Have you ever seen so many craft supplies in one place? Apart from y’know, Hobbycraft. This was the contents of the box I received in the post a couple of weeks ago and it made for a very happy girl. My Greeting Box is a monthly subscription service of card-making materials, a bit like Graze or Birchbox but in this instance, a parcel full of crafty goodness delivered straight to your door. Each month’s box has a different theme and the one for August was watercolour techniques or more specificially, gouache, which is a type of paint I hadn’t used before. Three different designs are provided with instructions on how to create them and all the craft supplies you need to do so, and in your first box you get some good extras like the felt-tips, pencils and ruler.
What was the kit like to use?
Unlike my usual scatty approach to crafting, it was so nice to not have to faff about finding everything I needed and just have it all there, ready and together. All I really had to do was fill up a pot with water for my paintbrush and I was good to go. I started off with what seemed to be the most simple one because the overlapping design looked trickier, but to be honest I was impressed with how easy they all were to do. For this particular set, you started off by cutting out your card (to stick to the pre-cut greetings cards at the end), then using the stamps provided to achieve the lovely lettering and illustration shown, before going in with the paints to colour it all in. Meaning no talent required! Because as much as I love drawing, it felt really nice to sit down and do something that didn’t require too much thought, since someone else had already done all the thinking for me. The products themselves were all great quality and I was most impressed with the stamps – some other beaut ones were included that you didn’t need for these designs but would come in useful on other stuff, even just for stamping happy birthday on an envelope for example. Here are the results…
Value for money?
I was gifted this particular kit but the boxes usually retail at £22, with your first one discounted by 25% at £16.50. Of course if you wanted to, you could cancel after the first box if you were just wanting the one. Otherwise, there are discounts on 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions (see here). My first thought was that three cards didn’t sound like a huge amount for the cost but in fact, it’s three designs that you get with the materials to make five cards. Not only that, but the amount you get is amazing and if you enjoy crafting and drawing it’s a serious bargain for all the craft supplies you’ll be able to use again and again. This isn’t just about the cards you make for that month’s particular theme but a treasure trove of materials for lots of crafting.
August box contents
- Dancing ladies stamp set
- Versafine onyx black water resistant pigment ink
- 12ml gouache artist colours mauve
- 12ml gouache artist colours blue
- 12ml gouache artist colours ochre
- 12ml gouache artist colours white
- 12ml gouache artist colours black
- Watercolour paint brush
- Canson cold pressed watercolour card 300gsm
- Paper box 240gsm dark purple matte card
- 300gsm bright white card blanks
- C6 dark purple envelopes
- Full back adhesive post-it notes
- 10 section mini paint palette
- 6mm double sided tape
- Clear sealable card pockets
Also included as extras
Pack of felt tips, pair of scissors, two pencils, eraser, 15cm ruler, acrylic block, additional ink block and hints & tips card
All in all, I was really impressed with My Greeting Box and would definitely recommend it if you want something mindful and therapeutic to do that produces lovely cards as a result! It’s ideal if you’d like to do a bit of crafting and make your own stuff but doubt your ability or aren’t sure where to start.
Disclaimer: I was gifted this box in exchange for a review but this post contains my honest thoughts. I’d love to know if you enjoy crafting; would a box like this make you happy?