This nautical care package idea is perfect for any servicemember in the Navy or Coast Guard (although you could alter it to use for the other branches, or if you just want a nautical themed care package). It has an anchor, a ship, rope, and some nautical stripes.
I used my silhouette cameo to cut out some anchors from gold foil cardstock. You want to make sure to use a heavier cardstock if you are using metallic paper. The cameo will cut it better and there won’t be as many scratches or wrinkles.
For the ship, I measured and marked out the ship and then cut it out with my paper trimmer and scissors. Then I did the same thing for the “water” cardstock. I adhered them all with my stamp runner to keep it secure.
It was on to create some stripes. Simple measure and cut out even stripes. You could put a bunch of different stripes together. To save time here, I showed how you can either put blue stripes on a single white piece of cardstock or vice versa to mimic the effects of stripes (and save paper!)
The bottom flap, I wanted to do some embossing for some extra sparkle. So I used stamps some letters on with versamark ink, poured gold embossing powder over, then melted it with the heat gun.
I also did the same process for the ship to give it some extra personalization. I heat embossed the ship’s name in black embossing powder. (No OPSEC violation here, the ship’s name is just for demonstration) I attached photos to the care package flaps with the stripes. As a last minute decision, I decided to tie some rope from the anchor to the ship.
Care package tips:
Make sure you have enough slack on the rope to open the care package fully. Also make sure that the connected care packages flaps are the SECOND pair of flaps that the recipient will open. In other words, when you close the flap, make sure the rope is on the inside, and then fold the other two flaps on top. When the recipient opens it, they will open the regular flaps and THEN the conjoining flaps.
For the whole process, check out the video below.
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