Coloring Practice with Alcohol Markers!

Hi friends! The other day I posted some pressed flower projects including a card that I colored with alcohol markers.

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May of you asked for the coloring tutorial, so here it is! There are no difficult techniques here so if you are a beginner this one’s for you! Also I did not speed up any of the coloring (I did clip out any repetitive bits) so you can see the techniques in real time. I hope you find it useful!

Products: (Affiliate links used-thank you for your support!)

I like to blend alcohol markers from dark to light, it is quick and works well on high quality cardstock like Neenah. Remember that Copic coloring takes practice, enjoy the journey! You can find more alcohol marker tutorials here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

I’m Gonna Save you Money Now {DIY Chalk Ink!}

Hi friends! Have you ever had an ink pad fall off the base or have your chalk in run dry? Today we will solve both problems!

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Watch the video to learn how to re-attach a loose ink pad and how to make chalk ink!

To fix the inkpad you will need: Gorilla Glue and a spray bottle of water.

Directions:
1. add a couple drops of glue to the plastic inkpad base and spread it with the tip of the glue spout.
2. spritz with water.
3. Replace the foam inkpad, tape gently into place and let dry 30 minutes and you are all se to use the inkpad.

To make chalk you will need colored chalk pastels, a like and the spray bottle again.

Directions:
1. Spay a puddle of water onto the tile (1 squirt)
2. Rub the pastel/chalk  into the water until you have made a nice thick puddle of ink.
3. Soak up the ink with the inkpad.

There! Now what will you do with all of that extra ink-pad buying money? If you liked this tip please share it on Facebook, Pinterst or Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Scene Stamping & Fun Faux Wood Grain!

Hi friends! I am so happy to share these projects with you tonight. I discovered a really fun stamp company (OK, they have been around for years, I’m just late to the party LOL) called Rubber Stamp Tapestry who makes sweet little stamps on pegs and they are so fun a quick to use!

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DEAL ALEART!!! 20% off any order $10 or more of peg stamps and sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry (does not apply to inks, tools, etc), coupon code:  RST16 You can also phone in your order and mention the coupon code if you prefer.

See how these are used in todays video!

Here are the stamp sets I showed in video:

Demo #1 “Heart Wreath” Cherry Blossoms

Demo #2 “Rose ATC” Brambly Rose

Demo #3 “Pond Scene” Lotus Pond  and lily pad and Lotus Flower

The completed cards and ATCs used the flowing sets. Please note there are no duplicates between sets at Rubber Stamp Tapestry and it is noted on individual stamps if they are a part of a set so you don’t have to worry about buying duplicates, love that!

Tip!
Using the peg stamps to build a scene is like putting rocks in a jar, first put the large ones in, then the medium, then the tiny pebbles and then the sand. It is a great way to think of balancing the design with the small stamps.

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Faux Wood grain how-to:

1. Score paper every 1/2″

2. Swipe paper with ink going in the direction of the score lines (wood grain)

3. Dry-brush on some white paint or gesso going in the direction of the wood grain.

4. Trace the score lines with a dark brown colored pencil and add nail holes and knots to the “wood” with the same pencil.

I want to thank Rubber Stamp Tapestry for sponsoring today’s video, if you shop be sure to use the coupon code RST16 to save 20% on stamp orders over $10! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I’ll be on This Crafty Life LIVE today!

Hi friends! I am so excited that I have been asked to be a guest on This Crafty Life LIVE today! The show is hosted by Melody Lane and Maymay Helms (two super fun crafters!) Live on the show I will demonstrate how to make this mixed media card:

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The best part is that the show is live so you never know what is going to happen LOL! You can watch the show in the player below live at 12:00 noon Eastern Time but if you want to ask questions in chat make sure to watch it on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies for the project:

  • 140# watercolor greeting card and envelope
  • Nuance watercolor powders (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Stencils
  • Stamps: Butterflies (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Black archival ink-pad, Wild Honey Distress ink-pad
  • Mod-Podge or white glue
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Seam binding-white (ribbon)
  • Die cut or punched flowers (from white cardstock)
  • Hot Glue
  • Cosmetic sponges (aka make-up wedges)

Hot Deal! Mention TheFrugalCafter in the comments if ordering any stamps or watercolor powders from Lost Coast Designs and save 15%! Discounts will be deducted before they run your credit card or refunded if using PayPal.

Be sure to watch the show to see how I made this! If you can’t make it live the replay will be available after! To enter the giveaway visit This Crafty Live LIVE’s website and enter the secret word you heard in the show, but don’t wait, you only have 24 hours to enter! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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Let’s Emboss! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! This week I will show you a few ways to dry emboss for texture on your cards:

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One way with a machine and two ways without! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
Red, Blue and brown ink
sponge
embossing folders
texture plates
stencils and ball end stylus
gelatos (gold)
Stamps by Technique Junkies

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I also wanted to congratulate my friend Glenna who is now a full-fledged American! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

For those of you who miss the long chatty videos…

…you are in luck my friends! And know what, I have missed them too! The other day my son needed a birthday card and I did not have one on hand (most of my cards get used right away or the go into my shop in Brewer) so I made one on the spot using supplies on my desk. I turned on the camera and decided to have a chat and a visit too!

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Please note that this is a real-time tutorial aimed at beginners and my chatty friends;) You can always click the gear at the bottom of the player to speed things up or mute me completely, I don’t mind😀

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That was fun to make and relaxing. We need to relax this time of year and isn’t that one of the reasons we create? Oh, the jukebox rubber stamp I used is from Carmen’s Veranda, my friend Linda who owns Lost Coast Designs bought Carmen’s Veranda a while back and there are some good stamps there especially if you like weird and vintage and Wizard of OZ LOL! They are a good company too so if you have not seen their stuff before go check them out! I will also be teaching classes for Linda in June in West Springfield MA again this year so stay tuned for details on that! I hope you took a bit of time to relax and create today, I appreciate you stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Colored Pencil Layering for Beginners!

Hi friends! Break out the colored pencils and get ready to feel like a kid again!

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I left this tutorial in real-time because it is geared to beginners. I think it is helpful to see how long it takes to build up layers, how to hold the pencils and how much pressure to apply. If it is too slow for you simply play the video then click on the gear at the bottom of the player and you can play it faster, warning, it might make me sound like a deranged chipmunk but at least you can watch it in half the time!

The stamps I am using in today’s tutorial are from our sponsor 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:

  • Stamps (full set of all 50 states birds & flowers plus bonus images)
  • OR the individual image is available for $5
  • White cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Die cuts or embellishments of your choice
  • Colored pencils (Prismacolor colors I used listed below)
    pc 1015 deco blue
    pc 903 true blue
    pc901 indigo blue
    pc 917 sunburst yellow
    pc 914 cream
    pc 943 burnt ocher
    pc 946 dark brown
    pc 911 olive green
    pc 908 dark green
    pc 912 apple green
    pc 923 scarlet lake
    pc 924 crimson red
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pattern paper
  • A2 size card base in red

Feel free to use the paper and pencils you have on hand. Even Crayola. It is better to see if you enjoy using colored pencils before shelling out big bucks for a professional set. I love the burnishing technique (coloring firmly) but it might make people’s hands tired after a while. I want Stamp School to be about trying techniques and exploring media without busting the bank, and if you love the colored pencils, well, Christmas is right around the corner and there are many lovely brands to pick from! I hope you enjoyed this project and you give some of these techniques a try! Happy crafting!

 

 

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