Saturday, May 13, 2017

Plaid Maker Background Stamps (Karen Oliver



Plaid Maker Background Stamps
by Karen Oliver

Bear with me as this is my first step by step post...ever.  Fran has recently added some amazing background stamps to the Frantic Stamper family and they really are so very versatile.  

Today I am sharing some ideas using the Plaid Maker.  It consists of 7 separate stamps that can be used in limitless combinations to create your own plaid backgrounds.  I am showing some basic stamping tips and at the end there are some card samples showing some of the results you can achieve.

Its a little photo heavy so sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy.

I used a stamp press to get the best results and I chose 3 bright colours just for the purpose of this demonstration.  You could use a long acrylic block or your favourite stamping technique to get the same results.  Here are my supplies ready to go.  I placed a piece of paper under my card to prevent ink getting onto my stamp press.









Now turn the piece of card around and repeat the process until you have formed a grid pattern.  If you have a large stamp press you probably won't need to turn your card. Depending on how fussy you want to be you could also use a spacer, made from scrap cardstock, to make sure your gaps are even.  Obviously I didn't, but that's ok too.



Repeat the above process with the next colour in this case green and I chose another stamp to go in between the pink.



This is what we have so far using horizontal and vertical stamping, you could still keep going and add another stamp in-between.



You can also stamp diagonally to create a different pattern using the exact same process as above.  This time I chose purple and another stamp. Stamp across the pattern one way then turn the card and stamp the other to form a diagonal grid.



Hopefully you can see the horizontal, vertical and diagonal stamping lines.  I only used three colours and 3 stamps in these samples but you really are only limited by your imagination.



There are loads and loads of variations and colour combinations that allow you to custom make your own background papers.  You can use the stamps to simply stamp stripes onto a solid coloured background to add some interest.  You can use them to stamp an edge or border around your project. They can also be used to stamp a line.  Truly the uses for this set is limitless.

Here are a few card samples to give you some more ideas.  The first card used 3 colours and stamps in a more open pattern.  Card number two I used 1 colour and 2 stamps and in the third card I used 1 stamp in several colours on the diagonal.







Thanks so much for sitting through this and I hope I have inspired you to add this wonderful stamp set to your collection. I'm sure its one you would use over and over again.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Monday, May 01, 2017

May 2017 News

Today is release day! Please enjoy this month's video of Life's Moments...



Not only is today release day, but it is also the day we need to say so long to the first four guests for 2017: Pat Barton, Karen Letchworth, Vickie Yeakley, and Holly Brown. We want to thank them all for their contributions to the team for the past four months. We hope they enjoyed their time with the team, and that they will comsider coming back for another guest visit sometime in the future. You will still see some projects from these gals on our Facebook page for the remainder of the month, using the products from today's release, but they will not be creating new projects. Their departure, though, means that we have four new guests joining us! I am going to let them introduce themselves. 



Hi, my name is Sarah Elliott and I’m addicted to stamps and dies! Coming to you from London, Ontario (Canada), I have been crafting since I was a little girl and found my true passion with paper crafting, although it is my part time guilty pleasure as I work full time and am kept busy with my husband and two wonderful kids. I always find time to sneak in a card or two. I am really looking forward to joining Frantic Stamper as a guest designer and can’t wait to share my creations.

I'm Chrissy and I'm a former officer in the U.S. Air Force. My husband was also in the Air Force and often teases that I'm CINC (Commander In Chief) of the household because I keep things running and everyone takes their orders from me. He has no idea how right he is! I have three boys ages 13, 10, and 7. I homeschool the youngest two while the oldest is finishing up his first year in public school. Needless to say, they keep me busy. We live on an acreage in Iowa were we grow soybeans and corn as well as raise 25 egg laying chickens. My solace in the day is my craft space and card making is how I unwind. Little did I know when my mother introduced me to making cards in high school just how big a part of my life it would become. I remember teasing her about her obsession with stamps and paper and now I'm 100x worse than she ever was. I'm a tech geek so I often times find ways to use my computer in my crafting. I'm super excited to be guesting with the Frantic Stamper Design Team and I over the moon to show off their amazing products. Can't wait to craft with you all.

My name is Kathi Rerek and I live in New Jersey. I've been papercrafting since June 27, 2000.

My style is eclectic, ranging from edgy to cute. My work features clean lines with the focus on a colored stamped image. I also love to use die-cuts and have been experimenting with mixed media! I mostly create cards and tags, but have been moving into home decor, art journaling, and other formats.

I believe that laughter makes life easier, so sometimes my sense of humor creeps into my projects.



Hi all, I’m Brenda Nakandakari.. I live in Hawaii with my husband. We have 2 gown children, one working here and the other working in Iowa. I have enjoyed crafting of all sorts most of my life. I’ve been a dedicated paper crafter for many years now and love trying new techniques. I am thrilled to be guest designing along side the very talented Frantic Stamper DT.

Please make our new guests welcome.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happiness in Red Gingham (Karen Oliver)





Happiness in Red Gingham
by Karen Oliver

A simple bright and happy little card today featuring the Wild Rose Corner die.  The name of this die just made me think of a picnic in the countryside which of course also made me think of gingham.  This little die comes with 2 extra flowers that you can pop up or use to add extra blooms.  I paired it up with a sentiment from the Floral blooms clear stamp set.  Another very useful die the Chevron edger #2 was used to cut the stitched  edge representing the picnic blanket.  Some matching sequins and a few pearls finish the card.

Now doesn't this remind you of a picnic in the countryside!



*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

April 2017 Die and Stamps

Hello! We would like to share with you a new video introducing our latest stamp and die release, Dads & Grads. We hope you will enjoy the video and the release!



The Dads & Grads dies and stamps are available today at Frantic Stamper.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

hello (Karen Oliver)




Hello
by Karen Oliver


Dies are so versatile and can be used to create subtle backgrounds by using the embossing method suitable for your die cutting machine.

On this card I used the Peeking Cats die from the January Pet Love release.  I drew very light grids in pencil on my white card stock so I could line the dies up as perfectly as possible.  Using my Cuttlebug I embossed them each 3 times to form my background.

I used the Chevron Edger #1 to cut the corner from the card to add a little interest and placed a piece of coloured paper underneath.  Finishing off with the hello die cut in the same coloured paper.  The hello is also cut out in foam so it sits up off the background.

I love this effect and its a wonderful way to stretch your dies.



*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Barn Cards with Video Tutorial (Jen Carter)

Jen Carter A2 Barn Grassy Hill 2

Barn Cards with Video Tutorial
by Jen Carter


Hello!  Today's cards again feature Frantic Stamper's Barn A2 Card Maker die.  For this first card, I used various patterned papers to make a fairly traditional looking barn with a few fun elements thrown in.  The die cuts all of the pieces that you see on this card except for the grass which was cut using the Stitched Grassy Hill Edger die.

Fran from Frantic Stamper recently had some questions about how to use the Barn A2 Card Maker die and so I've put together a video explaining the process.



Hopefully that helps some!

Below is the card that I made in the video.

Jen Carter Barn Triangle 1

Again I used mostly simple but fun patterns for my card.  I did add a fun top to the silo. I just couldn't resist throwing in some extra color!  

Thank you for joining me!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Barn Shaped Card Tutorial (Kendra Sand)



Barn Shaped Card
by Kendra Sand


Hello CraftyFriends!

I decided to revisit the Barnyard Fun Release from Frantic Stamper to share how fun it is to create a barn shaped card with the awesome Barn Card Maker.

I grabbed a few supplies to start with:






Let's have some fun!!

I started by creating my card base (A2) from a piece of white cardstock, like I would normally. (I like to use a nice sturdy piece as my base, usually 110lb cardstock weight)



I set it aside for a moment to then die-cut the first layer of my barn from my darkest piece of gray!

Here is a picture of it once die-cut:



I'm not going to do any trimming to this piece as it is going to be my main layer for the barn.  (So I did once again use a little heavier piece of cardstock) 

I then grabbed my original white cardbase layer and added adhesive to the entire front.  I then added my die-cut barn so that the top of it slightly goes over my fold.



A view from the backside:



I now need to do a little trimming.

I cut the white strip that is extra along the bottom first:



So my card now looks like this:



The piece of white cardbase between the silo and barn needs to be fussy cut, so I did just that before moving on!

Now it's time to have some fun and begin assembling the barn!! 

I started by die-cutting the barn from a piece of red cardstock:



I marked two arrows in the photo above with a sharpie to show where I trimmed the barn.

I then added adhesive to the area where the piece was going:



I then added the die-cut to my cardstock base.



So exciting!!  

I then die-cut the barn from a piece of white cardstock and once again marked some arrows to show where I trimmed with a scissors.

I only needed the really thin piece of edging for the barn details.

I added a small amount of glue where the piece was going to go and adhered it to the base.

I then added some adhesive tape to a piece of white cardstock and ran the door dies (small and large) through twice to get two of each size as well as the trim board once.  These pieces are now stickers, which makes adding them to the barn easy!!



I then die-cut the top part of the silo with my lighter gray cardstock.



Trimmed it up and added it to my base!

How cool is that?!



Such a fun card it makes!!

Now it is ready to be personalized any way you'd like.

Here is my finished card:



I ended up adding hay, which is a part of the  Barn Card Die, as well as a strip of grass, which I created using the Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers!

Added some black pearls to the doors to act as handles!  And added a few gray pearls to my silo!  They add such a nice touch! 

I added the "Hey" portion of the Hey Y'All die set just above the doors, for my main sentiment, to lead into the inside, In which I stamped the "herd it's your birthday" and cow from the Party Animals clear stamp set.



What a super fun card to make!!

I hope I've inspired you to create your own barn shaped cards!

Have a lovely day!

~ Kendra ~

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