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Box sets....

Hi, hello!  Norine back again this week with some card sets in boxes.  I love making cards (that's kinda why I'm here) but I'm not as good at sending them out, so sometimes I'll collect a few that go together, make them into a set and give them away to others who can use them.  Today though, I began with the intention to made 3 sets specifically for gifts.

This post is less about the packaging of these cards, than the cards themselves, but I wanted you to see what they all looked like before we open them up and I show you the cards inside! 

I used the new monogram stamps from Concord & 9th for all the cards.  And in the end they are all Thank you cards.  Hello cards will come another day!

This set was created by experimenting with ink colors.  It wasn't actually the look I was going for but after stamping off a 2nd generation inking a couple of times, I decided I really liked the look of distressed denim and I expect I'll be trying it again.  

The next set of cards are also stamped with premium dye inks, that darken into very rich shades with multiple stampings.  Which wouldn't be nearly so easy to do without the invention of the amazing MISTI.  

Making sets of four cards meant using up a whole sheet of my sadly neglected 12"x12" scrapbook paper, which made me happy!

In each of the sets I'm showing you today, after stamping the solid background and letting it dry, then adding in the leaves and flower layers with other colors, I stamped the thank you sentiment on strips of vellum and wrapped them around the monogram image.  Then each is mounted with foam tape onto the coordinating patterned paper card bases.

Both the card box above and the navy one before that, have been stamped with a floral background stamp from The Stamp Market with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder and the first box set shown in this post was stamped (with the same floral background stamp) and heat embossed with white.

If you're interested in making some boxes for your A2 sized cards, here are the dimensions and basic instructions.

For the card box: Cut a strip of card stock 4 1/4" x 12" and score at 4 1/2", 5 1/4", 9 3/4" and 10 1/2". Then score along the length at 3/4".  Fold along all the score lines with a bone folder.  Cut notches into the small squares created by the scoring lines, then fold up the box and glue the back and bottom together with good strong double-sided adhesive tape like this one from Elizabeth Crafts.

For the flap: Cut a strip of card stock 4 1/2" x 11" and score at 5 7/8" and 6 5/8".  Trim the front flap portion with a decorative die, preferably one with a V point to make it easier to tuck the flap under the band.  Using strong double sided tape, glue the back of the box to the longest portion of the flap and fold it over the top.  

If you plan to stamp on any portion of the card box, you'll want to do that after scoring but before adhering anything.

For the closure band:  Cut a strip of coordinating patterned paper 3/4" (or the width you prefer) x 12" long.  Trim the edges with Deco scissors if desired.  Wrap the band around the box and adhere to itself and the box on the back of the flap.  Fill your box with 4-6 cards and envelopes and tuck flap under the band.  Embellish as desired.

Have a lovely day!


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