Thursday 30 September 2021

Halloween Explosion Card | Stamping Bella

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing how I made this Halloween Explosion Card featuring Oddball FrankensteinOddball Ghost, and Oddball Girl Mummy rubber stampsI have also used some Halloween elements from Little Bits Haunted House Outdoor Decor which, unfortunately, are retired now. 

I first made one of these cards about 4 years ago. They easier to make than they look, and they make great showpiece cards for display. They can also be adapted to suit any occasion. The instructions for this card is in inches but you can find lots of centimeter versions on line. 

Little Bits Haunted House Outdoor Decor rubber stamps and Dies (discontinued)
Card - Black, white, orange
Halloween themed papers (used - Echo Park, Happy Halloween collection)
Scoring board and bone folder
Ruler and pencil
Velcro dots or magnets
Corner rounder
Adhesive and foam tape/dots

How to:
Stamp only the top half of  Oddball FrankensteinOddball Ghost and Oddball Girl Mummy onto white card (approx 2.5" from the top of the image), masking all 3 to create one image. Also stamp a selection of images from the Little Bits Halloween collection. Colour all images using your preferred medium, then cut out the Little Bits elements using the coordinating dies. 

Cut the image out using a rectangle die. Cut a larger rectangle and mat the image. Set all the images aside and work on the card.

For the card base, cut a piece of card measuring 12" x 6". Score at 5", 5-1/8" 10-1/8", 10.25" and 10-3/8". 

For the inside tiers, cut one each of - 
3" x 3" - score at 0.25", 1.5" and 2.75"
2.75" x 2.5" - score at 0.25", 1.5" and 2.5" on the long side
2.5" x 2" - score at 0.25", 1.5" and 2.25" on the long side 

For the card insert, cut a piece of card measuring 10" x 3-7/8". Score at 5" on the long side. 

Crease and burnish all of the score lines on the card base. 

To create the explosion element, cut 2 pieces of designer paper measuring 6" x 10". Score both at 5". Fold the paper with the side you want showing, when the card is open, facing inward. 

With the open side on the left, fold up the bottom right corner as shown. Crease well with a bone folder. 

Open up the paper, then mountain fold the 5" score line. 

Push the 5" score line downwards towards the bottom

Fold down the other side to create the shape below. 

Measure across 2" from the right and mark with a pencil. Using a ruler along the 2" mark, fold the paper back towards the straight side 

Now mark at 1" and fold the paper the opposite way.

Fold the paper back and forth at the 1" mark two more times  

Fold all of the score lines back and forth to loosen the paper. Mountain fold the 5" centre score line, then mountain/valley fold the other score lines 

Another way to mark where to fold the paper is to use a scoring board. Place the straight edge against the edge of the scoring board and score at 2", 3", 4", 5" and 6". 

When using paper that has a directional design, make sure to have the 2" section on opposite sides of the paper. 

Round the corners of the top flap. 

Cut two pieces of orange card measuring 1.5" x 5-7/8" and two pieces of paper measuring 1-3/8" x 5.75". Adhere the paper pieces to the card pieces then adhere these panels to the inside and outside of the top flap. 

Also cut a piece of orange card measuring 5-7/8" x 4-7/8" and a piece of paper measuring 5.75" x 4.75". Adhere them together and then adhere to the card front. 

Fold the exploding mechanism into the closed position, keeping the straight side inwards. Apply adhesive to the back and adhere to the inside back of the card base. Repeat on the other side with the other exploding mechanism. 

Fold into the closed position again and apply adhesive. Fold the card front down and burnish well. Open the card front up, apply adhesive to the second side mechanism and fold the card closed again. 

Apply velcro dots to each end of the inside flap. 

Fold and crease all the score lines on the tier pieces. Apply red line tape, or any strong double sided tape, to each of the 025" sections and fold them under. 

Taking the larges piece first, remove the red line tape backing from the top section. Line up the centre score line on the tier piece with the score line on the card insert and adhere the top 0.25" section. Remove the backing from the bottom piece of tape and adhere to the card insert. 

For the second and third pieces, measure up 0.25" from the centre score line of the previous tier and adhere the top tab first. Once that is securely fastened, adhere the bottom 0.25" section. 

Apply adhesive to the back of the card insert and adhere to inside of the card base. 

Fold the insert down and apply adhesive to the other side, then fold the top of the card base down. Burnish well to ensure the insert is securely stuck to each side or the card base. 

Pull open the top of the card base and the tiers should form right angles. 

Decorate the tiers with paper and Halloween elements. 

Apply foam tape to the back of the image panel and adhere to the card front. 

Decorate the top flap of the card. 

Add some enamel dots to finish. 

Thursday 23 September 2021

Tiny Townies Under an Umbrella | Stamping Bella

Hi! Today I'm back sharing an Angled Trifold Card featuring Tiny Townies Under an Umbrella

Designer paper (used Bella BLVD)
Scoring board and bone folder
Paper trimmer
Stitched Circle Dies
Grass Die
Clouds stencil (Lawn Fawn), raindrops stencil (Clearly Besotted Stamps), and ink
Embellishments of choice

How to:
Stamp Tiny Townies Under an Umbrella onto white card and colour using your preferred medium. Fussy cut around the outline. 

Cut a 4" stitched circle from card, and a 3.75" stitched circle from designer paper. Adhere them together. 

On a piece of 4" square card, create a grass and sky scene. Cut out using a 3.5" stitched circle die and adhere to the other stitched circles. 

Using foam tape/dots, adhere the image to the circles panel. Set aside to work on the card. 

Cut a piece of card measuring 11" x 5.5". Score on the long side at 3-3/8" and 7-5/8" 

Fold and crease the score lines. 

With the card opened out flat, measuring in and mark at 1" on the bottom of both outer panels. 

Measure down and mark at 1.5" from the top of both outer panels. 

Cut from the score lines diagonally to the 1.5" pencil mark, and then from the 1.5" mark diagonally down to the 1" mark on the bottom. Repeat on both ends of the card base. 

To create the card layers, put a piece of card underneath the side panels and use a pencil to draw the outline. Cut at 1/8" inside the pencil lines. Repeat for the other side. 

Use the card layer as a template for the paper layers, cutting 1/8" inside the pencil lines again. 

Adhere both the card and paper layers to the card front. 

To create a belly band, cut a piece of card approx 11" x 2". Centre across the card then wrap around the card, ensuring it's loose enough to move up and down. 

Remove from the card and crease the score lines, then  adhere the ends of the card strip. 

Cut two pieces of paper measuring 4.25" x 1-7/8" and adhere front and back of the belly band.

Remove the band from the card and adhere image panel to the front of the band only. 

On the inside, adhere a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of designer paper to the centre panel, then adhere a 3-7/8" x 5-3/8" piece of card on top of it. Stamp the sentiment from Tiny Townies Under an Umbrella into the centre and decorate as desired. 

Close up the card and slide the belly band back on. 

Decorate with some enamel dots. 

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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