Saturday, May 09, 2020

Temporary Team Members

Temporary Team Members


Due to COVID-19 Frantic Stamper has been unable to ship dies to two of our team members who reside in other countries: Karen Oliver in Mew Zealand and Anita Kerjiwal in India. In order to continue to share samples made with our mew releases we meeded to nrimg some new people onto the design team in a temporary capacity.

Temporarily replacing Karen is former team member (and assistant leader) Jen Carter. Jen was with the team for several years, and was a key member who provided insight and ideas that helped to shape our product releases. We are thrilled to have her back, even if it is only for a short while!

In order to fill Anita's slot we held a brief design team call. We got applications from dozens and dozens of talented designers, but four applicants really stood out. We were so enamored with the work of all of the four people that we just couldnt decide netween them, so we chose to imvite them all to join us, two at a time on a rotating schedule.

Please welcome Jen C., Clara Fitts Kubert, Kevin Bray, Michelle Hale, and Kavya NK to the team, for however long we need their help. We look forward to seeing the beautiful things they create for us!

I will be posting more about the new members over the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Lamb



Easter Lamb
by Kathy Berger

Happy Easter!

I know this Easter is different from the usual celebratory day. We all have had our lives disrupted by this pandemic, and many of us are struggling with the results of our necessary shutdown. I hope in spite of the chaos you are all able to find some peace on this special day.

So, today I have a sweet vintage lamb from our February release to share with you. I diecut the lamb out of white paper and lightly colored it with Copic cool gray markers, shading the belly and adding soft swirls to mimic the lamb's wool. I added a tiny google eye to the eye hole created by diecutting. I set the lamb aside.

I inked the gingham background stamp with violet ink and stamped it on white paper. I also used the direct-to-paper technique with the same ink pad to create a strip of plain cardstock, create a rectangle of plain cardstock, and to color the lamb's bow. I stamped my sentiment on white cardstock with the same ink, and diecut it out with an oval die. I diecut a scalloped oval from the rectangle of plain cardstock and layered it under the sentiment oval.

I cut a lacy scalloped border from white cardstock. I glued the border strip under the edge of the gingham cardstock, and then glued it to my card front and trimmed off the excess. I glued the strip of plain cardstock to the bottom edge of the card. I glued the lamb and the sentiment in place. I finished off the card by gluing the bow onto the lamb.

I hope you will have a wonderful Easter Day!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Cute Pup





Cute Pup
by Kathy Berger

The March 2020 release from Frantic Stamper is all about pets. The Cute Dog in a Bed die set coordinates well with the My Dog's Stuff set, and with the previously released Dog House set. I decided to mix and match from the older and brand new sets to make my card.

To make my dog card I modified the dog diecuts. I cut two of them out of white paper and colored them identically. From one I carefully cut off the head, and from the other I cut away most of the head, but left enough to allow me to layer the other head over it without any gap. I then die cut a paper spring, trimmed it down to fit behind the head, and affixed it to the back of the head.

For the base of the card I die cut the largest rectangular frame in the Elementals #13 die set. I set the frame aside while I created the background for the dog. Using the cloud side of the Frantic Stamper Scene Builder Stencil I created a cloudy sky. I die cut a doghouse out of red cardstock, and its roof out of black. I also die cut a grassy hill edger out of green, and cut the hill to the same size as the background by diecutting it with the frame die. Doing this also gave me stitch lines around the bottom and sides of the grass. I glued the grass in place, and added the dog house to the scene, trimming off the excess. I die cut a sun, added it to the upper right corner of the backdrop, and trimmed off the excess. I then affixed the backdrop to my card.

I glued the dog's body in place on the backdrop, and then glued the spring on the back of the dog's head to the scene, over the dog's body. I added small google eyes to the dog's head.

I added foam tape to the back of the frame and adhered it to the card, taking care that it perfectly aligned with the backdrop.

Lastly, I diecut the rope toy from the My Dog's Stuff set, colored it, and attached it to the lower left corner of the frame.

Here is a brief clip of the head in motion. I hope you will enjoy it!



Isn't the card fun?!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

MEOW!



Meow!
by Kathy Berger



This card has a ton of sparkle and shine! I started by diecutting the new Wacky Windows card base out of light blue cardstock and out of craft foam. I diecut several of the Cat Sihouettes from black card stock. I placed the kitties into some of the light blue Wacky Windows, gluing the bottom parts of them behind the panel and the tops to the front of the panel. I then layered the blue panel onto the craft foam panel.

I layered the completed kitty panel over a rectangle of white glitter card stock, and then that to a navy blue oiece of cardstock whose edges I had colored with a clear Wink Of Stella brush marker.

I diecut the reverse-cut MEOW from black card stock, and placed it onto a piece of clear packaging tape. I pieced in the center of the "O", and then put a second piece of clear packaging tape on the back. I trimmed the packaging tape to the edges of the rectangle and then glued the sentiment to the card front. I finished the card by adding a small black ribbon bow.

I am very fond of cats, and so are many of my friends, so the March 2020 pet release from Frantic Stamper is especially fun for me! Be sure to check out all the great cards made by the other design team members on our Facebook Page (link below) and on the team members blogs (links in their names to the right of this post).
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Outerspace Hello





Outerspace Hello
by Kathy Berger



I wanted to make a special card for a friend who supported me with cards and cheery notes to help me get through some pretty rough times. I wanted to make sure it was a kinetic card of some sort because she had recently mentioned that she was thrilled to get the swinging monkey card I had made for her for Monkey Day, the first kinetic card I had sent to her in years of card exchanges. I knew I wanted to make sure I send her more cards that have some kind of fun paper engineering to them.

I had just received the new Lawn Fawn Magic Iris die (and both of its companion die sets, too) from the Frantic Stamper store and wanted to give it a try. I decided I would make a cute outerspace card with little aliens saying hello.

I used water-reactive inks to blend my outerspace backdrop and some water splatter to lift some of the color in order to add some interest. I used some slightly thinned white acrylic paint to splatter some bright spots to further add interest.

Once the backdrop was dry I diecut it with the Magic Iris Add-On. I made sure to reserve the circle piece that was cut from the center of the backdrop. I next diecut the Magic Iris parts as needed for assembling the mechanism (3 each of the sausage and the rings, 1 each of the rest) from white cardstock, and colored them with the same inks and process as I had with the backdrop, but using only the same color as the center circle of the backdrop that was cut out with the Add-On.

I assembled the Magic Iris parts, and then affixed them to a card base as shown in this tutorial:



And then the real fun began! I stamped, colored, and diecut the four little monsters, the banner, and the signs from the Monster Mash Up stamp set using the matching dies. I next stamped, colored, and diecut the moon from the The Final Frontier stamp set. I diecut the planet (and colored it), stars, and spiral from the Outer Space die set. And lastly, I diecut and colored the Flying Saucer.

I glued the circle that I had reserved from the Add-on into place inside the hole in the Magic Iris, and then glued the planet in the center of that. I added a computer-generated "Welcome to my world" sentiment strip to the center. I adhered the moon to the bottom of the Add-on panel, and then glued three of the little monsters (who make perfect aliens, don't you agree?) to the moon's surface. I hand-wrote "hello" and "hi" on the signs and put them in the monster's hands. I glued the fourth monster to the back side of the flying saucer so it looks like he is inside, and then adhered the saucer to the card. Lastly I added some stars and the spiral to the card.

I hope my friend liked the card, and that you do, too. I had so much fun making it!
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St Patrick's Day Card



Happy St. Patrickks Day
by Kathy Berger

This card was fun to create. The leprechaun's beard and clothes are flocked with nail flock to add fun texture. I ran a piece of cardstock through my xyron, then diecut it. I then applied the nail flocking powder to the die cuts, burnishing it and tapping off the excess. The sequins in the pot of gold also add texture, and some bling. I simply glued them in place with some strong liquid glue. The shamrock is diecut and glittered with a clear wink of stella brush pen, and then covered with Glossy Accents. The sentiment is computer-generated.

I hope you enjoy the card!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Monday, March 09, 2020

This Little Piggy



This Little Piggy
by Kathy Berger


A pig as a pet? Why not! The family who lived in my home before we bought it had a potbelly pog as a pet because their child was allergic to cats and dogs, and there is a girl whom my daughter follows on Facebook and Instagram who has a cute pig as a pet. So, again, why not!

This card is a CASE of a card made by another Frantic Stamper Design Team. Her card was in landscape orientation, so I changed it up by turning it to portrait.

I started by diecutting the largest frame with the Elementals #16 - Stitched Rectangle Frames. I set the frame itself aside, and created a cloudy sky for the backdrop on the center piece left behind when cutting the frame. I diecut two stitched grassy hills and then cut them to size with the frame die. I glued one of the grass hills to the backdrop. I adhered the sun in the upper right corner of the backdrop, and trimmed off the excess. Next, I glued the backdrop centered on my card front.

I diecut the pig out of two shades of pink. I used the darker pink for the pig's ears and nostrils. I backed the eye area of the pig with white, and added two small black dots to the eyes with a black marker.

I added the pig's pen to the card, then the pig, and then a second grassy hill. Using foam tape, I added the frame, centering it over the backdrop. For fun and as a departure from the inspiration card, I added tiny purple flower sequins to the grass, and a sheer purple bow to the frame.
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Birthday Kitty



Birthday Kitty
by Kathy Berger



Making this kitty card was really fun. First, I diecut the kitty and My Cat's Stuff from white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I set them aside. I diecut the box out of kraft cardstock and set it aside as well.

I made the backdrop for the card by cutting a piece of yellow patterned cardstock and a piece of dark brown cardstock to form a wall and floor, and glued them to the card. I then cut 1/4" strips of card stock and used them to create a frame around the card. I mitered the corners as I adhered them to the card. I put the cat inside the box, adhered them together, and then glued them to the card. I added the cat's bowl, fishbones, and toy to the bottom of the card.

I created the tiny gift label for the box with my Brother P-touch label maker and then adhered it in place. I die cut the heart balloon and string and added them to the card. Notice I let the kitty's tail hold the balloon by passing it through the loop in the balloon string. My final touch was to put a bit of glossy accents on the cat's eyes.

I sent this card to a really dear friend who has Alzheimer's. She likes cute things, and cats are her favorite animal. I hope she enjoyed it!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Suspended Pups



Suspended Pups
by Kathy Berger



I love the front and back cats and dogs from the March 2020 release! These dies were designed for the matching animals to be pasted together to make a single piece that can be viewed from the front or back. One of the most fun ways I could think of to use these animals was in a suspension card.

First I cut the front and back dog dies from white card stock and colored each piece with Copic markers. I then cut 3 6" pieces of thin nylon cord and sandwiched one between each oair of dogs, glued together with a strong liquid glue.



I used the Tri-panel Card Base die from the January 2020 release to cut holes in my card front, and in a separate panel. I glued those together, adhering the nylon cord between them so the dogs were suspended in the windows. I stamped "WOOF" onto a scrap of white cardstock and added it to a scrap of polka dotted paper, and affixed it to the upper center of the card front.

On the inside of the card I die cut the Stitched Paw Prints panel. I colored the areas outside of the paw prints light blue to form the sky. I then added some grassy hills that I die cut with the Stitched Grassy Hills Edgers from some green polka dot paper, coloring in random dots to make flowers. Lastly, I adhered a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white card stock to the back of the card to give the card a more finished look.



Isn't this card fun? I can't wait to make more like it!






*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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