When it comes to gift giving, what can be better from a paper crafter than a set of notecards? I don't know about you, but people in my life absolutely love receiving cards I've made. They really do make the perfect gift. In today's blog post, I'd like to share an extra special, extra quick and easy gift of cards with a homemade box made simply out of a 12" x 12" piece of Designer Series Paper, and what makes it magic is that you put it together without even using any adhesive. Priscilla's Papercrafts shared the idea, which I found on Pinterest, and I couldn't wait to give it a try!
The front of the folder could be mistaken for a simple card when photographed. (And don't you just love the Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper? I had to use it one more time before it retires.)
But when it's opened it's clear it's so much more!
To make the folder, I started with a piece of 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (DSP). Score it one direction at 1 3/4", 5 3/4", 6 1/4", and 10 1/4".
Turn it and score the other direction at 2 1/2" and 8 1/4".
I folded each of the four corners scored lines to make a triangled dog-ear in each corner.
Next I folded the DSP on the 1 3/4" and 10 1/4" score lines.
I flipped the whole piece of DSP, then folded on the 8 1/4" score line...
then the 2 1/2" score line:
The two sides overlap just a tad, so I then tucked the shorter side into the longer side.
Finally, to finish the folder, I folded on the two inner score lines to create a binding to my folder.
When the folder is open, it reveals those sweet little pockets:
The four cards I placed inside the folder are incredibly simple. I used Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes from the Stampin' Up!® catalog, which ends up to be 3 1/2" x 5" in size (which will end up fitting nicely into place inside the folder). I stamped the flower from the Cottage Rose stamp set on the front of the notecard in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used a Blending Brush to apply Crumb Cake ink over it. I added a 1" x 5" Designer Series Paper down the side to jazz it up a little. I even covered the flap of each envelope with Designer Series Paper so they coordinate.
Notice the Label Me Fancy punched pieces in the little baggie...I love this part of the project! I stamped several different sentiments on the labels and put Stampin' Dimensionals on the back. The recipient of this gift, then, can add the desired sentiment onto the card when it's ready to be given, like in the photo below.
How cool is that? I used three different sentiments from the Cottage Rose stamp set on these labels, and I tucked the little baggie into one of the pockets inside the folder.
Did you notice my finished folder of cards has the DSPs flipped from the step by step photos above?
I simply unfolded the one I was making and refolded it the other way, then made a quick decoration using the retiring Layering Circles Dies and another of the stamped flowers from the Cottage Rose stamp set.
To watch as I make this card, check out my video tutorial:
You can see what I used to make this project, along with links for each item to my online store, at the bottom of this blog post.