Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Riviera collection Belly Band Card

Hi, I shall welcome you to my place this week with the....
 a bellyband - gate fold card, using once again...the fantastic.... Italiana Riviera Collection. 
Introduced by Heartfelt Creations

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products carried by Heartfelt Creations:

Other Products used:
Ranger: Gold embossing powder, Heat gun, Diamond stickles, Hole piercer, Dusty Concord, Forest Moss distress inks, Water coloring brush, Prick pen, Paper-distressing tool. Cardstock: Ivory for the card base and belly band, white for embellishments and Lilac card for the flowers. Other: Versa-mark, Gold thread, Needle, Large Pearl bead x 2, Washi tape, Double sided tape, Pencil.

The finished gatefold and bellyband card measures, 14.8 cm x 20 cm
All the stamping is done with the gold embossing powder. For the card base cut from the card stock 20 cm x 29.6 cm, make this into a gatefold. Find the paper from the paper collection with the design shown on the card fronts. To get the same pattern used in the card fronts you will need both papers, cut and flip so you get the same pattern in the top right and left lower corners. 

The size for both these papers, 7.5 cm x 20 cm.  Using the prick pen to make the holes for the back stitching along the edges with the gold thread. Once the backstitching is done, distress the edges with the distressing tool. Adhere to the fronts with foam tape / double dots. 

To make the bellyband: 

Taking the cardstock, cut 12 cm x the length of the cardstock. Taking the pencil, mark the center of the longest edges. Place the point of the solid boarder die at the pencil mark. Use the washi tape to secure the die in place so it will not move while die cutting. Repeat on the opposite side. Taking another piece of cardstock cut x 2, 15 cm x 4.5 cm. Die cut these pieces with the fancy cut boarder die. Trim so they will fit to the die cut base boarder. Adhere to the boarder base with wet glue so you can slide them to fit. 

To hide all the raw untidy edges make a paper ribbon with the thin boarder image. Stamp this x 5, trim these so you have enough to paper distress the edges. Adhere the paper ribbon so the joins will not be seen when the roses and vine leaves will be placed. (see below photo) Score at the point where the die cuts end so the band will fold around the card. The bellyband will be too short to close, therefore, you will need to do some patchwork. 

Cut a piece of cardstock to fit and adhere the ends so the band can be closed. Using the remaining paper ribbon to tidy any unwanted nasty edges. (see above photo)

For the making and placement if the embellishments on the bellyband: Stamp and die cut enough for 2 x roses and 3 x rose buds, 2 x large grapes, 1 x large vine leaf clusters, 1 x vine leaf boarder. Color the die cuts with the distress inks and water color brush, then shape with the aid of the Flower Shaping Kit. 

(The pearl beads are used for the rose flower centres)
 For tips on making the roses, look to the product list for the video. Assemble and arrange before adhering the embellishments with foam tape and glue. 

 Once all is dry, add a little stickler to the roses and buds to finish the cluster.

This sure was a fun card to make. The only hard part was getting the band to fit the card. Once that is done...then it is pure fun making all the flowers and leaves...don't you love these leaves! 
Coloring is also great getting my fingers all inked up this way..LOL

Have a scrappy inky day...till next week
Inky hugs, sussipoppins


  1. O Susan, this is my color, purple! You're work is as always, stunning!

  2. Sushi, just stunning!! Your flowers are amazing, love the buds!

  3. Susan, this is a rich, regal and elegant card...just stunning! Your flowers are truly incredible, and the gold and purple are such a gorgeous pairing.

  4. Wow Susan, those flowers are phenomenal!! Gorgeous card. Did I say wow, ok wow!!