Hello Lovelies! It is never to early to get started on those Holiday Projects. In this era of digital technology, there are still those who mail out cards through snail mail. I created this project as a gift for someone I know, who LOVES to personalize and mail cards. I married 2 of the Christmas Spectacular kits to create my Cards in a Box. The Cluster Kit and the Card kit. I love how it came out. I have had an unfinished kraft book box in my stash for a few years. This was the perfect time to use it.
To prep the book box, I painted the edges and borders, that were going to be exposed after the papers were adhered, in a green acrylic paint that matched the papers. I covered the outside, using 1 sheet of the 12x12 paper, and covered the inside with another 12x12 sheet of paper. I chose this outside paper because I knew I wanted to go crazy with all of the beautiful Rub-Ons. For the cover of the book box, I adorned it with product from the Christmas Spectacular 2023 Cluster kit. I started using one of the designs, and added to the cluster, using Christmas Spectacular chipboard. Besides the beautiful laser cut flowers in the Cluster Kit, I used Royal Posies flowers in Tomato.
Once again, I used the trim away piece from the 12x12 paper I used, and cut it down to cover the raised parts of the spine. I used some of the Washi Stamps in between. Once the whole box was finished, I used some gilding wax in gold to finish the box. This gave the whole project an old world look, that matched the theme of the gorgeous designs of the collection. How can you go wrong with a bit of gold!!
I was going to create a mini album using the cards from the card kit, then decided to just wrap up the stack of cards, with cards already tucked into the envelopes. I used the elastic cord from the cluster kit to tie them together. They fit perfectly in the box. I am still temped to make that mini though!! We'll see!! Since this will be a gift, I am also going to include the rest of the cards kit contents into this box. This way, the recipient can individualize each card to their liking before mailing them out. I plan on wrapping the card package in red tissue paper, and place one of the seals from the card kit to close it up.
I hope you enjoyed my project, and it gave you some ideas on ways to mix and match the kits from the collections. There are so many possibilities when creating! As I am writing this blog post, more ideas are popping into my head with what else I could have done with this project. Perhaps I will give it a go!!