Friday, December 08, 2017

Snow Buddy Easel Slider Card (Kathy Berger)



Snow Buddy Easel Slider Card
by Kathy Berger


When I designed the lift flap dies, I thought knew they would be terrific for hiding elements on a card, but I also thought that they might be able to be used in other ways, too. This slider mechanism is the first different way I have thought of to use the largest flap. All I needed to do was to add a couple of scores and an inside sliding panel, and the card nearly made itself!

You will need:
  • 1 piece cardstock, 5.5”x8.5”
  • 1 piece cardstock, 4”x4 7/8” (4.875”)
  • 1 piece cardstock 1/2”x5.5”
  • 2 1” circles punched or die-cut from cardstock
  • assorted pieces of paper or cardstock to decorate the card.
  • strong liquid glue
  • strong adhesive tape


Here are my step-by-step instructions for the sliding mechanism.
  • Score the 8.5”x5.5” piece of card stock at 4.25”, as though to form a standard A2 card. Do not fold on the score yet.
  • Using a light tack tape, tape the largest lift flap centered on the right side of the score, 0.25” from the right edge, and run through your die-cutting machine.
  • Reinforce the top score line produced by the die, and score across the flap, 2” down from that score line, and again at 4” from it. Fold on the score lines so the top and bottom folds are valleys and the center fold is a mountain.
  • Now fold the card on the center crease.
  • Score the 0.5”x5.5” piece of cardstock along its entire 5.5” length, 0.25” from its edge. This will form a gutter for the sliding mechanism to slide in.
  • Fold on the score line and crease well.
  • Using strong tape adhesive, afix the gutter strip to the inside of the card both front and back, with the fold of the gutter on the front and back edges of the card.
  • Using strong liquid glue attach the two circles to the top center of the 4”x4 7/8” piece of card stock, one on the card front, one on the card back, with both of them hanging over the edge by half, to form a pull tab.
  • Slide this piece of cardstock into the sleeve formed when you adhered the gutter to the card front and back.
  • Lift the lift-flap temporarily back, exposing the piece of cardstock you just inserted. It acts as the slider part of the mechanism, as well as the pull-tab. Add strong tape adhesive to the bottom edge of the slider then fold the lift-flap back down, being careful to be sure the slider aligns with the bottom straight edge of the lift-flap and then press down to adhere.
  • Test the mechanism by pulling the slider mechanism up at the top of the sleeve. The mechanism should fold at the scores, causing the fornt of the card to tent uoward.
  • Decorate card as desired, making sure to cut a layer to attach to the bottom portion of the slider, but NOT to the top portion!
  • Stamp a sentiment or decorative image in the secret spots revealed when the slider is pulled, and on the top portion of the slider itself.
Here is the information for my decorative pieces on this card.
On pop-up portion of the mechanism:
  • white cardstock, 4”x3.5”, attached to the lower 2” of the tent part of the mechanism
  • light blue cardstock (I speckled mine with white paint), 3.75”x3.25”
  • white cardstock “snowdrift”, 3.25”x2.75”, then cut using Stitched Scene-builder Edger
  • Sweet Holly Snowman cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.
On Slider portion of mechanism:
  • White cardstock, 7/8”x3.5”
  • blue cardstock, 5/8”x3.25”
  • Slender Peace cut from white cardstock




I hope you will give this kind of card a try! It is really very easy to make and a lot of fun to give!
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

December Die Release and Design Team News

Frantic Stamper has a fabulous new die release this month, Around The World. Check out the samples from our www.FranticStamper.com Design Team in this video slideshow:



This new release is available for sale at www.FranticStamper.com now!




We want to thank our 2017 Design Team and guest designers for all of their work for us this past year. We have enjoyed working with them all, and are grateful for the beautiful cards we have featured each month in our video slideshows.

For 2018 we have decided to have a smaller team, with just a few members from our 2017 design team. We have also decided not to have guest designers for this coming year. Pease join us in celebrating our new, smaller team. You already know all of the members:

Kathy Berger, Team Leader and Die Designer
Jen Carter
Karen Oliver
Kia Gibson-Clapper
Kendra Sand
Chrissy Larson
Ginette Bourque, Special Contributor
Brenda Nakadakari, Alternate

We look foward to the year ahead and working with these wonderful designers. We know you will continue to enjoy our monthly releases and the artwork that these talented designers will create!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Romantic Cards (Kate Dachovska)




Romantic cards
by Kate Dachovska


Hi,

I love Frantic Stamper background dies. I really enjoying creating cards with them. For November there is a new awesome die - FRA-DIE-10197 Spiral Rose Card Panel. It is a very detailed die and I wanted to highlight it on my card so I added just a flower to the corner of the card. The flower is from Altenew Beautiful day stamp set and I coloured it with Gansai Tambi watercolours. Then I just fussy cut it and glued it with 3D foam tape. These cards are really simple the but colouring took me a while.





Have a nice day.

Kate
www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Card with Cute Snowman (Kate Dachovska)




Card with Cute snowman
by Kate Dachovska

Hi,

Today I have for you a very easy inspiration for Christmas card. I used the FRA-DIE-10310 Sweet Holly Snowman die. I die cut snowman from watercolour paper and I painted it with Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Markers. White dots are made with a Sakura white gel pen. From the same paper I cut square and embossed it with snowflake embossing folder. Snowman is glued with 3D foam dots.




*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Christmas Mug Tutorial (Nancy Hill)



Christmas Mug Tutorial
by Nancy Hill


Once a week, a couple groups of my friends and I go out for coffee and tea at a coffee shop.  We celebrate birthdays and holidays at that time. I designed this paper coffee mug to hold an envelope full of chocolate, coffee or tea besides holding a gift certificate or card with this group in mind.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial that I created for you. After having fun making the first one you won’t want to stop making them.

MUG
1) Cut 4 ” x 9 1/2” cardstock.  If you are wanting to emboss or stamp the mug, it is best to do this after cutting this rectangle out, but before assembling the mug.



2) Measure ½” on both sides on bottom of folded cardstock and mark.  Draw a line from the top to the ½” mark below.  Cut  bottom mark to corner of top on each side.



3) Cut two 2” x 4 3/4” cardstock and score every ½”.  Acordion fold on the scores.



4)  Using double-sided tape on both ends of the scored cardstock, insert each side on the sides of the mug.

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If the the sides of the mug hang over of the mug, or vice versa, just cut some of the top with the sides together so that the the sides and mugs are aligned.

LID
5) Cut cardstock at 2 ½” x 4 3/4” and score in center at 1 1/4" and fold.

6) Mark ¼” on the top of the fold line on each side and cut from mark to corner of bottom on each side.  Apply glue in a thin line on the side edges of this new piece and stick together.




SIDE OF LID
7) Cut two strips measuring 1/2" x 4 3/4".  Using two-sided tape, tape one strip on front and the other on back of lid.





CUP SLEEVE
8) Cut 1 ½” x 3 ½ and optional to emboss or stamp the cup sleeve.  Glue to the front and if you want the back to match the front, repeat these steps.  After glueing the cup sleeve on the mug, cut any part of the cup sleeve extending over the edge of the mug to make it fit the mug.







Now is your turn to use your imagination and creativity to design your own paper mug and have fun personalizing it and putting some goodies in the mug for that special person. I can't wait to see the coffee or tea mug you will make using the coordinating dies and stamps from the Frantic Stamper on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Nancy Hill
 Frantic Stamper Design Team

*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Fun in the Snow (Karen Oliver)



Fun in the Snow
by Karen Oliver

Happy World Card Making Day! I hope you are having a chance to be creative today!
Some would probably disagree but coming from somewhere where it doesn't snow in winter, a trip to the snow certainly means lots of fun.

I created a little snowy scene using several Frantic Stamper dies.  The first one is a new in October called Snow Capped Mountains.  I cut two sets and placed then to make a snowy range.  Of course if you didn't want snow on your mountains you can leave the little caps off as they cut separately.

The foreground is created using a favourite set called Stitched Scene Builder edgers, again cut twice.  Next layer is the little trees Snow Globe Triangle trees cut and placed behind Oliver snowman.  I cut him in white then again in the various colours that enable me to dress him up.

There you have it; a fun snow scene.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

New Release Video and a Quick And Easy Christmas Card (Kathy Berger)

I am so excited to share the second half of our Christmas and Winter release! I hope you will enjoy this slideshow video featuring fabulous cards by our super-talented design team!





I am also excited to share a quick and easy Christmas card using one of the newest background stamps, Sparkles and Dots. I hope you will enjoy it!

Quick and Easy Christmas Card
by Kathy Berger

I have a really quick and easy Christmas card to share with you today. I used my Memory MISTI and my original MISTI to stamp a whole stack of these cards in just a few minutes! I started by placing the Small Grid and the new Sparkles and Dots rubber background stamps side by side on the Memory MISTI. Since they are 6 inches square, they fit perfectly on the MISTI! I inked the Small Grid with Versamark ink and stamped it onto a piece of kraft cardstock, cut to 4”x5.25”. Next I inked the Small Grid again, and inked the Sparkles and Dots with white pigment ink. I moved the panel that I had stamped with the Small Grid over to line up with the Sparkles and Dots, and put a second kraft panel in place to stamp with the Small Grid. Closing the lid of the MISTI stamped both panels. I repeated the inking, moving, and stamping of two panels at a time until I had my stack of panels stamped.

Next I arranged my Round Christmas Vignettes clear stamps and saying on my regular MISTI. I inked them in red ink and stamped one of my kraft panels. I reinked and stamped, swapping in each kraft panel in turn, until all the panels were stamped. I then quickly colored the open areas of the red circles with a white gel pen. I added a little strip of red dotted washi tape to each panel, and then mounted each panel to a white folded standard-sized card.

It took about an hour and a half to make the stack of 50 hand-made cards, including cutting the 50 kraft panels and cards!

I hope that if you have a Memory MISTI you will try my double background-stamping trick the next time you have a lot of cards to make! The Frantic Stamper background stamps are perfect for this technique!
Here are a couple closer looks at the cards.




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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Witch's Brew (Jeanette Cloyd)



Witch's Brew
by Jeanette Cloyd


For this card I used a variety of items from the August Release. It's a spooky release (and more) with a lot of possibilities for all of your Halloween and/or Autumn creations. I decided to cook up a Witch's Brew.

The Mix and Match Witches Legs are just way too fun. The die set actually comes with three options of legs and three options of shoes.

I also loved the sentiment from the clear stamp set - The Witch Is In. Yes, definitely. The witch is in... the brew!

The Big Cauldron also comes with a die to represent steam coming off of the brew. I decided to try something a little different with that particular die. I used the relief part of it (the part you'd normally toss) as a template of sorts and put some glitter plaste in it.I kind of like the way that looked.



And as is my practice, I had to decorate the inside of my card, too. I just think a card feels bare unless I do that.



I think the Witch's Brew is about ready now... but the question I have is this: What does one do with Witch's Brew?



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