Thursday 27 March 2014

Card in a box

Remember me squeaking with delight over the 'cards in boxes' made by Mary Anne and Debs here on Sunday's Snippets 'show and tell'?  Well, my copy of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine arrived the other day with a free pack of paper and matching embellishments so I had a little play:
 From the front.
And from the side.

I used:

- SU's 'Certainly Celery' card stock to make the box

- papers from the 'Vintage Blooms' pack by Jennifer Ellory, free with QCME magazine to decorate the box

- toppers from the same pack. They were also on paper so I cut them out then ran them through the Xyron to add sticky to the backs before popping them onto more card and then trimming round again to add rigidity

- then I added acetate strips to each one before arranging them inside the box

- a few coloured gems for some sparkle

- one final topper on the front flap

And when the card is closed, I worked it so that everything sits nicely inside the rectangle so there are no 'pokey out' bits to be scrunched in the post.

I followed this tutorial - it's in both metric and imperial measurements. Do be aware that it doesn't fully emphasise that the back section of the box needs to stand upright so you don't score across that section. Sigh, I did score of course but when  the patterned panel was added I just cut the paper to the whole length (height) of the box and also the full length of card for your message that you add to the back panel restores the rigidity - phew.

Karen P over at Technique Time Tuesday picked this card to CASE the other day. If you haven't played along in Technique Time Tuesday I truly recommend it - it's a great way to learn new techniques, return to some old ones even and there are always really clear instructions and tips and hints. 



  1. Now that's a card! Holy Moly..... it's absolutely stunning! Great job!

  2. You have been busy, with wonderful results. Like it a LOT

  3. Absolutely amazing, love everything you have done with this.
    I sussed making without all the "measuring" so I am having great fun making them.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xx

  4. Wow what a gorgeous card Di - love it may have to try this technique out.
    Ann xxx

  5. Oh wow what a lovely box. I think I will have to have ago at that myself. Roll on half term!

  6. That's fabulous Di and thanks for the link,it's most welcome!! I had a go at working out a template myself but it needed tweaking so can now abandon it!! xx

  7. Such a pretty card in a box Di gorgeous colours


  8. Oh wow Di, This is stunning and you make it sound so easy l'm going to have to try this and hopefully not score the back part well done it's truly beautiful x

  9. Well, looky there! Isn't that the prettiest card in a box! You did a marvelous job! Talk about using can use up images you set aside, buttons, snips of ribbon, etc. Plus it was fun!

  10. Wow Di, this is so pretty . Have seen this box made several times now and it looks spectacular with the added bonus of collapsing down to absolutely flat for posting. Love , love , love your colours. Exactly what I would use.
    Thank you for continuing to flutter by. Hugs Mrs A. (Butterfly challenge).

  11. Beautiful card there Miss. Lovely colours.
    thanks for putting the linkythingemeygig on too!

  12. Afternoon Di. . . wowee . . .you have made a beautiful keepsake here. Absolutely stunning.

    Congrats on being picked by Karen P too.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  13. Oh my goodness...this is so gorgeous. I admire all these style cards when i see them. I think they are so clever!
    Yours is no exception...the papers and the colours are so lovely.

    Eventually I will give this a try but am in the midst of a special Easter project for the house (inspired by the grandkids of course) and plan to share it in the playground soon as I finish!

    Well done Di...your card ina box is gorgeous!!!

  14. Oh my Di, what a fabulolus creation.
    The papers and embellishments are gorgeous. A beautiful keepsake to treasure.

  15. Great minds and all that - only thing is mine didn't work properly. This on the other hand looks really fabulous xx

  16. I have to say that I don't quite understand cards in a box but I suppose I could check out that tutorial and the whole concept would be made clear for me.

    I love your card in the box with all its lovely bits springing forth to wish us a happy day. It's wonderful!

  17. Wow, Di, this is fabulous. I have been admiring these box cards on several blogs - not had the courage to try one out yet though. Lynn x

  18. I've seen these but never tried to do one yet Di but you have it perfected !!! fab card hun huggles Sue xxx

  19. That is just so pretty, Di. Well done for making it. I don't think I could find enough space to work in to achieve that at the moment. Thank you for your visit and, if anything, what you see is an underestimate of what I got. When you are faced with so many gorgeous goodies at such good prices, what can you do? I need to follow Shaz Brooks's example now and make a list on the Kindle of all the stamps, stencils and masks that I already have. Hope your Spring Cleaning goes well. My shed and garage are being done this weekend. xx Maggie #8

  20. Lovely, especially love the butterflies with lots of bling ! Jan xx

  21. Brilliant and well done you for giving it a go and a great creation you have made, you do make me smile though as you are just like me and have to tell your errors, when no-one would ever know but I can't help it, honesty is the best policy I think you will agree.
    Thanks for your lovely comment but apart from Austin's 29, I have only made another 12 Christmas cards, way behind you, I have to say that I have binned quite a few ,lol.


    Kath x

  22. That is gorgeous Di.
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog re my knee problem. Have to admit that having it done privately is looking more and more a possibility. My son is also urging this route ( and he is one what knows :-) ) Anne x

  23. These box cards just amaze me and, wow, yours is really stunning, Di! Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition from the Butterfly Challenge! Hugs, Darnell

  24. Ok, this is nothing short of spectacular!! I may have to break down and try making one of these now! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  25. WTGo! What a perfect 'card' to fit the occasion over at Mrs. A
    s B/fly challenge too. Congrats to you for being highlited there..and well deserved may I say. You did a wonderful effort your first time out on this technique, and thanks for the link to the Technique Time. (and well done on that one too!). Will try to check this one out. I could use some new techiques. Really pretty, Miss. Hugs & TFS

  26. Cor! That is stunning. I have seen these in blog land and have to admit am terrified of attempting it. I don't create good shapes or folds lol!
    Congratulations for the Butterfly challenge highlight too - you earned that one with your gorgeous card! Karen x

  27. What a gorgeous creation, Di. I keep seeing these fab box cards popping up here and there - think I need to have a go at one x

  28. Now this is a real WOW! Vicky x

  29. Wow, this is fabulous, Di, quite spectacular! Love the papers you've used.



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