Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and I’m back today with my first project using the PhotoPlay Belle Fleur Collection. For this project, I will be making a greeting card box set with four cards. To me, these papers are ideal for card-making, so I wanted my first project to include some fun, yet flat cards. If you’re new to the PhotoPlay paper lines like me, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. The cardstock is smooth in finish and rich in color. Additionally, the medium weight of the papers is good for cards, scrapbook layout, or mixed media project.
For my sample greeting cards, I will be using the PhotoPlay Belle Fleur collection pack. Then, I will be embellishing my cards with several other products. First, I will use the coordinating stamp elements and dies elements on my greeting cards. Also, I will use the chipboard stickers, brads, and ephemera pack. Finally, I will be using the new Graphic 45 inks in Classic Black and Lovely Lilac for my cards.
Belle Fleur Cards
The base of each greeting card is made with plain 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock, cut and scored to measure 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”. I have selected shades of purple and pink to match the collection papers. In order to keep each greeting card flat, I will add interest through layers rather than bulky elements.
The dress die and stamp are so easy to use. Simply stamp your image on the design paper and then use the die to cut it out. I did shape my dress by folding it up slightly and added thin dimensional foam under portions of the dress.
To give the look of dimension, I will use the banner, frame, and journaling card to create the background on my greeting card. Then, The sentiment is lifted with thin dimensional adhesive
Another simple card, using strips of the design paper will give the illusion of depth. Paired with the floral frame and teacup sticker, the greeting card base has a multi-layered look. Then, the chipboard sticker gives just a touch of dimension while remaining flat for mailing.
And last but not least, adding several successively smaller layers of design paper is the easiest way to achieve a dimensional look. For this card, I will use my ticket stub corner rounder for added interest. The chipboard stickers in the center of the card add slight dimension, and the ribbon gives the greeting card some texture.
Inside of the Cards
For the inside of each card, I will use the stamps from the collection and my Graphic 45 ink. Also, I will use elements from the collection pack such as the cut apart cards and stickers to add a bit of decoration. Overall, they’re very plain so the sender can use the cards for many occasions.
The Greeting Card Box
To make the greeting card box, select one of the design papers or a piece of solid cardstock. Then, cut to 9” x 12”. On the 9” side, score at 1/2”, 1 1/2”, 7 1/2”, and 8 1/2”. Then, turn 90 degrees and score at 4 1/4” 5 1/4”, 9 3/4” and 10 3/4” on the 12” side. Fold on all score lines and then refer to the photo below to cut/trim sections from the box. Finally, add glue to the tabs of the bottom section and fold into a box. Repeat with the tabs on the lid. Once finished, add the set of greeting cards to the box.
Also, you might consider adding a belly band to your greeting card box like I did. For this step, I used the 3” strip I cut from the cardstock to make the box. Then, the three stickers give the belly band a bit of decoration. It will easily slide off the box, but also holds the box closed.
Although beautiful, bulky cards are pricey when mailed. The simple alternative is to make your greeting card flat, but layered with various elements from the collection. I hope this greeting card box set of simple and flat designs helps you to see how easy it can be to create your own cards. Don’t forget to check out the FotoBella online store for the PhotoPlay Belle Fleur collection and all your other paper crafting supplies today!
Until next time, happy crafting!
~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team