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 mindūüėÄ

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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!

 

 

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.

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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!

Supplies:

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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.:)

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Supplies:
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
Ribbon
Round paper clip

Directions:
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!

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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!

Supplies:
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!

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