!)

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a snazzy layered gel print and turn it into this card!

Watch the video to see how!

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

Supplies:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. This card would be nice for a housewarming or a welcome to the neighborhood greeting. Or use these techniques to make a card for another occasion! Happy crafting!

6 Ways to Use 1 Stamp!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you 6 different techniques for using a word block stamp.

A word block is a text background stamp but you can use these technique with any background stamp you like! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies (sponsored & affiliate links used)

It’s good to stretch those supplies and it’s fun to try and think of as many ways as you can to use a new product. It makes you feel great about the new thing you bought and it makes your old supplies more useful too. What technique that I shared today would you like to try first? Let me know in the comments! Happy crafting!

It starts off one way but ends in another…

Hi friends! When I started this piece I thought I would end u make a background that I could crop a card front out of and then salvage some tags or bookmarks from the scraps but after the page was done I couldn’t beat to cut it!

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This was a really fun piece to create, watch the video to see it come alive!

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

Supplies:

*I also used gloss gel medium and some iridescent paint but I don’t think it really added anything thank you can’t do with the inks I already listed. Feel free to substitute with similar products.

I hope you experiment with your supplies and don’t hold too tightly to what you originally plan if the artistic muse takes you in a different direction. Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans and til next time happy crafting!

Did Somebody Say Food Puns?

Hi friends! I love corny jokes and puns so when I came across some Darcies stamps at the stamp show this year I had to grab a couple sets!

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Then I remembered I had one set at home I got a couple years before that hadn’t even seen ink yet! (It was pre-Konmari, you will have to excuse me LOL!)

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I like how the pickle and ketchup sets go so well together.

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The puns mix and match well between sets. And they are so fun to color! I used the tri-blend markers but you can use whatever you like!20190606_154556

Watch the video to see how!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Stamps: I used stamps by Darcies If you like the stamps I used they have dozens of different theme drawn in the same style and they are $8 a set. If you like to color and you like cute kawaii style images I highly recommend them! I used Stay cool,  Ketchup Soon set and the Big Dill set
  • Markers: Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir TriBlend. Each marker contains a light, medium and dark version of the color. I used a variety of markers in the project. Each marker is $5 which contains bullet tips of 3 shades:  (3 mini markers in one) I used mostly: Dull green, Blue Turquoise, Fair Skin, light yellow, orange, citrus green, lavender, pale pink, bright pink and dark red. *These colors are within the Spectrum Noir coloring system so you might already have them (the colors) in your stash. You can use the refill inks to refill them too simply by pulling out the nib and dripping the ink in.
  • Food paper stack
  • Blending brushes
  • Action wobble springs
  • Memento inks * won’t run with alcohol markers
  • Neenah cardstock (favorite for alcohol markers) http://shrsl.com/

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you try some of these techniques on your next card! Happy crafting!

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