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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Best Wishes Beaded Card

Wedding folklore says that the bride stands on the left side of the groom during the marriage ceremony to allow his sword arm to be free and ready to fight off other men who may want her as a bride. Here's a modern-style handmade card, a salute to the art of courtly love still alive in our world today.

Best Wishes Beaded Card Project

Materials:

  • Strathmore Creative Cards blank card & envelope
  • Black paper
  • 3.5x2.25 Decorative black paper (Mary Engelbreit)
  • Small scraps of coordinating pink print paper (three patterns)
  • 4x6 sheet Treasure Tape sheet
  • Diamond Beadlets
  • Kreinik 1/8" Ribbon in color 042
  • Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid in color 031 Crimson
  • Punch-1 9/16" stamp shape, McGill Craftivity, 3/4" square, Punch Bunch
  • Pencil, scissors, glue stick

Steps:

  1. Peel back the white liner on your Treasure Tape sheet. Place your scrolled paper rectangle, decorated-side-down, on the tape. Cut out the paper. Adhere your scrolled paper to your card, taped side up.
     
  2. Cut a strip of black paper that is 1 1/4" by 4 1/4". Using the square punch, carefully punch three squares from the center of the strip, 1/8" apart and leaving about 1/2" on each end. Use the stamp punch to make a toothed edge on each end of the strip.
     
  3. Cut three pieces of coordinating pink paper, just slightly larger than the 1" punched squares in your strip. Apply a little glue to the back of your black strip, and center the three pink squares so that they will show through the three punched holes. Apply a strip of Treasure Tape, about the same height and slightly shorter in width than your black strip, across the back for stability.
     
  4. Peel back the red liner from your scrolled paper on the card and lay down a border around the edge using your 042 Ribbon. Peel the liner from the tape on your black frame strip, and center it over your scrolled paper. Press firmly to adhere. Use your liner to cover the top strip of exposed tape.
     
  5. Using your #12 braid, write your message in the lower tape space. Use a piece of liner to protect the tape and press all the threads firmly.

    Best Wishes Beaded Card Close up
     
  6. Cut a small heart from your Treasure Tape sheet, and adhere it to the center square. Peel back the liner and outline the heart with your #12 braid.
     
  7. Remove all pieces of liner and place your card into a shallow tray or in a small ziploc bag. Pour beadlets over the exposed tape areas. Tap to remove excess beadlets.
     

Kreinik threads available through needlework stores or www.kreinik.com.  

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