Jul 18 2013
Yes, today it’s all about Clear Boxes. You know those boxes that I’m always putting my cards in to protect them, to keep the bows from getting crushed and to keep them in pristine condition. Today’s post is devoted solely to the use of Clear Boxes. Actually, Barb’s fabulous use of a Clear Box inspired this post. LOVE what she did!!!
Barb attached a Clear Box to her gift bag so she’d have a place to insert the card, plus it serves as the focal point of the bag.
What a GREAT idea!
For this gift bag project, Barb used:
1/2″ Scor Tape – to adhere to bag
Prima Interlude Rose – Pink
Easy, peasy! And what a GREAT presentation!
All items available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, as linked.
As we are focusing on Clear Boxes today, I’ll pull up some older photos to show you different ways you can use and decorate them.
This shows you how I keep my cards at home. I then stand these up in baskets or bins so I can flip through them and see them as I’m looking for a particular card to send. I do organize them by theme — wedding, baby, sympathy, Christmas, etc.
There is nothing worse than having made a nice card, and finding it wrinkled or bent or somehow smooshed before you get to using it!
This is a set of 12 cards I made for my daughter-in-law. There are 3 cards in each box.
This is a set of 6 baby thank you cards I made for a friend.
There is a card and envelope in each box, and all six boxes are tied with seam binding, just to make it look nice!
I just wanted her to be able to keep them nicely, and see them all, until she was ready to use them!
This is a sympathy card I made with a fair amount of bulk. It fits into the Clear Box perfectly.
This is an A6 sized box and the card was made to perfectly fit into the box.
Most often when I am bringing a card, such as to a wedding or funeral, I present it in a Clear Box. People are always tickled to get a card in a box. It’s a little different from the norm, and makes them feel special!
I made this boxed trio of cards as a gift set. The cards are completely flat and the box contains 3 envelopes as well.
You are, of course, seeing the card through the box, and then I’ve created the sentiment label with ribbon behind it to adhere directly to the box front.
I think I made this card as a Valentine, if memory serves me, using a Sympathy stamp set — LOL!!!
It is in a 5.5″ Square Clear Box. Again, just allowing the card to be seen through box makes a fabulous presentation.
This was a Mother’s Day project I did 2 years ago for my Mom.
What you see is the decorated box, and there is a card to coordinate (but simpler) on the inside.
Here I covered the box front with designer paper and just layered on the gems, flowers and ribbons. LOVED making this!
This was a fun project, using a Square Clear Box.
I made a no-stamp card which is in the box, then added a coordinating chipboard sticker to the box front with some seam binding.
When you are adding something to the top of a clear box, make sure your card is IN the box before you decide on placement for your decorative piece. This way you can make sure the placement is visually appealing as the recipient will receive it with the card in the box. It’ll all work together nicely.
Here I have a set of 6 very quick, flat cards boxed up as a gift, with envelopes included.
I made this super easy belly band from a piece of crumpled, torn packing paper/postal wrap type paper. Added a little Baker’s Twine and a stamped image to go with the set of cards and done! This was a fun one! NO stress here!
This box holds 3 cards with envelopes as a little gift set.
This is a more traditional belly band, wrapped with Chevron Twill.
And these are the little Pillow Boxes. I’ve used them many times for little candies for table favors.
These Pillow Boxes are fun for all sorts of crafty projects and altering — sorry that I don’t have more photos to show you.
And then if your cards are quite flat, a Clear Bag does the trick
These are also great for card swaps, make-n-takes, etc.
The Clear Bags fit a standard A2 sized card (5.5 x 4.25) and the envelope.
And to answer our most often asked question about Clear Boxes — CAN WE MAIL THE CLEAR BOXES?
Yes, you can! Here’s how:
Cut a sheet of white paper sized to fit perfectly inside the Clear Box.
On this sheet write your address and return address — insert inside the clear box so it’s visible.
On the OUTSIDE of the box, apply your postage stamps. Make sure they are on the OUTSIDE.
Seal the ends with the clear circle stickers included with your Clear Boxes.
Postage will be more than a standard letter stamp as the box is over 1/4″, and it may be square depending on which box you use, and it may be over 1 ounce, depending on how much you have inside the box. So if you don’t print your own postage at home, take it to the PO the first time so you’ll get an accurate mailing price.
How easy!!! And again, people LOVE getting cards in Clear Boxes!!! They REALLY do!
Clear Boxes are available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, as linked.
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