Monday, January 2, 2017

Dylusions Card-in-a-Box by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Happy New Year to All! This is going to be a terrific year at The Queen’s Ink – so many exciting classes and workshops, all sorts of new products to discover. I’ll be posting a project each week here on The Queen’s Inkling blog and hope you’ll take time to comment, ask questions, and make suggestions for what you’d like to see.

First up, a Card-in-a-Box that features some of Dyan Reaveley’s many marvelous, irreverent Dylusions stamps along with one her fun and versatile stencils!

Patti is considering selling pre-cut cardstock Card-in-a-Box kits. If this is something you’d like to see her keep in stock in the store, please call, send an email, or leave a comment here on the blog! She’ll make it happen if there is interest.


It’s a 4-sided card that folds flat for mailing and stands up when it comes out of the envelope. One side stays tall; three sides flap downward.

In addition, there are dividers (usually two or more) that hold pop up elements, adding to the fun. These embellishments need to be low-relief and positioned so they aren’t visible when the card is closed.

You can decorate one or both sides of each section or just one side. As shown, both sides have been painted and stenciled and three of the flaps and the tall panel each have a second layer as well as stamped components.

Heavily embellished Card-in-a-Box projects require extra postage and a padded envelope or shallow box for mailing. (This is a card I love delivering in person because it always gets such a great response!)

Anyone interested in a Card-in-a-Box workshop or class? Let us know and we can schedule one!

Here’s a quick how-to for the project shown:

Cut and score cardstock pieces. Randomly paint and stencil both the front and back of the main section of the card and the divider pieces, and just the front of the layering pieces. Limit the palette to two colors and one stencil as shown, or go in a different direction with more colors and patterns.

Glue the layering pieces in place.

Stamp the sentiments; fussy cut them and glue them to the flaps and tall panel.

Glue the tab at the side to assemble the main section of the card and glue in the two divider pieces.

Adhere assorted die cut flourishes or other embellishments onto the dividers using snippets of Power Tabs to secure them. (This part of the card needs something that provides a super strong 'hold' as the adhesive and I'm partial to Power Tabs for this purpose. Use non-stick scissors to cut the Tabs before removing the protective sheet.)

  • Dylusions stamps and stencil(s) of choice
  • Inks, paints, cardstock in colors of choice
  • Paint brush, stencil brush
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to hold elements on the dividers
  • Non-stick scissors to cut Power Tabs


  1. Awesome card-in-a-box!! Judi, if this arrived in my mailbox without your name anywhere on the envelope or box, I'd know it was from you. This just screams "Original Art by Judi"!!!!

  2. These are always so much fun to receive and also to make! What a great job with the mixed media on this.