Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Birthday Box Card

Today is Veterans Day. Originally called Armistice Day to honor the veterans of World War I, the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we stop to honor all of those who have bravely served our country for their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice for the common good.

My mother-in-law has a friend who is celebrating her 96th birthday today.  She served with the Red Cross during World War II.  I made this special box card for her. 


Because her friend's birthday falls on Veterans Day, my mother-in-law asked for a card with flags.  I remembered this festive box card from the Summer Box Cards set by SVG Cuts and decided I could adapt it to make it look more seasonal for November.

These are all of the pieces of the card as they appear in Design Space before cutting.  I changed the colors of certain pieces to suit the season.  I also added a tiny red cross to place at the top of the building.  For the birthday message on the back, I cut the "96" from glitter cardstock and had the Explore write the "Happy Birthday" with a gold metallic pen.

When you upload the SVG files from SVG Cuts to Design Space to cut with the Cricut Explore, you need to use the PDF menu included with each purchase to size the pieces correctly.  (There is a detailed explanation of how to do this in THIS POST and FAQs with detailed explanations and videos on the SVG Cuts site HERE).

I used an older Cuttlebug folder called "Pajama Stripes" to emboss the building to look like horizontal siding.  The red cross at the top is very tiny, about 3/8 of an inch tall!  It fits perfectly in the bunting.

I changed the green grass on the summer card to this textured design brown paper from an older Debbie Mumm paper stack.

The tree trunk is embossed with a Darice embossing folder called "Thin Lines."

I took the cut outs from the bushes and added them to the tree to represent autumn leaves.

The tree is raised up from the card back with some foam squares for added dimension.

The blue sky was also embossed with a Darice embossing folder called "Cloudy Sky."

In this side view, you can see all of the interior sections.  I added tiny clear star gems to the three stars on the flag banners.

I also added a star at the top of the  building.

Here is the back of the card, ready to add a personal message.

Box cards are fun to make because they have so much dimension but will fold flat (the bone folder is just holding the card down while I took the photo).

The file includes an envelope that is purposefully designed to be large enough to fit  the card even if it is heavily embellished with dimensional items.  I used glittered star cardstock from an old DCWV Summer stack for the envelope.  I would recommend hand delivering or mailing these cards in a bubble mailer for added protection.

Here is one more view of the card on the envelope.


Leo and Mary at SVG Cuts have wonderful designs and instructions.  Even the most challenging projects are easy if you follow their directions and watch the videos for assembly instructions.  They also offer new kits as "free gifts with purchase" for a limited time when they are released. 


The current offer is the Mistletoe Manor Kit.  It includes this amazing building, plus two cards, a gift bag and a lantern.  You also can use individual elements from these projects to make your own variations and new projects.

To get the Mistletoe Manor Kit for free, you need to visit SVG Cuts between now and Monday, November 17th.  Spend $9.98 or more, add the Mistletoe Manor kit to your cart, type "FREEGIFT" in the coupon field, and complete your checkout.  All of the files you purchase will be available for immediate download after you complete the checkout.

The days are getting shorter and colder here in New England. This weekend we saw a very dramatic sky with rippling clouds.  They say snow is on the way or at least some very cold weather for most of the US.  Stay warm and safe and do something crafty inside!

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  1. Your Veteran's Day Birthday Card is Outstanding, Fabulous, Fun. Clever and Creative!!
    You sure outdid yourself. Your mom's friend is going to so love it!!
    You are one super talented gal!!

    1. Thanks so much for the nice compliment Joan! This was fun to make and my mother-in-law called me to tell me that she took her friend to lunch yesterday and the card was a big hit! It's fun to know that it made this special birthday even more special for her.


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