Stamp School! Playing with Punches & Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to talk about the power of a paper punch! These are workhorses of any stampers studio and if you buy wisely you can end up with a ton of looks from just a few versatile punches.


I have to admit, I don’t have a ton of punches and the ones I use the most are basic: Circles, scalloped circles, flowers, tags and generic design elements like this mosaic punch (that I just got in the mail today and I think will b a new favorite-prepare to be sick of me using this LOL!) and labels.

Watch this video to learn more about punches and see how I made this card in real-time!



Reasons why punches are handy:

  1. All in one tool, no die cut machine to fuss with.
  2. Quick, cute shape, no cutting!
  3. Versatile: Google “punch art” to see really creative ideas of embellishments you can make with basic shapes, you will animals, Sesame Street characters, minions and more made from basic shape punches!
  4. You can make use of small scraps of paper that otherwise might be thrown away.
  5. Portability: It is easier to grab a few punches to take to a crop instead of a machine and dies.

Punch Tips!

  1. Choose basic designs to start, a circle or oval will be more useful than a balloon shape BUT you can easily make a balloon from a circle or oval!
  2. The more detailed the design (like a lacy corner) the more limited you will be with materials it will cut. Die cuts are generally better for really intricate designs.
  3. If a punch sticks you can put it in the freezer and it will usually pop back. You can clean and sharpen punches by punching through aluminum foil and use WD40 or another light oil to lubricate them if they stick, just punch through scrap paper until no grease remains.
  4. Make sure to buy the designs you will use the most from a quality brand but it is OK to get the $1 novelty ones you are only likely to use a few times too. :)


I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have punches you give it a try! You can always trace stencils or use die cuts to get the look that I have here. The most important thing is to use what you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School! A Tri-Fold Card with Bookmark Gift!

Hi Friends! Today we are going to make this pretty card featuring two of my favorite stamp sets from Art Neko! They are offering 10% off ANY order or free shipping on orders over $50 if you mention thefrugalcrafter when ordering.


I used the Framed Flowers ATC set and the Bookmarks and Sentiments set for this. I stamped on smooth (hot press) watercolor paper and colored the images in with watercolor markers but watercolor pencils and a fine brush would also look nice! Watch the video to see how I made it!


I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and you try something similar! Let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks to Art Neko for sponsoring today’s video and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School 17: Simple Silhouettes!

Hi friends! If you have never made a card before OR need a quick elegant card OR want to learn how to use tricky silhouette stamps this lesson is for you!


Silhouette stamps make a big impact and they can make a quick card too since you don’t need to color anything in. They are also very versatile, if I took this gingko tree silhouette stamp and heat embossed it in white iridescent powder on silver cardstock it would be an elegant wedding card. You can also use any colors to completely change the look for any occasion. Silhouettes equal quick but it can be a bit tricky getting the ink to transfer properly. I will help you overcome that with this video! The stamps I am using today are from our sponsor Art Neko, mention “Thefrugalcrafter” to save 10% on any order or get free shipping on orders over $50. You can use whatever discount is greater!

Now, even pros make mistakes, after I made this card I realized that the bottom clump of leaves was a separate stamp on the plate LOL! You are actually supposed to cut that stamp off so you can stamp on more foliage if you want. Well, I still think it looks great!

Cardstock in black and shades of green (or color of your choice)
Ink in black and green (or color of your choice)
Stamps: Bonsai Tree Silhouette, Leaf
Round paper clip

1. Stamp focal image on colored cardstock that is the same color as card base.
2. Cut a piece of black the same size as stamped panel.
3. Layer a lighter shade of the same color of card on the card base, then adhere the back piece and then offset the stamped panel.
4. Cut a slit for the ribbon 1/2″ from the bottom of the card, insert the ribbon and wrap around card and tie the ends to a round paperclip.

Try this the next time you need a quick card. Happy crafting!

I can’t say “bye” to summer yet!

Hi friends! While I love Fall and the upcoming holidays, wood fires and crisp air I still feel the pull of hot summer days and salty air. I had to give summer one last hurrah and make some cards with the By The Tide stamp set I just got from Stampin Up!


I used my watercolor crayons to stamp with. I will show you how in today’s video. You can also use watercolor paints (ink the stamps up with a flat brush and not too much water) or watercolor pencils. I recommend experimenting on inexpensive cardstock until you get the hang of it. You can cut your practice up into matching tags too!

9″x12″ 140# Canson Watercolor paper (Cut into thirds to make 3 cards!)
Watercolor crayons or pencils
spray bottle of water and a water bucket
Stamps by Stampin Up!
By The Tide #129120
Perpetual Birthday Calendar (ink splotches) # 137167
Watercolor Wishes (the sentiment was from the card kit) #140406

Feel free to try this technique with any stamps you like! I want to thank Wendy from for sending me these fun stamps to try. She has lots of fun ideas on her website Luvin’ Stampin’ too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Fall Tags!

Hi friends! It is beautiful, sunny unseasonably warn September day in Maine and I have a cold. I have been lounging on the couch trying with no luck to sleep so I can get this illness over with. I feel so lazy, at least I got to be creative yesterday and make these tags:


They were a lot of fun to make and easy to batch out. Watch the video to see how!



Recreate this project using the themes you like and the products you have but if you need a large quantity of really useful tags be sure to visit our sponsor Papermart! They have lots of other goodies too! Now it’s time for me to brew another pot of tea and try to steam away my head cold! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School #7: Faux Layers, No-Template Envelopes and lots of Tips!

Hi friends! Can you believe I am still coming up with projects using white cardstock and ink? I really think it is important to exhaust what you can do with your supplies when you start a new hobby (cuz they are pricey!) and I also think it is fun to go back to basics because us experienced stampers can remember the thrill of the first time we gave a handmade card. Today I am going to show you how to make this one layer card and envelope.


I like designs like this because you get two cards from a piece of cardstock and since they are flat they do not require extra postage (It’s kind of embarrassing when you send a stack of thank you cards postage due, don’t ask me how I know…) I am using my Memento inks (any dye inks will work) and beautiful stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko. If you order from ArtNeko make sure you mention me (the frugal crafter) to get either 10% off any size order or free shipping over $50, they will give you the bigger discount, they are great that way:) Be sure to check out the sale pages, there are lots of good discounts! Now, please watch the video to learn how to make the card!


OK stampers, did you learn a thing or two? Will you try this? I hope so!

White cardstock
Ink Pads (memento or any dye based ink)
Peacock stamp
Dragonfly stamps
Thank you stamp
Color Dusters (ink brush or use sponges)
glitter pen (Gelly roll stardust)

Envelope supplies:
Paper, a ruler and adhesive *Special thanks to my viewer Christine (from France now in Panama) for sharing this tip with me!

All instructions are in the video:)

A tip on color dusters, you can wash them with soap and water but they must dry before using with ink again if you want the soft look. I recommend getting one for each color family (one for greens, one for yellows, one for reds etc) so you do not need to wash them, in fact they work better as the ink builds up on them. You can use any long bristle stiff hog brush for this so if you have some kids paintbrushes lying around try them before buying these. They run about $1-$2 a piece. I think Joann Fabrics has them online too. I have even used stencil brushes for ink, video on that here, and it works very well. The point is try what you have before you buy!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School #4: No-Line Watercoloring with Markers, Masking & More!

Hi friends! I love the look of watercolors and you can achieve the look really easily with stamps using the technique I am going to show you today!


All you need are watercolor markers (I am using Spectrum Aquas but you can use whatever you want), white cardstock, water and a paintbrush as well as a tile or laminated card (or plastic packaging) to use as a palette. I am also going to show you how to make a mask so that you can build your own arrangements and make images appear to overlap each other. If you are using a stamp with a prearranged (complete) scene, or you are stamping images that are not touching each other you do not need to mask. It is a really great trick to know though so I encourage you to try it!


I kinda wish I chose bolder colors for the flowers but when you are beginning with this technique to softer, lighter shades are more forgiving. I used the colors Blossom, Aquamarine, Moss, Desert from Spectrum Aqua (affiliate link to Hallmark Scrapbook, they have the markers on sales!) The stamps are all from the Bouquet For You stamp set from Stampendous. Feel free to try this technique with any open line work stamp you want to use. By that I mean a stamp made up of outlines and not a lot of solid area. So, what did you think of this weeks lesson? Was it too much info for a beginner or could you follow it OK? If you feel a bit overwhelmed just pause the video and go at your pace. It’s just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. Take it one step at a time and you will do fine! And, no I do not advise eating an elephant, it’s just a figure of speech…and I’m a vegetarian. :D Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you tomorrow with an easy bookmaking tutorial! Til then Happy Crafting!


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