Hello! One of my favorite gifts to give during the holiday season is a box of Greeting Cards. This time I decided to make the box match the cards! I used some luxurious, beautiful cardstock from CutCardstock.com for this project.
I started with the Stardream Metallic cardstock in Antique Gold to make the base for my card box. I will also use this cardstock as accents on the cards that I will put in the box so that they coordinate! This cardstock is gorgeous, and such a nice heavy weight. It also cuts beautifully with dies and through an electronic cutting machine! I use a Silhouette Cameo, and found this file for a card box in the Silhouette Design Store – when cutting, I used the Heavyweight Cover stock setting, which use the blade depth 7 and did 2 passes. This created a perfect smooth cut!
The other part to the file has these decorative pieces that can be added to the box to dress it up. I cut this out of the Natural White 100# cardstock. I cut this on the same setting as the gold cardstock, and it worked perfectly.
I started with ink blending the edges of the ivory cardstock, and then stamped on text using a background stamp. Before I did this, I made sure to place the pieces in the orientation that they would go on the box to make sure my text was upright.
When I stamped the text background, I wanted it to have some light and dark areas to the ink, so after inking the background, I used a blending brush just to randomly tap over the stamp before pressing it onto my panels. I thought this gave some interesting variation to the stamping.
After the stamped text background, I chose a more bold background and embossed that in gold on all the pieces.
I find it easier to adhere the decorate panels onto the box before it is all assembled. I did fold at all the score lines so I could see easier how the box needed put together and which orientation to adhere all the panels.
There are slots made in the cutting file for a ribbon to be pulled through and used for closure. I should have deleted that cut in the file before sending it to my Silhouette because I am not going to use a ribbon. I forgot! So I just covered them up with an embellishment and I am using a dot of velcro to keep the box lid closed.
I wanted the cards to coordinate with the box so I used the same Antique Gold and Natural cardstocks for the cards to go in the box. I made the card bases out of the Natural cardstock and used the Antique Gold as a mat layer to add a little shimmer and elegance. I did the same type of ink blending and stamping on the front of the cards that I did on the box panels. All I needed to add was a label with a sentiment and these cards were complete!
I think this is a great, handmade gift for the Holidays!
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