Tuesday, October 09, 2012

FranticStamper Precision Dies Blog Hop - Day 2

To celebrate the release of our brand new and incredibly versatile Frantic Stamper Precision Dies we are hosting a blog hop. Until Wednesday, members of our design team will be posting projects they have made using the dies and sharing a little about their experiences with them.

We will also be having some blog candy for one lucky hopper. After you have hopped each day, come back here and post a comment about one of the projects you saw. On Thursday morning we will randomly draw from among the participants and send that person either set 1 or set 2 of our square dies, winner's choice!

Before we get you hopping today we wanted to share a card with you. This card is similar to a card Kathy Berger shared on her blog yesterday, but this card is a standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" size and uses the 1" Triple Size Rectangle die. We would like to give a shout-out to Dawn Griffith who was the inspiration for this sized card, though we do ours a little differently.

The card is made with three different pieces of sturdy card-stock (the STURDY part is really important for the functioning of the changing image mechanism).

The card front is made from a piece that is 6-1/4"x5-1/2". It is scored at 4-1/4" when in landscape orientation. The card center is 7"x5-1/2", and is scored at 3-1/2" in landscape orientation. The final piece, the back, is 4-1/4"x5-1/2" and is not scored.

Once the card-stock is scored it should be creased well on the score lines. If you want to add texture to the front of the card, do it at this point, taking care not to add texture to the flap.

The next steps are to align the card-front with the card-middle and to determine the placement of the die cut. Turn both pieces so that the creases are on the left and so that the card-front is on top. Carefully align the right edges of the card-front and card-middle. Use strong 1/4" tape right along the edge to hold them in that alignment.

Now turn the card over. Make sure the flap of the card-front is now on top. Align the die exactly along the edge of the card-front's flap and tape it in place with removable tape, and then run the piece through the die cutting machine. The die should cut through at least two of the layers. If it doesn't cut through all three, though, do not despair! Remove the die from the piece. Open the card-center. Align the die with the holes in the card center piece that is still over the card-front (you can feel when the die align with the holes), and pass through the die cut machine again.

Now, to temporarily finish the card mechanism, run a piece of removable tape along the right edge of the card-back and align it with the edge of the card-center, taping them together just on that edge.

Next you need to place your images for both the closed and open card views. With the card closed, mark where the images should be placed by lightly tracing with a pencil the insides the cut squares onto the inside of the card-back. Take the back off of the card, stamp the desired images into the traced squares, using a stamp positioner if necessary. Carefully erase the pencil lines. Replace the temporary tape with strong permanent tape and re-attach the card-back to the card.

Now open the card. Trace the squares again, but this time because of the mechanism of the card, you will be tracing onto the card-front's flap. Remove the card front and stamp different images into the traced squares.

Again, erase the pencil lines, and replace the temporary tape with strong permanent tape, being careful of the alignment of the edges, but also of the die-cut squares.

The card is finished except for whatever embellishment you might wish to put on the front.

Without further ado, we continue our hop with another visit to Linda Phinney's blog. Enjoy your hopping!

Just in case you run into a snag, here is the full line-up:

Make sure you come back to leave your comment and have a chance to win!


  1. hard to pick a favorite card but I really like the changing image card & the twister card also

  2. Today, in my humble opinion Lis Whiting gets the gold medal!
    Having said that, every card made using this amazing dies, is a winner!

  3. Another great blog hop! I especially liked Sharon's card with the "Sometimes on the way... quote. I love how she embossed the squares on the right side and also cut the rectangle for the quote on the left side. Very lovely. :D Thanks for all the inspiration.

  4. All the art was great. I love how Jennifer made it look like a window. So pretty and now I want them!

  5. Great cards again today. My favorite was Sharon Jeff's Twister card.

  6. aujourd'hui c'est les deux cartes de Kathy que j'aime le plus. La première douce et romantique, la seconde Halloween est très originale et tonique. J'adore ces nouvelles possibilités qu'offrent ces dies, plus besoin de mesurer.. trop cool !

  7. The changing image card, the Twister card and the Santa diorama cards were all wonderful. I don't want to choose just one!

  8. Oh my...what a lot of lovely inspiration to pick from all these talented ladies !!! Thank you so MUCH for all the work you put in thise cards !!
    To choose a favourite seems quite impossible...I love most of them ! Two of the ladies made rainbow cards with these cards. Very bright and so lovely..Also love to see how Sharon so cleverly made a lovely crad from all the left overs (Rectangles). Embossed and set up in a mosaic pattern.What a super idea !!
    Thank you also for the chance to win a free set of these dies. I´m sure they will be a best seller..
    Sunny hugs from Spain