I wanted to create a card that I would hopefully see on my manager's desk and my sons' teacher's desks, since school opening is coming up soon. I thought this card in a box is a perfect project for that mission.
When we were on vacation, I brought limited craft supplies. It includes 2 stamp sets (both layering stamp sets), 6 regular sized ink pads, 3 mini cube ink pads (which I think is great for traveling), cardstock, 3 acrylic blocks, stamp cleaner (I was going to practice layered stamping), 2 printed digital stamp images, and a marker set. Because of these limited supplies, I was able to practice my layered stamping which I am struggling with. I stamped each image with enough spacing in between so I can die cut these images once I got back home.
The difficulty in die cutting these WPlus9 images is that the die comes as a solid piece unlike other metal dies which comes as an outline, making it easy to line it up with the stamped image. I think, it would have been easier if I die cut the cardstock first, then stamped the image on it to get perfect alignment. Oh, well. Too late for that and I don't want to waste the sheets of stamped images I already made. So I just lined the die to the image to the best that I can. It is not a perfect cut but the artistic touch of the image makes the uneven cut tolerable.
There are lots of tutorials for card in the box online. The one that I find most helpful and easy is from http://www.thenoncraftycrafter.com. Narelle created a file in Cricut Design Space for a card in a box which includes the box, the insert, the layers and even an envelope! Just like Narelle, I only cut the box, the insert and the envelope using the CDS file. I used an old Doodlebug Design patterned paper for the layers.
I cut strips of acetate to attach the die cuts to. I used mini-Glue Dots to adhere the die cuts to the acetate. I think the key to creating a card in a box is to have plenty of elements for embellishment. Once I am satisfied with how my card looked, I worked on the sentiment.
If I will recreate this card, I would have not adhered the front tab paper until I have a plan on how to add a sentiment. I would have stamped the sentiment onto this front tab paper then adhered it the front tab. But since everything is adhered. I cut a vellum to heat embossed the sentiment to. To adhere this, I applied dots of liquid glue to the back of the vellum, where the letters are embossed. The sentiment is from Li'l Inker Design Greetings & Salutations stamp set.
For the envelope, I cut a patterned paper bought from Michaels using the file mentioned above. I cut off a bit of the flap to make it even when it is folded. Since I am on the CDS, I went ahead and wrote the recipient's name using Ranger Embossing pen. Yes, it fits in the Cricut Explore. I embossed this with black embossing powder.
Thank you Narelle for sharing a very helpful CDS file! Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!
Maria Giselle B.
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