Thursday, 25 March 2010

Cute Card Thursday ~ dimensions

Before I show you my Cute Card Thursday card I would like to show you this little snippet of another new card of mine, you can see the whole thing over on the

This week the theme on CCT is
I decided it would be a good opportunity to try out something I have had in my head for a while. I have been concerned about posting cards with large flower embellishments so either have to put them in a box or risk them being damaged or squashed.
I came up with the idea of a
Theatre Box Card
I have created a tutorial for it below if you would like to give it a try!

First of all I chose my image, a Sugar Nellie stamp called Spring has Sprung and coloured her with distress inks and Twinkling H2O's.

Next I created my card base, it measures 6in x 51/2, it is best to add your designer paper and stick everything down at this stage, the flowers can be added later so as not to disturb them too much.
Next I cut out my Nestibilities 'Curved Rectangles' mine measure 6x4 and 5 1/4 x 3 1/2

You need 4 large and 2 small.

Take 2 of the large and the 2 small ones and score at 1" and 2"

The other 2 large ones will the outer flaps and you need the centre post just slightly larger for a neater fit so score at 1" and the second one will be just after the 2" mark on the dot (see photo)
Next add the four flaps ensuring the smaller ones are attached to the top of the card ie the shorter width. You also want to keep the smallest flap to the front so that you see more of your image.
This is a good time to add your flowers or other embellishments to the inside of the card. I used Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers.
Next I used my nestabilites dies to cut out some designer paper to decorate the flaps on the 2 larger flaps I have left. {These will effectively create the 'curtain' around the stage.} I found cutting them the same size and trimming around the embossed mark made them nice and neat and just left a small card edge.

I attached my ribbon before sticking the designer paper down so that it neatly comes out from beneath.
The designer papers I used are Basic Grey 'lily kate' and ' sugared', both my favourite papers!
Next I attached my outer flaps and now it is beginning to look like a stage hence the 'theatre box' name.

Next, I cut out more designer paper and decorated all the panels on the inside too. I wanted this card to be special inside and out.
I created another panel and decorated the back of the card too. This hides all the flaps and also gives extra strength for mailing.

I added some more Sugar Nellie images to the front, this one is from the stamp 'Peek a bunny'
and also some sweet sentiments from the Whimsy Stamps Sentiment Collection which fit perfectly into the stampin'up punches. The hearts are also stampin' up.
Couldn't resist using the scraps to make a little matching bookmark which also fits into the Spoonful of Sugar challenge this week!

If you got all the way down to the bottom, thank you! If any of you are going to try this then I would love to see your creation so please let me know! I think this makes rather a special Mother's Day card, of course it has already been Mother's Day in the UK but here in the US we still have it to look forward to!
The rest of the Design Team have come up with some amazing creations, please drop by and pay them a visit! As always we have a fabulous prize on offer at CCT so hope you can play along! Looking forward to see these dimensional creations this week!
Have a great day!


Pretty-In-Ink said...

Oh Deb! That's just AMAZING!!!
You are so clever! It's absolutely STUNNING!
All the time and effort that you put into it makes for a really special card!
Great tutorial and very pretty bookmark too!

Julie said...

Absolutely beautiful, a very special creation that's sure to be treasured.

Anonymous said...

Simply stunning Deb, love everything about it.

Jill said...

Really loved your card when I saw it on CCT blog, gorgeous colours, wonderful idea and such a pretty image. Jill x

craftyb said...

WOW Deb...that IS a bit special...CLEVER you designing this new style...and thanks for taking the time to put together such a fab tutorial!

Your theatre card is the papers and cute images...would you believe I have that same image on my desk to play with?...but can't see me getting to it today!! lol I started doing my dad's scrapbook again yesterday and want to get that the cards will have to wait methinks!! bx

Jingle said...

This is gorgeous! WOW! You did such an amazing job with it!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Deb, this is so clever!! I love your box design!! Thanks for the great tut!! I left you a comment on the Inspirations blog! LOVE your creative ideas!!HUGS

nessy said...

what a very special card this is and so beautifully made,so very delicate ~just perfect
vanessa xx

Alley said...

This is lovely as usual. I like the tutorial and must give it a try!! it's very clever.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, how clever are you! It is gorgeous I am going to give this a try and once I do will send you a pic.

Kim Piggott said...

This is so utterly amazing!
Such beautiful work and a wonderful tutorial!
kim x

Sparkplug17 said...

This is just gorgeous!

Bananastamper said...

This is so pretty Deb! Thanks for sharing your tutorial as well!
Shanna :)

Debbie said...

This is just gorgeous Deb,Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us,Thanks also for playing along with ASFOS this week,Hugs Debbie x

Alex said...

Absolutely stunning Deb!! All the pretty details are amazing! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

raindropecho said...

Oh my goodness Deb, this is such a great creation and a wonderful tutorial to boot! Love the scene and how you've got little "portraits" of things on the front. So cool!!

Annie said...

wow Deb! a stunning creation and a fabulous tutorial, thanks!
hugs, annie x

Rose Ann said...

Your Theatre Box Card is absolutely gorgeous, Deb!! Thanks so much for the tutorial as well!! Incredible!!

Jill said...

wow wow wow Deb, this is stunning, you are one talented lady, I love the image, your colouring is just amazing and the papers are beautiful can you tell I loved it lol hugs Jill xx

Risa said...

What a stunning project Deb! Your decorate box is fabulous in every way and very inspiring!!

Andrea, said...

This is wonderful Deb, great card design and gorgeous colours and image

Anonymous said...

Deb This is `stunningly Beautiful` what a fabulous Tutorial..You are sooo creative..TFI:)xxx

Marley said...

Hi Deb,

Thank you so much for your comment on my candy.. would you like to play?? You make the most wonderfull cards and it would be such an honour to recieve one from you on my 21 birthday!!

This is such a great tutorial! Gonna try it.. thank you for sharing!! Big hugs for you! Marley

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Deb this is just fantastic! With being sick at the end of the week, I'm only just seeing it now...I must try this! It's such a beautiful creation and what a genius way to use those Nesties too. I was just thinking the other day that I never use those particular ones, so this is a perfect chance to try them out! Thank you for the brilliant tutorial too! :)

Tasha said...

WOW Deb this design is so creative! And the finished result is stunning! Gorgeous image too
love tasha xx

Kelly L said...

Wowwww,*picking my jaw up off the desk* This is stuuuuuunning, Deb!!! I am sure your Mom will LOVE it! I know mine would. You have really set that bar high. I may have to try my hand at one like this for my mother. :) oooh, if only mine is half as nice. Hugs, Kel

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW - what an AMAZING idea! Will HAVE to try it out sometime - thanx for the instructions!

AmethystCat said...

wowza! Amazing!

jojo79 said...

Wow - this is amazing. Thanks for the tutorial - I will be making one of these soon.