Thursday, 10 September 2020

Double Concertina Card Tutorial | Stamping Bella

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a Double Concertina Card that I made for Stamping Bella. I love adapting and tweaking cards I've seen across social media and this one I've wanted to try for a while. It's a quite easy card to make, but it's time consuming the first time, and there are lots of steps. 

I recently purchased some fantastic papers from Piatek Trzynastego (translated it means Friday the 13th! lol). The collection I used was Awakening. When I saw the vespa on the papers I knew I had to use Uptown Girl Vienna and her Vespa on the card. 

Rectangle die (approx 4.25" in length)
Craft knife

How to:
For the card base cut one piece of white card measuring 10" x 6"", one piece measuring 10.5" x 6" and one piece measuring 11.75" x 4"  

Score the 10.5" x 6" piece at 5" and 10"

Score the 10" x 6" piece at 5" 

Score the 11.75" x 4" piece at 0.5", 2", 5 7/8", 9.75" and 11.25"

Fold the outer 2 sections mountain position and fold the 5 7/8" score line in the valley position.

Fold the other 2 pieces on the 5" scoreline. Both pieces will be connected by the 0.5" section later.

For the layers cut:
Card layer:
4x  5/78" x 4 7/8" (inside panels)
2x  5.75" x 4.75" (front and back)
2x  37/8" x 3.75" 
2x  3 7/8" x 1 3/8"

Paper layer:
4x  5.75" x 4.75" (inside panels)
2x  5 5/8"" x 4 5/8" (front and back)
2x  3.75" x 3 5/8" 
2x  3.75" x 1.25"

Adhere the middle panel card and paper layers together. Don't adhere them to the card base.

Place the rectangle die in the centre of the panel and run through a die cutting machine.

Lay on top of the other panel and use a pencil to mark the position of the rectangle and cut out using the die.

Adhere the panels down. Position the die into the rectangle cut out and cut run through the die cutting machine to remove the centre of the card base.

Apply double sided tape to the 0.5" strip and adhere both pieces of the card base together.

To make a frame for the 'windows', use the same die you used to cut out the centre and a slightly bigger die. Secure them on the card using washi tape and cut.

Adhere the frames around the windows

Adhere all the layers of card and paper to the 11.5" piece of card.

To make it easier to feed through the slit in the paper, cut a  small wedge from each end.

Adhere the card layer to the first inside panel.

Position the paper over it but do not stick it down. Fold back the 2 smaller sections on the 11.5" piece and line the edge of the third section to the edge of the card layer - positioning it across the card so that there is an equal gap on the top and bottom of the window.

Carefully flip over the mechanism without moving the paper layer or the position of the mechanism itself. With a pencil, mark at the top and bottom of the 0.5" scoreline.

Cut an opening in the paper from one pencil mark to the other, then move out approx 1/16th of an inch and make another cut - remove the piece. Repeat this with the paper layer for the other end of the card before you stick anything down.

Push the 0.5" section through the paper, turn over and apply double sided tape to the under side.

Remove the tape backing and fold down.

Apply wet glue to the back of the paper layer and adhere down.

Slide the mechanism though the mountain folded centre panels.

Again, push the 0.5" piece though the paper and secure at the back before adhering the paper down.

This is how the card should look.

Stamp Vienna onto white card and colour using your desired medium.

Assemble the front panel and decorate as desired.

Stamp the setiment onto white card and cut out using a stitched rectangle die.

Adhere to the inside panel and embellish

Adhere the layers to the back of the card.

Adhere the card front down onto the card base. 
This card is quite bulky when folded but can be mailed out in a card box or bubble mailer.

For more inspiration check out the Stamping Bella Sisterhood page over on Facebook, where you can add your own Stamping Bella creations.

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