Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FranticStamper Precision Dies Blog Hop - Day 2

Here we are on day 2 of a design team blog hop to help celebrate the launch of Frantic Stamper Precision Dies. You should have arrived here from Jennifer Willis' blog and will next head off to Sharon Jeffs' blog.

Frantic Stamper has developed a brand new concept in die cutting! The Precision Dies have been designed to work together easily to create all sorts of windows in cards and more! Die Series #1 & #3 are based on 1" squares, and Series #2 and #4 are based on 1-1/4" squares. The squares and rectangles in the dies have 1/4" gaps between them. The dies also have 1/8" borders, so when you bump them up against each other, they create the same 1/4" gap between cuts, making it simple to create windows in nearly endless variety.

I had the pleasure of getting prototype and pre-release die sets to play with, and I have to say that they are a total BLAST to use. They not only cut through cardstock, craft foam, felt, and other materials like a hot knife cuts through butter, but they also align with each other to make cutting complex windows or frames in seconds. But they also work great individually!

The card I want to share with you today is a kinetic diorama Christmas card that opens itself as soon as it is removed from its envelope! The card itself is a large one, using a half-sheet of card-stock for each its back and its front. It requires an A9 sized envelope and extra postage to mail.

For this card I used the Series #2, Four-up square die (FRA-Die-02004) to cut my window pane, and Series #4, Quad sized square die (Fra-Die-04004) to cut the hole in the card front. As I said, the dies work great individually, as well as in combination, and individual cuts is what this card showcases!

This card uses a rubber band mechanism to open the card. You can see details of how to do that in this post, though this one required a larger rubber band.

The Santa with hood, a Frantic Stamper cling mounted stamp image, is on a floating acetate panel in the middle of the card, attached to a stiff tab, like the princess and the dragon in this post.

I hope you enjoyed today's card. I hope you will hop again tomorrow, when I will share two more cards I made using these wonderful dies.

Don't forget that Fran at Frantic Stamper is offering Blog Candy for this hop; either Series #1 or Series #2 of the square dies, winner's choice! After your last hop stop at Sharon Jeffs' blog, be sure to click through to the Frantic Stamper blog and leave a comment about one of the items you have seen on the hop to enter the give-away. The winner will be chosen randomly from qualified entries on Thursday morning, and will be notified via the blog sometime that day.

Then be sure to check out the wonderful dies at www.franticstamper.com! You will love them, I am sure!

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