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October 02, 2012

Clever Tips For Creating Gorgeous Bird Song Gifts!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another super fun day here at Graphic 45! Today's blog is full of wonder and inspiration as we bring you two stunning Bird Song creations by Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas! As we gear up for the holidays it's a great time to start thinking about handmade gifts! Today we will show you two fabulous ideas for unique and heartfelt Bird Song gifts. First up is this gorgeous Bird Song card and 3-D box envelope by Susan Lui. Susan has even created a fun and informative tutorial on how to create the 3-D box envelope! Plus we have a splendidly beautiful altered art box by Arlene Cuevas! Today's crafts are sure to bring some harmony to your day. So lets begin with Susan's marvelous card and envelope tutorial! These creations are so vibrant and cheerful! Bring some color and joy to a friend of loved one with these fabulous Bird Song crafts! Take it away, Susan!

The Graphic 45 ornate metal key is attached to the key hole via a red and white bakers twine, which holds the card closed.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 2
The key twine unwound...
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 1
The card opens to reveal a photo frame and a personal greeting for the special occasion.
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 3
The customised pocket for the hong bao.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 4

Card Supplies:

Graphic 45 Bird Song - Cherry Blossom, Longevity, Bird Song, Good Fortune
Graphic 45 Bird Song Stickers
May Arts Ribbon - Lace
The Twinery - Bakers Twine
Flowers - Prima Marketing & my own stash

If you like making 3-dimensional cards like me, you'll probably find yourself wondering how you're going to mail these bulky cards without flattening them. That's how I came about making a box envelope, which is essentially a thin box that's thick enough to house your 3-dimensional cards, protecting them from being smashed in the mail system. Best of all, you can make these box envelopes out of your favourite Graphic 45 patterned papers to match your card. This tutorial will show you how to make a box envelope for your 6x6 inch 3D cards.

Tutorial: Making A Box Envelope For 3D Cards

1 sheet of 12x12" Graphic 45 Bird Song Longevity patterned paper
Scoring Board
Scoring Blade

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 1


1. Place your 12x12 inch patterned paper at a 45 degree angle to the score lines on your scoring board.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 2
2. Score a line at the 4 3/8 inch mark. And another line at the 5 1/8 inch mark. Rotate the paper 90 degrees and repeat. Do this for all three rotations.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 3

3. You will end up with 8 score lines as shown in the photo below. Fold along the score lines and open up the paper again.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 4

4. Follow your score lines and cut off the triangular pieces as shown in the photo below.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 5

5. You will need to snip along the score line on ONE side of the square as shown. Do this for all four squares.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 6

6. Bring up the left and right sides of the patterned paper to meet each other as shown. Adhere together.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 7

7. Bring up the bottom flap and adhere firmly to the centre of the box. And you're done!

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 8

8. A pretty box envelope to match your Graphic 45 cards. Best of all, the box envelope opens to reveal a pretty pattern inside too.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 9

9. Slip in your 3 dimensional Graphic 45 card, seal it and head off to the post office. :)

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 10

Wow, wasn't that fun?! Next we have an exquisite Bird Song altered art box by Arlene Cuevas. Altered art boxes make brilliant gifts! You can create unique and personalized treasures for someone you love. Arlene has created a gorgeous scene by layering Bird Song papers, adding some pretty fussy cutting and lovely embellishments. Let this fabulous piece inspire you to create a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love! Here Arlene explains her inspiration behind this fabulous project.

"The Bird Song papers are truly inspiring. When I saw the papers for the first time, I grabbed one of my Altered Art Boxes! I knew I wanted to create a pair of Shoji sliding doors that peek into a room where a Geisha is sitting. Inside the box is a treasure of Asian inspired accents such as a fan and scroll. These papers are so gorgeous to work with. The possibilities are endless!" -Arlene Cuevas











Bird’s Song paper collection

Graphic 45 Staples – Altered Art Box

Staples Metal Butterflies

Staples Ornate Metal Key

May Arts Ribbon - black

May Arts Black burlap string

Want2Scrap black Flourish

Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot

I Am Roses Cherry Blossoms

Cheery Lynn Designs – Large Window die, Window B die

Asian coin

Ranger Alcohol Ink – Gold

Jewelry Wire


We hope you all enjoyed today's Graphic 45 blog! We had a great time getting to share these fabulous creations with all of you. We want to thank Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas for their splendid work today. We have more terrific crafts and inspiration to share with you on tomorrow's blog. We hope to see you then! Have a great day, G45ers! Thank you again for stopping by!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45




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Lovely. I can see my China vaca pics in that!!!

These are gorgeous! Bird Song is my favorite of the Graphic 45 collections.

Simply beautiful projects and a very useful tutorial too - we are truly spoiled for inspration today xx

Whoa! These projects are stunning! Also, thanks for the box tutorial. I so needed that for my dimensional cards!

I love all the projects!!! Bird Song is so beautiful and versatile!

Fab work fab papers xxx

Beautiful! Thanks.

Stunning creations, I can't wait to create something with this paper!!

Inspiring work! These projects are wonderful and the tute is definitely a good one for this time of year :)

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww!! Absolutely breathtaking!!!

absolutely no line on the market like your love them all

Beautiful. Thank you for the box instructions--with some practice I hope mine will turn out as beautifully done.

Such a beautiful box. Thank you for giving us the instructions on making a dimensional envelope. It will come in handy at Christmas.

I love all the Graphic 45 designs, they are really great. The bright colors of the collections make them great for lots of projects. I hope they come out with a pad with a blast from the past pad that features page gets from some of their past collection.

Wowwwwwww, absolutely wonderful!!!! I love all the projects!


Beautiful works of art, the color in the paper line is stunning!

Susan's and Arlene's project are wonderful and truly inspiring! Such talented ladies!

Wow, Such gorgeous works!!!
Thank you for sharing!

Wonderful projects--love the tutorial.

Wow, these are amazing projects and thanks for the dimensional card tutorial! Awesome ladies as always!

Wow..Beautiful projects. Inspiring indeed!! Love the tutorials.

Sooooo beautiful! Thank you for tutorials!

Beautiful work and papers. Love them all.

Thats an awesome tutorial, i often wondered how you could send something so bulky in the mail. KUDOS! Love this paper. One of these days I will not be so poor and i will own some of this gorgeous paper, <3

Beautiful projects. So much attention to details.

Beautiful projects. I love boxes of all kinds so this was perfect today. Thanks for showing us how to make one. I will be trying this very soon.

thank you once again for such inspiration

Beautiful creations using Bird Song. This collection is so gorgeous, the possibilities are just endless with it.

Arlene has outdone herself! The card is gorgeous and the tutorial will be used again and again. Then there is the box...outstanding project. Thanks to Arlene for sharing and for you, too...

Happy Tuesday!

Love it!! Thanks for the tutorial.


Stunning! Amazing art and thanks, too, for the tutorial.

Lovely projects and easy tutorial- thank you!

very pretty projects. that paper is so pretty!

Wow! Very amazing projects. Well done!

This paper is gorgeous, as well as all of the projects. Thank you for including the tutorial.

Gorgeous projects with this fabulous collection! TFS

I cannot wait to try my own bird song box! Just got my paper. :)

The Bird Song altered box is just beautiful. I really like all the different elements. It reminds me of a doll in a glass case that my dad got for me when I was a little girl!

Stunning pieces! Love the tutorial on the envelope box, thanks.

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