Cards done your way! Pretty for any occasion!

Hi friends! Today I have 3 pretty cards that can be used for a variety of occasions.

You can use similar flower, butterfly, and bird stamps if you don’t have these. I will be using stamps, markers, and dies from Local King Rubber stamps but you can use the supplies you have o hand. If you wish to purchase the supplies I used you can save 20% off with this coupon code: thefrugalcrafter20 now through 5/31/23

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That’s all I have tonight! Remember, Mother’s Day is this weekend so don’t forget to get Mom a card! Happy crafting!

3 Ways to Use Acrylic Paint Pens: More Artsy-Fartsy Cards!

Hi friends! Do you have any acrylic paint pens in your stash? They are versatile tools for artists and crafters. You can use them to add details to a painting, or paint on virtually any surface from rocks, to glass, to clothing! They are wonderful on cards too as I will show you in today’s video!

three impressionistic scenery greeting cards

I will teach you three different ways you can use your acrylic markers for cardmaking but remember you can use these techniques on any surface you like! Let’s get started!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • You can find the acrylic markers I used at Ohuhu: Use coupon code Lindsay10 to get 10% off your order on the Ohuhu Website now through May 7th 2023.
  • You can also find Ohuhu markers on Amazon
  • Black and white cardstock
  • Stamps (Technique Junkies)
  • Large Stamp Mount
  • Smooth watercolor paper
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Scenic stamps
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scrapbook paper
inside of cards decorated

I like to make custom envelopes with my hoard of scrapbook paper. It is a great way to use papers you are not in love with. Save the scraps to decorate the card with like I did on the inside!

handmade envelopes

These cards were so fun to make and you don’t need lots of supplies to make them. I hope you enjoyed this project and will give it a try soon. Happy crafting!

Practical Printmaking

Hi friends! I mentioned in Sat chat that I wanted to do some gel printing and the response was overwhelming. I was glad so many people had an interest. I think a lot of people have the supplies to make gel prints but often are puzzled by what to do with all the prints. In today’s video, I have a practical approach to gel printing where we will use every print we make and end up with a stack of cards when we are done.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Gel printing (aka gelatin printmaking) has been growing in popularity over the past few years with the invention of synthetic gel printing plates. I tried a new one today from the Textures line on Craftstash (and it is 50% off right now!) and I like it as well as the Gel Press and Gelli Arts ones I have used. I’ve tried other brands that I did not like as well but you are good to go with any of the above 3 brands. I realize availability is different in various parts of the world so go with what is easy for you to get. You can even make a gelatin plate from unflavored gelatin.

7 gel printed cards

You are going to need some acrylic paint and a rubber brayer. I like the Gelli Arts, Speedball and the Textures one I just tried. I prefer a brayer that is around 4″ wide. Just make sure it is a soft rubber and not a hard rubber or acrylic. Foam rollers will soak up a lot of paint so even though they cost less they will use up more paint and be harder to clean. A good rubber brayer will last decades with proper care and lessen the amount of paint you use. It’s a good investment.

5 gel printed greeting cards

The sky is the limit with what you can use to enhance your prints. any stamps, stencils, texture plates, or even found objects like bubble wrap, mesh produce bags and cardboard can be used to make textures. Keep your eyes open and keep a collection of interesting textures for your next gel printing session. I have a whole box of junk and trash I use for printmaking!

6 gel printed cards

To clean or not to clean your plate and brayer? I am in the “clean plate club” when it comes to my printing plates and brayers (and watercolor palettes for that matter) because your tools will last longer if you take care of them. You will also get a more detailed print if you start with a clean plate. I know a lot of modern gel printers like to leave the grunge on the plate to impart texture on another day’s print but not me. Instead, what I do is take some mod-podge or thin acrylic paint (the kind used for paint pouring) and lay down a thin coat, and then place a sheet of paper on top and let it dry. Then I can usually pull off all of that delightful grunge at once. If needed I wash the plate before storing it. I try to wash my brayers before the paint dries on them. Some people like to let the paint build up and then soak it all off in a satisfying acrylic skin. It’s probably fine but good brayers can be a bit on the expensive side and I only want to buy them once. You do you. I hope today’s video and tips inspire you to try your hand at gel printing! Happy crafting!

many gel printed cards

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!

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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!


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!