Friday, August 18, 2017

Under Sea Card and Bookmark (Kathy Berger)

Under Sea Card and Bookmark
by Kathy Berger

My mom had a series of strokes last year. Her doctor recommended coloring as a form of therapy, and she now lives for coloring! When people visit her, she really wants them to color with her, too. She knows it is beneficial to her, so she wants to pass that benefit along to her loved ones.

I decided to bring my own coloring materials with me when I visited her. I grabbed my Ciao Copic markers and a clear Wink of Stella and a stack of images I stamped with various background stamps from Frantic Stamper. This is one of the images I colored with her. After coloring the image with Copics I added sheen to the fish and water with the Wink of Stella.

When I got back to my limited craft supplies at our house in Pennsylvania I decided to make a card and bookmark for her using the colored image. I thought she could save her place in her favorite coloring book with the bookmark. She had been using the last card I sent her for that.

I simply cut down the image into two pieces, one sized for a layer on a standard card, and the other cut narrow enough for me to be able to "laminate" it with clear packaging tape. After making the simple card I filled in the bubbles with clear glitter glue, adding some dimension and extra shine to the card. I wish I had had some sequins to use instead, but I think the card came out okay. What do you think?

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Sound of the Sea Card (Kate Dachovská)

The sound of the sea card
by Kate Dachovska

I hope you are having awesome day. For today I prepared very layered card with many die cuts because we all love die cutting.

I made card with Prima Marketing - French Riviera papers. I used several Frantic Stamper dies for the foreground of this project (FRA-DIE-10243 Sand dollar and jellyfish, FRA-DIE-10242 Lg Staghorn coral, and FRA-DIE-10240 Seaweed and anemone). For the background I also used a Frantic Stamper die (FRA-DIE 10169 Petal Frames).

Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Modern Happy Birthday (Jen Carter)

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Modern Happy Birthday
by Jen Carter

Have you checked out the modern word die collection from Frantic Stamper?  I LOVE them! Below is the Modern Happy die which I am using on my card today.

This card was so simple to put together. I die cut the "happy" out of a piece of white cardstock that I had die cut using the Pinprick Rectangles Dies. I backed the die cut happy with striped patterned paper. The birthday was stamped with a sentiment from the Many Happy Birthdays stamp set.  The white panel is popped up with dimensional tape.

Thank you for stopping by!

Jen Carter Modern Happy Birthday 2

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Autumn Greetings (August 2017 Die and Stamp Release)

It is time to share another release video with you! With temperatures over 100°F for several days in a row, our thoughts are definitely pulled in the direction of cool fall days and this release of Autumn Greetings. We hope you will enjoy both the video and the release!

Be sure to look for more samples from our design team here and on FaceBook throughout the month. Head over to the Frantic Stamper store to get your Autum Greetings dies and stamps. They are already shipping!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Fabulous Florals (Kathy Berger)

Fabulous Florals
by Kathy Berger

The Fabulous Florals clear stamp set from FranticStamper has four different blooms and two leaves, each in two different sizes, and a set of dies designed to cut them.

The sets, though, might require a bit of explanation. Each of the flowers of the same size are drawn with the same outside lines, so they can all be cut out with a single die. The leaves of each size can also be cut with a single die. So that explains two flower dies and two leaf dies, but there are several more dies. "What are they for?", you might wonder. Well, they can be used to cut out the interior parts of the flowers so the parts an be layered to add depth and dimension. There are dies for the flowers centers as well as the petal layers inside the flower.

In my card I stamped a variety of blooms on my card and colored them. I then stamped 3 copies of each of the two larger flowers, and 2 of the smaller bloom, as well as a few leaves. I colored each of the images and then diecut the leaves and one of each bloom using the outline dies. I used the other floral dies to cut pieces to layer on the full bloom. I also cut those interior shapes out of thin black craft foam and used that between the layers of my flowers. Once I had my three layered flowers ready I attached them to my stamped and colored card base.

This set gives a lot of options for layering the flowers to make fun embellishments for any project!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Mermaid Card (Kathy Berger)

Undersea Fantasy
by Kathy Berger

When I was a child my family would spend a lot of time on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada. One our favorite passtimes while there was walking miles along a nearly deserted beach, laughing, playing games, and drawing pictures in the sand. One afternoon we walked and drew silly pictures, and we had such a wonderful time that it is permanently etched in my mind, and remembering the day never fails to bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart.

The subject of our drawing that day was the undersea fantasy creature the mermaid. We started off drawing just a mermaid sitting on a rock, much like the one on this card, but before long the silliness kicked into high gear! My brother added a small submarine to the first drawing, much like the submarine from this current release, but he added a bulging eyeball to the periscope. My mom then drew a clothes-line with mermaid tails in a variety of sizes pinned out to dry. Next came a pregnant mermaid knitting a tiny tail. Somewhere along the line there was a mermaid sitting on a toilet with her tail down around its base, like a pair of pants for a human. and the silliness lasted for hours. on our return trip down the beach we encountered another family walking along...or rather running along from drawing to drawing, laughing at our crazy doodles.

I made this card for my mom, who suffered a stroke last year, which has triggered an accelerating dementia. I know it is probably too much to hope for, but I pray that the card triggers the memory of that day, and the joy it brought us over the years as we remenisced together.

I hope that the card and the story behind its creation have given you a bit of happiness, too.

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A Flight Without Limits (Jeanette Cloyd)

A Flight Without Limits
by Jeanette

Sometimes dies are just meant to be paired with one another. That's what I immediately thought about two of the dies in the Dads and Grads release - the Sky's the Limit die and the Soaring Paper Plane dies.

With graduations approaching, new jobs/careers to be launched, and many other reasons to encourage someone to dream big dreams, these dies are certain to be a huge success.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

July 2017 Release Video and Under the Sea Bookmarks (Karen Oliver)

Have you seen the new release video from Frantic Stamper yet? This month the release is all about an Undersea Fantasy, complete with mermaids and sunken treasure. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy a journey to this undersea world with our fabulous design team...

Here to share an idea using the background stamps from this and previous releases is Karen Oliver. We hope you will enjoy her fun post!

Under the Sea Bookmarks
by Karen Oliver

Have you seen the awesome Frantic Stamper 6 x 6 Background stamps. They are foam backed with cling mount, deep etched, rubber stamps and they are fantastic.  There are so many uses for these stamps other than creating your own wonderful backgrounds.  My Mum loves to colour so I have stamped some onto card for her to colour.  They are the perfect size for her to put on a lap tray to sit in front of the TV.

I work at a local primary school and needed an activity for the children to do as an end of term treat.  I stamped up some card using the background stamps and cut book marks for them to colour.  Each one is just slightly different due to the cutting which makes them more individualised.  They are going to absolutely love them.

Here's a picture of some of the stamped ones, ready to colour.  These use Wave Tangle, Under the Sea, and Flower Garden.  There are many more than these so pop to the store to take a look.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stamping with Water and Distress Oxide Inks (Jen Carter)

Stamping with Water and Distress Oxide Inks

by Jen Carter I have a video to share a fun technique using a 6"x6" rubber background stamp from our new Summer Fun release, Sun Rays (FRA-BG-B011), Distress Oxide inks, and water. I hope you will enjoy!

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

June 2017 Stamp and Die Release, Fun Times

it is time for another release video! This month we have a slightly nostalgic look at fun times at the carnival, circus, and amusement parks of old. We hope you will enjoy the release which includes 25 dies, 2 sets of clear stamps, and 6 of our new 6"x6" red rubber background stamps.

Join in the fun and get your "Fun Times" stamps and dies, available now at

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Plaid Maker Background Stamps (Karen Oliver

Plaid Maker Background Stamps
by Karen Oliver

Bear with me as this is my first step by step post...ever.  Fran has recently added some amazing background stamps to the Frantic Stamper family and they really are so very versatile.  

Today I am sharing some ideas using the Plaid Maker.  It consists of 7 separate stamps that can be used in limitless combinations to create your own plaid backgrounds.  I am showing some basic stamping tips and at the end there are some card samples showing some of the results you can achieve.

Its a little photo heavy so sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy.

I used a stamp press to get the best results and I chose 3 bright colours just for the purpose of this demonstration.  You could use a long acrylic block or your favourite stamping technique to get the same results.  Here are my supplies ready to go.  I placed a piece of paper under my card to prevent ink getting onto my stamp press.

Now turn the piece of card around and repeat the process until you have formed a grid pattern.  If you have a large stamp press you probably won't need to turn your card. Depending on how fussy you want to be you could also use a spacer, made from scrap cardstock, to make sure your gaps are even.  Obviously I didn't, but that's ok too.

Repeat the above process with the next colour in this case green and I chose another stamp to go in between the pink.

This is what we have so far using horizontal and vertical stamping, you could still keep going and add another stamp in-between.

You can also stamp diagonally to create a different pattern using the exact same process as above.  This time I chose purple and another stamp. Stamp across the pattern one way then turn the card and stamp the other to form a diagonal grid.

Hopefully you can see the horizontal, vertical and diagonal stamping lines.  I only used three colours and 3 stamps in these samples but you really are only limited by your imagination.

There are loads and loads of variations and colour combinations that allow you to custom make your own background papers.  You can use the stamps to simply stamp stripes onto a solid coloured background to add some interest.  You can use them to stamp an edge or border around your project. They can also be used to stamp a line.  Truly the uses for this set is limitless.

Here are a few card samples to give you some more ideas.  The first card used 3 colours and stamps in a more open pattern.  Card number two I used 1 colour and 2 stamps and in the third card I used 1 stamp in several colours on the diagonal.

Thanks so much for sitting through this and I hope I have inspired you to add this wonderful stamp set to your collection. I'm sure its one you would use over and over again.

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