Card in a Box

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Happy New Year!  So happy to be sharing another year of my little creations with you, thank you so much for all your comments, support and kind encouragement over the last couple of years.  I hope I can continue to provide a little inspiration for you into 2014.  So to kick things off I wanted to share with you my version of the ‘Card in a Box’ idea that I originally saw in a video by Monica Gale (a UK Stampin’ Up! demonstrator).  I loved the idea and went ahead and followed her instructions to make one using the upcoming Sale-A-Bration DSP Sweet Sorbet with the Petal Parade Stamp Set.  

This is what I came up with on my first attempt.

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I really loved the idea but the finished folded card is too big for a standard envelope, however you can certainly use the Envelope Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! to make a coordinating envelope.

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I am always looking for ways to make things easier (and cheaper LOL) so thought that with just a little tweaking this card could easily fit into a pre-made Stampin’ Up! C6 envelope that we can purchase in the Australian/New Zealand catalogue.  This version of my card in a box is made using the Gingham Garden DSP and the Backyard Basics stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  The Backyard Basics come with coordinating framelits which make creating this card so much quicker than hand cutting out the elements (which is how I made the Petal Parade version!)

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This was my first real play with the Backyard Basics set and I have a feeling it won’t be my last!  

The writing panel for my version of this great card is a little narrower than Monica’s version but you can still write heaps on it and you could always write sideways along the length of the card!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Card in a Box Garden back

I thought I would do a video for the measurements of my modified version (finished folded dimensions 4-1/4″ x 6″) for those crafters like me that don’t always want to bother with a custom envelope.

I have another one of these Card in a Box creations with a ‘male’ theme that I will share in a post tomorrow.

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  1. witchduck says:

    This is awesome. Thank you for sharing this. It’s going to make great thank you cards that I will be sending.

  2. Glenda P says:

    Thank you for showing exactly how it is put together. I have made some of these from another bloggers measurements but have had a few problems with the construction. Your instructions made it look a lot easier and I really like the smaller size.

    Hope you have a very successful and happy new year.

  3. Liz Cushion says:

    Can’t wait to try this as my first project of the new year! TFS

  4. Donna Zammit says:

    Tanya, this is just gorgeous. I do like the smaller size. My mum is turning 70 in a few weeks and I think this will be the perfect type of card to send her….something a bit special. TFS once again. Hoping 2014 is fulfilling for you and you achieve everything you desire and more. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  5. Mitzi Luttrull says:

    What a gorgeous way to bring in the new year! Thank you, Tanya for sharing your creativity!

  6. Sue Duffy says:

    Wow! This is insane! TFS, Tanya.

  7. Marie Hopkins says:

    Fantastic card and so easy to understand instructions – just love it – thank you for sharing

  8. Linda says:

    Love this…plan on making my daughter-in-law this for her b-day…thanks for sharing and adjusting the measurements from Monica’s version both of you are very talented

  9. Victoria says:

    It is great! This card can be for anyone. It just depends on how you decorate it. Love it, thank you for sharing

  10. Monika says:

    this is great , my first one was a bit dodgy but the next will be ok….thank for sharing and a Happy New Year

  11. Tammy says:

    This is a great tutorial! one question, though: as my English isn’t that good, what is the size of the two little strips? I listened to it again and again and couldn’t figure it out. Thanks!

    • Stamping T! says:

      The two insert pieces are 3-1/8″ x 1-1/8″. I need to work on pronouncing my 1/8″ a bit clearer, it is hard to hear what I am saying *sorry*. Thank you for getting me to clarify that.

  12. Ana says:

    thank you for sharing, I made one following your video.

  13. Holly Saveur says:

    Thanks for sharing this video and gorgeous cards and ideas!

  14. witchduck says:

    I hate to be a pain but do you have a spot on your blog that gives the dimension in print. Thank you so much.

  15. Maureen says:

    Lovely and your instructions are great

  16. Helen says:

    Thanks Tanya for sharing.
    I love it, my niece has a st birthday this year it would be good for her card.

  17. Margarita Dickens says:

    I have just discovered this card in a box, what a marvelous idea.

  18. Jenny Adams says:

    Tanya thank you so much for the video and measurements – just completed my first and I love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Nikki Spencer says:

    Thanks heaps T! always an inspiration, love it…I’m off to have a go..:0) xx

  20. Christine Giuda says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial.

  21. Patrice says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make a really easy to follow, and WOW tutorial. I’ve just followed along and made my first card in a box. Totally awesome.


  22. ineke says:

    Hi, I love the adjustments you made to fit a standard size envelop. Do you have the measurements other than in the video?

  23. Lisa says:

    I bought the Backyard Basics bundle because I LOVED your card! Can you give me a hint on how you colored your pieces? I have not had any success with getting mine to look anything like yours! Please Help!!!

    • Stamping T! says:

      Hi Lisa

      The tip I can give you is that I use a combination of ‘marker pens’ and blender pens (with the ink pad). I use the marker pen to colour in the ‘highlight’ (which are the darker) areas of the images I then use the same colour ink pad as the marker pen to colour in the other (lighter coloured) areas.

      Not sure this helps but a little bit of practice is all it takes really.


  24. Lisa says:

    I bought the backyard basics because of this card! I love how you did it! I have not been able to get my pieces to look as bold as yours are.can you share how and what you used to color the pieces? Thanks!!!

  25. janine smith says:

    Thanks very much for that..Not as hard as it looks

  26. Edna says:

    hi, I come from Pinterest, I would like to know what flower stamps set you are using for this card,

    • Stamping T! says:

      Hi Edna

      The flowers are from the Stampin’ Up! set called ‘Backyard Basics’, it has the matching framelits with them to help out cut them out with is great.


  27. Beth says:

    Love your video & card! What size do you make the window sheet tabs for your pop-ups? Thanks for your help, Beth

  28. Mjuarez808 says:

    Love this tutorial I was so inspired that I made a card for my mother for Mother’s Day and a matching cystine envelope.

  29. Paula Sabrinskas says:

    Than you for showing this lovely card. I will try and make one for my sister-in-laws 60th birthday coming up.

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