Fragile Package Card

I recently downloaded a beautiful photo from, a stock photo site that offers downloads at very affordable rates. It was a photo of a small kitten peeking out of a box. The photo was taken by a photographer called Bedaloga (you can see his profile at This photo inspired me to make a birthday card that is a bit different.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes



  • a suitable photo
    If you want to use the same, download it for a small fee at
  • a photo editing program
    I used PhotoScape version 3.5, which can be downloaded free of charge from
  • 8.2" x 5.6" black-colored cardboard
  • 8.27" × 11.69" light brown cardboard
  • one fragile sticker
    I got one free of charge at our local post office.
  • 26 inches of 1 inch wide red organza ribbon
  • one sheet of ordinary white printer paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue
  • a few drops of strong bonding glue
  • one light brown envelope


  1. Open the downloaded photo on your computer, and suitably resize it with the PhotoScape program.

  2. Click on the Object-button and choose "T", which allows you to insert a text box onto the photo. Write "Happy Birthday" as your message, choose Tahoma as text, red as the color, and 100 as the size. Then, use the on-screen arrows to correctly position the message over the photo.

  3. Now choose the Filter button and click on Region (Out of Focus). Choose the black Radial option, with the settings 90% for the Size and 35% for the Feather.

  4. Print the photo on ordinary white printer paper.

  5. Fold black cardboard in half to create a card 4.1" x 5.6" ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.

  6. From the light brown cardboard, cut the following four pieces of cardboard: Two pieces sized 2.6 x 5.4 inches and two pieces sized 3.4 x 4.05 inches. These four pieces of cardboard will become the flaps of a "packaging" box.

  7. Take the two 2.6 x 5.4 inch pieces, and fold both of them as illustrated in sketch 1.


  8. Take the two 3.4 x 4.05 inch pieces, and fold both of them as illustrated in sketch 2.

  9. Fold the four flaps into each other as you would expect to fold the flaps of a box when closing a packing box, and glue them together.

  10. Stick the fragile sticker diagonally over the folded flaps.

  11. Tie the ribbon around the "box" and make a bow.

  12. Add a few drops of strong bonding glue to the knot of the bow, so that the bow won't come loose.

  13. Glue the "box" to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.

  14. Cut out the printout from the photo and glue it to the inside of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.

Note: If you download images from, there will be no watermark on the images.

By Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng

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