Happy Tuesday and welcome to another super fun day here at Graphic 45! Today's blog is full of wonder and inspiration as we bring you two stunning Bird Song creations by Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas! As we gear up for the holidays it's a great time to start thinking about handmade gifts! Today we will show you two fabulous ideas for unique and heartfelt Bird Song gifts. First up is this gorgeous Bird Song card and 3-D box envelope by Susan Lui. Susan has even created a fun and informative tutorial on how to create the 3-D box envelope! Plus we have a splendidly beautiful altered art box by Arlene Cuevas! Today's crafts are sure to bring some harmony to your day. So lets begin with Susan's marvelous card and envelope tutorial! These creations are so vibrant and cheerful! Bring some color and joy to a friend of loved one with these fabulous Bird Song crafts! Take it away, Susan!
The Graphic 45 ornate metal key is attached to the key hole via a red and white bakers twine, which holds the card closed.
The key twine unwound...
The card opens to reveal a photo frame and a personal greeting for the special occasion.
The customised pocket for the hong bao.
Graphic 45 Bird Song Stickers
The Twinery - Bakers Twine
Flowers - Prima Marketing & my own stash
If you like making 3-dimensional cards like me, you'll probably find
yourself wondering how you're going to mail these bulky cards without
flattening them. That's how I came about making a box envelope, which is
essentially a thin box that's thick enough to house your 3-dimensional
cards, protecting them from being smashed in the mail system. Best of
all, you can make these box envelopes out of your favourite Graphic 45
patterned papers to match your card. This tutorial will show you how to
make a box envelope for your 6x6 inch 3D cards.
Tutorial: Making A Box Envelope For 3D Cards
1. Place your 12x12 inch patterned paper at a 45 degree angle to the score lines on your scoring board.
2. Score a line at the 4 3/8 inch mark. And another line at the 5 1/8
inch mark. Rotate the paper 90 degrees and repeat. Do this for all three
3. You will end up with 8 score lines as shown in the photo below. Fold along the score lines and open up the paper again.
4. Follow your score lines and cut off the triangular pieces as shown in the photo below.
5. You will need to snip along the score line on ONE side of the square as shown. Do this for all four squares.
6. Bring up the left and right sides of the patterned paper to meet each other as shown. Adhere together.
7. Bring up the bottom flap and adhere firmly to the centre of the box. And you're done!
8. A pretty box envelope to match your Graphic 45 cards. Best of all,
the box envelope opens to reveal a pretty pattern inside too.
9. Slip in your 3 dimensional Graphic 45 card, seal it and head off to the post office. :)
Wow, wasn't that fun?! Next we have an exquisite Bird Song altered art box by Arlene Cuevas. Altered art boxes make brilliant gifts! You can create unique and personalized treasures for someone you love. Arlene has created a gorgeous scene by layering Bird Song papers, adding some pretty fussy cutting and lovely embellishments. Let this fabulous piece inspire you to create a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love! Here Arlene explains her inspiration behind this fabulous project.
"The Bird Song papers are truly inspiring. When I saw the
papers for the first time, I grabbed one of my Altered Art Boxes! I knew I
wanted to create a pair of Shoji sliding doors that peek into a room where a
Geisha is sitting. Inside the box is a treasure of Asian inspired accents such
as a fan and scroll. These papers are so gorgeous to work with. The
possibilities are endless!" -Arlene Cuevas
Bird’s Song paper collection
Graphic 45 Staples
– Altered Art Box
Ornate Metal Key
May Arts Ribbon -
May Arts Black burlap
Ranger Distress Ink –
I Am Roses Cherry
Cheery Lynn Designs –
Large Window die, Window B die
Ranger Alcohol Ink –
We hope you all enjoyed today's Graphic 45 blog! We had a great time getting to share these fabulous creations with all of you. We want to thank Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas for their splendid work today. We have more terrific crafts and inspiration to share with you on tomorrow's blog. We hope to see you then! Have a great day, G45ers! Thank you again for stopping by!
Your Friends at Graphic 45