Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cat-Lover's Birthday Card (DT project by Jennifer Willis)

Cat-Lover's Birthday Card

by Jennifer Willis

I have a friend with lots of cats and thought this card would be perfect for wishing her a Happy Birthday! This card was created with Lait Pur, a Frantic Stamper cling mounted rubber stamp.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Large Butterfly (DT Coloring Project by Sharon Jeffs )

Large Butterfly

by Sharon Jeffs

I stamped a FranticStamper Cling-mounted Large Butterfly onto my cardstock using a Memento Tuxedo black inkpad. This butterfly is absolutely gorgeous and is an amazing size, just perfect to be able to color in all the details and to use as the focal point of a card!

To color mine in I used Copic Sketch  markers in the following colors …
  • E11 Barely Beige
  • R27 Cadmium Red
  • B34 Manganese Blue
  • BV31 Pale Lavender
  • BV00 Mauve Shadow
  • BV08 Blue Violet
  • B21 Baby Blue
  • Y06 Yellow
  • R22 Light Prawn

Once I had colored and cut out my butterfly, I then dabbed a tiny bit of Icicle Stickles over the wings to add that touch of magic to my butterfly.  I then attached it to the front of a simple card I made for it.

Monday, August 27, 2012

(en)joy card (DT Project by Linda Phinney)

(en)joy Card

by Linda Phinney

This card is made using the Frantic Stamper Cling-Mounted Rubber Stamp - Butterfly, decorated cardstock scraps, and black mini brads.

We at FranticStamper love how Linda broke up the space with the strip above her sentiment and used the banners to serve as backdrops for the beautiful butterflies. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sketch Sunday: August 19

Here is the sketch for this week. Hope you will enjoy it!

This week two of the FranticStamper Design Team wanted to share cards with you.

Here is a card from Jennifer Willis.

And here is a card from Sharon Jeffs, with the sketch turned on its side.

Usually we ask you to share a card by emailing it to us. Kathy is going to be a unavailable to add photos to the blog for a couple of weeks, so we are going to ask you to share by leaving a link to your photo in a comment. We look forward to seeing your take on the sketch!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Batik Coloring with stamps

by Sharon Jeffs

I was recently having a bit of a play in my workroom and discovered a few extra benefits of the Distress inks that I could use to my advantage, namely the way they are affected by water.

I began my background by using a blender and a couple of Distress ink pads to blend the entire surface of my card with color.  I chose to use Barn Door, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge for this.

Once my surface was completely dry, I inked up my Magnolia stamp, an absolute favourite from the Frantic Stamper line, and stamped the image just off a corner.  I then continued to stamp the Magnolia around this to create a background of the image.  (One thing I also should note is that I used an Archival black stamping ink for this so that my stamped image wouldn’t run during the next step.)

Finally, I used a filled waterbrush to paint water over the petals and buds of the Magnolia image.  I found I had to do a few layers of water to get the faded effect that I really wanted.

Happy Coloring!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sketch Sunday: August 12

Here is the sketch for August 12. Note that the star is just a shape of some sort, or an embellishment (maybe a flower?)

I have a few cards to share with you this week. First, Sharon Jeffs turned the sketch on its side and made this lovely card.

And then Linda Phinney made two cards to share.

If you are inspired to create a card with this sketch and would like to share, just send a quality photo of your card to and we will add it to this post.

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