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Handmade Card Gift Set With Instructions by Marla

Do you want to give someone a gift that keeps on giving? Then this handmade card gift set is the perfect way to go! Marla used her talents to create this gorgeous card gift set using the Golden Basics paper pack. Follow her step-by-step instructions and create your own gift set…
Handmade Gift Card Set

Card Instructions

  • The final side-folding cards measure 128 x 88 mm- this size can be adjusted according to the size of the box.
  • Heavyweight white cardstock was cut to 128 x 176 mm size and scored in half to create the card base.
  • The Golden Basics patterned paper was cut with scalloped-edge thin metal dies in a diecut machine. The die I used also cuts out the inside piece with a stitched detail as it is intended to create a frame (photo attached). However, I popped the inside piece back in. I did consider mixing the frames and inside pieces with the different patterned paper, but it would have been a little too tricky to ensure that the dots on the paper would align perfectly and because I am OCD I decided it was better for my sanity to keep it uniform 😊
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  • For the knitted pattern panel, I lightly ink blended distress oxide with a foam blender on 300 gsm watercolour cardstock. The watercolour cardstock has some texture and I also intentionally did not ensure an even blend, together creating darker and lighter areas to better match the style of the pattern paper. I then stamped a background stamp using distress oxide ink (zoom in to see the wonderful oxidation and colour variation that this ink introduces, which again coordinates so nicely with the pattern paper style). I love these inks, they really add dimension to any stamped image. I diecut with a stitched metal die and matted the diecut panel with a slightly larger white panel to create a very thin border.
  • The sentiments were stamped with VersaMark clear embossing ink and heat embossed with gold powder. A stitched sentiment metal die was used to cut the stamped sentiment. Three different sentiments were used so that the cards can be appropriate for different occasions.
  • The animals were stamped with ink and on paper appropriate for alcohol inks. Alcohol inks are my go-to for colouring, but any other medium could be used.
  • All the components were assembled on the card base, with the coloured images as the final layer, which were popped up using double-sided foam tape for dimension.
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Envelope Instructions

  • The Golden Basics collection is perfect for creating beautiful double-sided envelopes. Each card has a coordinating envelope.
  • The We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board was used to create the envelopes, following their instructions.
  • The punch board provides the paper size that should be cut for a number of card sizes. However, my cards did not fit any of their pre-determined card sizes, and I needed an envelope that fitted the box perfectly. A friend of mine (Careena Koch) introduced me to this wonderful online tool: The Crafty Envelope Punch Board Calculator, which enables you to make the perfect sized envelope for ANY card size.
  • CLICK HERE for the Crafty Envelope Punch Board Calculator
  • The measurements given by the calculator is for an envelope slightly bigger than the card. I needed a snug fit, therefore adjusted my measurements slightly- for my sized cards, I cut the paper 176 x 176 mm, and scored at 10.2.

Box Instructions

  • I used a 3rd party die to cut the box bottom and lid from Kraft cardstock.
  • The die set includes dies to cut decorative corners and also a strip that wraps around the box as the belly band. These were cut from the patterned paper.
  • I cut a piece of the black pattern paper (Midnight) to fit on the box lid, and diecut the blue paper (Stormy Seas) with a scallop die which was layered over the black striped panel.
  • I diecut the knitted stamped background with a stitched scallop circle die. I also used the same die to cut a piece of the maroon patterned paper (Mexican Red) which I then trimmed with a straight edge to cover approximately one-third of the bottom of the stamped panel.
  • The images were stamped and coloured as described above. The zebra and giraffe were glued directly onto the circle piece, and the cat was popped up slightly using double-sided foam tape.
  • The circle was then adhered to the belly band strip. Make sure not to pull the strip too tightly around the box, to ensure that it can slip on and off the box easily.
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This is truly the gift that keeps on giving! Will you create the card gift set? Let us know in the comment below…

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