Thursday, July 1, 2021

Gnome For the Holidays Balcony Card

Yesterday I did my Wednesday Live video on my FB page, Stampin Carol - Lots of Crafty Goodness, and showed how to make a fun Balcony fold card.  This was SOOOOO easy!

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Today I'm sharing the sample card I made to be prepared to show it on video.  I wanted to be sure I knew what I was doing before I showed it.  And I made a step by step picture tutorial so this post is long and picture heavy. I sure hope you give this a try and check out my video dated yesterday on my YouTube channel! 

Oh my gosh but isn't this just TOOOO cool!  The construction was pretty easy.  Are you ready to learn this?

To make the base I cut 3 pieces of card stock:

One 6" x 6" scored at 3".

One 7" x 1 1/2" scored at 1/2", 3 1/2", and 6 1/2"

And one 5" x 2 1/2" scored at 1/2", 2 1/2", and 4 1/2".

Make all scores mountain folds.

I added adhesive to the 2 ends of the 7" strip and adhered to the very bottom of the 6" x 6". You can see the direction the folds go in this picture and where to adhere.

After both ends are adhered it should be able to lay flat.

Next I added my back inside print layer. You can actually add 2 layers per each side depending on how you want to decorate your card.  This layer I used was 2 pieces of 2 7/8" x 5 7/8".

If you want this layer to be solid then make your coordinating print pieces 2 3/4" x 5 3/4". Adhere your layer inside and then you will cover the front piece tabs.

Now we'll work on the "balcony".

 Cover the 2 large panels. The folds are all mountain in this panel.

On the inside of this panel cover to tabs to coordinate with the large base piece. My pieces are 3/8" x 2 3/8".

Turn your panel over and add some good double stick tape to the end tabs. This step is the trickiest. I highly recommend my video for this.

I used a good tape by Spellbinders called White Liner but a good Scor-tape is excellent, too. I removed the vinyl covering off the tape on one end only.  I carefully inserted my layer inside my card with the bottoms lining up and the mountain fold 1" from the card edge.  I actually very lightly taped my card base down so I could use both hands to line up the inside panel correctly. This worked the best for me. After I got the inside piece all lined up I stuck the card down on the inside panel so the adhesive would stick. Then I picked up my card, removed the covering off the tape on the other side of the inside panel and stuck it down.  I suggest playing with this before removing the tape lining to be sure you understand.

When it was all stuck down I double checked that all my folds lined up.  I guess if they don't you have a problem so be very careful when adhering that inner piece.

Now I get to decorate!!!

I used paper from 2 Craft Consortium paper packs,  a fun stamp set by Stampendous called Holiday Gnomes, and a new die set from Spellbinders called Create A Christmas Sentiment.

I did a lot of coloring and a lot of fussy cutting!

Here you can see why I adhered my bottom panel first so the tabs would be covered and why I covered my inside panel tabs so they wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb.

I added a little "tab" to the back of 2 gnomes to attach them to the inside panel. I glued the top of the tabs to the back of the gnomes then added a dab of glue to the bottom of the tabs so the gnomes feet could hang over the panel.

I die cut my words from some glitter paper then adhered them to more glitter paper.  They really pop!

I hope you give this style of card a try. And look it up on Pinterest! The ones I found there were quite a bit different in design!

Stampin Carol

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:35


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