Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fun tutorial!

Today I have a fun tutorial up on the Bella Blvd blog!
Actually this week is full of tutorials over there and this just happens to be my day.
Make sure to head over to the Bella blog and check out all the cool techniques and ideas that the other Bella designers have come up with to share with you!
My tutorial is all about how to make a cute “peek-a-boo” birthday card.
Want to know how to make one??
OK what you will need in addition to the basics (adhesive, scissors, paper trimmer, etc.), 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 really 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 cardstock). 

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:

Now adhere the scalloped circle around the circle that you punched in the card. 

Step 4. 
Ok 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.

Step 5.       Now adhere the hippo inside the card so that it can peek out of the circle on the front of the card. 

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. 

Step 6.
      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!

Fun, huh??!
Don't forget to check out the Bella Blvd blog too!
Have an awesome day!

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