I searched right through my svg and fcm files to find a suitable box base. Having just finished the pansy boxes from SVG Cuts, I remembered that one of the boxes in the Springtime Box Card set, the tulip box, has a nice picket fence effect for the box, and three inserts each with four flower stems...definitely a possibility...
I then googled some farmyard images, fowl, geese, sheep dog, tractor, windmill, pig, sheep etc. which I printed off in sizes as appropriate as I could to the size and shape of the box card I had decided to use. I also printed an A4 sized photograph of a local rural scene to use a the feature on both sides of the back panel of the box.
I cut the base from a sturdy white card stock, the inserts from a heavy Neenah Kraft card, and the back panels from the photograph.
I then spent quite the time fussy cutting (errrr!), out all the small images I decided to use. These were edged in appropriately coloured water based markers to take away the "cut out" look.
I applied one of the sheep, the leaping one, onto a sliver of acetate and made a small collapsable box shape (a la pop up cards) to hold it at the back of the second divider behind the dog...adhered everything together, made a sentiment label for the front and it was done and dusted.
Here it is...
I also tried this little cute owl crochet pattern last evening, from a simple tutorial found on youtube. I don't like the larger one, but think that the tiny little one would make a sweet addition to a charm dangle, for a strigiformesphile, anyway.
BTW, I have started removing the perforation lines from most svg card envelope files during the conversion from svg to fcm, for use in my Brother Scanncut, and I like the look much better...I simply score them on my MS score tool once cut out. They do look more professional without the cut dash marks along all the fold lines, (even if the dash line perforations are as small as possible). I have started doing this on some of the box card bases and certainly on any cards too.
It can make things a bit more fiddly and time consuming, but crafting is about taking ones' time and enjoying the end result isn't it? As I proved to myself with these pansies, being able to be content about the outcome makes me far happier...I know that sending off that first less than acceptable card will cause some dark smoke of discontent to wreathe about in the back of my brain for some time to come...that's just how things are with me. These ones, I am pretty happy with the outcome...I hope my friend likes them also...