Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!

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No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Stamp Giveaway & Fabric Stamping Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to stamp on fabric! This technique is handy if you are looking to gussy up premade t-shirts, tote bags or baby onesies (how cute!) or if you want to make your own fabric for quilting and other crafts. Today we will use inexpensive cotton muslin fabric to make a scarf. This way you can try out these techniques without it costing you an arm and a leg:)

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Also the fine folks at Art Neko are giving away a set of the stamps I used, all you have to do is leave a comment and I will draw a name at random in one week! This contest is open to everyone world-wide. Thanks Art Neko!

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I want to mention that the dye I am using is Dr Ph Martin radiance watercolor. It is kinda pricey as far as dye goes but it also can be used as watercolor paint BUT it is not lightfast on paper, it is like using a marker as far as how quickly it would fade, but many paper crafters like this watercolor and use it. It is a wonderful, high quality dual purpose product.

Watch the video to learn how!

Sponsored by Art Neko  *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:

  • Lightweight cotton muslin fabric (white)
  • Mordant (I used Soda Ash aka washing soda)
  • Fabric Dyes (I am using Dr. Ph Martin Radiance which can be used as fabric dies or watercolors)
  • Stamps (ArtNeko)
  • Ink: Ranger Archival (if using another ink test it first on washed fabric)
  • Inktense pencils or blocks
  • Stiff brushes
  • Textile medium (optional)
  • Lumiere paint by Jaquard for accents (optional)

Directions:
1. Prewash fabric and trim to size, I used a 10″ wide strip as it comes off the bolt.
2. Mix a tablespoon of soda ash with 2 cups of very hot water. Soak fabric in this mix and ring out the excess.
3. Protect your table with plastic bags and spread out your fabric.
4. Apply dies. Pick colors near each other on the color wheel to avoid mud.
5. Let dry and press the fabric with a hot iron.
6. Hem the raw edges (I did not hem the short edges as they were the bound edges off the bolt of fabric)
7. Using firm pressure and a well inked stamp add images to the fabric. Heat set.
8. Color with inktense pencils or blocks.
9. Apply water to the images to liquefy the inktense and add more pigment from the block if desired.
10. Spatter more inktense if desired.
11. Accent with fabric paint, let dry and press again with a hot iron to set.

So, can you think of a project that this technique would be good on? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget, I will pick one lucky commenter to receive the stamps I used! 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!

Cyber Monday Sale & Another Mystery Craft Challenge!

Hi friends! First up tonight I have a great sale to share that is exclusive to Frugal Crafter readers, Lost Coast Designs and Carmens Veranda are offering 20% off AND free shipping  if you buy 6 or more stamps now through tomorrow. To get the deal mention The Frugal Crafter in the comments of your order and the discount will be refunded:) Here is a new set they just released that I am excited to use:

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Make sure you check out all of their new and classic stamps, I bet you can’t stop at 6, it is a great time to shop for friends or secret stamping sisters this holiday season. Deals like this do not happen often at Lost Coast Design or Carmen’s Veranda so don’t miss out, the deal ends Monday 11/30/15 at Midnight.

Now, on to the challenge! Kim at Made by Mommy asked me back to do the #MBMCraftChallenge again this month, I got a random assortment of stuff, see what I made in today’s video!

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That was so much fun, the thing I love about this challenge is seeing what all of the other participants made with their boxes, you can see all of the November Craft Challenge videos here.

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Good luck if you are planning on doing any Cyber Monday shopping and don’t forget about the deals at Lost Cast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda (mention The frugal crafter for 20% off and free shipping when you order 6 or more stamps.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My Mega August Crafty Haul!

My studio is full to bursting with crafty goodness for upcoming tutorials, have a look!

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If you want to see everything then watch the video and be sure to let me know what products you would like to see me demonstrate first.

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Craft Supplies from the video:

I think that is everything from this haul, let me know if I missed any thing:)
Disclaimer: Some of these products came from sponsors or were sent by companies in exchange for promotional consideration. That said,I only use products that I love and you will always get my honest opinion about them as well as DIY alternative for things you already have. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rubber Stamp Giveaway & Nature Themed Cards!

Howdy friends! It’s giveaway time! Up for grabs are these beautiful snail and butterfly stamps from Art Neko (formally About Art Accents):

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The full 8″x10″ Garden Friends sheet of stamps that these images came from is gorgeous and on sale for $10 (regularly $20) so you might want to check it out. Don’t worry, if you buy it and end up winning it you can pick different stamps:) Oh and if you see stamps that are not on sale that you want to buy you can use my coupon code for 10% off: Lindsay10% I will show you how I made these cards with lots of tips and hints along the way in today’s video:

Here is a close up of the snail card:

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And the butterfly one…I think I need a sentiment here, what do you think?

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For a chance to win the stamps I used and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko just leave a comment on this blog post and I will select a name at random next Sunday the 25th. Art Neko ships worldwide so anyone on the planet can enter. Good luck and happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun: Wax, Watercolor, Stencils, Stamping and Sprays!

Howdy friends. Time again to get out the art journal and have a play! I love working in a spectrum of colors, like the color wheel, putting colors next to their neighbors for really vivid results! The other neat thing is that you can get by with only 3 colors of spray ink and just let them overlap! This quote from Marc Chagall was perfect for this page: All colors are friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites:

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That quote means the the colors are pleasant with the surrounding colors on the spectrum but really pop when placed next to their complimentary color, that is the one opposite on the color wheel. Watch the video to learn some techniques with sprays, stencils, markers, stamps, wax and watercolor!

Here is the spread from the beginning of the video, I actually was doing a video of this and ran out of time and I felt that for the amount of techniques I was sharing it should be under 20 minutes…and I am too lazy to edit clips together LOL! Still, more than 20 minutes is a lot to ask you to sit through…in fact 20 is probably bad enough LOL!

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Here are close-ups of the pages:

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Before I forget I want to mention that I will be posting a giveaway for the most adorable stamps tomorrow, I do hope you check back for a chance to win. If you are afraid that you will forget you can subscribe to my blog (look for the subscription area in the upper left hand column, it’s free) and you will get an email when I post something new. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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