Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heart Filled Wedding Card in a Box

I'm on a card in a box kick at the moment! I made my first card in a box earlier this year based on a tutorial. It was a vertical A2 card (4.25 x 5.5 inches). I made that one an outer space themed card and I gave it to one of my nephews for his birthday. I wasn't particularly fond of the narrow space for the sentiment on the back though.

So, I found a tutorial for an A2 horizontal card in a box to make a cheer up card for someone at work. I LOVED it. I made some more (which I might post at a later date). It was a great size but, I thought to myself, "I think I can make a 5 x 7 inch version."

The first one I did, the sides were deeper and that made it seem a little too gaping for me. So, I tried a different set of measurements and I love how this one turned out!
This is my 5 x 7 horizontal card in a box! I even managed to make it from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock - well, the base, at least. I had to use some scraps for the "benches" that go inside. I used a die from Little B that I bought online from Top Dog Dies to cut out all those hearts from 3 different sets of scraps. On the front, I used my newest Accucut Craft Die: Fancy Frame insert. It's the perfect size for cards.

Although you can't see it well in the photo, I embossed the panels on the flaps and the back of the box. I used white on white because this is a wedding card. (Navy is one of the wedding colours.)

When folded flat, the card measures 5 x 7 inches, so it can go in a regular card envelope.

I made a pocket on the back of this one and put in it another Accucut Craft die: Gift Tag #4. This way, I can write the sentiment on one or both sides of the tag and, if I mess up, I haven't ruined my whole card!

I'm very pleased with how this ensemble came out!

As for my first attempt, where I wasn't really loving the dimensions, I made it into a gingerbread house holiday card. I used home stamps from Local King Rubber Stamps (a stamp company out of British Columbia). Embossing them in white on kraft cardstock gives them a gingerbread house look. I think it turned out really sweet. I'm going to donate it to a retirement home this holiday season with the other cards I'm piling up for staff to give out to the residents.

If you haven't tried making a card in a box yet, I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Love is in the air... with this Wedding Shower Card!

My cousin is getting married! Later this month, she will have her wedding. Last month, she had a wedding shower. I must be showing my age because, when I saw "wedding" shower instead of "bridal" shower, I had to ask the hostess, "Does that mean men can come?" Yes, it was a couple's shower! I like that idea.

But.... then I couldn't make a girl-only card (like a wedding dress or a bouquet or something). My sister was over the other day and was trying to come up with a wedding card for our cousin. She has a very nice heart stamp (in fact, I've borrowed it before!). I showed her how to use a DVD case as a makeshift MISTI.

First, she stamped the heart in colour. Then, she cleaned it (without moving it) and inked it with versamark. Then she covered it in clear embossing powder. That's one way to get a heat embossed look without owning a bunch of embossing powder colours!

She didn't like it on her card, so I told her to leave it with me (hee hee!). My cousin's colours are hot pink and silver. So, this is what I did with my sister's discarded stamped image:

(Sorry for the cruddy picture. I took it right before I ran out the door!) The raised pattern behind the heart is a silver pearly paper. It looks very "wedding"-ish but not very silver though. I think I will use a silver metallic or a grey on the wedding card.

July is also Accucut Crafts' wedding challenge month! Upload wedding themed items created with an Accucut Craft die for a chance to win a $150 worth of Accucut Craft dies! Since I've got a wedding to go to later this month plus one in August, you can bet I'll be entering this contest!!