Friday, September 11, 2009

Boxed Cards

I've discovered a "new" way to give cards as a gift....Or rather a new container to make to put my cards in.....shape boxes.   I have several designs I'm wanting to try....this post is about the house box I made.
Here's how to make one:
--Open your Print Shop program (any program that lets you use different shapes will work - Microsoft Word has some basic shapes that will work - square, circle, triangle, heart etc.)  and insert a shape (in this case a house shape)
--Enlarge the shape to the desired size and print.
This is your template for the front and back of your box
-- Trace your template on the paper you wish to make your box out of. (I made my boxes out of white poster's sturdy and cheap)
--Next cut a strip of posterboard 11 1/2 inches long and about 2 inches wide.
--Score a line 1/4 of and inch in down each side (the long - 11 1/2 inch side)
--Fold these score lines in...this is where you will put your glue when attaching to the front/back of box.
--Center your box front on the long strip and mark your strip on each side.
--Score these lines and fold your strip up to form both sides of your box.
--Glue the front and back to your box bottom/sides.
--Lastly cut patterned paper to cover the front and back of your box and decorate!
Very easy/simple and very versatile in that you can make the box as big or as little as you like --- add handles for a gift bag look.

Here's the set of cards I made to go in my box
I used my Martha Stewart Bird Stamps and the chalking method described here.

Stay tuned for a couple gift bags I made using this same technique!



Christa said...

I love it, and I can't wait to see the gift bags! :)

Cindy Loven said...

I am really enjoying your blog, I followed a link over from Sophia's blog...I love the little box to hold the cards

Nina said...

these are soo pretty.... love them all!