Card: It's Your Day

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Do you ever have one of those days when you want to send a card to a friend but don't have one handy? That is exactly why I like to create cards as gift sets. I usually make a gift set of four cards (each one a bit different from the other) and then I make a matching storage box and give them as a gift set to my family and friends. This entire process makes me happy because I made the cards and then gave them as a gift... it makes my family/friends happy to receive the gift (I hope)... and then they can pass on the happiness as they add a personal note inside the card before mailing it out.

Here is a gift set I made today (and the instructions to make one yourself). Get creative and use whatever paper or die sets you have... this is just one example.

To start my cards I used my CTMH "It's Your Day" die and cut numerous pieces of primary color cardstock using my Cricut Cuttlebug.

Next I cut some white card stock into rectangles 3.75" x 5" to use as bases for the die cuts. I then glued them together (mixing the colors) as if I was working a jigsaw puzzle.

To add some texture, I used my Cricut Cuttlebug to emboss the card top. By embossing the card top I was able to make sure the Tombow adhesive was well adhered and it adds texture to the card.

I used a different embossing folder for each card because I like to make sure each card is unique. Then I simply built the cards using a 4" x 5.25" coordinating color of cardstock under the card top, and then attached the colored cardstock to a white card base (cut 4.25" x 11" and then folded in half). I used some foam tape to add a bit more dimension when attaching the colored cardstock to the card base.

The next step was to make a matching gift box. I started by making another "card top", but this time I used my Copic markers to add the primary colors to the white card base. I also used a shimmer pen to add some sparkle. By coloring (instead of piecing the cardstock) I was able to keep the top thinner and not as "heavy" on the box.

Using my punch board I then cut and scored the perfect A2 sized box to put the cards and envelopes into.

Lastly I added the Copic colored card top to the box before folding and assembling the box.

Creating your own gift sets is a fun way to let your friends know you are thinking about them, plus it may save them the expense and time spent card shopping! It is also a fun way to share your love of paper crafting.

If you create a gift set be sure to tell me about it in the comment section below. I always love hearing from you and am happy to answer any paper crafting questions I can. We can learn from each other!

Happy Paper Crafting,