Friday, May 27, 2016

Card, Box, or Both?

Hello, it's a lovely day here today - I wonder if it will stay that way for the whole w/e?  Surely not!  It's a Bank Holiday Weekend, after all!
It's Dawn's turn to set the challenge at The Daring Cardmakers this week, and this time its definitely more of a technique challenge as we've all been making box cards.
These are the cards that fold flat to go in an envelope but then pop out to make a 3D box, with flaps that flop down to show all the embellishments hidden inside.
I really enjoy making these, but tend to get a bit carried away!
This time I went with a nautical sort of theme and made this
There are loads of tutorials for the basic box-card structure on the 
web, like this one HERE
Once you know it works, it's pretty easy to make then to fit whatever envelope you want to use.  It may mean you need to use a couple of sheets of card and have more than one  tab to join the  pieces with, but really you can go mad and make them however you like.
Inside the box you need to add some spacer bars, which are simply strips of card cut and folded to fit inside.  These stabilise the box when it's standing open and are used to attach your embellishments to.
I took a photo looking into the box so you can see the "innards"

This is a big card when it's flat - it measures about 20cms square when folded flat. I used the envelope to work out how to cut 2 A4 sheets of card, making sure to add a couple of cms extra for the tabs

I used a selection of 12x12, 8x8 and 6x6 papers from Authentique and 
Graphic 45 for this project.  
Embellishing pieces;
Die-cut stickers from the paper sets;
(eg. anchor, ship, 'by the sea' on back piece)
Hand cut from some of the flat papers;
(eg. shells, 'By the Sea' banner, Lighthouse)
Own templates cut on Silhouette Cameo;
(eg. Windsurfer, beach ball)
(2x yachts) 
Printed images
(eg. Ship's wheel, Dolphins, Lifebelt)

The team have made some wonderful cards this week - there are loads of ideas showing how versatile this style of card is.  Maybe you've seen them, but never made one - well, this week we give you the perfect excuse to have a go!

Thank you so much for popping by today, I hope you'll leave a message - I'll always make a return visit to your own blog as it's always fun and inspiring to see what other crafters make
All for now



Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a stunning box card. Everyone loves these cards. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is fabulous Kathy! I love the nautical theme and beautiful papers.
Linda xxx

Shabneez said...

Great nautical themed box card Kathy. They are a lot of fun. I've not made one in ages - will try and fit one in! Shabneez xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

fantastic and great boxcard Kathy
Gr Karin

Laine said...

Fabulous box card Kathy. Love the theme and stunning detail.

Cathy Clowes said...

I love box cards, Kathy, and yours is stunning. Fabulous theme. Cathy x

Anonymous said...

Love these box cards, great theme, love all the embellishments.

Hugs Erin xx

Janet Packer said...

This is a fantastic box card Kathy. I love them, so versitile.

Katie Lamb said...

Brilliant pop up box. Love the nauticle theme and all the bits to look at

Andree said...

A fabulous pop up box Kathy. The elements and papers you've used are wonderful xx

Dawn Lancaster said...

Awesome! I love this style of card bt am yet to attempt one!
Dawn xx

Angelnorth said...

Great box card Kathy - you could keep looking at that for ages and finding new bits you hadn't noticed before!

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

WOW, this is just amazing. How gorgeous.

Brawny said...

Fabulous card Kathy x