Tuesday, February 9, 2021

One Sheet Wonder Box and cards

Hi all,

How are you all doing in the current lockdown? Well I hope. My Auntie always asks me to make her greeting cards for her to give to friends and family and because she's on her own during lockdown, I decided to cheer her up by making a one sheet wonder (OSW) gift set of a box and cards. For those of you that don't know what a OSW is, it's where you take a sheet of card (either one you've stamped yourself or from a piece of patterned cardstock that you already have.

I decided I would stamp mine using the Pretty Perennials set from the current mini January to June 2021 catalogue. The great thing about stamping them, is each sheet comes out differently so they're always unique. I made two - one for the box and one for a set of 4 cards to include in the box. I picked bright and cheery colours. 

To create the box

Using your chosen card base e.g. A4 sheet of cardstock that measures 21cm x 29.7cm. If you’re in the USA, I would suggest cutting a 12x12” sheet down to A4 size.

1. Stamp your images using your chosen stamp set and ink colours.

2. When you’ve completed stamping, score on all sides at 2.5cm.

3. Then fold one short edge to the score line on the opposite side.

4. Then repeat the process in the opposite direction. This will leave you with a spine the same width of the other score lines (2.5cm). 

      5. Burnish all the score lines.

6. Cut the tabs and angle them slightly to allow for easy alignment as shown by the solid lines in the picture above.

7. When folded in half, on one end stick the tabs to the sides. 

8. Then stick the middle tabs to the sides. This will make it look like a book. 

9.Then stick the remaining tabs to the box.  

Tip: I found the easiest way to line up the tabs and ensure a snug fit, was to close the box and then stick the remaining tabs into place.

My box fitted 4 notecard size very easily.

To create the cards

Using your chosen card base e.g. A4 sheet of cardstock, measuring 21cm x 29.7cm. If you’re in the USA, you could cut a 12x12” sheet down to A4 size, however, you could do the same technique with one sheet of 8.5” x 11” cardstock.

1. Stamp your images using your chosen stamp set and ink colours.

2. Then cut the sheet on the short side into two strips of 10.5cm as indicated by the dotted lines in the picture below.

3. Then cut your strips to 14.4cm. This will give you 4 card layers.

What do you think? I'd love to see what you create. 

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