Friday, May 01, 2015

Four Up Square Cards (Ann Greenspan)

Four Up Square Cards
by 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

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