Friday, February 17, 2017

Let's Play Kaboodle Dog Card with Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils


The adorable doggie footprint border, stitching, and stitched tag dies are new from Frantic Stamper, as part of their March release. The Whipper Snapper Kaboodle dog is perfect for the tag (a little bit has been cropped but enough shows to be super cute). The background is also by Whipper Snapper; background Dog's Life was stamped in VersaMark ink to provide a subtle pattern. This ink is great for watermarking - it looks like you stamped in a darker toned ink that perfectly matches the paper.

I used Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils to color the image. These pencils are easily blended with a light hand.

Making the Card

1. Cut Desert Storm cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Cut Kraft cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Die cut scallop border very close to the left side (Large Scalloped Edger Set); die cut paw prints (keep a couple of the footprints for an optional inside decoration). Die cut stitching down the right side (In Stitches #3). Stamp Dog's Life background using VersaMark ink in center (I recommend using a stamp positioner). Die cut a strip of black cardstock, about 1 x 5 1/4 inches, with scallop border. Adhere behind footprints; trim if necessary. Adhere to card front.


3. Stamp Kaboodle in black ink on Desert Storm cardstock (about 3 x 4 1/2 inches). Color with colored pencils. Die cut with largest Nested Tags #2. Tie jute through tag hole. Adhere to card as shown using dimensional tape.

4. Cut a 3/4 x 3 1/8 inch strip of Desert Storm Cardstock. Stamp "let's PLaY" and two paw prints as shown. Cut tails in one side. Adhere to card as shown using dimensional tape.

5. Optional: glue a couple footprints inside the card (I put two on the bottom right - adhered after some of the photos were taken).


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Large Scalloped Edger Set (FRA-DIE-10129), Nested Tags #2 (FRA-DIE-10101), In Stitches #3 (FRA-DIE-10187)
  • Whipper Snapper Stamps: Dog's Life B/G (AT622), Kaboodle (MY927)
  • Paper Smooches Stamps: Chubby Chums
  • Cardstock: Desert Storm (Neenah), Kraft (Recollections), Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Black Ink (e.g. Memento Tuxedo Black)
  • Colored Pencils (e.g. Faber-Castell Polychromos)
  • Jute
  • Dimensional Tape
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Inlay Hearts Valentine's Day Card


The new Large Scalloped Edger Set from Frantic Stamper (just released) has this cool line of hearts that conveniently fits inside the coordinating scalloped edge die. But it may also be used on its own; here I used it to create inlayed hearts.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Find the middle and carefully line up the hearts die in the center (watch that it does not cut the sides of the card - if too difficult, you may want to make a larger card. Alternatively you could make a separate piece then, once done with these steps, glue it to a card base. Once the middle row has been cut, cut a row above and below it. You may discard the inside pieces.

2. Cut a sheet of thin white cardstock (or this paper) just smaller than the card front (maybe 1/16 inch smaller in each dimension). Adhere clear double sided adhesive to back and trim down if necessary. Adhere to the backside of the front card panel (i.e. behind the hearts). Keep the release sheet and place over front to protect it for now.

3. Die cut hearts in gray cardstock, keeping the pieces intact if possible (otherwise, just try to keep each heart's pieces together). Take the pieces of one heart and piece them into the top left heart; peel up release in that corner, or move the release sheet to under the heart - it will help prevent your hand and other things from getting into the sticky parts. Hint: use tweezers to hold the pieces as you place them. Repeat this process with the plaid paper, piecing into the next top row heart, ditto for the pink then the red hearts. Continue this process for the next two rows following the pattern shown in the photos.

4. Add adhesive to the back of some red cardstock. Stick to red fun foam and die cut Love (if not using fun foam, you may stack a few die cuts, gluing them together one at a time, to form a thick word). Optional: add Glossy Accents to top for some shine.

5. Adhere Love to card as shown. Adhere sequins to card where shown.


Supplies
  • Frantic Stamper Dies: Large Scalloped Edger Set (FRA-DIE-10129),
  • Cardstock: White, Light Pink, Red, Gray
  • Patterned Cardstock: Recollections Valentine 6x6 Pad (307839) - Plaid Sheet
  • Clear Double Sided Adhesive
  • Sequins: Pinks/White/Iridescent
  • Optional: Fun Foam (Preferably Red), Glossy Accents
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Gorgeous Dress Card


This is my first post as part of the Frantic Stamper Design Team. The theme of the month is Feminine Style. This cute little dress in pink fits the bill perfectly! Send this to a girlfriend, daughter, or other woman in your life who needs a little pick-me-up to brighten her day.

Making the Card

1. Cut dark pink cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut light pink cardstock 4 x 4 1/4. Adhere to card base. Cut pale pink cardstock to 3 3/4 x 4 inches.

2. Using the stitches die shown, die cut long edges of pale pink cardstock. Adhere to card base.

3. Using Pleated Dress dies, cut one top and two skirts from light pink cardstock. Emboss dots on one and fold so that the middle pleat is up and then do the side pleats, following the stitched lines. Cut the three right segments off the non-embossed skirt (i.e. cut just to the left of the 3rd stitched line counting from the right). Adhere embossed/folded skirt to plain copy, being sure to glue the sides as well as the two pleats touching the back. Hint: use a glue that will dry clear and mat.

4. Add Rhubarb Crumble Nuvo Crystal Drops to top. Set aside to dry.

5. Using the gorgeous die, cut two copies from light pink cardstock and one from pink. Glue the light pink copies together. Glue the pink copy slightly offset on top.

6. Tie a bow out of the pale pink ribbon.

7. Adhere skirt, top, bow, and gorgeous die cuts as shown.


Supplies
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Poetry: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Chocolate Card


Sorry it has been a while since my last post! I have been working on a new design team - Frantic Stamper! The new dies don't release until next month (February 2017) so even though I've been creating and writing up posts, I can't publish until then! For now, here is a post that I did last year to go with my first video as part of the Imagine Crafts Artist in Residence program. There was a bit of a snafu with getting the video posted on their blog and a change in leadership so this never got released.

The theme for the challenge was Poetry. I had an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem stamp for the longest time, usually using it as a background for Valentine's Day cards. This one has a little twist - the whimsical lady enjoying boxes of chocolates! You can just imagine her reciting the poem in her head as she eats her chocolates one by one.

Making the Card

Watch the tutorial below for a step-by-step on making the card:


I love how fun this image is, giving a whole new meaning to the poem. I don't know about you, but chocolate has this effect on me.


Unfortunately the Pico Embellisher doesn't show up well in the photos. The chocolates and her earring have a slight 3D feel to them plus a glossy shine and slight shimmer - looks so cool in person!


Supplies

Imagine Crafts Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Masking Material
  • Watercolor Paper (e.g. Arches Hot Press)
  • Stamps: Elizabeth Barrett Browning "How Do I Love Thee", Art Impressions: Love and Chocolate Set
  • Cardstock: Red
  • Brush, Water, Paper Towel
  • Dimensional Tape
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