I planned to post this yesterday but had forgotten about our Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop (if you haven’t seen the projects CASE’d from the new catalog, you should totally take a look!) But never fear! I’m back with my customized version of the card in a box so that it will be a long card AND you can use an 8-1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock. Here is the card I made as my prototype:
If you recall, my other card in a box was skinnier and taller. This was the default size I saw all over the web. But I really wanted something longer and so I started futzing with the dimensions and other example I saw online. The important thing for me was to have it only use an 8-1/2” x 11” piece of paper. Most of the dimensions I kept coming up with would have made me use a 12×12 piece of cardstock, which is totally fine, but I have WAY MORE letter sized paper and so I wanted to use that.
It still fits in a regular envelope….
And when you pull it out, it lays flat… see the white looking edges around the cardstock. Did you know if you sanded Core’dinations cardstock just on the edges you get this cool border look without needing any ink?
And for the back, I didn’t know what I wanted to say, so I just added more of the Flower Shop and Petite Petal flowers to perk it up.
I used a TON of tools on this card but that is the fun of this type of card. You can keep embellishing and decorating to make it as fun and fancy as you want. I loved the touches of the Hardwood stamp on Crumb Cake cardstock in the background to make it look like a fence. And making the grass by taking a strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and tearing off one edge (the long edge) and then cutting down with the fringe scissors. It makes it look so much nicer than if you don’t tear and then just cut with the scissors.
I’ve decided to post my instructions for how to make this card/box. They don’t include the decorating instructions for the card above, but it gives you the templates and directions for making both sizes of the base box. From there you can decorate in whatever way your heart desires!
Get the PDF Instructions for the Card in a Box
If you are going to make this type of card at home you can use the supplies you have lying around, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you use the following for the best effect on your card:
|Sticky Strip – for making sure everything holds together because you will be folding and opening and moving it a LOT||Window Sheets – So your pop up elements can have some movement and take center stage without cardstock strips getting in your way|
So, I hope you enjoy this card and tutorial – and if you do, leave me a comment and let me know! I don’t normally do tutorials but I thought you might like this one.
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Stampin’ Up Supplies Used
Stamps – Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Hardwood, Delightful Dozen (retired)
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals (retired), Pool Party
Paper – Crumb Cake cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, Raspberry Ripple Core’dinations cardstock (retired), Pear Pizzazz cardstock, So Saffron, Window Sheets
Accessories – Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Fringe Scissors, Decorative Label Punch, Wide Oval punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Subtles candy dots
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