Mystical Backgrounds! 3 Fun Cards with Pizzazz!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some really fun cards with glitzy backgrounds and textured effects!

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The first two use glitter ink (I am using Brea Reese glitter ink but you can use any shimmer watercolors or inks you have) and heat embossing…

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The third uses texture paste and pebbles. I got to thinking about how you could make DIY pebbles and I am thinking you can use a scrap of paper and glue water mix then roll it up spit-ball style. You can DIY your own texture paste with white paintable latex caulking (get the kind in the tube for ease of use) tinted with any color of acrylic paint. *Note in the example below the card on the right has wet glue holding the “stones” in place but the Aleenes Thick & Tacky glue dries completely clear as you can see from the card on the left. Go generous with the glue to keep those embedded items secure.

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I think I might have crammed too much into one video here but I really wanted to explore these new Lavinia stamps I just got and I wanted to use all of them. Feel free to speed the video up or watch it in two parts if it’s too much crafty goodness for you to take in one sitting:)

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This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other Supplies:

Whoa, that was an exhaustive list! Please don’t think you need to go buy all of these things to make a card, the list is there as a courtesy in case you are looking for something specific I used. You can DIY most of your supplies except the embossing powder and stamps. Have a look in that crafty stash of yours and see what you can come up with! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

 

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Better Late Than Never {Mixed Media Vineyard Grapes}

Hi friends! I am so sorry that I couldn’t get this blog post up before the live stream today. I just remembered yesterday that I scheduled my last kids art class at the library at the same time as my friday live stream and it had been advertised in the local paper so I couldn’t move it so instead of cancelling my live stream I decided to do it earlier. One of these days I’ll have my act together (probably not this summer though!) 😉 I did notify folks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so if you want to make sure you hear about any breaking art live streams be sure to follow me there as well. The best thing is to subscribe on YouTube and click the notification bell to make sure you get updates when I am about to go live.  Here is what we did today!

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Here is the replay!

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama. Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

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Have a great weekend and try to make some time for art and creativity! Happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Easy Layered Mixed Media Card!

Hi friends! I know a lot of people are intimidated by using “messy” supplies on cards but I hope to help you get over your fear with today’s simple card:

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All you need is cardstock, a stencil, foam and rubber stamps and acrylic paint. You can use either a cosmetic sponge or foam brush to apply the paint and yes they can be washed and reused. Watch my tutorial to see how easy it is!

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The stamps and stencil came in a kit from Stampendous, they have 3 of them, one with an indian/elephant theme, one nature bird theme and this urban theme. I have all 3 and they make mixed media layering a breeze. When I first posted the video they had the sets at Simon Says Stamp and Blitsy but now both places are sold out:( I bet if you ask your favorite stamp store they will order it for you (these are brand new so they should:) plus that helps you local stamp store if you are lucky enough to have one, win-win!  If you are not sure if you like this sort of thing I recommend trying one and see if you care for it before stocking up on all 3. I hope they make more kits like this!

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Don’t forget to add some light-colored paper to the inside of the card if you are working on dark cardstock to make an area for writing. I use pattern paper scraps for this, hey, the back side is white, why waste it? A little bit of washi tape can also snazzy up the inside without making it to fru-fru!

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If you would like more in-depth lessons on Mixed Media please check out my new class at Craftsy, I am giving a 50% discount to all of my readers, just click the 50% off link here. I break down the process of creating interesting mixed media paintings into manageable step by step layers. I am really proud of this class and I think it can really help beginners learn the “Why” as well as the “How” of some of the popular mixed media materials and techniques out there all while keeping your budget in mind by getting the most use out of versatile supplies. I don’t like to buy a product that has only one use that ends up sitting on the shelf collecting dust and I don’t think you do either! You can take the class at your own pace and you have lifetime access to the class so there is no rush BUT if you want the 50% off savings enroll in Mixed It Up Mixed Media Step By Step soon! I can’t wait to see your artwork in the classroom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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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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Glitter and Stencils! You’ve Got Them so USE Them!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make this super sparkly glitter stenciled card!

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It is super frugal too using supplies from out sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how.

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Supplies:
Shipping tags
Glitter
Double sided tape or adhesive sheet
Stencil (mine was from Stencil Girl)
Washi Tape
Organza Ribbon
Tulle

Directions:
1. Cover tag with double-sided tape.
2. Coat stencil with embossing ink or glycerin.
3. Remove liner from tape and place stencil ink side down on the adhesive.
4. Carefully add glitter filling in the stencil holes with the colors you want.
5. Press glitter in to the stencil and shake off the excess then wipe off the excess with a baby wipe.
6. Remove the stencil and cover the rest of the adhesive with clear glitter. Tap off excess and burnish glitter in.
7. Hear with a heat tool (optional) to be sure the glitter is secure.
8. Finish by adding a washi tape border and ribbon/tulle.

Just make sure (and I can’t stress this enough) that you coat your stencil with glycerin or embossing ink before you place it on the adhesive. Think of all the stencils you have and the colors of glitter out there, the possibilities are endless! I think I need to use this technique on a scrapbook page. What project would YOU use it on? Let me know in the comments below and while you are there please share this post with your crafty friends on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Faux-saic Box!

Hi friends! Grab your stencils and embossing paste and let’s make Faux Mosaics!

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Supplies:
Kraft Jewelry Box 5″x6″:
Acrylic paint (grout color, I used white)
Glass Paint (Transparent)
Copper Tape
Stencil (Patti Tolley Parrish from istencil)
Stencil Embossing Paste (pearl-Dreamweaver)
paint brush, palette knife, scraper

Papermart supplies used in the card set
Jewelry Tissue on a roll
bulk envelopes
Baker’s Twine

Let me know if you want a demo on making the card set!

Mosaic box directions:
1. Paint box white, let dry.
2. Tape stencil to box lid and spread stencil paste on top. Remove and clean stencil, let dry.
3. Paint raised squares and bottom edges of box. Let dry.
4. Add copper tape to edges of the box lid if desired.

I put handmade cards in my box, what will you put in yours? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.

Back Home in my Bubble of Solitude

Hi friends! I got back from Boston late last night, The fresh Maine air has never smelled so sweet! Boston is a beautiful city and on a summer weekend everyone in the world seems to agree because they are all there too! We took the girl scouts to see the Boston Museum of Science and Aquarium, they were wonderful, but crowded, really, really crowded. We rode a subway for the first time, the girls got a kick over being able to stand as it moved (imagine the domino effect of 24 first time subway riders LOL!) and we took the Amtrak down which was my first time (I can remember) traveling on a train, it was nice. I dealt with my severe travel/crowd anxiety (I will be unreachable for about a week as I decompress in my bubble of solitude) and we all made it home safe and sound. I am a country mouse. Before I left I made this art journal page:

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I needed some art therapy before embarking on this trip. If you want to see how it is made watch the video!

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The stencils and stamps are by Patti Tolley Parrish, A wonderful mixed media artist I met during the #lovesummerart collaboration last month. You can find the stencils I used here and her stamps at her ETSY shop. Her designs were unlike any of the stencils I owned, I think they will be a nice addition to my collection. The nice thing about stamps and stencils is that you can’t use them up, some of my stencils are 20 years old and I still pull them out. I am so glad they are more popular than ever, The nice thing about art is that you can’t worry about anything when you are creating, try it, you will see! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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