Christmas Card Boxed Set.

Well, this project is complete.  As complete as I’m going to get it.

Christmas card boxed set

This box has eight (8) 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards and envelopes to fit; eight (8) 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes; seven (7) largish tags; eight (8) 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.

The 3″ x 3″ note cards is the final piece of this boxed set.  To make the card bases you can get 8 from a sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper.  Cut the paper at 9″, 6″, and 3″ to have four strips of 3″ x 12″.  Cut these strips in half at 6″ to achieve the final 3″ x 6″ card bases, then score at 3″ and fold.

To make the card bases from 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock you will get three (3) cards.  Cut the paper horizontally at 8″, 5″, and 3″.  Take the 3″ x 11″ strips and cut them horizontally, again, at 6″.  Score these card bases at 3″ to get your 3″ x 3″ folded card.

The background mat will be cut at 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and your focal image piece will be cut at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

3" x 3" note cards

The Tim Holtz stamps I’ve used throughout this set are almost 2-1/2″ wide.  I selected the area I wanted to feature on the card front and cut it at 2-1/2″.  The images were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to the images for a single color instead of the multiple colors as done in the other cards.

Antique Linen Distress Ink on the image

Last winter I went through my craft room and reorganized and cleaned it.  I knew where everything was….until I went back out on the road in my day job for the rest of the year.  Somewhere in that room I have several 8-1/2″ x 11″ acetate sheets I purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I also have some chipboard Christmas words and ornaments, also purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I can’t find them 😦  These were going to be used on the lid of this box.

I follow the “Frugal Crafter” blog and she has a WOYWW (What’s On Your Work desk Wednesday”) she faithfully posts of her nice clean work room.  This isn’t Wednesday but I’m going to show the avalanche I have going on after the project completion.

What a flaming mess!

I do this to myself every time.  Leave just enough space for me to work in while I push and shove the debris pile as it slides to my work area.  Then comes the wasted time in digging through the pile to find my scissors or my pencil.

If you want to see how this project came together from start to finish I will leave links to each of my posts.

  1. Box creation.  Making the box, lid, and the inserts.
  2. 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards.  Assembly line style.
  3. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes.
  4. Large gift tags made from store bought tags.
  5. 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.  The instructions for the 3″ x 3″ note cards are in this post.

Hope you enjoy creating this gift item.  Now I have to go clean up my mess 😦  Crapazoid.  Maybe next time I’ll put things away as I finish using them.  Well, one can always hope.




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 17:34:39

    Love the dinky 3 x 3 cards and think leaving them one colour off sets the other more colourful cards. Looking forward to seeing the box top when you have finished hunting for the bits and bobs you need 🙂 I have to clean everything away off my desk so that I can use the computer but wonder how tidy I will be when I, finally, get my dedicated craft room?
    So glad you all had a great time yesterday 🙂
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 24, 2012 @ 11:16:14

      Thank you, Lynn. These went together so fast! I still haven’t found my chipboard Christmas ornaments and words nor the acetate sheets but I’ve got my scraps in order.

      Mercy, girlfriend, when you get your own scrap room….no matter how organized you are your room will never have anything within easy reach. Trust me. The more room you have to work in the more exercise you get. Doing squats to look in lower drawers, doing jumping jacks to reach the stuff up high on shelves or on storage units, toe touches as you bend over to get into other storage devices, windmilling your arms when you lose your balance retracing your steps to the chair.

      But having a place to go hide away for several hours, leave an unfinished project on the table to await tomorrow. Priceless 😀

      Love you – Leslie


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