Thursday, January 29, 2015

All Sewn Up Card (Sharon Jeffs, Former DT Member)

All Sewn Up Card
by Sharon Jeffs

For a while it was a big thing to add ribbon to projects.  There was ribbon available everywhere and it all different sizes, colours and pattern.  I bought heaps of it with the he intention of using it all ... and never did!  Like a lot of other crafters, I have tonnes of ribbon and have decided to try to find new and different ways to use it up.

When I first saw the Heart die, I immediately wanted to have a go at creating a ribbon heart to kind of give homage that country feel.

One of the great things about this die set is that the large heart cuts out a solid heart but also an outline of the heart.  I used the solid part as my guide by adhering strips of ribbon over its surface, leaving the ends.  I then used my sewing machine to sew all of the ribbons together using a zigzag stitch and then adding the outline part of the die over the top to re-define the heart shape.

Pretty simple really but I love the final effect, especially since I've managed to use up some more of my ribbon supplies!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mr & Mrs (Pam Simpson, Special Contributor)

Mr & Mrs
by Pam Simpson, Special Contributor

Our special contributor, Pam, used several Frantic Stamper dies to make this gorgeous card. You can get the details, and see more views, at her blog.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nativity Pop-up Card (Jen Carter)

This year, on the 25th of every month, we plan to share a Christmas card with you. We hope doing so will inspire you to create a card, too, along with each of us and get a head start on your Holiday cards!

So today, we offer you this FABULOUS card and tutorial from Jen Carter.

Nativity Pop-Up Card
by Jen Carter

When I first laid my eyes on the Frantic Stamper Nativity Creche & Sheep die set I knew I had to have it!  I have had an idea on a way to use it for a long time but it wasn't until recently that I finally took the time to play around with the design.  After a lot of readjusting I got the result that I wanted and I'm excited to share it with you today!  I've also included a photo tutorial at the end of this post in case you'd like to replicate this idea.

As you can see in the photo above, I used the nativity die to create a pop up card.  I love the results!  I really like how the focus of the card is on the nativity.

Manger Card Jen Carter Closeup

Here's a closeup of Mary & Joseph.  I used strips of washi tape to highlight them as they pray over Baby Jesus.  I'll show you how I achieved that below.

Manger Card Jen Carter Inside

This is the inside of the card.  To hide where I had cut out the nativity from the back side of the card I cut a matching piece of cardstock to the same dimensions as the card and adhered it so you can still write a message inside.

Manger Card Jen Carter Back

And here's the back of the card.  You can see where the nativity was cut out of the backside and how the piece that I adhered on the inside also helps stabilize the card.

Here's a tutorial on how I put this card together.

First I cut my cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 (I could have cut it shorter because I end up trimming it later, but this made it easier at the time to get my measurements right).  Then I scored it at 2 3/4".  This is the line where I will line up my die.

I then chose 2 pieces of thick washi tape.  It's best if your tape is the same width of Mary & Joseph so I found that my skinnier tape didn't work as well.  The tape I used was 3/4" wide.  I used my die as a guide to where I should place my washi tape on the cardstock as shown.

I lined up the die on the scored line and then placed the cutting plate on my die cut machine just above the bottom of the die so that I wouldn't cut the shape completely out.  I wanted the bottom of the nativity to still be attached to my card so that it could pop up.  By placing my cutting plate above the bottom of the die, when I run it through my machine it will only cut to where I have my plate, leaving the bottom portion intact.

This is what it looks like after I ran it through my die cut machine.  You can see that it didn't cut the bottom of the nativity.

I removed the negative pieces of the die and then carefully peeled off any washi tape that was on the shape that I didn't want on my card.  You can see how the tape goes farther down on my figures and over on to baby Jesus.

I took a very sharp pair of pointed scissors and gently used the tip like a knife to cut the tape in the places where I didn't want it, careful not to cut the cardstock in the process.  Most of those places were almost cut for me because of the details that are already cut into the shape with the die, I just had to add a few slices here and there.

After gently peeling away the pieces that I had just cut with the tip of my scissors, this is what I had.

Now I trimmed the back side of the cardstock so that it was the same size as the front.

After trimming, this is what the card looks like when it is standing up.  I tried to get my card to be about the same size as a normal card once it was cut and the star was attached but it ended up a little long.  The front of this card measures 4 1/4" x 5 3/4".  If I made this again, I'd adhere the star just a tad lower so it would fit in a regular sized envelope.

The inside/backside looks like this.  To give it added stability to support the popped up nativity and to allow a place to write a greeting on the inside (which also "cleans up" the inside) I cut a piece of matching cardstock to place inside of the card (as shown on my card sample at the top of this post).

Manger Card Jen Carter

To the very top of the nativity, I added the Northern Star, cut out with gold glitter paper, and attached with a glue dot.  I also cut out the Script Merry Christmas in Silver Metallic paper to finish off the card.

One more thing before I go.  Did you know that Frantic Stamper now has a Flickr gallery!?  We'd love to see what you've been creating using the Frantic Stamper Exclusive Precision dies!  You can join the group and see what others have been creating or you can upload your own creations by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this card & tutorial!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Marriage (Elly DeBruin, Special Contributor)


Elly created this lovely card featuring our With This Kiss Couple and Small Solid Paper Bow dies, and we just had to share.

You can see her original post on her blog here.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Valentine Shaker Card Tutorial (Ann Greenspan)

Valentine Shaker Card Tutorial
by Ann Greenspan

Shaker cards are so popular today; you can put just about anything you want inside them for different effects.  I chose to fill mine with seed beads since I have a TON of them hanging around.

Here's my card that I made using the Frantic Stamper Stitched 3x4 and 2x3 Photo Cards die as the shaker part:

I used the You part of the Frantic Stamper  Handwritten Love You die and one of the balloons from the Frantic Stamper Heart Balloons die.  I went over the stitching on the photo card panel with a red gel pen.  The bow is a Memory Box Crisp bow die.  The lattice background is the Spellbinder's Diamond Effects die.

Here's how to make the shaker part of the die:

Cut two pieces of the 3x4 photo card, one for the front and one for the back.  For the front piece only, place the smaller 2x3 photo card die inside the piece you already cut out to make a frame as in the photo below:

If you want to stamp or adhere something to show inside the window of the shaker, it's best to do it now.  I adhered the heart and the word You to my back panel.

Next you need to cut a piece of acetate (that clear packaging stuff that Spellbinder dies come in or acetate you can purchase at a craft store) slightly smaller than the 3x4 photo card back panel.  Hold it up to the back panel of the shaker and make sure it can't be seen.  Trim as needed.

To adhere the acetate to the front window frame piece simply run a piece of double sided tape all the way around the back side of the "frame".

Now that the front of the shaker card is done, we can begin assembling it.  In order to allow room for the beads to move around inside the shaker, foam dimensional tape or other material is used to raise up the front panel off the bottom panel.  I like to use weather stripping from the hardware or dollar store.  The one I find works best is 1/4" wide and 1/4" thick.  It only has one sticky side to it which means the sides are not sticky like most foam dimensional tapes are.  You don't want anything sticky along the insides of the shaker or the beads will stick to it.


In the above photo, you can see where the weather stripping is adhered to the edges of the top window of the shaker.

Since the weather stripping only comes with one sticky side, we need to apply double sided tape to the top of the weather stripping so it will stick to the back panel.  Before you remove the backing from the tape, pour in a few of the seed beads or other material.

Carefully remove the backing from the tape and adhere the back/bottom panel of the shaker, making sure you have the correct side facing down if you have decorated or stamped it.  Push gently around the edges to make them adhere.

Now you can decorate the front of your card and adhere the shaker to it.  Double sided tape works best to adhere the shaker to the card front rather than roller adhesive since you don't want to take a chance that the shaker will fall off the card.  I used a gel pen to fill in the stitch marks on the photo card in the picture below:

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Valentines Day (Rozy Smith)

"Happy Valentines Day"
by Rozy

Use white cardstock for base. Card shape is courtesy of Castlepark Designs. Trace the pattern on white cardstock & two coordinating papers using Authentique Lovely Elements collection. Cut pieces and place on corresponding white cardstock.

Using Frantic Stamper Heart On My Sleeve Edger cut out four strips in solid color, trim to fit the outside edges of the card, adhere in place, save all of the little inserts that fall out of the die cuts using them for embellishments. 

Using Frantic Stamper Hollywood Film Strip Die cut a film strip from matching solid that was used for edging. Lay the film strip over pictures and trace, then cut out pictures to fill in the film strip.  Layer on white cardstock, fussy cut around edges, layer again on solid and fussy cut edges. Adhere with dimensional dots and place in center of card.

Embellish with cut-outs, skeleton leaves, pink feathers, Prima butterflies, mulberry flowers and leaves.

 Make a small tag from the Authentique Collection thread green fiber and attach a metal heart.

As always have fun with your project! Happy Valentines Day!

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