Friday, June 07, 2013

Card Box Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone! Today I want to share with you a small project that I created as a Birthday gift for my Grandma. 

With all the classes and workshops I do every month, you can imagine how many cards I end up with. So I thought it would be a great idea to decorate a card box and give some of my handmade cards to my Grandma so she has them on hand for birthdays and other occasions. I had a couple card boxes from Close to my Heart sitting in my stash, so I decided to give that a go. However, I  should've tested my cards and envelopes BEFORE starting this project to make sure they would actually fit inside!! CTMH is always so brilliant with their product designs, so I just assumed the card box would fit the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cards that CTMH sells...NEVER assume! Once my box was completed I realized not only wouldn't the cards fit, but I would have to fold the envelopes if I wanted to include those in the box!  I have posted pictures below to show you my solution. For now, here is a look at my card box.

As you can see I went for very saturated colors and a very artsy design. I've been wanting to try this type of textural collage style for quite some time and I have to say it was so much fun!

First I put down some layers of doilies, ripped book text, a variety of laces and my foam letters on the lid. I used Matte Gel by Golden but you could use any type of glue for this step. I didn't worry about the colors of anything since I knew I was going to be applying Gesso over top. 

Then I started selecting random items from my stash (this is a great way to use up the odds and ends from already used packages or items you don't like the color of). I was looking for items that would give me interesting texture and things I figured I would probably not use on a typical project. The little square blue and white tiles worked really well. I have three containers (red, blue and white) of glass tiles that I bought ages ago and have never used. I love how they filled in all those small areas and added some interest without being too bulky. I should mention I did use hot glue to attach most of the 3D embellishments since I was too impatient to wait for other types of glue to dry.

 I forgot to take pictures of the box all covered with Gesso, but that was my next step after everything was attached. I dried the Gesso with a heat tool and then started misting! As you can see above I used a mixture of Dylusions Spray Ink, Color Shine, Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I LOVE spray inks/mists and I was so happy to be able to use them on this project. 

I did dry between layers of the mist so that I could keep building up the color.  It's important to do this project in an area where you can make a big mess! I have the 3'x4' Tattered Angels misting mat and it works great for this...I just wish it was a more neutral color, not that pepto-bismol pink!

I did put paper towel inside my box to try and limit staining, but I ended up painting it black anyways because it was just too hard to keep the mist out.
After the box dried (and I realized my cards wouldn't fit inside) I used a strip of black cardstock with a Velcro dot on the end  to secure the envelopes to the inside of the lid. I also put a small piece of cardstock at the bottom to hold the envelopes so that when the box opened they didn't just fall down inside.

The cards you can see inside are 4" x 5 1/2" and they fit pretty good in that box. I just wish the box was a little wider so the envelopes could also fit in the bottom. Oh well, I made it work!

I hope you found this interesting, please leave me a comment if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by,

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