Retro Fresh Boxed Card Set (Part 1) – Stampin’ Up!

I have a really cute project to share with you today.  I have been on a  mission to use up all my leftover designer series paper.  I absolutely adore the designs in the Retro Fresh DSP set from Stampin’ Up! and I hate for anything to go to waste.  This project makes a great gift idea for any occasion, and people love receiving these cute little card sets.  What’s even better is that they are super simple to make!

Retro Fresh DSP (4 of 13)

I was inspired to make these sets after seeing a blog post by another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Dawn Griffith.  She created some cute little card sets that were the size of the small box in the picture above (Coastal Cabana), and the card on the left in the picture below.  Those cards are pretty tiny, and would be perfect for putting on top of a gift with a brief greeting, or for giving someone cash as a gift.  However, I decided that I would like to design similar project with slightly larger dimensions, which is what I’m going to tell you about today. The finished size of these cards is 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.  They are smaller than a standard card, but a nice size for dropping someone a quick note.

Retro Fresh DSP (7 of 13)

For today’s post, I will be giving the details for how to create the cards and envelopes for this project.  Stay tuned on Friday, and I will give you a video tutorial for creating the box.  Also, it is time for some new blog candy!  Leave me a comment about this project for your chance to win one of these cute card sets.  On Monday, June 2nd, I will do a drawing to see who will get to have one of these adorable sets for their very own!

Retro Fresh DSP (1 of 13)

For this project, I used Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, and Baked Brown Sugar card stock for my card bases and boxes.  You will need one 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock to make a set of 4 cards, and another one for the box.  I started by cutting a sheet of card stock into four panels measuring 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Then I used my Envelope Punch Board to round the corners and folded each card in half, for a finished dimension of 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.

Retro Fresh DSP (8 of 13)

Next, I cut a panel of Retro Fresh DSP, rounded two corners and added some Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Trim using SNAIL adhesive.  I adhered the panel to the front of the card, and that was it!  I repeated that process for all four cards… couldn’t be simpler.

Retro Fresh DSP (2 of 13)

For my envelopes, I used one sheet of 12″ x 12″ designer series paper from the Retro Fresh set.  I cut the paper into 6″ x 6″ squares and made my first score line at 3-1/2″ using my Envelope Punch Board.  If you haven’t used the envelope punch board, it is really easy to use.  Here is a video that shows you how it works.

One little note, I don’t really like the pointed part sticking up from the bottom flap of the envelope, so I just cut that part off.  I find it gives the envelope a more finished look.

Retro Fresh DSP (13 of 13)

These sets are wonderful because they are very versatile.  You can create them using any color combination or variety of designer series paper.  You can add a sentiment for a specific occasion, or leave them blank as I have done.  These would make fabulous teacher gifts (Trust me… I’m also a teacher.  We eat this stuff up!) What’s wonderful is you can make several sets in a couple of hours for very little money!  If you are a fan of this project, please pin it to Pinterest.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

To see my post about how to create the box featured in this project click here.

Although, I’m sad to see the Retro Fresh DSP being retired, I’m excited about all the new designs that will be available with the new catalog on Monday!   We only have a few more days to wait!  If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the 2014 Annual Catalog yet, now is a great time.  I’ve got a stack of them hot off the presses waiting for you. I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies or want to grab some retiring products before they are gone, you can shop now in my online store!  Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products are 20%-50% off while supplies last!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!


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Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.

Card Stock Cuts (Cards and Envelopes only)

Card Base: So Saffron or Baked Brown Sugar – 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

Panels: Retro Fresh DSP – 4″ x 2-1/2″ panel

Envelopes:  Retro Fresh DSP – 6″ x 6″ (first score at 3-1/2″ using the envelope punch board)




5 thoughts on “Retro Fresh Boxed Card Set (Part 1) – Stampin’ Up!

  1. Fantastic! I like the size of these so much! The colors you used are great, and i love that stretchy ruffle ribbon. I like the envelopes made of DS paper, too. Can’t wait to see the directions for the box!


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