Thursday 28 October 2021

Polar Bear on an Accordion Album | Stamping Bella

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my take on an Accordion Album, featuring Polar Bear on a Cupcake. While this image leans more towards Christmas crafts, I thought it made a great Birthday image too, especially for those who have Winter Birthdays. I gave the polar bear a party hat which was cut from the papers. 

The album is made to hold standard 6" x 4" photographs, however you can also make tags and use smaller photos, and add some journaling. The magnet closure is strong enough to hold the album closed while carrying it by the handle. You can also use Velcro, instead of magnets, but I find that to be quite bulky at times. 

Designer Paper (used - P13 : Happy Birthday)
Scoring board and bone folder
Pencil and ruler
Stitched and Scalloped circle dies
Border and pennant dies

How to:
Stamp Polar Bear on a Cupcake onto white card and colour using your preferred medium. Cut the image out using a 3.75" stitched circle die and cut a 4" scalloped circle from designer paper. Adhere them together and set aside to work on the album. 

For the album, cut card pieces - 
(2x) 6" x 10"
(1x) 6-1/8" x 4.25"
(1x) 11-5/8" x 4.25"
(11x) 6" x 4.25"

Paper layers - 
(2x) 6" x 4-1/8"
(3x) 1-5/8" x 4-1/8"
(2x) 1-7/8" x 4-1/8"

Score both 6" x 10" pieces of cart at every 0.5" along the long side. 

Score the 11-5/8" x 4.25" at 0.5", 2", 8-1/8", and 9-5/8" on the long side. 

Mountain/valley fold each of the 6" x 10" pieces

Apply adhesive to the inside of the first 0.5" section of one of the accordion pieces. Adhere one of the 6" x 4" pieces to it. Adhere the other accordion fold piece to the opposite side. 

Fold the next mountain folds inwards and apply adhesive. Adhere another of the 6" x 4" pieces to either side. Repeat this until all of the dividers are adhered. 

Wedge the edges of the 0.5" section on the 11-5/8" x 4.25" piece of card. Apply adhesive and adhere the 6-1/8" x 4.25" piece of card (album front) to it.

Apply adhesive to the back of the accordion and adhere to the 6-1/8" inside back section of the 11-5/8" x 4.25" piece of card.

Apply adhesive to the front of the accordion, fold up the front panel and adhere - ensuring the angles are square at the bottom. 

Adhere a magnet approx. 1" down on the album front, and on the inside of the front flap. 

Put a dab of glue, or glue dot, on the front of the magnet and then adhere the paper layer over it. 

Create a handle before sticking the top panel down. On the back of the top paper layer measure in approx 0.5" on each side and draw a line. Using a craft knife, make a 5/8" slit on each pencil mark. 

Cut a piece of paper measuring 5/8" x 4.5", curve over your fingers and then fold up 0.25" on each end. 

Slide the ends into the slits on the paper layer and secure at the back with glue. Adhere the paper layer to the top of the album. 

Adhere all the paper layers to the album base. 

Retrieve the image and adhere to the front of the album, below the top flap, using either glue or foam tape. 

Cut out some embellishments from the papers and decorate as desired. 

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Thursday 21 October 2021

Bookworm Squidgy 3D Book Card | Stamping Bella

Hi all! Today I'm sharing my take on this 3D Book Card featuring Bookworm Squidgy and and extra sentiment from Reading Gnome. I came across this card on YouTube and adapted it to inches, and to the size I wanted. The card when closed, is 6" x 6". 

Designer paper (used: Carta Bella, Flower Garden)
Ruler, pencil and scissors
Scoring board and bone folder
Stitched and Scalloped circle dies
Rectangle dies

How to:
Stamp Bookworm Squidgy onto white card and colour using your preferred medium. 

Cut out using a stitched circle die. Before removing the die, ink around the image using a stencil and distress oxide inks. 

Cut a larger scalloped circle and mat behind the image circle. 
Set aside to work on the card. 

For the card, cut one each of:
6" x 12" - score at 6" on the long side
5" x 11.25" - score at 5-5/8" on the long side
5" x 10.5" - score at 5.25" on the long side
5" x 9.75" - score at 4-7/8" on the long side

Fold all the card pieces in half and crease the score lines. 

For the patterned paper layers, cut 2 each of:
5-7/8" x 5-7/8"
4-7/8" x 5-3/8"
4-7/8" x 5-1/8"
4-7/8" x 4.75"

Adhere the paper to the inside of each layer. 

For the 3D mechanism, cut 2 each of:
1" x 5" card - score at 1", 2.5", and 4"
7/8" x 2-7/8" patterned paper 

Repeat these steps for both pieces. 

Adhere patterned paper between the 1" and 4" score lines. Fold on the 2.5" score line and burnish with a bone folder. 

From the 1" score line, mark with a pencil at 0.25", 0.5", and 0.75"

Measure up 0.5" and draw a line. 

Cut on the 0.25", 0.5", and 0.75" marks, cut up to the 0.5" horizontal line. Trim the edge of each cut line to  make approx. 1/8" slit. This will allow the layers to move smoothly. 

Apply adhesive to the outside of the 1" sections on each end. Adhere at the top of the 6" square card base as shown. Fold over the front of the card base and press down firmly to secure the mechanism. 

Open the card base up and you should have a triangle shape. 

Insert the layers into the slits, starting with the largest at the bottom and working to the smallest at the top. 

Take the other mechanism, slide the layers into it and then adhere the 1" sections to each side of the score line. 

Open the book card up and adhere Bookworm Squidgy on one side. Adhere the sentiment from Reading Gnome on the other side. 

*Optional, as this card is displayed open* 
Decorate the front with some paper and the sentiment from Bookworm Squidgy 

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