Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tea Light Gift Card Envelope Tutorial

Now you've made the Tea Light gift card, you'll want to make an envelope for it.  You could make a simple box envelope, but I like them shaped so there isn't a lot of empty space.
Step-by-step instructions as follows:

1. Cut a piece of card to 30x18cm and score as per the following template:
The card will then look like this:
2. Now use a metal ruler and craft knife to cut out the shaded areas. 
3. You can now fold all the score lines and glue the box together.  I used double-sided tape for this. (N.B. The tabs on the left should overlap the tabs on the right when you stick them together).  Your envelope should look like this: 
4. Trim the overlapping areas to neaten the edges. 
5. Tie some twine around the base of a large brad, then pierce the centre of the closing tab and push the brad through. 
6. Die-cut/punch a small circle (around 2.5cm. Or you can use a small stamped image or topper) and pierce at the top.  Close the envelope and pierce about 1cm away from the brad in the closing tab.  Push another brad through the circle and the hole in the envelope. 
7. To close, wrap the twine around underneath the circle and pull tight.  Cut the twine so there is enough to do this and thread on a bead or two to finish. 



Monday, 14 October 2013

Tea Light Gift Card Tutorial

I've been seeing a lot of tea light gift cards lately so thought I try one myself. I found a template and made one from this, but the box was too big and the tea lights rattled around.  There also wasn't a closing flap on the bottom of the box, so it looked unfinished and untidy.  
Being a bit of a perfectionist, I altered the template to allow the tea lights to fit snugly and the box to close fully.  Step-by-step instructions as follows:

1. Cut a piece of card to 30x16cm and score/cut as per the following template:


You can score all the lines after measuring then use this as a guide for where to cut. 
2. Your cut card will look like this.  Now fold all the score lines. 
3. Add double-sided tape to the tabs as below then fold the box, starting by sticking tab 1 to tab 2. 
4. Your box should look like this, with the top open.
Insert three tea lights and glue the top of the box shut.  
5. Your completed card will now look like this, ready to be embellished. 
This is my finished card.
I have embellished it using Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Sizzix Sizzlits Flower Die & Textured Impressions Dots embossing folder, Embossalicious Floral Frenzy embossing folder, Papermania brads, Little Claire Designs outline stickers and twine. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

See the next post for an envelope tutorial!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Side Stepper Card

I have enjoyed making my own cards, but for this one I thought I'd be a bit lazy and use a ready-made stepper card.  I bought a pack of side-stepper cards from HunkyDory Crafts, which I will make a template from to be used when I have finished the pack. 
To embellish I have used papers from Papercrafter magazine (issues 64 & 65) plus twine and gems. 
I started by quilling some paper roses, glueing them to card and leaving to dry.  I also cut some leaves from green patterned paper. 
Next I glued different patterned papers to each step of the card.  For the front step I applied PVA glue in a swirly pattern and laid green twine over this.  I then glued the leaves and roses at intervals along the twine. 
For the second step I glued a piece of lace to the top and added teardrop-shaped gems to the paper pattern at intervals. I left this step fairly plain otherwise as I really liked the pattern on the paper.
For the last step I scanned the paper I used for the roses so I could make it 'washout' colour and printed my sentiment on it.  I used the heart-shaped doily to trace a heart on this and cut it out.  I cut out some smaller hearts from another paper and attached these below the sentiment using 3D foam pads. I also added some faux-stitching before glueing the doily to card and attaching to the step. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Allsorts - How Does Your Garden Grow
2. Challenges 4 Everybody - #30 Anything Goes
3. Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #49 Flowers
4. Creative Craft Challenges 2 - 20 Anything Goes
5. Cute Card Thursday - Pretty Ribbons
6. My Time To Craft - #236 Thank You
7. Polkadoodles - wk39 More than one fold
8. Cards Galore - Flowers
9. The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes




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