Thursday, October 8, 2020

Birthday Box Card

Hello there.  I had so much fun making my first box card that I wanted to make a birthday version for a crafty blog friend whose birthday is today!  I didn’t think it would arrive in time, but surprisingly, she got it today! ๐ŸŽ‰   She loves Gerda Steiner Designs (GSD) and I’ve had the Cheerful Hedgehogs collecting dust on my shelf for a couple of years... or longer(?) ๐Ÿ™ˆ   So I dusted it off to make this.

This is an A2 sized box card.  Because I wanted one of the hedgehogs to float up in the air hanging onto balloons from new Sunny Studio (SS) Floating By stamp set, I made it portrait style.  Started by creating the base and inside shelves from Bristol paper.  First, two strips were trimmed to 1.25” x 4.75”and scored on the long side at 1.25” and 4.25”.  Added strong adhesive to the 0.5” tab area and connected them together to form the rectangle box base.  A 3”Wx5.25”H panel was adhered on the outside of the back of the box.  Left 0.25” leeway so that the balloons can extend past the top and still fit into an A2 size envelope.


The inside shelf pieces are 3.5” x 1”, scored 0.25” from each end, then die cut with the Grassy Fields border die from My Favorite Things.  Coloured them and the front piece with Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn distress inks (DI) and blender brushes.  Flicked some water and blot with a paper towel to give them texture.  On a 2.75”x5” panel, ink blended Salty Ocean DI over a cloud stencil from Honey Bee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder to create the sky background.  Spritz with water as well for texture then adhered to the back panel from the inside the box.


All images (the gift and half-eaten cupcake are from GSD On the Table stamp set) were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It cardstock, coloured with Copic Sketch markers and Polychromos pencils, then die cut out with the coordinating dies.  To cover the alcohol ink that bled through to the backside, a white die-cut was adhered behind.  I didn’t think about the extra weight this added to the images until I tried to suspend the balloon floating hedgehog with acetate and it was too heavy to hold them upright.  To solve that, I created two pop-up rectangle pieces (pictured below) and adhered them directly to the back panel.  I could have used foam tape, but I needed it to be mail friendly.  White heat embossed the sentiment from the SS balloon set on black cardstock to finish.



18 comments:

Brenda in IN said...

The movement of the hedge hog floating is adorable. I love the box card and that beautiful sky. They are sure having fun celebrating a birthday.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Super cute quartet of hedgies in your little box card, Trina! Especially love how you suspended the floating ones!! Great coloring as always and I love the cloud background you created too!!

Viv said...

Such a fun and clever card here Trina, I love it ;)..sorry for the late commenting again too!

Mac Mable said...

Such a fun and happy card and the adorable hedgie floating up with his balloons sure is loving it. So creative and a fabulous box card Trina x.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow! A fab birthday box card! Love it's cuteness!!! Adorable and so well planned! Thanks for the inspiration!

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Trina, well, you know I LOVE hedgehogs. What a super box birthday card you've created using that Cheerful Hedgehogs set combined with the wonderfully stencilled background clouds. A great design and lovely, bright colours. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week.

Izzy Scrap said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it so much, Trina ! And you’re wrong, it arrived exactly today ! It is even stunner IRL. So many lovely details and such a gorgeous design. Thank you so much my friend, you made my day very special. Hugs xx

Christine Alexander said...

Trina, your card is so adorable, the box card gives so much more dimension to your hedgehog flying with his balloons :)

Bonnie said...

Awesome, vibrant coloring and such wonderful dimension! Such a fun card, my friend! I'm sure the birthday girl is enjoying it!

Maria said...

Oh, such an awesome box card! Super cute with the darling hedge hogs, so creative! Fab color as always!

Loll said...

What a fun birthday card Trina! LOVE all the amazing details ... and those adorable hedgies! Great design! xx

Witchcrafted Life said...

Awesomely adorable card! What a fun, cheerful make and celebration of one of nature's cutest critters.

Autumn Zenith ๐ŸŽƒ Witchcrafted Life

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a fun and cute box birthday card, Trina! The bright & colorful balloons look amazing against the gorgeous sky, and the hedgehogs are adorable! So clever to create two pop-up rectangle pieces to make the card mail-friendly!
Hideko xx

Darnell said...

I think this is my new favorite card of yours, Trina! What a lot of work, but how colorful, cute, and fun ~ and satisfying ~ it must be to complete it! I love the look, the hedgies having fun in the box, and the clever way you adhered the hedgie floating away on his colorful balloons!! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! I hope you're keeping well! Hugs, Darnell

Created by Kath said...

Cute hedgehogs! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge! Kath-DT

Penny Hanuszak said...

Box cards are such fun cards to receive and yours I'm sure totally delighted your crafty friend. What a great idea having the little Hedge Hog floating with the balloons. Beautiful card Trina, your colouring always amazes me. Cheers. Penny

Carol L said...

This is such a fun creation with amazing coloring! Those little hedgies are having some really fun times with a birthday celebration! CUTE!

Izzy Scrap said...

I forgot, thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Uniko with this beauty ! xx