Aloha Card & Selective Die-Cutting Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a technique that will help you get more use and versatility from your frame dies such as Nestabilities.  I will show you how to safely use your dies to partially cut a frame or window. You can use this technique on cards, tags or scrapbook pages and is really useful for shaker cards!

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I will also show you how to make the cute drink umbrella from a scrap of patterned paper. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

All the stamps I used are from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry  SAVE 15% with coupon code: SUMMERSUN (15% off all individual mounted stamps & peg stamp sets. Coupon expires June 18, 2016.)

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Vintage postcard, photo or advertisement (for inside of card)
  • Peg Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry: AlohaSeashellsCrab
  • Dye based inks
  • Blending sponges or color dusters
  • “Frame” style die cut like Nestablilities
  • Craft knife and mat
  • Thin patterned paper
  • Bamboo skewer or toothpick
  • Circle cutter or 3.5″ circle to trace and cut by and

Directions:
1. Trace die cut inside of frame on card.
2. Stamp images and let some fall inside of the traced die.
3. Use a craft knife to cut around the images inside the frame.
4. Tuck the cutting die under the cut image and align with pencil marks.
5. Run through die cut machine.
6. Embellish card as desired.

So tell me, will you try this technique? I hope you do because it will multiply the use you get from your dies. Learning new ways to use older supplies is a great way to stretch your stash and keep the hobby fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Under The Sea Hidden Gift Packaging!

Hi friends! Do you want a clever way to wrap up a small gift or cash? Here’s a fun packaging idea that serves as a decoration after the gift is unwrapped and best of all it takes no longer than a card to make!

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Watch the video to see how!

 

Supplies:

  • Clear oval tin
  • Tulle
  • Flat back marbles
  • Nautical Stamps (Creative vision, CTMH, ArtNeko)
  • Watercolor markers (Zig real brush markers)
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
  • White cardstock
  • Foil anchor Die-cut (Amy’s Magic)
  • Spray ink (recipe here)

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock to fit your pail, mine was 4 3/4″ x 8 1/2″, and stamp your design.

2. Roll up the paper and insert into pail, add tulle, marbles and anchor.

3. Place a secret gift in the center of the pail and pop on the lid.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post, thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Steampunk Stamps Giveaway! (& a Stamp School Video!)

Hi friends! With Father’s Day right around the corner I thought I would make a card that would be suitable for that occasion AND give you a chance to win the stamps I used from Art Neko! Just leave a comment and I will draw a winner next Wednesday!

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Watch the video for lots of fun techniques!

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Today I am using stamps 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 Steampunk Fun (Art Neko) *Currently on sale, $5 off!
Pigment ink (black, gold)
Dye ink (Black)
Acrylic paint (black)
Gold embossing powder
Black cardstock
Washi Tape
Shipping tag
Pattern Paper
Charms (gears and filigree)
Heat tool

Follow the direction in the video to stamp in molten embossing powder to create an engraved look. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win these fun stamps from Art Neko (don’t worry, if you already have them or decide to buy them while they are on sale you can pick some different stamps if you win:)  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

If it Don’t Move, Stamp it! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! There has probably been a time in your stamping career when you wanted to add a stamped image on a  3-D or uneven object. This can be frustrating or impossible depending on the stamps and ink you choose. Today I am going to show you a technique using tissue paper and decoupage  that will allow you to apply stamped images to almost any surface you choose!

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It was easy to apply a stamped image to this ridged glass votive holder and I will show you how in today’s Stamp School video!

You can find the stamps I used at our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  SAVE 15% on your orders of Peg Stamps and Peg Stamp Sets $10 or more from May 19 – May 28, 2016 with coupon code:  VOTIVE16
Supplies:
Tissue paper
White glue (elmers, mod-podge etc)
Stamps (Aloha set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Paint brush (for glue)
Scissors
Waterproof ink (such as Ancient Page, Ranger Archival, Staz-On)
You can use this technique for transferring any stamped images onto rough or textured surfaces. Tissue paper comes in so many beautiful shades and since it is translucent it will blend in with your surface and since it is so thin it easily molds to uneven shapes. Give it a try and have fun! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Mirror Stamping & Brayered Backgrounds!

Hi friends! Today I have a couple of fun techniques for you to try! This will either introduce you to new supplies or help you get more use out of the supplies you have.

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Watch the video for the tutorial! I will list options to get the same or similar looks with other supplies below in case you don’t have what I used.

*Save 10% off your next order of any size at ArtNeko or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!  Visit ArtNeko here.

Supplies:
Stamp (artneko)
Charm (artneko)

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Glossy cardstock (not photo paper)
Colored Cardstock
Kaliedacolor ink pad (this is a blank one, it is cheaper to buy this way and you can use the dye based reinkers you have)
Memento black inkpad
Soft rubber brayer
Gelli Plate

Substitutions!

Instead of using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp you can use a sheet of inexpensive rubber gasket from the hardware store, a piece of soft carving material like EZ cut, a large eraser from the dollar store, the reverse side of a fairly solid clear background stamp or you can actually buy a mirror stamp, they were popular many years ago and now they are coming back in style but if you have a gelli plate or any other of the mentioned items you don’t have to buy it!

If you don’t have a brayer you can use color dusters (or stippling brushes) or sponges to create the blended background. To do this add your yellow all over the glossy cardstock, then add orange on each side overlapping the yellow, make sure to leave pure yellow in the center. Then add read at the top and bottom. You might need to go over the entire panel with yellow again but do this last and then wash your sponge so you don’t contaminate your inkpad. You can also buff the cardstock with a tissue to help marry the colors.

A Warning!

Do not use photo paper when using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp, same goes for high quality photopolymer stamps, I once got photo paper permanently stuck to a nice clear stamp because it bonded too well to the glossy quick dry coating. It ruined the stamp and I don’t want anyone to ruin their expensive gelli plates.

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial and think of many ways to use these techniques. The next time you are stamping a person or animal but wish it was facing the other way you can use the mirror technique and they next time you want a blended sunset you will know how. What will you try next? Let me know in the comments and happy crafting!

Sponsored by ArtNeko.

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!

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