Well, as you probably already know from previous posts, I love making cards. So, what better way to use this than in making small gift boxes and card sets for friends?
I found the perfect items in the store. Just look at how easily adaptable these roses are to hybrid crafting:
Definitely spoilt for choice there!
Then, I discovered these journal cards from Kimeric Kreations:
I basically just sat there just saying “Oh, oh, oh”!!!! They are just gorgeous journal cards, perfect for making cards.
All I had to do then was to decide on the papers for the boxes and below are the ones I chose. Firstly, Moments Captured from Jopke Digital Art as I thought this would go well with the roses:
There are some beautiful papers in that kit, although I actually ended up only using one of them. Then just look at these Artsy Papers from Kimeric Kreations:
In order to make these cards and gift boxes, you will also need:
- Photographic paper or good quality heavyweight paper to print the cards and paper onto;
- Cardstock to make the cards with;
- Envelopes for each card;
- Glue, double sided tape, dimensionsals/3D foam pads;
- Scissors, trimmer or craft knife and cutting board; and
- Ribbon, buttons and other embellishments to decorate the boxes.
To start making the cards, I created a new document (A4 size to fit UK paper sizes) and then added vertical and horizontal guidelines at 50%. I then added the journal cards and roses to fit inside:
I also wanted to make some 3″ by 3″ cards so I created guidelines at 2¾”, 5½”, 8¼” vertically and 2¾”, 5½”, 8¼” and 11″ horizontally:
All I had to do then was print them out:
It was then a case of just cutting these out and adhering onto 3″ by 6″ cardstock (scored and folded at 3″) for the small roses, and A5 cardstock (scored and folded in half to make A6 cards). Just remember to add envelopes though and you can either buy these or make your own. I actually made the envelopes for the 3″ by 3″ cards using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. I haven’t gone into any details in this post about the punch board but if you are going to be making a lot of cards, I would definitely recommend getting one of these.
I’ll show you these shortly, but first, the boxes to put the cards into.
The small box for the 3″ by 3″ cards was very simple to make. I had already printed out the patterned paper from the Moments Captured kit onto photographic paper, so all I had to do was cut that down to 4½” by 8½” and cut and score as shown in the diagram below:
Here is the paper cut and ready for the double sided tape:
You can see below where I added the double sided tape. I used the extra strong tape just to ensure the box did not fall apart on me! the tape is actually adhered to the right side of the box as it folds into the inside of the box.
I also printed and cut two papers from Kimeric Kreations’ Artsy Papers and made three small boxes:
I used a butterfly punch for to make the butterflies and the flowers were made using three punched flowers for each flower:
I took one flower and cut into it up to the middle point:
I added glue to one of the partly cut petals:
Then adhered the adjoining partly cut petal onto it to make a four petalled flower:
This was layered onto the other two flowers to form one larger flower. The edges of each petal was curled using the end of a small paintbrush and my bone folder, to get more of a 3D effect.
The larger box for the A6 cards was created adapting a video from Sam Donald (which you can find here). It was made from a piece of cardstock 8¼” by 11″, scored on the long side at 5¼” and 7″, then on the short side at 1¾” and 6½”.
Unfortunately, i forgot to take a photograph of the cardstock before I cut it and started to assemble the box but you can see from Sam’s video how it should look. If you make one of these boxes, make sure you start by adhering the front of the box to the back:
I also adhered the flaps at the front of the box inside the box, not on the outside as is shown in the video. I think this gives a neater finish if there is no lid to the box.
Then I decorated the box using some of the printed Artsy Papers (I do love those papers!!!). In the video, Sam used 12″ paper. However, my printer does not print bigger than A4 so I ended up with paper that was 11″ by 3¾” which I adhered to the front and sides of each box so that the back of the box was blank. I trimmed the edges of the paper to fit the box. ribbon, flowers and skeleton leaves were added as decorations:
I reckon the boxes and cards look really good although due more to the quality of the roses, journal cards and papers rather than anything I may have done 😉 .
This is a very easy afternoon project so why not give it a go? I know I now have six sets of notelets that I can now give as small gifts or stocking fillers, or even use them myself. Perfect for those occasions when you need to write a note or make a quick birthday card – all you need to do is either stamp a greeting inside or print one off and adhere inside the card!
I hope you enjoyed this Sunday Simple and would love it if you used this to make a set of cards and gift box. Please do post any creations in the gallery as we would all love to see them!
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