I noticed that I have been posting quite a few sewing projects lately. Here’s some paper crafting for you, to change things up a bit.
Making the Cards
I made these cards based on a YouTube video by Chic ‘n Scratch. (Find the video by searching “ChicnScratch Card in a box video” on YouTube). I like how she cuts off some of the flap to show more of the box underneath. I changed how I score my cardstock for the flaps. When I score my cardstock at the 2 3/4″ mark, I don’t score the last section next to the 1/2″ score line–that would be the section between the 6 3/8″ and 8 1/2″ score lines. That way, the back of my card isn’t creased at all.
I think you need to use at least an 80 lb. cardstock to make the box so it will be sturdy enough to stand. I like the idea that you can use patterned paper, stamps or any sort of embellishment to decorate the flaps. The diorama part of the card can be decorated any way you like as well. I like decorating with flowers because it’s like sending a bouquet through the mail. And the flowers last forever. I also have some ideas to make a nature scene–more on that in a future post. I have also seen the cards decorated with balloons or cupcakes to make a very cute birthday card.
The box part of the card is really easy to put together, especially if you use a scoring board and a paper trimmer. Making the bouquet of flowers isn’t as hard as it looks, but it does take time. I find that when I make the diorama this full, I like to start placing the pieces from the front to the back. It’s harder to get your fingers in behind the flowers to place the next row, but I can see where I need to fill in the gaps and make the bouquet fuller. I used 1/4″ strips of acetate to elevate the flowers and give them a little bounce. I also used dimensional foam dots to add depth to the bouquet in addition to the dimension that comes from the underlying structure of the card box.
Mailing in a Regular Envelope
This card is sized to fit into a regular A2 envelope. The thing to remember when building the bouquet is to keep it within the parameters of the 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ card size. I do this by occasionally folding the card as I’m working on it to see if I am going out of bounds. I use the measuring grid on my glass or self-healing cutting mats to make sure I stay within the size limits.
When I make my box cards into bouquets, they usually require extra postage because the card is extra thick. Sometimes, this also requires changing my envelope to an A6 envelope so the bulk will fit nicely into the envelope without anything getting squashed.
Supplies and Tools Used for the First Card:
- Flower Shop stamp set from Stampin’ Up!
- Versamark ink
- White embossing powder
- Embossing heat tool
- Stampin’ Up! cardstock: Real red, Daffodil delight, Bermuda bay (flowers and card base), Tempting turquoise, Pear pizzazz, Wild wasabi, Whisper white
- Stampin’ Up! Real red ink
- Pansy punch from Stampin’ Up!
- Patterned paper from the 6″ x 6″ Crate Paper “Pretty Party” pad
Supplies and Tools Used for the Second Card:
- Nature’s Perfection stamp set from Stampin’ Up!
- Stampin’ Up! cardstock: Whisper white, Pacific point (card base), Wild wasabi, Pear pizzazz
- Yellow citrus, Lime Pastel, Lipstick Red, Blue Lagoon and Lavender from Colorbox Chalk Ink Queue–Primary Elements
- Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant ink
- Elegant Butterfly punch from Stampin’ Up!
- Patterned paper from the 6″ x 6″ Pebbles “Front Porch” pad
Supplies and Tools Used for Both Cards
- Grafix acetate
- Foam dimensional adhesive from Stampin’ Up! and Studio G
- Aleene’s Acid-Free Tacky Glue
- Fiskars paper trimmer
- Bird Builder, Word Window and Modern Label (retired) punches from Stampin’ Up!
- Martha Stewart scoring board with Stampin’ Up! stylus
- Stampin’ Up! Bone Folder
- Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips