Friday, June 30, 2017

Karen Burniston's New Dies and Stamping Bella Squidgie Card

Karen Burniston Pop-up Stamping Bella Squidgie Card

I wanted to make something special for my little sister's birthday. She loves Karen Burniston's dies and Squidgies stamps by Stamping Bella. I made her a pop-up card with a Squidgies stamp of two girls hugging and made them look a little like us. Both of us like purple, but since it's for her birthday I let her wear the purple dress. We also both tend to hoard Doodlebug Designs paper - I used one of my precious for the front and inside of the card.

Karen Burniston Pop-up Stamping Bella Squidgie Card Inside

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Making the Card

1. Cut purple cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut pink cardstock to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Cut balloon paper (Doodlebug Design 6x6 Pad: Fairy Tales) to 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Adhere to pink cardstock. Cut a length of teal ribbon and wrap around bottom of this piece as shown - adhering ends on back. Adhere to front of card.

2. Using the stitched circle die (Snowman Twist Circle), die cut window in front of card where shown (be sure to open the card first - don't go through the back of the card). Hint: I run the die through 2 or 3 times before removing just to be sure to get all the layers.

3. Using the largest circle die (Snowman Twist Circle), die cut two pieces of plastic packaging (you may need a shim/metal adaptor or precision base plate to cut through).

Die Cutting the Pieces
I originally did my steps in a slightly different order but you can see the pieces here.

4. Do this two times: die cut purple cardstock using stitched circle die and another larger circle die 3 1/4 inches in size (if you don't have a larger circle die, trace a circle about a quarter inch larger around the die and cut manually). You should have two circle frames. Use same die or trace outside of one of the frames to cut a pink circle (not frame) - this will be for the inside image.

5. Adhere one of the plastic packaging circles to the inside card over hole. Adhere one circle frame over it to hide edges. From the front, cut dimensional tape in thin strips (thinner than frame). Hint: carefully cut slits along one side of the tape in a few spots to help it conform to the circle. Stick down one side of tape around front hole without leaving any gaps, keeping slits to the outside and leaving the backing on top so it won't be sticky when you add the shaker bits.

6. Add shaker bits: chunky glitter, small beads, sequins, etc. I found some birthday hat glitter at a dollar store and put a few in, as well as hearts, Xs, and Os. Save a few sequins in the same colors for the front of the card. Once all the bits are inside, peel off backing from tape and adhere plastic packaging circle. Glue frame on top to finish off the shaker.

Stamping Bella Squidgie Copic Coloring

7. Stamp image (Huggy Squidgies) in black ink (e.g. Memento Tuxedo Black) on alcohol friendly cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card). Color image with alcohol markers. Optional: enhance image with colored pencils. I colored my image with Copic markers (see bottom of post for list of colors) then used Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils to add pleats to the skirts and some shading as needed. I added a couple extra strokes to the pink dress girl's hair as well. I added a line for the ground using a black Copic Multiliner pen. Die cut image with largest circle (Snowman Twist Circle). Adhere to pink circle (step 4).

Copic Coloring Huggy Squidgies
I colored the background like this then desaturated it a bit with some very light orange then lightened w/colorless blender.
8. From purple cardstock, die cut the arm (Katherine Label Pop-up). Watch the following video for assembling the arm. You will adhere the image to the arm by first lining it up in the window as shown in the video. Hint: you may want to use a small piece of removable tape at the bottom of the image to hold it in place before closing the card.

9. Tie a bow with teal ribbon; adhere to front where shown. Adhere sequins as shown. Cut teal cardstock 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches; stamp with party hats or other birthday themed stamp using VersaMark ink (have some go off the edges). Die cut 3 copies of Happy Birthday sentiment (Word Set 2 - Birthday). Carefully glue one on top of the other, lining them up to create two thick words. Optional: add clear Wink of Stella then Glossy Accents. Once dry, glue to front of card.

10. Optional: Use left-over strip of balloon paper (1 3/4 x 6 inches) as an accent inside the card. Frame it with pink cardstock (2 x 6 1/4 inches) and add a small piece of teal ribbon near the top. Adhere as shown. I also put a piece of pink cardstock (4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches) on the back of the card to give it a bit more support. This also gives you a place to write a longer note.

Closed Card

Copic Colors Used
  • Background: 0, B00, BG02, BG05, BG07, YR000 (just a small amount to desaturate the darker blues), YG17, YG23, YG95
  • Cheeks: E01, E95
  • Pink Dress Girl/Purple Dress Girl
  • Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13/E00, E11, E13
  • Dress: RV02, RV04, RV08, RV09, G0000 (desaturate)/V09, V12, V15

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1 comment:

  1. Awesome card, great tutorial, beautiful coloring!


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