Apparently I have been a bit out of the loop lately. The Card in a Box technique is more popular than I imagined and the first time I saw one was this lovely example on Miss Dixie’s Blog - Happy 4th. She used a cut file for the Silhouette, but my machine is smaller and I didn’t think the files would fit. So I did what I always do - I Googled it. Oh myyyy…there are so many examples out there. I found the instructions for this version on Splitcoast Stampers and SO many other variations, many of which I pinned to my Pinterest board.
I have a pen friend who has been feeling a bit under the weather, so I decided to try my hand at this fabulous new (to me) trend.
The flowers and such are attached to acetate and then to 2 strips inserted into the middle of the box. Two things I learned from this card:
1. The acetate must be fairly sturdy. Overhead transparencies are not strong enough to hold up the die cuts. It would have looked more like a garden in dire need of watering (droopy flowers).
2. Arrange and adhere the elements on the strips before adding them into the box.
I used Scor-Tape to attach the things to the acetate strips and to the inserts and although I haven’t heard from her yet, I think it probably arrived intact. There are some versions that can be mailed in a standard A2 envelope, but this one is larger and had to be sent in a great big envelope.
Check out the links above and make one of these yourself. They are lots of fun to make and I’m sure the recipient will think you are a freakin’ genius! Which, as we all know, you are :-).
Paper: Doodlebug Design patterned paper, BoBunny Dot Patterned Paper
Dies: My Favorite Things Plentiful Petals and Fancy Flourish, Impression Obsession Heart Set
Punches: Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, EK Success Star Punch