Having completed the front of the card, I have now made a card insert and a box for it.
First of all, I wanted to finish the complete-cut butterfly svg with a mat layer, and here it is, cut in some fairly heavy silver-grey card with a bit of sparkle to it. This card is quite dense, so I used Sheba’s 60+ degree blade, designed for thick, heavy or dense card, and it cut really well after numerous tests – it was the first time I had used this blade which looks absolutely lethal, and I didn’t want to cut a hole in Sheba’s mat! All was well, though, and it cut fine.
This is the card insert I have made.
It is printed on vellum. The image was a free download from the Internet, originally in a very garish yellow colour. I desaturated it, and then replaced the colour with blue, and reduced the opacity, in Serif PhotoPlus. The sentiment is text on a path. The card insert is stuck down onto the left hand side of the card, up against the fold, using a narrow strip of double-sided tape. On the bottom right, you can see a butterfly cut in silver mirror card, stuck down onto the card itself, so that it just shows through the vellum.
Having finished the inside of the card, I moved on to the box. I made this from the same card that the mat layer of the butterfly was made from, and I covered the lid with a printout of another free digital image downloaded from the Internet. I didn’t alter this in any way apart from adjusting it to fit the proportions of my box.
Lifting the lid, the inner wrapper is revealed.
This is a single sheet that I had left of some printed vellum someone gave me ages ago – I really didn’t think I would ever use it, and then I suddenly thought it would do for this project! It is stuck down into the bottom of the box with some double-sided tape, and the two sides fold over the card. The butterfly on its mat is used as a closure. On one side it is stuck down firmly with extra-sticky double-sided tape, and on the other side is a glue dot which is enough to keep the wrapper closed, and can be pulled open by lifting the side of the butterfly.
Here is the box with the lid removed. I really love this vellum and wish I had some more!
Opening up the inner wrapper, the card is revealed.
Finally, here is the box, standing up, showing the 3-D silver butterflies card inside. I wanted to create an adequate presentation for a special card.
I am seeing my sister tomorrow and am going to give it to her then, although her birthday is not until the beginning of March. This is a combined card/present as a lot of work has gone into it!!