Saturday, August 11, 2012

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the Frantic Stamper blog! Unfortunately, I (Kathy) had to take an unexpected break from posting, but am thrilled to be back! To welcome you back I have several projects for you today from our talented designers.

First up, Sharon Jeffs.

Tissue Paper Collage Card

One of the things that originally drew me to card making was the ability to try new things constantly. After recently viewing a video of Tim Holtz using his pre decorated tissue papers, I decided to have a bit of a play myself. The result was this card ...

I started by tearing a square large enough to cover a precut card then inking it with Old Paper Distress ink. I then crumpled it up and smoothed it out again and inked the creases with Walnut Stain Distress ink to enhance them.

Once my paper was dry, I adhered it to the surface of my mat using a wet glue so I could slide it around a bit and allow extra creases to occur. I then put it aside to let the glue dry thoroughly.

While waiting I cut a length of vintage seam binding to create the bow. I bought mine from an EBay auction but I've heard it can be easily replaced with silk ribbon bought in most craft stores for ribbon embroidery. To create my bow I actually used two strands and tied them into a bow together then spread out the parts to create my vintage type bow. The great part about using silk type ribbons is that when you spritz it with water, you can then move it into a position you like and once the ribbon dries it will stay in that position.

Back to my card. To finish my card off I used a black Archival ink to stamp a face and a bird on a branch onto the top and bottom of the card (both stamps from Frantic Stamper's own line of cling-mounted stamps.) To complete, I finally added a strip of ribbon across the centre and my bow to the middle of this. As a little extra touch, I also added one of the new gorgeous Cameos now being sold at Frantic Stamper.

Next, a project from Jane Larsson.

Tired Alexander

Products used:
  • Patterned paper: Anna Griffin and Bo Bunny
  • Prima decorations: roses, leaves, wooden buttons and clock, say it in pearls swirl and trinket.
  • Stickers: Authentic and Bo Bunny.
Everything has been and can be purchased from Frantic Stamper.
/ Jane

Next, we have a card from Jennifer Willis.

Little Peas

This card features the simply-titled image, Peas, from the Frantic Stamper line. It was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.

It was trimmed out and matted on a scrap of green paper that was distressed and faux stitched. This was matted once more on a solid piece of green card stock.

The background was created from a piece of Core'dination's Kraft Core colors No. 13. I used a scrap of sandpaper to distress it slightly. I adhered May Arts Leaf trim along the lower area of the card allowing to flow like a vine. I added three green brads to the upper left corner and adhered the stamped image to complete.

And now we have a project from Linda Phinney.

Skully Hairbow

This gothic hair bow is made out of black and cream striped grosgrain ribbon and an awesome Lolita skully cameo found in the Frantic Stamper shop.  

A black bezel,  along with black tulle, and a hair clip attached to the back with zip dry adhesive completes the piece; quick, easy, and beautiful!

And lastly we have a card from Kathy Berger.

Birthday Party Gifts

This card uses a very simple pop-up mechanism to make birthday gift packages on the inside of a fun card. They are easier to do than they may seem... try a couple of them on scrap paper to get the hang of them, and you'll be more than ready to make this card!

I started by making a 4 1/4" square card out of heavy card stock, and added a 4" panel to the front as reinforcement. WIth pop-ups like these, the base needs to be sturdy, but the boxes can be lighter-weight paper. Most scrapbook patterned papers would work well.

I decorated the rest of the card front with stamped images fom the Inkadinkado clear stamp set, Birthday Fun, and I stamped some confetti on the upper right corner of the right side of the inside of the card using white pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. When cooled, I colored random items in the confetti using green and purple Copic markers.

It was finally time to create the gifts.

I cut strips of patterned paper and scored them (be careful when scoring the lighter-weight cardstock or heavy paper; it is easy to score too hard and tear the paper!) I created four squared-off tubes in varying widths and heights. For my project, the top box is 1" on a side, the second is 1 1/2, and the bottom is 1 3/4", while the tall box is 1" wide on all sides, but 2 1/4" tall. When calculating the strip sizes, remember that each strip also had a 1/4" tab to glue the "tube" closed.

The first three boxes were affixed, using very strong adhesive, to the inside crease of the card, gluing only the parts of the tubes that touch the card when the card is opened.

The tall box was affixed to the "crease" formed by the bottom box and the inside of the card front. On its side face it is glued on only the part that touches the other tube.

I then added a bow image(source unknown) and some strips of paper to mimic ribbons. Isn't the final effect a lot of fun?

I hope you will try this simple pop-up method!

Sorry, again, for having been away so long, but it was unavoidable. It is good to be back, and I hope to be posting as regularly as possible going forward.
-Kathy, FranticStamper DT Facilitator


  1. Great that gothic bow!

  2. Great projects/cards. Love all the details; although I'm a bit partial to the tissue paper card and little peas. tfs