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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Creating a Sparkly Winter Greeting Card with Graphic 45- Let It Snow

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Winter Greetings! Today I am excited to share this winter greeting card I created using the Graphic 45 Let it Snow-I Want it All Kit from fotobella.com. I just love this line! Vintage Santa Clauses, birds, polar bears and snow flakes! I truly believe this kit has something for everyone!

The kit includes the Let it Snow 12" x 12" paper pack (2 sheets of 8 double-sided designs and two 6"x12" decorative sticker sheets), 12"x12" Patterns & Solids paper pad (2 of 8 double-sided designs), decorative chipboard, 4x6 & 3x4 Journaling & Ephemera Cards, Die Cut & Tag embellishments, and exclusive FotoBella paper storage box. I just love that the Graphic 45 Let it Snow-I Want it All Kit from fotobella.com has so many color options in the kit - reds, greens. and blues! This card like a lot of my projects from this kit will be quick and easy to re-create! Perfect for this busy time of year! So lets get started.

Supplies

Graphic 45 Let it Snow-I Want it All Kit from fotobella.com

Jute, Gold gold stock, snowflake punch, paper doily, jingle bell, 5x7 card base, gold ink

Let’s Get Started

Start by cutting your gold card stock to fit the front of your card base. Punch or die cut snowflake from gold card stock and set aside. Now, cut green card stock from the Graphic 45 Patterns and Solids paper pack to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4. Ink edges with gold ink. Adhere green card stock to gold card stock and adhere both to your card base.

Cut banner to fit card from the poinsettia paper from the Graphic 45- Let it Snow collection pack. Then, ink edges of banner and adhere it to your card.

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Apply gold ink to the edges of the winter birds journal card. Cut paper doily in half and adhere to back of journal card from the Collection Kit. Adhere both to your card front.

graphic 45, fotobella, cardmaking, let it snow

Add your punched gold snowflake to your card. Adhere chipboard tag from the Graphic 45 Let it Snow-I Want it All Kit from fotobella.com on top of snowflake. Next, tie jute bow and attach a jingle bell to finish your card! You can even add a few Nuvo drops onto the berries and stickles to the snow covered branches for extra sparkle!

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graphic 45, fotobella, cardmaking, let it snow

I hope you enjoyed this card! Be sure to check out this amazing Graphic 45 Let it Snow-I Want it All Kit from fotobella.com.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Winter Tales Photo Display: An Accordion Fold Photo Card Tutorial

Stamperia Photo Display card

Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and I’m back again with another easy and beautiful project for you. This project features the gorgeous Stamperia Winter Tales paper collection. With the mixture of light and dark blues, silver, and white it is perfect for highlighting those winter photos that aren’t holiday-specific! Today, I have a tutorial to show you how to create a photo display that can be used as decorate or mailed as a card to someone else.

Supplies Needed

First, I will be using a blue cardstock for the base. I am using paper from My Mind’s Eye in a coordinating blue color. I chose a medium shade that brings out both the light and dark blues of the paper.

Next, I will be using the cut-apart cards from the Winter Tales 12” x 12” paper pad. These six cards will be the main decorative papers for the project. Then, I will be using some of the fussy cut images from the Winter Tales Collectables sheets. Mostly, I will feature the small flowers and bottom border pieces from the pages.

Finally, you will need some basic craft supplies including adhesive, a scoring tool, and a paper trimmer, and scissors. Also, I am using blue distress ink for my edges, but this is optional. Stamperia Glitter Paste is used on the cards to give them a little sparkle.

Making the Photo Display

To start, cut two pieces of cardstock to 6” x 12” and score at 4” and 8” on both pieces. Fold on the score lines in opposite directions to create a zigzag fold. Then, add adhesive to the top and bottom of one end piece. I am using double sided tape so you can see it in the photos, but you can also use glue. Next, glue the two pieces together, but make sure the zigzag fold is intact. See the third photo below. I placed the top piece directly on the bottom piece to make my fold.

Once the pieces are adhered together, there will be a pocket where they are adhered. The photo display should have 5 panels on each side and fold like an accordion.

Decorating the Photo Display

First, cut out the cut apart cards from the 12” x 12” sheet of Winter Tales paper. If you are using distress ink, then ink the edges after cutting. For the card with the woman standing, fussy cut the outer border. This card will go into the pocket between the two pieces so it will need to be smaller.

Next, adhere one card to every other panel. Start with the photo display folded up, and place one card on the front panel. Then, open the photo display up to adhere the remaining cards. There will be three cards on the front and two cards on the back.

I like to have my photos matted on white paper so I cut pieces of white presentation paper or copy paper for this step. You can use any white paper or cardstock or skip this step if you do not want a photo mat. Take 5 pieces of white paper measuring 5 1/2” x 3 3/5” and adhere to the remaining 5 panels. Then, if you already have photos, you can add those onto the photo mats. I do not have my photos yet so they are left blank for now.

Card with photo mats

Adding Embellishments to the Photo Mats

The final step in decorating the panels is to add embellishments to the photo mats. To do this, I fussy cut images from the Collectables pages. Mostly, I cut out the small flower images, and I also used the border strips from the bottom of the pages. You may wish to use different images in your photo display so choose whichever ones you like best. With these pieces, I will make strips with flowers to decorate my white photo mats.

Once all of my pieces are cut, I like to arrange them first on the panels to see what I like best. Then, after my pieces are selected, I will glue them down to the strip of decorative papers. Be careful here and make sure you do not glue anything to the white photo mat. This will ensure the photo will tuck behind the decorative pieces.

Final Touches

Adding final touches to the project really finishes it and makes it shine! First, I used Stamperia Glitter Paste in silver to add shimmer to each of the cards. To do this, I used a pointed paint brush and added the paste to parts of the images. The paste was added on the flowers, trees, wings of the fairy, and antlers and hair of the reindeer.

Adding a small pull tab to the card between the center photo display piece will make it easier to remove. I used a piece of scrap from the Collectables paper and the “Let it snow” sentiment. The pieces are only glued to the back of the card and the overhang from the edge. It will lay on top of the card so the recipient knows it is hidden in the pocket.

Last step is making a belly band for a closure. To do so, I selected one of the fussy cut wreath images from the Collectables paper. Then, I cut a strip off the Collectables paper that looks like borders. Next, I folded and scored the edges so they would lay across the front of the card. Using the wreath in the center, I glued the border band around the photo display. Be sure that the band is not too tight or it will not slide easily from the photo display.

I hope this tutorial inspires you to try making your own photo display! It can be made with any papers you choose. If you’re looking for beautiful paper to use, check out the FotoBella online store. There are all the best name brands, including the Stamperia Winter Tales papers that I used today.

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Announcing Graphic 45 Midnight Tales Cardmaking Tutorial Series

Hi Bloggers! ReNae here to share some news about what’s coming on the FotoBella blog in October. I’ll be posting a series of cardmaking tutorials using the Graphic 45 Halloween paper Midnight Tales! Throughout the month of October, I will take you through the cardmaking process, step-by-step. We will create three very different cards and two spooky tags using the beautiful products by Graphic 45. So, whether you are new to cardmaking, or an experienced card maker, this series is for you!

Cardmaking tutorial Card #1, fotobella, graphic 45
Midnight Tales Cardmaking Tutorial- Card #1

The Midnight Tales Paper Collection

I was so excited to see that Graphic 45 released a Halloween collection this year! Graphic 45’s latest paper collection is a magical Halloween fantasy, full of wickedly wonderful witches, festive orange pumpkins and superstitious black cats. You’ll be mesmerized by the saturated color palette of golden oranges, garden greens, dreamy purples, charcoal blacks and delicate creams. It’s the perfect collection for our cardmaking series!

Cardmaking Shopping List

For our cardmaking series you will first need to get the Graphic 45 Midnight Tales 12x12 Collection Pack, Graphic 45 Midnight Tales Stickers, Graphic 45 Midnight Tales Chipboard, Graphic 45 Midnight Tales Ephemera Assortment, and the Graphic 45 Midnight Tales Journaling Cards. I will also be using the Graphic 45 Midnight Tales coordinating Card Stock. You will also need black and ivory cardstock, and Graphic 45 Regular Tags in Black. Finally, you may want to purchase the Graphic 45 Policy & Decorative Dies, so that you can create your own embellishments. For the first card (below), you can purchase beaded trim from your local Hobby Craft store.(other additional supplies will be listed on individual tutorials)

Cardmaking fun

I hope you will join me this month as we create some beautifully spooky cards and tags! It's a lot of fun and by the end of the series, you’ll be able to recreate these cards and tags for all your friends!

Cardmaking with Midnight Tales
Midnight Tales Cardmaking Tutorial- Card #2

Monday, October 11, 2021

Window Wall Hanging Decorated with Stamperia Winter Tales

Stamperia Winter Tales Home Decor

Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and today I want to share my first project, a wall hanging, with you using the gorgeous Winter Tales collection by Stamperia. These papers are stunning and almost too pretty to cut! The icy baby blues and frosty whites along with the navy accents are the perfect combination for winter. The fairytale images give the entire collection a whimsical touch, and there are so many ways they can be used.

True to any Stamperia collection, Winter Tales has a variety of sized paper pads. In addition to the 12” x 12” paper, I will be featuring the Collectables pad in my wall hanging. There are 10 double sided sheets filled with images just begging to be fussy cut! They’re a great addition to just about any project. Also, there is a variety of ephemera to choose from including a package of clear die cuts, which are unique and remind me of ice. They’re perfect for the Winter Tales collection!

Making a Winter Wall Hanging

Large images are perfect for home decor pieces.

I am working with the 12” x 12” paper pad, and the most of the front sides have large images on them. So, I decided to make a wall hanging with one of the sheets and make a window scene. I want to make it look as if my window is overlooking a poinsettia plant outside on a snowy day. With that in mind, I selected my background sheet and trimmed off the left side piece. I designed the window for my wall hanging and cut it from white wood using my laser cutter. However, you could cut chipboard and paint it to get a similar effect. For the base, I used a white canvas panel measuring 9” x 12”.

Preparing the Pieces of the Wall Hanging

First, I cut two slits in the top of my canvas and added ribbon to create a hanging loop. Then, I added strong adhesive to the canvas panel and positioned my background paper in the center.

wall hanging using Stamperia Winter Tales

Next, I used the glue on the back of the window and glued it on top of the paper. In order to ensure a good bond, stack something heavy (I used a stack of bulk paper pads) on top of the window and let dry.

Winter Tales wall hanging

In the meantime, start fussy cutting images from the Collectables pages. For my wall hanging, I selected the poinsettia images and the Winter Tales sentiment that matches the one on the paper. I like to shape the poinsettias so they are not flat by cutting down the petals and curling them slightly. Next comes the fun part-adding Stamperia glitter paste to the images so they sparkle! I used a pointed-tip paintbrush to apply my glitter paste. Then, I selected a Tim Holtz leaf die set from my stash and cut leaves in white and green cardstock. Don’t forget to add a little sparkle to them using the glitter paste!

Once all of my pieces were dry, it is time to arrange the pieces on the window. I like to layer my pieces and move them around until I find the perfect spot. I envision my wall hanging to look like it is decorated with garland across the top of the window. To remember where the pieces go, I use my phone to snap a photo to look at later.

Stamperia Winter Tales wall hanging

Assembling the Pieces

Using the strong adhesive, start layering the fussy cut pieces onto the window. I used foam squares to hold the Winter Tales sentiment up off the paper at the bottom of the wall hanging. Then, I started in the center with the large red poinsettia and glued it to the window. Continue adding the leaves and poinsettias around the top of the window.

I love the fairy clear die cut piece and had to use her on my wall hanging. Her feet are resting on the windowsill as if she is standing at the window looking out. Two of the clear poinsettia die cuts are tucked into the garland and two larger poinsettias are at the bottom of the garland. Within each of the windowpanes, I used Shimmerz iridescent snowflakes to add some sparkle.

Finally, I added a navy and baby blue bow to the bottom of the wall hanging. The navy ribbon helps to bring out the navy tones in the background paper. To keep the ribbon loops in the position you want them, lightly spray them with aerosol hairspray. The hairspray will stiffen the ribbon and maintain the shape you want!

I really enjoyed working with the Stamperia Winter Tales paper collection, glitter paste, and Shimmerz embellishments. I’m looking forward to creating more projects with the collection and sharing them with you. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the FotoBella online store to pick up this Stamperia collection and all of your other paper crafting favorites today!

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team