Sunday, October 22, 2017

Card with Cute Snowman (Kate Dachovska)




Card with Cute snowman
by Kate Dachovska

Hi,

Today I have for you a very easy inspiration for Christmas card. I used the FRA-DIE-10310 Sweet Holly Snowman die. I die cut snowman from watercolour paper and I painted it with Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Markers. White dots are made with a Sakura white gel pen. From the same paper I cut square and embossed it with snowflake embossing folder. Snowman is glued with 3D foam dots.




*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Christmas Mug Tutorial (Nancy Hill)



Christmas Mug Tutorial
by Nancy Hill


Once a week, a couple groups of my friends and I go out for coffee and tea at a coffee shop.  We celebrate birthdays and holidays at that time. I designed this paper coffee mug to hold an envelope full of chocolate, coffee or tea besides holding a gift certificate or card with this group in mind.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial that I created for you. After having fun making the first one you won’t want to stop making them.

MUG
1) Cut 4 ” x 9 1/2” cardstock.  If you are wanting to emboss or stamp the mug, it is best to do this after cutting this rectangle out, but before assembling the mug.



2) Measure ½” on both sides on bottom of folded cardstock and mark.  Draw a line from the top to the ½” mark below.  Cut  bottom mark to corner of top on each side.



3) Cut two 2” x 4 3/4” cardstock and score every ½”.  Acordion fold on the scores.



4)  Using double-sided tape on both ends of the scored cardstock, insert each side on the sides of the mug.

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If the the sides of the mug hang over of the mug, or vice versa, just cut some of the top with the sides together so that the the sides and mugs are aligned.

LID
5) Cut cardstock at 2 ½” x 4 3/4” and score in center at 1 1/4" and fold.

6) Mark ¼” on the top of the fold line on each side and cut from mark to corner of bottom on each side.  Apply glue in a thin line on the side edges of this new piece and stick together.




SIDE OF LID
7) Cut two strips measuring 1/2" x 4 3/4".  Using two-sided tape, tape one strip on front and the other on back of lid.





CUP SLEEVE
8) Cut 1 ½” x 3 ½ and optional to emboss or stamp the cup sleeve.  Glue to the front and if you want the back to match the front, repeat these steps.  After glueing the cup sleeve on the mug, cut any part of the cup sleeve extending over the edge of the mug to make it fit the mug.







Now is your turn to use your imagination and creativity to design your own paper mug and have fun personalizing it and putting some goodies in the mug for that special person. I can't wait to see the coffee or tea mug you will make using the coordinating dies and stamps from the Frantic Stamper on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Nancy Hill
 Frantic Stamper Design Team

*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Fun in the Snow (Karen Oliver)



Fun in the Snow
by Karen Oliver

Happy World Card Making Day! I hope you are having a chance to be creative today!
Some would probably disagree but coming from somewhere where it doesn't snow in winter, a trip to the snow certainly means lots of fun.

I created a little snowy scene using several Frantic Stamper dies.  The first one is a new in October called Snow Capped Mountains.  I cut two sets and placed then to make a snowy range.  Of course if you didn't want snow on your mountains you can leave the little caps off as they cut separately.

The foreground is created using a favourite set called Stitched Scene Builder edgers, again cut twice.  Next layer is the little trees Snow Globe Triangle trees cut and placed behind Oliver snowman.  I cut him in white then again in the various colours that enable me to dress him up.

There you have it; a fun snow scene.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

New Release Video and a Quick And Easy Christmas Card (Kathy Berger)

I am so excited to share the second half of our Christmas and Winter release! I hope you will enjoy this slideshow video featuring fabulous cards by our super-talented design team!





I am also excited to share a quick and easy Christmas card using one of the newest background stamps, Sparkles and Dots. I hope you will enjoy it!

Quick and Easy Christmas Card
by Kathy Berger

I have a really quick and easy Christmas card to share with you today. I used my Memory MISTI and my original MISTI to stamp a whole stack of these cards in just a few minutes! I started by placing the Small Grid and the new Sparkles and Dots rubber background stamps side by side on the Memory MISTI. Since they are 6 inches square, they fit perfectly on the MISTI! I inked the Small Grid with Versamark ink and stamped it onto a piece of kraft cardstock, cut to 4”x5.25”. Next I inked the Small Grid again, and inked the Sparkles and Dots with white pigment ink. I moved the panel that I had stamped with the Small Grid over to line up with the Sparkles and Dots, and put a second kraft panel in place to stamp with the Small Grid. Closing the lid of the MISTI stamped both panels. I repeated the inking, moving, and stamping of two panels at a time until I had my stack of panels stamped.

Next I arranged my Round Christmas Vignettes clear stamps and saying on my regular MISTI. I inked them in red ink and stamped one of my kraft panels. I reinked and stamped, swapping in each kraft panel in turn, until all the panels were stamped. I then quickly colored the open areas of the red circles with a white gel pen. I added a little strip of red dotted washi tape to each panel, and then mounted each panel to a white folded standard-sized card.

It took about an hour and a half to make the stack of 50 hand-made cards, including cutting the 50 kraft panels and cards!

I hope that if you have a Memory MISTI you will try my double background-stamping trick the next time you have a lot of cards to make! The Frantic Stamper background stamps are perfect for this technique!
Here are a couple closer looks at the cards.




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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Witch's Brew (Jeanette Cloyd)



Witch's Brew
by Jeanette Cloyd


For this card I used a variety of items from the August Release. It's a spooky release (and more) with a lot of possibilities for all of your Halloween and/or Autumn creations. I decided to cook up a Witch's Brew.

The Mix and Match Witches Legs are just way too fun. The die set actually comes with three options of legs and three options of shoes.

I also loved the sentiment from the clear stamp set - The Witch Is In. Yes, definitely. The witch is in... the brew!

The Big Cauldron also comes with a die to represent steam coming off of the brew. I decided to try something a little different with that particular die. I used the relief part of it (the part you'd normally toss) as a template of sorts and put some glitter plaste in it.I kind of like the way that looked.



And as is my practice, I had to decorate the inside of my card, too. I just think a card feels bare unless I do that.



I think the Witch's Brew is about ready now... but the question I have is this: What does one do with Witch's Brew?



*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Autumn Leaves (Karen Oliver)




Autumn Leaves
by Karen Oliver


Whilst the Northern Hemisphere welcomes Fall we in the Southern Hemisphere are saying goodby to winter.  Although with the weather we are having spring may be struggling to appear. 

The card I am sharing today features dies from the August Release:  Reverse Cut Leaves, a set of 2 leaves and Fall words, a set of 4 word dies. 

My card design is fairly simple but it shows the dies off to their potential using bright Autumn colours on a brown background.  Whilst the dies are designed as leaves the first leaf die could also be used as a feather and the second die I think could take on a tropical look.  Adds to the versatility and usability of the set.
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Friday, September 08, 2017

Stamping with Backgrounds, Distress Oxide Inks & Water (Jen Carter)



Stamping with Backgrounds, Distress Oxide Inks & Water
by Jen Carter


For the card above, I used Frantic Stamper's  Sun Rays 6x6 Background Rubber Stamp to create the yellow sunny background.  It is easy to do (video tutorial below) and fun to see the results! The ink I used for this card was Catherine Pooler's Tiara (dye ink) in the middle and Distress Oxide Ink Spiced Marmalade.  I blended those colors onto the background and then "inked" my rubber stamp up with water.  Yes...water!  Then I stamped and this is the result that I got!



I used the Ferris Wheel die for the main image.  I love that the little chairs are a separate die so that it is easy to mix & match!  I die cut the tickets with the new Tickets die.  A fun feature to this die is that it perforates in between each ticket so you can tear the tickets off to make an even more realistic looking ticket.  I stamped the sentiment with the clear Life is a Carnival Stamp Set.

To see how easy it is to make a background like this, please view my video below.



I hope that the video helps to show how easy it is to create your own unique backgrounds.



Here is a card I made using one of the backgrounds you saw in the video.  For this one I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet & Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks and water.  I again die cut the Tickets die in three different colors and stamped the sentiment and outline with the Life is a Carnival clear stamp set.



When the background was dry, I added part of the Carnival Skyline as a silhouette in black. The Ticket Booth was fun to put together mixing and matching different bright carnival like colors. The little purple star banner was stamped with the  Circus clear stamp set I added glitter enamel dots on the ticket canopy to look like lights.

Be sure to check out the entire new line of Frantic Stamper's 6x6 red rubber background stamps!  You can see them all HERE.  And, if you'd like to check out the Distress Oxide Inks you can find those in the Frantic Stamper store, too!

Thank you for visiting today!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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