Today I have some Belly Band Birthday cards to show you. Belly Band Birthday cards you ask? I’m not sure whether that would be the official “cardmaking term” for the technique I have used but that’s what we’ll call it today.
Each of these cards has a band around the belly of the card. One of the main reasons I included the band- aside from decoration purposes- was because each card also serves as a gift card holder. I wanted to know that the belly band around each card would help to keep the card closed so that the gift card inside wouldn’t be lost by either the gift- giver nor the recipient.
The first belly band birthday card has been made using the Party Hearty Stamp set (page 43)
The front of the card has a piece of Pacific Point Cardstock attached to the real red cardstock. The pacific point cardstock has been run through the paper crimper (page 155 of the catalogue)
TIP: My tip is to run the cardstock through the crimper TWICE. I find that on the first go- no matter how hard you try to keep the cardstock straight-you don’t end up with nice horizontal lines. When you feed the cardstock through a second time- you end up with a nice corrogated effect.
The cupcake image has been stamped in real red, kiwi kiss and pacific point. I stamped the icing part of the cupcake a second time, then cut it out using paper smips and attached it using dimensionals. I then added a touch of Fine supernova glitter. The stamped image has been mounted on Tangerine Tango cardstock. Before attaching this piece to the belly band I added a real red circles (cut using the 1 inch circle punch and folded in half) and 1/2 inch pacific point circles with real red brads on the inside.
TIP: Don’t use the end of the brad to pierce your cardstock- it often isn’t sharp enough to go right through the cardstock without putting pressure on the cardstock (sometimes causing it to buckle) Instead I recommend that you use a mat pack push pad and a paper piercer to pierce a hold and then add the brad.
As you can see in the next photo the stamped image is mounted on kiwi kiss cardstock that has been decorated using the row of party hats from the Party hearty Stamp set. Most of this band is covered by the stamped image- but at least it adds a bit of decoration to the back of the band when it is removed from the card.
The inside of the card has been folded and secured using sticky strip on three sides and then the Word Window Punch and the 1 inch circle punch have been used to create an area to hold the gift card in place. As you can see there is still room on either side of the gift card holder to personalise the inside.
The other two belly band birthday cards have been made the same way, however I have used different stamp sets.
One with the hippo from “Pun Fun” (page 41) and Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper
and the other using the Cupcake tier from the “Crazy for cupcakes” Stamp set (page 44) and Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
and the inside of each card- to show you how the gift cards sit inside
Would you like to learn how to make a gift card holder like this? Why not consider hosting a workshop in your home and I can come and show you how. I have a special opportunity during the month of July where you could win a scallop square punch- simply by booking a workshop with me during July. So as not to exclude customers who live outside of KALGOORLIE- (and therefore cannot book an in-home workshop with me) all orders I receive that are $100 or more will also go into the draw. Anyone who spends $100 on Stampin’ Up! products with me during July will go into the draw. Winner will be drawn on the 31st of July.