Sunday, March 6, 2011

Altered Greeting Card Box

This was my second submission for the Heartfelt Creations design team – when I visited the current design team’s blog hop yesterday, I found Angelica Turner’s project using the same stamp – She does a beautiful work!


Altered projects are especially difficult for me – I do so many cards, that my first impulse is always to make a card. But when I came across a beat-up accordion file at the local office supply store, I knew I could make something of it.

Since I do make cards every week, I’ve always needed a smart way to organize them. So, I turned this into a file for cards – a slot for each month, and a few extra slots for general cards – baby, wedding, etc. LisaLynneWright_HFCDesignSubmission_Project3_AlteredInside

In deciding on the image for the front, I picked the floral image that first drew me to Heartfelt Creations – I saw it at a stamp show and had to add it to my collection of floral stamps!

It was quite a project! It took me one evening, plus another whole day – but I really like the outcome.

Hope you do too!





Green/Small Dots (My Mind’s Eye)

Wild Asparagus/Pink/Tan Strips (My Mind’s Eye)

Soft Serenity patterned paper (Provo Craft)

Basic Black (SU!)

Always Artichoke (SU!)

River Rock (SU!)

Blush Blossom (SU!)

Whitewash Wicker Chair (Core’dinations)

Stamper’s Select White (Paper Trey Ink)



Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

Really Rust (SU!)


Autumn Corsage (Heartfelt Creations)



COPIC markers (Imagination International)

SPICA glitter pens (Imagination International)

Grand Label 4 dies


Grand Calibur die cut machine (Spellbinders)


Gold embossing powder (Stampendous)

Anita’s Glossy Black craft paint

Adirondack Alcohol ink (Ranger)

Crystal Effects lacquer (SU!)

Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

Foam tape

Medium oval punch (SU!)

Corner rounder punch (SU!)

Small oval punch (SU!)

Clear address labels (Avery)

Key Tag punch (SU!)


Paint brushes, foam brush

Rotary trimmer with straight blade (Fiskars)

Adhesive Transfer Gun 714 (Scotch)




Here’s the before pictures – pretty ugly! It had actually yellowed with age, and was all scratched and dented.  AlteredCardFile_S01_Final


The inside was in very good shape – nice and clean, but very very plain. AlteredCardFile_S03_Final

Step 1: I tore it apart! Well, I carefully tore out the accordion file. 



Step 2: I sanded the outside of the cover. This took several hours – much tougher than I expected. I found as IAlteredCardFile_S04_Final sanded that the yellowing had occurred because there was a plastic film over the whole thing. It came off as I sanded. 


Step 3: Instead of trying to cover the folds with AlteredCardFile_S05_Finalpaper, I painted them with the black paint.

I used alcohol inks to color the hardware – I used the Mushroom and Cranberry colors, and
applied the mix with a felt square.

I used a small paintbrush to paint black around the edges of the hardware, so the original blue paper wouldn’t show through.


Step 4: Next, I covered the sections with paper. I used the small dots paper on all the panels, except the bottom, on which I used solid dark green. I used the oval punch to get the opening around the clasp. The handle was tougher – I ended up punching ovals in black paper rectangles to cover the seams in the patterned paper. AlteredCardFile_S07_Final

Inside, I used the solid light green paper.

Note – when you cut the paper to cover the panels, leave plenty of extra for the edges. This box was 10 inches wide, so the 12” x 12” patterned paper had the perfect extra for folding to the inside.


Step 5: For the tabs, I didn’t want to leave them plain white. So I measure the tabs, and cut out AlteredCardFile_S09_Final 2 patterns of paper to create alternating tabs. I used the corner rounder punch to match the rounded tab corners of the accordion file.

I mounted the paper to the front of each tab.


Step 6: I built the flowers into layers, so I stamped it 3 times on the white cardstock. I colored the images with COPICs, using these colors: Y11, Y13, R30, R32, R35, R81, R89, YG93, and YG97. I added glitter to the image with SPICAs, using Mint, Peach, and Buttermilk.


Then I cut out the images in pieces, trimming each one very closely. I painted the red berries with the clear lacquer paint to make them shine.


Step 7: I cut and embossed a dark green Grand Label 4, and sponged the edges with rust ink. Then I cut the next smallest die out of the Core’dinations cardstock, and sanded the edges. The images are mounted with foam tape, and each piece stacked on its’ base image. AlteredCardFile_S14_Final


Step 8: I remounted the accordion file in the cover. 

Step 9: I printed the labels in green, using clear return address labels. Then I put the label on the blush cardstock, and punch them out with a small oval punch. The green mat is punched out with the key tag punch. I mounted each label on a green mat label, then adhered the final label to a tab.


Step 10: The finishing touch was tying some ribbons around the handle – I found some brown ribbon with small dots in green and pink, and matching strips on the reverse side.

Here’s another look at the final result - Thanks for sticking with me through all the steps!

LisaLynneWright_HFCDesignSubmission_Project3_AlteredOutside LisaLynneWright_HFCDesignSubmission_Project3_AlteredInside



Karen said...

Beautiful project. Thanks for taking time to post all the step-by-step pics!
Cheers, Karen

Angelica said...

Lisa, this is beautiful, wonderful step by step tutorial, we sure seem to think alike. TFS and have a great day.

Betty J Schaub said...

Lisa it's gorgeous! But wholly mole that looks like a ton of work. Someone will be very happy with that gift!

Zafran ali said...

No doubt you have done great job,Really nice project....I really impress of ur great work...

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witchaussie said...

Great project...pitty I didn't think of that before I tossed out my accordion files...I will now be on the lookout for some old beat up one I can yours you did a terrific job...!

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