Thursday 28 July 2022

The Gnome and the Christmas Tree | Stamping Bella

Hi all! Today I'm sharing how I made this Accordion Fold Christmas Card featuring The Gnome and the Christmas Tree. Typically, the panel on this type of card is smaller and the card opens out flat on the scored side, however I made my feature panel larger as I wanted to use this particular image. It is a great display card, and folds up to fit in an envelope. 

White card, navy card
Designer paper (used - Echo Park I Love Winter: Warm Vibes)
Scoring board, bone folder
Die cuts for embellishment
Enamel dots

How to:
Stamp The Gnome and the Christmas Tree on a 3.5" x 3-7/8" piece of blending card. Stamp the sentiment underneath the image then colour using your preferred medium. 

For the card base, cut one piece of card measuring 5.75" x 11.5" 

Mountain fold the first score line, then valley/mountain/valley fold the remaining three score lines.  Crease well with a bone folder. 

For the layers, cut: 
Navy card:
(4x) 1-5/8" x 5-5/8"
(1x) 4-3/8" x 5-5/8"

(4x) 1.5" x 5.5"
(1x) 4.25" x 5.5"

White card: 
(1x) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" (greeting panel)

Adhere all the paper layers to the navy card layers and then adhere to the card base. 

For the small card base, cut:
Navy card:
(1x) 4.25" x 8"

White card:
(2x) 4-1/8" x 3-7/8"

(2x) 4" x 3.75"

Score the navy  card piece at 4" and fold in half. 

Adhere the paper layers to the white card pieces and then adhere to the outside of the navy card. 

Position the small card layer so that the folded sections are inside it. 

Apply adhesive to approx 1.25" on the inside end of the smaller card and adhere to front 1.75" section. Open up the card and adhere the other side of the smaller card to the last 1.75" section. 

The two 'mountains' should be in the smaller card. 

Open up  the card and decorate the inside as desired. 

Using foam tape, adhere the image to the front of the card. 

Adhere the greeting panel on the inside back, positioning it up so that it can't be seen when the card is closed. Add some flat elements. 

Finally, add some enamel dots either side of the sentiment. 

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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Thursday 21 July 2022

Guinea with a Key | Stamping Bella

Hi all :) Today I'm sharing how I made this Tower Fold Card. I've used Stamping Bella's Guinea with a Key, which was release a few months ago but I'm only getting to use it now. Isn't it adorable??! This card is such a simple card to make and can be adapted to suit any occasion. 

Guinea with a Key rubber stamp (sentiment included)
Pink card, white card
Designer paper
Scoring board, bone folder, stylus, pencil, ruler, eraser
Stitched circle and scalloped circle dies
Adhesive and foam tape/dots

How to:
Stamp the Guinea image onto white card. Colour using your preferred medium then set the image aside to work on the card. 

Card base: 
Pink card - 
(1x) 5.75" x 8.25"

Card layers:
White card -
(4x) 7/8" x 5-5/8" (side panels, back and front)
(2x) 7/8" x 4-1/8" (top and bottom front panels)
(1x) 1-5/8" x 4-1/8" (centre front panel)
(1x) 2-1/8" x 5-5/8" (back centre panel)
(2x) 3" x 3" (front diamond panels)

Paper layers:
(4x) 0.75" x 5.5" (side panels, back and front)
(2x) 0.75" x 4" (top and bottom front panels)
(1x) 1.5" x 4" (centre front panel)
(1x) 2" x 5.5" (back centre panel)
(2x) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" (front diamond panels)

Score the card base on the long side at 1", 2", 3", 5.25", 6.25", and 7.25"

On each of the score lines, measure and mark at 1" and 2" - top and bottom. 

On the 1" marks, cut across from the 1" score line to the 3" score line, and from the 5.25" to the 7.25" score lines. Repeat at the 2" mark. 

Fold back the outer 1" sections and burnish with a bone folder. 

To fold the scored/cut sections start at the top and mountain fold, then valley fold the next one, then mountain, valley and finally mountain. Try not to fold the inner score line on the valley fold sections. 

Repeat on both sides. 

Adhere the card layers...front. 

... and back. 

Adhere down the paper layers. The centre section at the back is for writing a greeting, there is no paper layer. 

Cut the image out using a stitched circle die. Cut a larger stitched circle from pink card and then a larger scalloped circle from white card. Adhere them together. 

Also adhere the paper layers to the 3" squares. 

Turn the square at an angle, line up the side points to the top edges of the centre middle section, and adhere down. Repeat with the second diamond, lining the side points up with the bottom of the middle front section. 

Stamp the sentiment onto a strip on white card and cut out using a ribbon label die. If you don't have a die, fishtail the ends of a 0.75" x 3.75" strip of card with a scissors. 

Adhere the sentiment to the bottom front section. 

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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Thursday 7 July 2022

Birdhouse Card | Stamping Bella

Hi all. I'm back today with another Stamping Bella Tutorial. 

I saw this Birdhouse Card on Pinterest and thought it would make a great card for the Oddball Birds stamp set so I decided to make my own version of it. The original card opened up but I found the card was constantly opening out and falling flat so I made an extra piece that closed the card and I moved the greeting panel to the back of the card. 

Kraft Card
Designer Paper
Scoring board, bone folder/stylus, pencil, ruler, eraser. 
Hexagon Dies

How to:
Stamp two birds and two branches from the Oddball Birds stamp set. Colour using your preferred medium, then fussy cut around the outline. 

Take the tallest bird and adhere to a 2.25" strip of card. Set all the images aside to work on the card. 

Card base:
Kraft - 11" x 4.25"
White card -  4" x 5.25" (x3) - front, back, and inside front
Designer paper - one each of 4" x 5.25" and 3.75" x 5" - front and inside back.

Card Stand:
Kraft - 4" x 2"

Hexagon Dies - 2-5/8"W and 2-1/8"W

Score the 11" x 4.25" piece of kraft card on the long side at 5.5" 

Make a notch at 3" and 7", top and bottom of the card base. When the card base is folded these will be 1.5" down each side. 

Fold the card base in half and on the closed end make a notch at 2-1/8". Flip over to the other side and again make a notch at 2-1/8". 

Score from one 3" notch, diagonally through the 2-1/8" mark, down to the 7" notch on the opposite side. 

Repeat on the other side to create an X as shown. 

Take the 4" x 5.25" (card front) piece of white card and mark at 2" on the 4" side and 1-7/8" down on each side. Cut from the 2" mark diagonally to the outside pencil marks. Repeat these steps with the the other two pieces of white card (back and inside front) and the larger piece of designer paper (inside back).

Take the 3.75" x 5" (card front) piece of designer paper, mark at 1-7/8" at the top and 1.75" down each side. Cut from the centre mark, diagonally to 1.75" pencil marks.  

Adhere the white card and the small designer paper together. 

Place the larger hexagon die approx 1.5" down and centred horizontally. Run through a die cutting machine a few times to cut through both layers. 

Adhere the panel to the card front. Reposition the hexagon die and cut out the kraft card. 

Take another of the white card pieces and position it inside the front of the card - DO NOT GLUE DOWN. Holding the white card in place, turn over to the front and draw a feint pencil line around the inside of the hexagon shape. Place the smaller hexagon die in the centre of the pencil outline and run though the die cutting machine. 

Adhere the card piece inside the card font, centering the white border. 

Adhere the paper layer on the inside back. 

Fold the diagonal score lines on the card base and crease well with a bone folder. Valley fold the 5.5" centre score line and pinch in the top of the card. Crease the score lines again. 

Take the 4" x 2" piece of kraft card and score at 0.5", 1", and 1.5" on the 2" side. 

Mountain valley fold into an M

Apply adhesive to one side and adhere to the inside back of the card, flush to the bottom. Apply adhesive other side and fold the card front down. Use wet glue to give you some wiggle room to line up the ends. 

Take the third white card piece and stamp the sentiment from the I Miss Your Face Sentiments set. Adhere to the back of the card. 

Take the bird attached to the strip of card and apply adhesive to the bottom part of the strip. 

Slide the strip into the card, position the bird with it's feet over the edge of the hexagon, and adhere the strip to the inside of the card front. 

Adhere the branches and the other bird to the card front. 

Stamp the sentiment from the Encouragement Sentiments set, cut out using a shaped die. Punch a hole on the end and tie some thread/string through it and into a bow. 

Adhere the sentiment to the birdhouse using foam tape. 

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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