Four Up Square Cardsby Ann Greenspan
Frantic Stamper has a die called Four Up Square, Series #2 that cuts out four equally sized squares that are 1.25" each. They cut out looking like a window with a pane down the middle both horizontally and vertically. This makes for using the die as a mask for stamping, as a template for adhering the square cut outs back into their spaces perfectly, or just embossing around the edges of the die with a stylus for a window effect or for the impression of the outer frame.
This first card was made using the die as a mask. I cut out the die on a piece of 4 x 5.25" cardstock, centering it from side to side but keeping the die more toward the upper portion of the carstock so I could leave room under it for a stamp.
Cut out the die for a mask on white cardstock. Place the mask over the blue card panel and stamp right over the two.
Remove the mask and you will have 4 perfectly sized stamped squares:
Finish the card as you desire. I chose to stamp some of the butterflies and a greeting from the Frantic Stamper Unmounted Butterflies stamp set. I also used the die to emboss around the squares by placing the blue cardstock back into the die and running a stylus all around the outer edge of the die:
This second card was made using the die again as a mask but this time stamping individual butterflies on the squares, allowing the mask to guide my stamping:
Remove the mask, then cut out a second four up square but this time on blue card stock:
Stamp a greeting at the bottom of the card from the same stamp set:
This third card was made using the Four Up Square die as a template to place the cut out squares back on to my card panel right in the position they should be in:
Cut out the die on white cardstock for your template, positioning the die at the top of the card so you have room for a stamp under the four squares. Then cut out the Four Up Squares on blue cardstock. Stamp a butterfly on each of the blue squares and reposition them back onto the card using the white template:
Once all 4 squares are back on the card, remove the template and save it for future use:
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.