Thursday 24 August 2023

Oddball Carolers Stage Card | Stamping Bella

Hi all, today I'm sharing how I made is Stage Card featuring the super cute Oddball Carolers
This card is 5.5" square and is a great way to display these characters. The card can also be adapted to suit any occasion 

The papers I used are Santa Claus Lane and The Magic of Christmas from Echo Park, and there are loads of extra pieces that can be cut out to use as tags, sentiments and embellishments. 

Patterned papers
Scoring board and bone folder
Foam tape/dots
Embellishments of choice

How to:
Cut red card:
(1x) 5.5″ x 5.5″ 
(1x) 2″ x 6.5″
(1x) 5″ x 3.5″

Cut paper:
(1x)  5-3/8″ x 5-3/8″
(1x) 3-3/8″ x 3-7/8″
(1x) 1-7/8″ x 5-3/8″ 

Score the 5.5" square at 2.75"

Score the other two pieces of card at 0.5" from each end

Fold the 5-3/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of paper in half, then adhere down to the 5.5" square, lining up the score line and the fold line. 

Curve the 5″ x 3.5″ piece of card and fold back the two end sections. 

Taper in the edges of the outer sections. 

Adhere the paper layer

Apply adhesive to each end. 

Flatten the card base and adhere the panel in the centre, approx 0.5″ up from the bottom.

Fold the base card into a slight V to curve the smaller panel. 

Adhere the 1-7/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of paper to the remaining piece of card.

 Curl the piece over your fingers and fold back the 0.5″ end sections.

Again, taper in the edges of the 0.5" sections. 

Apply adhesive to the inside of the 0.5" sections. 

Adhere one end of the strip behind the card base, lining it up with the bottom

Bring the strip across the front and adhere the other end behind the card base.

Stamp the Oddball Carolers onto white card and colour using your desired medium. Fussy cut around the outline of each image. 

Decorate the middle panel with a tag or cut out from the designer papers. 

Apply foam tape to the back of the Carolers and adhere them to the middle panel, with their feet just below the front panel. 

Stamp the sentiment from Festive Gnome Sentiments. To remove part of the sentiment, apply some tape over the words you don't want, ink the stamp and then remove the tape. Stamp the top part. Clean the stamp, and repeat for the "Christmas" underneath the first stamping. Using a stamping platform allows you to do practice runs to get the stamps into position. 

Cut some embellishments from the designer papers, or use die cuts/stickers to embellish the front. 

Thursday 3 August 2023

Cherry Blossom Branch Flip Top Pocket Album | Stamping Bella

Hi all 😀 I'm back today with another Stamping Bella step-by-step. This week I made this Flip Top Pocket Album featuring Cherry Blossom Branch. I love the sentiment with this stamp and thought it was perfect for a photo album. The album has 8 pockets and 14 photo mats. The pockets can be used for extra photos, tags, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, and even greeting/gift cards. 

The papers I used on this project are Let Your Creativity Bloom from Piatek Trzynastego (or P13) 

Designer paper
Scoring board and bone folder
Stitched rectangle die
Glittered enamel dots

How to:
Cut card:
(2x) 8.5" x 4-1/8"
(1x) 5" x 4-1/8"
(1x) 4" x 10.5"
(8x) 5.75" x 8.25"
(1x) 4-7/8" x 3.25" (white card)

Cut papers:
(2x) 5-7/8" x 4"
(2x) 4-7/8" x 4"
(2x) 1-7/8" x 4"
(14x) 3-7/8" x 5-5/8"
(1x) 4-7/8" x 3"

Score both 8.5" x 4-1/8" pieces of card at 6" and 8". Join them together by adhering the 6" section of one to the 0.5" section of the other. This creates the front, bottom, back and top of the album. The 4-1/8" x 5" piece of card (added later) adheres to the other 0.5" section to create the front of the album. 

Score the 4" x 10.5" piece of card at 0.5", 1", 1.5", 1.75", 2.25", 2.75", 3", 3.5", 4", 4.25", 4.75", 5.25", 5.5", 6", 6.5", 6.75", 7.25", 7.75", 8", 8.5", 9", 9.25, 9.75, 10.25.

The 0.5" each end adhere to each side of the bottom section. Working from the 1.5" score line mountain fold the centre score line between each 0.5" sections and valley fold the lines each side of the 0.25" sections. 

Apply double sided tape on one side of the 0.5" sections. 

Remove the backing from all of the tape except the end 0.5" sections. Push the mountains together to form tabs. 

Turn over and apply double sided tape across the back. 

Round the corners on one end of the 5" x 4-1/8" piece of card. 

Apply adhesive to the 0.5" section of the 8.5" x 4-1/8" piece and adhere to the 5" x 4-1/8" on the opposite end to the rounded corners. This is the front flap. 

Adhere the tabs into the 2" section, ensuring the 0.5" score lines line up with the score lines each side of the 2". 

Score the 5.75" x 8.25" pieces of card at 4" and 8". Cut a wedge from each end of the 0.25" section. Apply adhesive, fold over on the 4" score line and adhere to make a pocket. 

Apply adhesive to both sides of the first tab and slide the pocket down over it. Press down well to ensure the pocket is secure. 

Apply adhesive to the front of the pocket and adhere to the inside of the front cover. 

Repeat for the back cover. 

Glue down the rest of the pockets

Place a magnet on the front of the album, approx 3.5" down. Glue paper over it to secure it in place, then attach the other magnet to it. Apply a strong glue dot then fold down the front flap to adhere the magnet to it. 

Adhere paper over the magnet on the inside of the front flap. Close up the album and it should stand up. 

Cover the front and back of all the pockets with the paper pieces, and adhere all the outside papers. 

Stamp the Cherry Blossom Branch onto white card, and colour using your preferred medium. 

Add some while gel pen for 'glitter' 

Adhere the 4-7/8" x 3" piece of paper to the 4-7/8" x 3.25" piece of white card and adhere to the front of the album. 

Fussy cut around the Cherry Blossom Branch 

Adhere flat to the panel on the front. 

Stamp the sentiment onto white card and cut out using a 3.25" long rectangle die. 

Adhere to the front, over the Cherry Blossom Branch, using foam tape. Embellish with some glittered 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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