Capturing the Seaside in a Box (Card)

I love going to the ocean. Wouldn't it be great to capture the seaside in a box? Today, I have done that by making this box card with the Close To My Heart Seaside Collection

Box cards are popping up everywhere on the internet. They have literally taken Pinterest by storm! If you have not seen a box card yet, here's a description: a pop-up card that takes the form of a box. My box card folds to fit into a 6" x 6" envelope.

To make the base, you can do a google search and find directions OR "press the easy button" like I did and order a set of blank Pop-Up Box cards from Hot Off The Press.

Once you have either made or purchased your box card, you are ready to decorate it. The 3D look of your card is created by the two strips of paper that are inserted into the center of the box. You now have four layers to decorate: the front, the two inner layers and the back.

My box is decorated mostly with the stickers from the Seaside Complements package. I also added the metal fish from the Seaside Assortment and a few Aquadot "bubbles" 

I added height to some of them using strips of the include acetate. It is important to fold your card as you add items to make sure they do not extend over the edge which would make it not fit into the envelope. (I learned this the hard way and had to rearrange a few pieces.)

Just a reminder that there are less than two weeks left to order from the 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book. Many items are retiring on August 31, including the Seaside collection I used to make this box card. Be sure to place your order today to ensure the best selection since the retiring items are now available only while supplies last!

Happy Creating,