Hi Friends! Its Katie here to welcome you to another fabulous Tuesday. As my title states, today's post is number 2 of 2. I covered the masked kiss part last Friday (just scroll down if you missed it) and today's post is really a way to house and decorate all your hard work from last week.
So this is usually the way it works for me. When I make cards as a gift, I generally like to make them all the same and when I'm done I try to think of a nice way to decorate the box/carrier/bag etc so it will be a complete look.
For this set of cards I decided to go about it a little differently. I decided what type of box to house them in and then made a card front (not the entire card) to place right smack on the top of my box.
I then took that card front and that design became the design and layout of all the cards inside the box. I'm sure you all might be saying "well duh", but for me it was a light bulb moment. I have to be honest and say that I don't get that many and when I do I enjoy them (hehe).
So as you might of guessed, the card front is the design from last week and today I'd like to show you how I created the box for them. This box is big enough for the envelopes to be held in the box, but if you wanted to house more cards in the box there is no reason that the envelopes can't be bundled with a nice ribbon and given along with your cards.
So let's start. You will need a piece of cardstock measuring 11" x 7 3/4" for your main box.
Score along (parallel) the 7 3/4" side at: 4 1/2", 5 1/2", and 10"
Turn your cardstock, along (parallel) the 11" side score at 1" on both the left and right side.
Next cut where all the red dotted lines are located.
It will now look like the (below). The sides that were cut off will be the top of the box.
Flip your box over and place adhesive on all the tabs marked with "A".
Flip over again and place all your tabs on the inside; set aside.
Cut 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 6 1/2" x 5". These are going to be your top and bottom pieces.
Use a corner rounder to clip all corners.
Attach the card front to one of the 2 cut pieces of cardstock. This is going to be your "decorative" element to your box lid.
Cut 2 sections of ribbon approximate 12" long. This will give you more than ample length to tie a generous bow when its secured.
Adhere the ribbon to the bottom and lid of your box approximately 1/2 way across.
Place scor-tape or equivalent double sided tape to the edges of your box lid and bottom.
In order to make things easier, before I took the tape covers off I placed the box down onto my decorative pieces and adjusted it so it was nice and even. When I got it exactly like I wanted then I took a pencil and lightly marked the placement ( just one corner or 90 degree angle). This made it a lot easier to place my box down without a lot of unevenness and frustration occurring once the tape was ready to go.
The box lid was a bit easier to attach because there was a lot more room for fingers and easier to judge distance too.
Another great little tool I use is my Cricut spatula, but all you need is anything like this tool that has a smooth flat surface. I use this to make sure that all my pieces of cardstock are adhered. This works even better for the inside bottom of the box.
Now for the card dimensions. As I said earlier, when I give gifts of cards I do like to mass produce. In this case it was only 5 cards, but its still so much easier to cut all the pieces out and then assemble your cards.
The only thing that isn't shown is the blue mat around the punched ovals. I did cut those by hand, but if you had coordinating punches then that would obviously be a bit faster but not my much!
So here is the card box finished and closed.
Well that's it folks. I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and I sure hope you have a fabulous week! Thanks as always for stopping by Clearly iStamp and spending some time with us.
If you missed the new store front celebration, don't worry. There is still plenty of time to hop on around and get lots of inspiration. There are also lots of specials going on at the store so make sure you don't miss out. CLICK HERE to visit Clear Dollar Stamps store front.
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This is Katie signing off for Clearly iStamp.
Things that can be found at Clear Dollar Stamps:
- Rubber Boot Stamp
- Charliene April Showers Stamp Set (used for sentiment)
- Memento Tuxedo Black ink
- Acrylic Blocks
- ATG tape
- Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (3/4" wide)
- Copic Markers
Other items used in project: CTMH cardstock, designer paper and ink, SU! photo corner punch, Small Oval Punch