Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stocking Christmas Card/Gift Card Holder

I saw in a book a simple card with a stocking on front and got to thinking that if the stocking was large enough it could be used to hold a gift card. After a little bit of trial and error I managed to get the stocking large enough to hold a gift card but still fit on an A2 card.
The silver trim on the edge of the card doesn't really show up  in the photo but I took a silver paint pen to draw a line. I used for my background a piece of sheet music that I scanned a few years ago.  I used a stencil on the stocking and airbrushed with a marker. I then took a gel marker and did my faux stitching around the stocking. I didn't have any buttons the right color so I went and brushed those and the scrap floss with an air brush. I took a piece of ribbon for the loop at the top of the stocking.

Here it is with a gift card inside. I normally don't do gift cards but with the price of shipping things it is more practical if you want to give something to someone who lives out of town.. Also sometimes it is nice if the receiver can pick out what they want. For example every year I buy my grandchildren books but I thought they might have fun picking out their own book for a change this year. Do you give out gift cards?

I plan to be working on more Christmas cards so do come back. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Airbrushing On Balsa Wood Shape

Hi everyone I hope you are having a wonderful week. Yesterday I had fun using my e-Brush on a balsa wood shape as well as using a stencil and heat embossing. Unfortunately the photo does not do it justice. I need to  buy something to seal it with and then I'll glue a pin back on it. If my granddaughter wants I have plenty of balsa wood shapes which I bought a couple of years ago at Dollar Tree so she can make some pins, barrettes,or ornaments for Christmas gifts.
First I used my eBrush and did the background as well as edging it. Then I masked off all except for the body section of the butterfly and airbrushed. Then I masked off the body and airbrushed using a stencil on one wing and then flipped the stencil over and did the other wing. Then I took a circles stencil and using an embossing pen embossed some of the circles with Zing gold embossing powder. Then I took Shimmer Creative Medium and with a cosmetic wedge applied it all over the front.

Next thing I'll be doing with the eBrush is to do some buttons for on a card. If I can find my small stars stencil I'll stencil a star in the middle.

If you have not tried using a stencil for heat embossing you might want to try it. Use either an embossing pen or embossing liquid with a dauber. Then lift up carefully your stencil and add your embossing powder and emboss like regular.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to visit. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Airbrushed Christmas Card

Hi everyone another week has started but this week there is no altered card challenge as Claudine had surgery. I thought since there are no cards to do to go ahead and play. You know I like to experiment so I decided to see if the texture medium I found would work with a metal embossing stencil.. Of course I also wanted to play with my airbrush. At first I was not pleased with the card and in fact was ready to throw it away. Then I decided to see what I could do to turn it into something which I liked.
The card base was cut from a piece of shimmer cardstock. I normally don't like to use it because the white core shows where it has been cut. This time though since I had planned to ink the edge with silver I went ahead as it really makes my panel pop.

I took a scrap from a print and cut and put a Lasting Impression metal template on it. I could not find this template anywhere but I did find a Curly Merry Christmas template which would work by Lating Impressions.  I carefully covered with scrap the places I did not want to get the texture medium on.  I carefully lifted the template after I was through applying the medium. When the medium was dry I went and put my template back down. I once again masked this time where I did not want to get ink. I then used the Spectrum Noir blue marker which came with the airbrush. I didn't get the template exactly where the texture medium was but I love the shadow which I got. 

I then took my eBrush and used two different colorss of green. I wanted a mottled look so in some places I  keep going over and over until it was darker.

I  then used a white embossing pad with a cosmetic wedge. I applied Stampendous Winter Wonderland embossing powder but then took a bristle brush and brushed most of  the embossing powder off before using my heat gun. After using the heat gun melting the embossing powder I once again put the template down. Then this time  I put the template back down and got it where it originally was when I applied the texture medium. I then used my gel white pen to trace around the letters.

I don't remember who makes the holly rounder punch but I used it on the corners. I then backed the panel with green corrugated cardboard. I used a red glaze pen to color the berries. I love how the corrugated cardboard adds a nice texture. I'm going to keep in mind using corrugated cardboard behind cutouts.

To finish the panel I edged with Colorbox green. Which covered the brown edges as well as added definition to the panel. 

That is all for now. Thanks for stopping and do come back. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Airbrush Play Card

Hi everyone I should be cleaning and organizing around my apartment as there is going to be an inspection on Monday. However, the mad experimenter came out and wanted to play with the  eBrush and markers. What can I say it is more fun to play than to clean any day. LOL!
I decided to try out the eBrush on tissue wrapping paper. Since I was just playing I did not use painter's tape to put the stencil down tight. When I went to look for the cap to the marker I moved the stencil a little bit and could not get it aligned back up. I used three different marker colors. I liked how it turned out so went ahead and used liquid pearl for the dots. I love the softness airbrushing on tissue paper. I'm thinking this stencil moved a little bit after applying the first color would be pretty done on a scarf.

 I did a print and cut sentiment but decided to not use it. However, I did play with using the airbrush with lace as a stencil and like how it turned out. I also liked the fact that using the airbrush did not smear the inkjet ink. 

Then I got to thinking that I could color beads with the eBrush. Taking a piece of recycled packing Styrofoam I pinned the bead down. The first bead I did was purple but decided that it was better to have a little bit of contrast. I took a piece of crotchet thread and tied the bead on the end of the ribbon.

I'm back to trying to turn chaos into order and having the apartment a little cleaner by Monday. At least the weather is not beckoning me away. Although yesterday I did take a long walk and enjoyed the Autumn foliage.

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Altered Cards Week 8

Hi everyone! I can't believe that we are already in week 8 for the altered card challenge. What a fun challenge this has been. This week the theme is love and Claudine broke out the gelatos and watercolors. Well I discovered that it has been so long since I used my tube watercolors that most of them were dried out. I will have to open up the tubes and put the dried pieces in  containers to re-hydrate them. I also found a tube of texture medium from a couple of decades ago so decided to experiment.

Here are Claudine's cards:

 Here is what I came up with:

Here is my experiment with the texture medium. Instead of using gesso as the base for this card I applied the texture medium. I love how it ended up cracking in places I also took a dried up ink pen and used the point to draw my heart. Promise no laughing about my drawing of the heart.

Like Claudine I took out my gelatos and scribbled and then sprayed water. I then took a bristle brush like you would paint trim with and brushed over my colors blending them in.  I also used a gelato to color in the heart. I then like Claudine used a black oil pastel to outline the heart smudging it. I was not totally satisified with the look though so went back outlined with a black glaze pen.  I played around with using a tag with love like she did but didn't like how it was looking.  I even tried writing on ribbon but it was no go. I then tried to stamp a heart  inside but my ink was too light of a color.. I finally took a piece of wide ribbon and stamped on the wrong side of the ribbon using Stazon ink. Then cut out the heart.

If you saw my handwriting you would know why I decided to use a stamp instead. I was afraid I would not get a clear stamp stamping directly so I used a piece of plastic.Alas my black archival ink does not work  on plastic. I didn't like the brown Stazon and the purple blended in to much  so I ended up using the teal blue. I used a dab of white glue on each of the corners of the plastic and you really have to look hard to see the glue. I thought stamping on paper would be too intrusive. This way you can see the delightful texture and colors.

When I saw the theme was love and hearts I thought this card would be perfect to use. During week one while preparing my cards for the challenge I had experimented with gesso  and stencils. I love how using a stencil with lots of hearts turned out.

As I said my tube water colors were dried up. I did manage to find a Vermilion, Prussian Blue, and a Peridot  metallic one that was not. After adding water to the paints I brushed on and dripped I have never dripped water colors before but love the way the colors blended.

Recently I was going through a box of craft things and there was a green corrugated box I bought at a thrift store for a quarter..  I cut my heart out of that. Lol as you can see I can cut hearts out better than draw them. I used the leftover Peridot paint to soften the color and give it more of a metallic look. The love is printed using my label maker and clear tape.  Taking a piece of black paper from the inside of a page protector I cut out my circle using a die. I then took my black glaze pen and did my stitching. Lol! some of the stitches are crooked but if I was stitching by hand it would be the same way. I also edged the card with black archival ink but it does't really show up in the picture.

One thing about doing this challenge is it gives me ideas for doing regular greeting cards. Also it gets me using supplies that otherwise might be gathering dust or like the water colors deteriorating. Luckily unlike acrylics or oils they can be revived.

Thank you for stopping by. I'm off to make more Christmas cards which are in the works. I would like to get a box full mailed out next week for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pop Up Christmas Tree Card

Hi everyone! Recently I was through a cardmaking book before I took it back to the library and there was a popup Christmas tree card. I'm looking at the card and I start to think that it is deja vue. Yes, it sure was as I made a popup Christmas tree card back in 2012, Of course I had to go back to my blog post to see who created the cutting file. I made some changes to the file but the original file was done by Debbi the owner of Paper Pulse. I decided to do the front of my card along the lines of the card done in the book.

I could not find my Christmas cardstock not that I had that much of it to begin wish so I used digital pattern paper from a cajoline collection. The colors looked red in my software but when I printed it was a different story. My lighting is terrible in my craft room. I also thought I had a red color paper to cut out the poinsettia but that was not the case. I used my yellow glaze pen to make a center in the poinsettia.

I figured out how to move the tree down so that I could add a star on top. It took me some doing but after releasing compound path I was able to copy the tree so that I could change fold lines into solid lines. Then it took me tracing that tree so that I could separate the pieces.I wanted to emboss just the tree part not the whole panel. I must have accidentally resized the tree when I moved it down as my embossed pieces were smaller.  I embossed using a retired Sizzix ornament folder. After embossing I rubbed  a light amount of  Inka Gold over the tree strips. It doesn't really show in the photo. Do you think it would be too much if I added presents on both sides like the card in the book? Or would you leave it like this and maybe add a sentiment on the right hand side?

 I'm thinking next time I  make this card I might emboss some pattern paper. Since this card goes together so quickly and is not bulky I thought it might be fun to make some for the  Caring Hearts Card Drive. Do you like to make popup cards?

Well tomorrow is another altered card challenge. Once again I'm totally clueless about what it might be. Thank you for stopping by and Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pretty In Pink Christmas Card

Hi everyone I thought I would share a Christmas card today. You may remember I was playing with the template that Jenn Mason shared on episode 401 at .I had replaced the flowers with a maple leaf. This time I decided to replace them with a Christmas tree and stars. I didn't like the way the ribbon was attached to close the card so I changed that on this card. I don't normally craft in pink but I don't have a lot of double sided cardstock. When I saw this pink the diagonals reminded me of candy canes. Also I just happened to have ribbon that coordinated with it. The ribbon had caught my eye in a clearance bin and although I didn't know what I was going to do with it I bought it.
Originally I was going to make a loop of ribbon and put a button which had a star on top to close the card. However when I saw this ribbon I decided to put a border on both sides with ribbon pulled through to make ties. My border was too wide so I cut it narrower and it still was too wide so I decided to glue the straight edge as well as put the ribbon through on that side. The trees and stars are cut out of scrap paper. As is the border pieces. The tree, stars, and border are all Silhouette cutting files.
Opps! I forgot that when the card was opened it would show where I adhered the ribbon on the left hand side. Gem ribbon to the rescue.

I had cut the piece for inside the card too small as the tree is taller than the flower in the original file. Instead of cutting a larger piece or even using something else I decided to forget putting an extra piece inside. Instead I glued down the tree frame which was left over from cutting the front and then glued in the middle piece. For the star on top I cut out a small star and glued on the frame. Later on I'll stamp a sentiment inside where it won't show when the card is closed.

There you have it my pretty in pink Christmas card. I hope the person I send this to will love it. I may even make some more now that I have the file made up. I plan to be sending cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Details about that drive can be found here:

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!