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A Day in the City card and a gift box

A Day in the City card and a gift box

Hello everyone! Thank you for dropping by! Today I’ll share with you a couple of projects using A day in the City set. Our design team members have already shared so many amazing ideas with this set! Have you seen what Caly and Laura have done with this set? 

It all started with a card in my case. I heat embossed the trio of houses on kraft and the banner sentiment on Audrey Blue cardstock and fussy cut them. For the background I just sloppily applied Sky Blue liquid watercolor onto a piece of watercolour cardstock and added some splatters of course! 

I wanted to add a bit more colour to my otherwise very simple card. A scrap of Simple and Sweet patterned paper seemed perfect for this.

Ok, now to the second project. I decided to make a gift box to match my card. I love pretty gift packaging! It turns even a small gift into something special, don’t you think?

The box measures 4.5 x 5.75 x 2 inches (11,4 x 14,5 x 5 cm) and you can fit in a set of cards, or some chocolates or a small notebook, or some beauty products, or a silk scarf, or… well, you can fit in quite a lot in this box!

I made a short video of the process. This box is super easy to make and you can decorate it for the season: summer, autumn, spring - you name it! Just choose the right colours!


You need two sheets of card stock: 9.75 x 8.5 inches (24,7 x 21,5 cm) for the bottom, and 6.5 x 7.75 inches (16,5 x 19,7 cm) for the lid. Score the bigger piece at 2 inches (5cm) on all four sides, and the smaller piece at 1 inch (2.5 cm) on all four sides. Assemble the bottom of the box. Before assembling the lid, cut out a piece (approx 4 x 5 inches, or 9 x 12 cm) from the central part of the lid. You don’t have to do this, but I wanted to make a see-through lid. Adhere a piece of acetate onto it, and cover it with a panel.

For the panel I die-cut a piece of card stock with a Cityscape die, heat embossed the banner, the sentiment and the images. For additional interest, I stamped the clouds from the set in Audrey Blue ink to coordinate with the bottom of the box, fussy cut them and adhered to the panel with foam squares.

I also made a holiday version of the box.

I made all the same steps, just for the panel I used Home for the Holidays set, and added snow on the acetate with a white Sharpie.

Hope you like this idea and will give it a try next time you need a pretty box. Thank you for spending time with me! Have a great day and find time for what makes you happy!



3. Sep 19, 2018

These really are gorgeous!

Kirsty Vittetoe
2. Sep 19, 2018

I Love this!! Your card is super cute!! The gift box is my absolute favorite!! I will definitely be giving this a try!!

Dana Kirby
1. Sep 19, 2018

I LOVE this project, Natalia!!! It is so creative of you to use the cover plate die to make the box top with a little window… I absolutely love this set and I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing a new and fresh technique for this beautiful set – off to try this! :)

Sophie Farah

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