Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

September 26, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Bella Clair Border

Hi Everybody,

Today we are making a Gatefold Card and it is easy to do using one of the new dies from Spellbinders designer Becca Feeken. 
This die comes in three parts with two cutting edges and the patterned panel for the border.
The links will be at the bottom of the post for you to see my supplies
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • Bella Clair Border
  • Francesca Label
  • Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Other Supplies:
  • Pink Pearls
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Thin pink ribbon
With the colour of your choice take a 20cms piece and measure in 5cms from each side, score and fold towards the centre. Don't worry about the length at present as we will trim it to the required size later
Place the patterned die and the curved cutting piece on the outside edge and cut
Tape in place so the the dies can't cross as you cut.
Move the dies to the other side and making sure that they are level cut these also
Trim the card as need to remove the surplus pieces and make it the length of the die
With the card flat add a line of pearls along each of the front panels as shown
I also added flowers to mine
Stamp the sentiment of your choice and with the Francesca labels die #3 cut it out.
Use the same die and trace around the outside edge onto some pink card  and cut it out.
This will give you a Faux Nestie that is slightly bigger then the sentiment label
(If you need a more detailed explanation please visit Faux Nesties )
Line the back of the card with some pretty paper and add the sentiment with foam pads
Use a piece of patterned paper to line the inside back of the card
With the largest die cut another piece in white and level the bottom
Score a little way down and add glue to this area
(For other ways to make a card stand please visit Creating a Card Stand )
Glue the small strip to the back of the card making sure that the straight edge is level with the bottom of the card
This will allow the card to stand correctly
Add some matching ribbon and slot it through the holes in the Gatefold edges
You can tie this into a bow or leave it open if you prefer.
The back of the card will look like this and stand unaided and leave to more room to add your signature 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Morning Christina, what a beautiful card I do love Becca Feekan's designs they are always lacy and lovely.
    Nancyd xx

  2. I love the alternate use of the Bella Clair border die, so pretty.

  3. Lovely card ,so pretty , thank you for the tutorial Christina you always explain so well .
    Elaine H X

  4. Love the card Christina the boarder die is just so pretty thank you
    June horrocks xxxx

  5. I have made gatefold cards similar to this one but never thought of putting a stand on the back- good idea. Will try it next time xxx

  6. Hi Christina
    What a very pretty card. I don't have this die but you have given me some ideas to use the dies that I have - thank you
    Best wishes
    Jenny C xxx

  7. My second post for today- just to tell everyone that I have now got my gorgeous Friday freebie on display in my craft room. I love it and feel so lucky. Thanks for all your comments. xxxx

  8. gorgeous card. love becca's line. you do justice to the die and her style. great color choices too.

  9. Hello Christina,
    A lovely, delicate and pretty card today. Thanks for the detailed explanation and photos.
    Maureen xx

  10. OH, La La! I really like this concept for a card. It feels sophisticated.
    I have to find out what I have that would work for a gate and adapt this idea.
    The stand is a great addition to this kind of cards.
    Thank You for sharing

  11. I also will see what dies I have that maybe I can adapt. I love this die and such a very lovely card.
    The stand is a great idea

  12. Beautiful card Christina. Becca's designs are always gorgeous and you've designed a fabulous card. Xx

  13. A really pretty card Christina, and a lovely idea for a gate fold card.
    Thank you for sharing with us . xx

  14. Hi Christina,
    What a beautiful, elegant and feminine card! Love it. And I am very grateful that you showed us the inside of the card and the back of it. Really great tutorial. Thank you for the inspiration.


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