We're back to share two more simple tutorials from some of our design team members. I love when I see some of our designers re-creating a fun technique or design on several projects, yet each time it still looks fresh and new. So I asked a few designers to put together tutorials, to show us just how easy it is to get similiar looks for our own projects!
"Just Popping In" card, by Gretchen McElveen.
Hi! Gretchen here! Today I want to walk you through an easy way to make a cute “peek-a-boo” birthday card! In addition to the basics (adhesive, scissors, paper trimmer, etc.), all you will need is your favorite Bella Blvd birthday products (specifically the Birthday Boy Cute Cuts, Borders, and other patterned papers of your choice), a sheet of kraft cardstock to be the base of your card, a scrap of cardstock that matches the birthday papers, a scalloped circle punch, and a circle punch slightly smaller than the scalloped circle punch.
Step 1: Make the base of your card. I started with a card measuring 7” tall x 4” wide made out of kraft cardstock. This will fit just right inside a legal envelope! Then I layered 3 different patterned papers onto the front of the card.
Step 2: Using a circle punch (mine is 1 ½”), punch a circle in the middle from the right side of the card. Just punch as far as your circle punch will reach! My punch is not centered perfectly and I don’t care! This is a fun, playful card so if it is off-center it will only be more fun!
Step 3: Now use that same circle punch to punch a piece of cardstock to match your card (I used orange).
Step 4: Then using a scalloped circle punch slightly bigger than the circle punch (mine is 1 7/8), punch around the circle that you just punched.
You will create a fun little shape that looks like this.
Step 5: Now adhere the scalloped circle around the circle that you punched in the card.
Step 6: Now move onto the inside of the card for a bit! Cut the cute hippo out of the sheet of Cute Cuts from the Birthday Boy line. Cut out one of the presents while you are at it and a small hat and a “happy birthday to you” from the Borders sheet. Now adhere the hippo inside the card so that it can peek out of the circle on the front of the card.
Step 7: Then adhere the present with foam adhesive to the left of the hippo. Give the hippo a hat by adhering above his head with foam adhesive! Cut up the “happy birthday to you” from the Borders sheet and adhere it to the inside of the card also.
Now go back and finish the outside of the card. Add some tape around 3 sides and type out a sentiment to add above and below the punched circle. Add stickers as desired to embellish. Then you are done!
Birthday Boy: Borders, Cute Cuts, Just a Note, Toadilly Cool, Streamers, Alpha + Bits Stickers
Designer Tapes: Orange Stripe
"Happy Birthday To You" card, by Gretchen McElveen.
Here is another card I made using the same "peekaboo" technique. This is a more girly card and I used square punches instead circles. But I couldn't resist using that cute hippo again! thanks for looking!
Birthday Girl: Borders, Dancing Queen, Cute Cuts, Sugar Rush, Celebrate, Alpha+Bits Stickers
"Big Girl Birthday Wish", by Katherine McElvain.
For my daughter’s birthday layout I wanted to create some streamers as the main embellishment. I love the look I have been seeing on many design blogs of circles and little pieces floating on a line of string.
Step 1: To create the circles for this page I layered the Bella Blvd designer tape on a piece of vellum.
Step 2: Then I punched out the circles in two different sizes. Super easy, but super fun.
To decorate the layout I draped my bakers twine across the page where I thought it would look best. I decorated the twine by alternating my striped circles with coordinating buttons, spacing them out to look randomly placed. Added a title with those great new Sienna Alphas, a little splatter here and there, and call it complete!
Birthday Girl: Icons, Alpha+Bits Stickers; High Five Alpha Stickers: Pink-Red; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Punch; Ciao Chip Elements: Borders; Designer Tape: Teal Stripe, Pink Stripe, Pickle Juice Dot, Pickle Juice Chevron, Yellow Chevron, Gulf Dot, Pink Chevron; Button Market: Purple Flowers, Fruit Punch, Pink Flowers, Aqua Flowers, Hot Pink Flowers
"Celebrate" card, by Kathy Martin.
I love the Bella Blvd. Designer Tapes! With their bright colors and fun patterns, I like to use them to make die cut embellishments. It’s really easy too.
Just add strips of your favorite Designer Tape to clear vellum and then run through your die cutter as you would any other paper. This technique also works with digital cutters and punches. You can create pinwheels, rosettes and titles for scrapbook pages too.
Thankful: Turkey Tracks; Birthday Girl: Alpha+Bits Stickers; Designer Tape: Piggy Pink Stripe, Pickle Juice Chevron, Yellow Chevron; Flags: Girl; Button Market: Stars
"True Love" card, by Kathy Martin.
Designer Tape: Piggy Pink Stripe, Pickle Juice Chevron, Orange Stripe, Yellow Chevron, Teal Stripe; Flags: Love; Button Market: Pink Flowers