Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Is it a card... or a box? Or both??


This is one of those retro card designs. I have NO idea where I learned to make this little box but I stumbled upon some scribbled out directions when I was cleaning out some drawers in my stamp room! It's a card that, when you open it, actually opens up to be a kind of 3-dimensional box. It's pretty cool. It's one of those that you just keep opening it and shutting it saying..."oooOOOooo." I know. It doesn't take much to appease me.

I wish I could tell you how to make it verbally. It is a creation with 100 folds! I am going to try to plot out the directions on my Adobe Elements to see if I can share.

The stamps I used are a part of the new stamp set from Gina K. called Baskets of Happiness. I just love these little flowers. They look so delicate. The coloring was done with marl paper and watercolor markers. It was a technique my friend Phyl demoed last weekend and I am still playing. While I still prefer watercolor paper, this is a fun substitute for cards on the fly.

Here's a close up.... I used both Marvy and Tombow markers for this in shades of purple, green, gray brown and sepia (mostly for the background)


This saying is actually all one and it reads... "It takes a long time to grow an old friend!" I thought it would be fun if the saying was revealed when you opened the box. What better gift to give a friend than flowers she can grow and think of your friendship as they bud and blossom. Ok, am I getting sappy here? Maybe. Especially since I picked "Forget-Me-Nots" as the flower! Here's a shot of the box opening up to reveal not just the saying but the seeds too! Those are my little girl's hands in the shot. She was so excited to be my hand model!! :-)
Hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday and are having a good week!
Until tomorrow....

27 comments:

Janine said...

Ok well.... I REEEEEEEEEEEEally want the directions for this !!!
I love it. .. And I want that stamp too. Almost ordered it last week... Gorgeous !

Michelle said...

Very pretty!

Donna said...

this is AWESOME!!!

juanita said...

Wow, I can't wait till you get those directions up!

The Rubber Maid said...

Love it and love forget me nots too. Ellie's little hand is
Fabulous !That is a great stamp and you used it so well. Mom

Lesli said...

Super idea - that box is awesome!

Penny said...

Ooooohhh! Clever!

Elizabeth Wickland said...

Oooh! I can't wait to see the instructions... I want to make one (or a dozen...)! This is great!

Peggy Maier said...

This card/box is great - I hope you can get the directions to work out, because I'd love to make one too. Hope everything goes smoothly for you as you work on them! Thanks for offering to share with all of us - you're a real sweetie!!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh my gosh, this is just about the coolest thing I have seen!!! I would SO LIKE to have the directions -- hoping it works for you to prepare them!!! WOW - I'd be so excited to try this!!! Your image/coloring is to die for -- beautiful job on this gorgeous project!!!

Denise G said...

Great hand model, gorgeous card and WAY COOL box! Still want to make some of the coasters - - maybe if there is life after
s-n-o-w "adjusting". Until then, I'll just pop by here and gawk and drool...

jacki j. said...

I love that stamp and box and I wish I was your best friend so that you would send it to me.... :)

Diane Lapointe said...

Oh Julie!!! That is GORGEOUS!!!
You are amazing!!!!

Mauna said...

That is amazing! I am looking forward to the directions. Your color combo is great!

Jennifer Buck said...

That's soooooo cute! I love this! Very creative, Julie! TFS and have a wonderful night! :)

Hope said...

Oh How cool is that!! I really did go OOOOHHH. :)

I cant wait to see the directions very very cool.

Anonymous said...

Very Cool!!!!! And very pretty, creative. Love, love this design. When are you giving up those directions?? Can't wait!
Deb from WI.

asela said...

Gorgeous coloring Julie and what a great idea. Can't wait to see the directions.

LeAnne said...

Yeah, I really want the directions for this too! This is gorgeous, what a nice gift idea! We'll be waiting.......!
LeAnne

Amy said...

your word is beautiful! I can't believe I've never visited your blog before, shame on me. Well, I've got you on my GR now, so I won't miss a single day from this point on!

Thanks!
Amy

Juliann said...

This is fantastic!!!
I want to send one to my BFF in Arizona whom I miss terribly! She would love it, as much as I do!
We will all be waiting for directions!!!

Liz S. said...

I don't believe I have EVER looked forward to a Monday before this!!! Love your work; thanks for sharing!

KAT said...

Wow Wow wow wow wow... Love this... I am not usually into boxes but this is really different and beautiful! I'll have to get auto feeds to your blog in hopes that you can share how you made this lovely card with us!

Thanks for sharing your creativity!

KAT

Anonymous said...

Ok...so I catch up on blogs at work....half way thru the night ...I finally got the fold!
Now I can teach the boys.....
Hope everyone's ready ....I'll be doing this great card/box for awhile now..........luv it!

Thanks
and hugs to you
Pearl

Beth said...

What a fabulous idea for a card. You did an awesome job on this.

Annapurna said...

I made one for mother's day. Not as nice looking and professional as yours.
I was lurking on your blog for the past two days quite a bit to get the details.
Thanks again for the tutorial.

Merry said...

What a brilliant idea and thanks so much for the tutorial.