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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Adorable box to hold standard A2 sized cards

My sister loved the easel card/trinket box I made for her, however, she really wanted a box to hold cards that I make and give her. 

I did my research and found a video on YouTube from  Paula Knall (Knallcrafting), a SU Demonstrator who made a box for a notepad and pen. I had to recalculate the dimensions for A2 cards and created a perfect box. It would hold several cards, but was just too small to hold the envelopes.

Now, I was challenged to make a box large enough to hold several cards and envelopes. I also wanted to make the bottom of the box taller than 1".  I calculated the measurements and figured out that I could only go as high as 1.25" and use this method.

I made a perfect sized box that would hold cards and envies, but when I tried to make the lid, I kept messing up.  Well it took about 4 boxes till I got it right!

I made the box out of Colonial White cardstock and covered it using my last pack of Chantilly papers.  I didn't want the box to just be white, so for the bottom part, I covered all the sides and bottom (inside and outside) of the bottom of the box.

  For the lid, I inked the edges of the top with cotton candy ink and used B&T paper with the light pink pattern.  I layered the bold print with the edges cut with the MS punch with  a piece of cotton candy cardstock peeking out from behind .  I also layered the small green pattern, ruby cs, and the dark pink pattern topped with a white grosgrain ribbon.  I used a MS punch on cotton candy cardstock and put it around the sides.

For embellishments, I added two swirls from the small clear flourishes facing up and down. In the center I put a medium metallic flower.  I placed a large metallic flower on the bold pattern paper and a red sparkle in the centers of a couple of small flowers. 

 If you would be interested in making a box similar to this one (different papers and embellishments), I will put a workshop together. Please send me an email to letting me know.  If you don't live in S. Florida area, I can put the pieces together and mail it to you with full instructions.

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