Saturday, February 25, 2017

Merry and Bright (Becky Carafa)

We are pleased to bring you another Christmas card on the 25th of the month...a little late, but before midnight in the Frantic Stamper time zone! This lovely card was made by former team member Becky Carafa. we hope it will inspire you.



Merry and Bright
by Becky Carafa, Former Design Team Member

This card was pretty involved, but the results were worth it!  I die cut the Star Quilt Die a whole lot of times, from white and light blue cardstock, and from patterned paper.  I then built all the quilt squares from the various pieces.  I mounted them on a kraft base, trimmed edges, tied a silver cord bow around it, and added the sentiment.

*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Hedgehog Love Card (Mary Prasad)



Hedgehog Love Card
by Mary Prasad


Here's a cute card that is perfect to tell someone you love them (or for Valentine's Day). It was created with the new March release Frantic Stamper dies and colored with Copic markers. The background can be varied in pattern by using different colors, or even subtle patterned papers, for the diamond shapes if desired. I used Wink of Stella to give the hearts and sentiment a subtle shine that looks great in person.

Here are the steps for making this card:

  1. Cut red cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches. Fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 inch top folding card base.
  2. Cut 3 hearts and the word "Lovely" from red cardstock. Trim ends of "Lovely" to just "Love". Optional: coat each with clear Wink of Stella or other clear glitter pen. Add Glossy Accents to all and set aside to dry.
  3. Follow these instructions carefully. Cut a piece of clear double sided adhesive just a hair smaller than the size of the die. Die cut pink cardstock but leave the pieces in the die. You may need to use a metal cutting plate due to the detail. Remove one backing sheet on adhesive. Carefully line up and stick to die cut pieces. Be sure to rub all over, especially on the small triangles at the edges. You may even want to use your die pick to gently push the smaller pieces into the adhesive. Now remove the die cuts as one piece. You may have to replace a few stubborn pieces by hand. Stick to center of card front. Note: you could cut the clear double sided adhesive larger, then trim down after the pieces are in place.
  4. Add double sided adhesive to a piece of white cardstock just larger than the die. Die cut from cardstock side (so adhesive will be on the back). Remove white frame from die and carefully adhere over pink frame on card. Hint: I exposed the top part of the adhesive, cutting off the backing sheet just at the top, lined up the bottom and stuck the top down; then I removed the rest of the backing. This made it easier for me to line it all up.
  5. Die cut two copies of baby hedgehogs from alcohol marker friendly cardstock. On one copy of each, cut off the hair and discard the rest. These will be layered on top; color these with hair colors. On the full copies, color the hair parts in a mid or dark matching hair color so they won't be so noticeable under the top layer. Color the bodies. I used darker colors to fill in eyes and nose on each (lighter on the girl). To give them some dimension and shine, I used Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher on the boy's eyes and nose and Desert Sand on the girl's (it is rather transparent so be sure to color with brown first).
  6. Adhere hair to each hedgehog using dimensional tape. Adhere hedgehogs to card front as shown using dimensional tape. Glue hearts and "Love" where shown.

*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Beautiful Leafy Card Video (Kate Dachovska)

Check out this wonderful video showing the process Kate used to create her beautiful leafy card.




*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Heart Rose Shaker (Kendra Sand)

Heart Rose Shaker
by Kendra Sand


Hello, Frantic Stamper Fans!  Kendra, here from Luv 2Scrap N' Make Cards to share a fun tutorial with you!

I absolutely LOVE creating shaker cards, they are so much fun!  I must admit I am addicted to making them!  It's so much fun to see the recipients reaction to these fun cards!  And yes, I am like a little kid, I love to shake them up before giving them!  To me shaker cards in themselves scream FUN!

By special request, a customer asked for us to share how we create these fun cards! For this last Feminine Style Release, I created this elegant Wedding card:



I created another one to share the process!

I started by grabbing a few supplies:

  • Cardstock Base (A2)
  • Cardstock Layer 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Heart Rose Die
  • Sequins and Seed Beads
  • Double-sided Adhesive Tape
  • Acetate
  • Foam Tape
  • Stamp Set of Choice

I first added some double-sided adhesive tape to the backside of my cardstock roughly to the area where I planned to run the Heart Rose Die cut through my Big Shot. 

(This step is optional .  It is a little bit of waste of adhesive, but I found it to be easiest for me.  As this die tends to be intricate, I didn't want to have to carefully glue it in a future step and worry about glue running and having a mess! This will be a little more clear as I go on.)



I then took my cardstock layer and Heart Rose Die and ran it through my Big Shot!



I carefully remove the cardstock and die cut!  I removed all the unwanted pieces,  which left me with my open heart window and the beautiful die cut heart rose.  The heart rose is now a sticker, since I added the adhesive, which will make it easy to add to the acetate!  No having to carefully add glue to all the tiny edges!



I flipped over my card base, I may or may not have needed to add more adhesive to the back.  I didn't need to, since adding the adhesive to the right side of my base earlier, I had enough, so I just needed to peel off the backing and add my piece of acetate, making sure the acetate covered the entire window.



So exciting!  I could have just left it like this if I wanted to, and just have the heart cut-out,  but I really like the entire die and all the detail,  so I flipped it back to the front and added the heart rose sticker.



How beautiful!

While on this side, I added my sentiment just under the heart.  I ended up using a "Congratulations" sentiment.

Now for the fun!!

I flipped the card base back over and added my foam tape.



It was important that I made sure that the foam tape went all the way around the entire window so all the foam was touching or else I would have a mess and the sequins would have fallen out!

I removed the backing from the adhesive foam.

I added sequins to my liking (being careful not to drop any on the adhesive).



This is so much fun!  I just love having created my own sequins mixes!!

Then I added a small piece of cardstock that fits just over the window!  I used white cardstock for this card, but sometimes it is fun to use pattern paper!



I added some tape adhesive to the piece of paper I just added.  I then affixed the shaker card layer to my card base!

So fun to make!  The possibilities are endless!!

My completed card:



So elegant and beautiful!  And so much fun to create!!   I ended up adding a few rhinestones to add a little more elegance.



I hope I have inspired you to create a shaker card! Have a fabulous day!!

Kendra


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Friday, February 03, 2017

Gorgeous Dress Card (Mary Dimercurio Prasad)


Gorgeous Dress Card
by Mary Dimercurio Prasad

This is my first post as part of the Frantic Stamper Design Team. The theme of the month is Feminine Style. This cute little dress in pink fits the bill perfectly! Send this to a girlfriend, daughter, or other woman in your life who needs a little pick-me-up to brighten her day.

This card can be made in seven easy steps:

  1. Cut dark pink cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut light pink cardstock 4 x 4 1/4. Adhere to card base. Cut pale pink cardstock to 3 3/4 x 4 inches.
  2. Using the stitches die shown, die cut long edges of pale pink cardstock. Adhere to card base.
  3. Using Pleated Dress dies, cut one top and two skirts from light pink cardstock. Emboss dots on one and fold so that the middle pleat is up and then do the side pleats, following the stitched lines. Cut the three right segments off the non-embossed skirt (i.e. cut just to the left of the 3rd stitched line counting from the right). Adhere embossed/folded skirt to plain copy, being sure to glue the sides as well as the two pleats touching the back. Hint: use a glue that will dry clear and mat.
  4. Add Rhubarb Crumble Nuvo Crystal Drops to top. Set aside to dry.
  5. Using the gorgeous die, cut two copies from light pink cardstock and one from pink. Glue the light pink copies together. Glue the pink copy slightly offset on top.
  6. Tie a bow out of the pale pink ribbon.
  7. Adhere skirt, top, bow, and gorgeous die cuts as shown.
I hope you enjoy this die as much as I do!
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

February 2017 Frantic Stamper Die Release-Feminine Style

Hello! we are happy to introduce the February die release of dies from Frantic Stamper, Feminine Style. Please enjoy this month's video slideshow.



The dies are available for preorder in the Frantic Stamper online store, shipping February first!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Altering Dies (Kendra Sand)




Altering Dies

by Kendra

So I am in love with many of Frantic Stampers Dies!  And like many when I get them am SUPER excited to dive in and use them that sometimes I forget to sit back and first think "outside" the box!

When I was posting my tag using the Handmade with Love die a light bulb when off in my head!!

First, here is the tag I had created:



A beautiful tag to add to a handmade gift! The font of the handmade and love, I absolutely love!

But what if I wasn't giving a handmade gift but still wanted to use this die?

Well I decided to die cut the Handmade with Love die and alter it a little bit!  I carefully cut the "Love" away from the rest of the words so that I could create this beauty:



You would have never guessed the word Love was attached to other words!

I LOVE it!

This die can be used in so many other ways!



Another die I have altered a lot lately, is the fun Fishing Pole die.

Here's a look at the entire die:
Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Fishing Pole

Super fun die!  But keep in mind you don't always have to use the entire die. Look at what I did with this card:



I wanted to feature the awesome Fancy Fish die on this card!  What an amazing die!! I cut the die to make it look as though the fish was chasing the line!



Oh so fun!  I hope I have inspired you to sit back and look at your dies a little differently!!  Alter them a little!  Create new die cuts!!

Have a happy day!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Superhero Birthday (Jen Carter)




Superhero Birthday
by Jen Carter



I want to remind you that Frantic Stamper has a wonderful  Super Hero themed set of dies & stamps!  I have really gone overboard creating with these products because they are just SO FUN!  Today I am sharing one card with you and a video as well.  I also hope to have another video showcasing more of the release at a later time.

Jen Carter Super Hero Washi Skyline


So this card...FUN to put together!  This features a couple of the Superhero dies & an older one as well but the focus is that adorable super girl!  That is from the die set called Super Hero Kid.  Oh the fun that you can have with this set!  There are SO MANY choices on how to dress the super hero, what sex to make him/her, what hair style to use, what masks to wear, etc.  So. Fun.


And can you just imagine the fun that your kids/grandkids will have mixing and matching with these pieces?  I also made a magnetic fridge set with this die that I'll share at another time.


Jen Carter Super Hero Washi Skyline Closeup 2


To make the spotlight for the super hero I used a die called Corner Sun Rays Quilt Panel.  I used the circle to fit in the corner of the patterned paper and one of the stitched sun rays for the beam. It was the perfect size!

Jen Carter Super Hero Washi Skyline Closeup

This skyline is another die that I am very excited about as well, called Cityscape.  I die cut it twice, once in white and then a second time in vellum and I used washi tapes to highlight some of the buildings.  I have a video to share with you that shows how to easily create the washi tape buildings.





Thank you for joining us today!

Have a great day!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Snowy Forest Christmas Card





Snowy Forest Christmas Card
aby Kathy Berger

Christmas is over, but we want to try to renew our effort to publish a post featuring a Christmas card on the 25th of every month of the year. Today we would like to share a card by Kathy Berger, our design team leader and die designer. here is Kathy's post, in her words.


Once I have finished making my Mom's card I generally have an idea of what I will do for cards for other family members to whom I always send a special card. This year was no exception. I decided a snowy vista with the Snow Globe Church, the Northern Star, and Santa heading across the moon was in order, since Mom's card had similar elements.

I had recently seen some double z-fold cards and thought that fold would be perfect for my card. I decided to ensure that Santa would be visible only when the card was opened, and that when closed it would be a simple winter scene with the church as the focal point.

In order to make the 6" long edgers cut pieces that are long enough for the full width of the card which spans 8.5 inches I had to cut more than the 6" that the edgers can handle in a single pass. given the number of cards I was making and the number of pieces I would be cutting for each of them, I decided that cutting each piece with 2 passes was going to take too much time. I decided to fold the cardstock and cut it doubled over. I had to be a little careful about placement of the die so as to avoid having trees cut in ways that would rend them inusable. Also, note that the back side of the cardstock of one half of the trees will be visible, but it really didn't matter to me.t

All of the stars and the moon were painted with a light coat of glow in the dark paint. I think the children in my family members's lives will enjoy that little twist!

This card was my prototype. I ended up adding some of the houses from the Village series to the right side of the card, in front of the tree line, but barely behind the snow covered hills in my final version. I think overall the card came out well. I hope you agree!

We hope you will check back often as we start the new year with our new design team. We are really loving what we see them making and are looking forward to sharing it all with you!
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.

Snow Globe Church

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Hill With Pine Trees Edger

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Evergreen Forest Edger
 
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Stitched Scene Builder Edgers

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Santa's Sleigh

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Northern Star

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Starfall Background

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Script Merry Christmas

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