Well, I don’t know about you, but I have several friends with January birthdays, plus I do like to have some ready made cards on hand just in case. So, as this is my busiest time at work, I decided to make a gift box and card set which is quick and simple and can either double as a gift or be added to my stash of cards.
Simply Thankful kit (Digichick collaboration)
- White cardstock
- Scissors, trimmer and/or craft knife
- Edge punch to create a border
- Bone folder
- Glue or double sided tape
- Die or punch for the flower
- 4 card blanks and envelopes (these need to be 5” or smaller to fit into the CD box)
- Items for embellishments on cards;
- Perfect Pearls Mist
- Ribbon, twine, buttons and pearls
- Wordart, digital brush or wooden/acrylic stamps for any text on the cards
When I saw the CD/DVD gift box set, I knew they would both make lovely boxes for cards and notelets. The CD files in particular are just the right size for 5″ square cards. I used papers from the Upside of Down kit for the box. The flower paper was clipped to the box base and I made a rectangle shape and filled that with one of the solid papers. I don’t have a cutting machine so I can’t use svg files and the thought of fussy cutting out small circles and scallops was definitely too much!
I moved the templates around a bit to get them to fit onto sheets of A4 cardstock and as you can see, I didn’t clip the paper to the top of the CD box. Instead, I just placed the paper underneath the template and printed the whole thing onto cardstock as I wanted to use the excess card to make a flower.
I also printed one of the lined papers on the other side of the flower paper as this would be the inside of the CD case.
It was then a case of cutting out the templates.
The box base and the top need to be scored along the dotted lines and folded using a bone folder. I cut the rectangle out and used a scalloped border edge punch along one side.
I used double sided tape along the edges of the top of the box, but you could also use PVA glue or a similar strong, permanent adhesive.
The box folds really well and it is easy to align the corners and edges to match.
I used my bone folder to press the edges and corners down to ensure the box stays stuck down!
Then once the box is complete, just decorate the front. I used my Tim Holtz tattered florals die on the excess card stock then sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mist to get a shimmer effect. I fastened each layer together with a button and thread and used clear PVA glue to adhere the flower to the top of the box, then added the lace and the scalloped border:
The box was fastened together using velcro fasteners.
And here is a close up of the flower:
I love that tattered florals die!
As far as the cards were concerned, I wanted something quick and simple and, it just so happens that in the Simply Thankful collab kit, there are four cards:
Those cards are gorgeous and can be used just as they are or you can jazz them up a bit as I did and turn them from these:
I printed solid papers from the Simply Thankful kit onto cardstock to form the base of each card and then added the card images plus embellishments. The CD box is the perfect size for four cards and envelopes, and I have plans to make some larger rectangular cards to use with the DVD box.
I love being able to use templates and files in different ways and these are a perfect example. You can use all digital papers, etc. to decorate the box and cards or you can mix and match as I did here. Why not give it a go yourself and see what you can come up with?
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016