Stamp Giveaway! Heat Embossong Tips & Watercolor Sheets! Stamp School!

 

Hi friends! Today  I have some really fun stuff for you! First, Artneko is giving a lucky winner the stamps I used in today’s card, just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I will draw a winner in one week and notify the winner via email.

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Secondly I am playing with a brand new watercolor product called Viviva watercolor sheets. I was contacted by the designer of these watercolor booklets last year and have used a couple different prototypes and provided feedback and I am really proud of the final booklets they created, you can find out more here. Of course you can use whatever watercolors you already have. We will watercolor over a heat embossed image, it is a great way to get into coloring with watercolor as the heat embossing creates raised partitions for the paint. Don’t worry if you have struggled with heat embossing in the past because I have some tips and tricks in today’s video!

Video sponsored by ArtNeko!  *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:

Directions:
1. Stamp panda scene with black pigment ink on hot press watercolor paper and heat emboss. Touch up any un inked spots with a black embossing pen and re emboss those areas.

2. Use a waterbrush and watercolor sheets to color the scene. Let dry and cut out oval leaving a 1/8″ border.

3. Emboss a 4.5″x6.5″ panel of white cardstock and brayer ink on top from a Kaleidacolor inkpad. Mount to a 4.75″x6.75″ black card.

4. Adhere die cut felt to embossed panel or wrap ribbon or string around the panel or glue down a lacy die cut for a similar effect.

5. Attach stamped panel with foam tape, stamp sentiment on black, cut out and adhere that too with foam tape.

6. Attach brads in the corners and adhere this panel to a 5″x7″ card using ATG adhesive or double stick tape.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope it really helped beginners learn how to get really good heat embossed images. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Alcohol Ink Techniques on YUPO!

Hi friends! Today I have a really fun project using alcohol ink on YUPO paper! You can use either liquid alcohol ink or alcohol ink markers (BTW the sale links to snag the 24 packs of Spectrum Nior markers are now working! You can get the four original 24 marker packs for $20 each and the two NEW 24 marker packs for $24 each and there are NO Duplication between any of the 24 or 6 packs sets so you can build your collections budget allows.) Thanks to everyone letting me know there was a problem with the links yesterday and being so patient while it was resolved:) You are the best!

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If you don’t have YUPO paper don’t despair! You can use vellum/parchment (modern vellum is not really vellum, it is a plasticized paper) you can also use glossy cardstock for a similar effect or if you are feeling brave try this on any light-colored non porous surface like tile coasters or white dominoes. Watch the video for full instruction!

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Supplies:

I hope you enjoy experimenting with alcohol ink on yupo paper, if you don’t have Yupo try whatever glossy paper you have or even acetate sheets or vellum. Art is all about experimenting and having fun so make some time for arts and crafts today! This post contains affiliate links, when you shop via my special discount links you help support the free content on my channel and get great deals, thank you and happy crafting!

Mother & Father’s Day Cards!

Hi friends! I get asked a lot “what kind of stamps should I get when just starting out?” I always suggest that you use what you love but if you don’t know what that is yet I suggest nature themed stamps because they can be used for any occasion and they are unlikely to go out of style so your investment will last you.

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I have always loved postage stamps and these State birds and flowers images remind me of the postage stamps that were released in the 1980’s. I actually have a sheet of them and I refer to them when I use this set! These stamps can be used to make cards for any occasion and anyone just buy changing up the papers and embellishments you use. See how in today’s video!


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You can find the entire State Birds and Flowers stamp set here (on sale!)  *This set includes all 50 state bird/flower stamps and 4 bonus images

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Black waterproof ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Distress oxide ink (or your favorite inks in blue, green and brown)
  • Stamps: Minnesota state bird, Swans, (*Both stamps are included in the State birds and flowers set but I linked them by themselves as well) Happy Mother’s Day stamp: (single), ( Set)
  • Water-based markers
  • Wink of stella glitter pen
  • Water-based blender marker
  • White gel pen
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Feather
  • Washi tape
  • buttons
  • Gears
  • glue
  • double stick tape
  • White and cream cardstock

All of the instruction to make these cards including tips and tricks can be found in the video above! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

5 Fast & Fun Wats to Dress-Up an Envelope!

Hi friends! This project is for days when you are high on creative desire but short on time! I’ll show you 5 ways to fancify your correspondence with limited supplies!

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And please share the fabulous ways YOU have to decorate envelopes in the comments below, we’d love to learn from each other!

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Watch the video to learn how! Each techniques takes less than 5 minutes and I think I can spend an extra 5 minutes to make someone smile, that is a great investment IMHO:)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more. New stamps are being released soon, sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter for bonus free projects and fun news!

Supplies:

Follow the directions in the video to make you very own envelope mail art!

Quick Ideas:
1. Draw a ribbon banner and write the address in the ribbons!
2. Place a strip of masking tape down and splatter paint over it. Remove the tape and write in the box left behind.
3. Stamp around a piece of masking tape or post it note.
4. Create a scene on the bottom of your envelope.
5. Use frames or container stamps to make a spot for writing addresses.
6. Use colored hot glue, embossing powder or sealing wax to make an envelope seal! The hot wax won’t hurt your stamp but I recommend inking it up with pigment ink or glycerin first so it doesn’t stick.

I hope you enjoyed this fun and quick tutorial! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Do More with Your Ink Pads! Stamp School!

Hi friends! If you are new to stamping you probably don’t have every coloring tool out there. You might also limit your supplies due to storage space and budgetary concerns. Maybe you have everything you could ever want but you want a small kit of supplies that you can take on the go with you so you want your supplies to do double duty. Whatever the reason I am going to show you 3 different ways to use your ink pads to color your stamped images.

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I will show you 3 methods of coloring in this video!

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: Bird and nest from the Flowers and Whimsy set
  • Dies: Spellbinders
  • Bristol (what we stamped on) Canson XL
  • Stencil brushes (small sizes)
  • Color duster (Judikins)
  • Sponge tip daubers (Darice)
  • Waterbrush: Pentel
  • Card bases: Micheals (or make them from cardstock)
  • Patterened paper: DCWV
  • Dye ink in several colors
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Bakers twine
  • Doily
  • Black Pigment ink (VErsafine onyx black)
  • Black detail embossing powder
  • Homemade anti-static tool (cornstarch in a fabric pouch)
  • Adhesive (glue-zip-dry, Tape ATG)

Examples

This first example was colored by using small stiff bristles stencil brushes. You can get a similar look by using cotton swabs to apply the ink.

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This example was done with a sponge applicator. You can get a similar look with sponge tipped eye-shadow applicators. The daubers I used in the video are called Embossing Brushes  (even though they are not a brush) and are made by Darice and came in a pack of 16 for around $5

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The final example is watercolor and this is a great option if you don’t have many ink pads because you can mix colors easily on a palette before bringing the brush to paper.

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Directions:
1. Wipe bristol board with corn starch pouch. Stamp with black and heat emboss with black powder.

2. Die cut stamped panels. Cut mats for the panels if desired.

3. Assemble cards, all but the stamped panels, and set aside.

4. Color each panel as shown in the video experimenting with the different ink applications.

5. Glue stamped panels to cards.

I think limiting your supplies expands your creativity! If you have any clever ideas for getting more from your ink pads or other supplies let us know in the comments! Happy crafting!

Paper Pieced Embossed Background Card!

Hi friends! Are you looking for a way to use up your scraps and create a pretty background? Try this!

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You can see how I made these cards start to finish in today’s video!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more. New stamps are being released soon, sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter for bonus free projects and fun news!

Supplies:

  • Peg Stamp Sets: Sunny Daisy, Wisteria frame, Summers End
  • Dye Ink (Memento)
  • Gelly Roll Glaze Pens (for sentiment)
  • Pattern paper scraps (I chose pastel yellow, pink and greens)
  • Cardstock scraps in similar colors as pattern paper
  • 5″x7″ Kraft card base ad envelope
  • Black/white.cream Washi tapes
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Die Cut Felt (Quees & Co.)
  • Buttons
  • Twine
  • Adhesive: ATG tape and Zip Dry liquid glue
  • Silk flower
  • Hexagon Punch (Fiskars) 1 1/2″
  • White sketching paper or thin cardstock for making background
  • Embossing folder

Directions:
1. Punch a bunch of hexagons from several pattern paper scraps.

2. Stamp small images on colored cardstock with a darker shade of in of the same color and punch out.

3. Arrange the paper pieces on white paper and glue down.

4. Trim paper to fit card based (4 1/2″ x6 1/2″) and emboss with an embossing folder if desired and adhere to card.

5. Embellish with ribbons, twine, buttons and flowers.

6. Write your sentiment slowly with a glaze gel pen, let dry, trim and adhere to project.

This is a great project to use up scraps, I hope you give it a try and til next time happy crafting!

Dahlia Fold Card & Tone on Tone Stamping!

Hi friends! Need a quick, interesting and elegant card? Try this one!

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Supplies are simple and you probably have everything you need on hand already (it is a good project to use up scraps too!) Watch the video to see how.

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Sunny Daisy
  • Dye Based ink in Pink, Green and Yellow (or a darker shade of the cardstock you are using)
  • Cardstock in pastel shades pink, green, yellow and white
  • White envelope
  • Ink brushes
  • Foam tape
  • Double stick tape

Follow the directions on the video to make this fun card! It is a lot of fun and you can really make a dent in your scrap pile! I have a tip to make your paper scraps more useful: Sort cardstock scraps in hanging file folders by color (ie reds together, blues together, greens together…) and go to the scrap folder before cutting into a new sheet. I have the folders in one of the hanging file crates you can get at Target or Walmart around back to school time. You can even stack several crates together and put supplies you don’t need to access often underneath but I keep my paper scrap crate on top because I am always reaching into that one! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

 

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