I finally made my first tutorial!! Yeah!! I have been meaning to do this for awhile, but never had the time. As you have seen in many of my previous posts here, here, and here, when I make a set of cards, I usually make some sort of box or purse giftbag to hold the cards. Recently I have been making the purses because they are so cute. But ever since I started stamping, the boxed sets are what I use the most. Once the cards are used up, you can even use the box as a giftbox for someone else. Or to hold jewelry, etc...
This tutorial is how to make the box as shown in this monogrammed gift set I made for my friend's mother.
But first, I want to start at the begininng...
I signed up as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator last May. In my starter kit, they sent me some Stampin Success magazines.
In the March 2007 issue they had a box example that they used to hold a Hostess gift. If you are a SU Demonstrator, you can probably still access this template through the demonstrator website.
Well, I thought, this is a cute box, I bet I could adjust the dimensions so that it could hold some cards. Easier said than done!! I must have wasted a whole pack of paper trying to get the dimensions right. In fact, in November, I demonstrated these boxes at my Stamp Club...I have since tweaked the demensions even further so now they are perfect!!
This tutorial will include a Box Lid and template for two box sizes. The Large box requires 12"x12" cardstock, but can hold from 10-14 cards (depending on how much "puffy" embellishments are added..large knots, layered dimensions, and buttons will reduce the amount of cards that can fit in the boxes). The Small Box can hold 8-10 cards with no dimensionals or knots.
The lighting did not come out right for some of my pictures so I am sorry for the darker photos. You should be able to click on the pictures for a larger view.
I will start with the lid (see 1st picture for template).
Take a piece of cardstock and cut it down to 10.0" x 6.5".
Using your scoring blade, score all four sides at 15/16" (see 2nd picture).
On the longer ends, continue in 1" and score both ends at 1 15/16" (see 3rd picture). Then cut along the lines on the long ends as shown in the template.
After folding the scored lines, your lid should look like this (this is the actual lid I made in the example picture)...
Now you should decorate your box the way you want it. You can stamp all over the lid or keep it simple (like the final box in my example). Typically I attached a smaller "card front" to the lid that coordinates with the cards on the inside. The "card front" should measure 3.5"x5". It is much easier to decorate the lid BEFORE you apply any adhesive.
**Tip** Sticky Strip seems to be the only adhesive that holds.
Now let's work on the Large Box. I use the large box the most since most of my gift sets include 10 cards with some sort of embellishment or knots. However, it does require 12"x12" cardstock. Typically, I use a slightly different color CS for the base than I do for the lid just to make it look better. For the example piece, I used Pixie Pink for the cards and lid and used Passion Pink for the box base.
First, cut your 12"x12" cardstock down to 11"x9.5".
Score all four sides at 2.5" from the edges.
Fold along the scored lines. Then, by using your fingers, fold the corner pieces together to make an angle (the box base is too large to use my scoreing blade, but you may be able to use a score pal if you own one.
To get a clean edge, I fold my corners by matching up the sides, then creating a crease in the middle...like in the picture. Sorry, it's hard to get a good picture with one hand on the box and the other holding my camera!
Your box should now look like this...
Use Sticky Strip on the inside of the corners and more to attach the corners to the side of the box. I have tried all types of adhesive and only sticky strip works. But, after time, even the sticky strip won't hold. So, I now use eyelets to adhere the corners to the sides of the box.
I fold the corners toward the longer side of the box. I use my crop-a-dile to punch holes along the edge. I use four on each side.
This is what your box base should look like when it is done...
This is what the final box looks likes filled with 10 cards and envelopes. This card design has dimensionals under the monogrammed letters. As you can see, there is still a little more room in the box.
If you want to make a smaller box , or don't have 12"x12" CS on hand, here is the template for the Small Box...
The small box uses the same lid as the large box. It also uses the same directions as the large box, but is cut to 9.0"x7.5" and is scored along the edges at 1.5". The rest is the same.
Here is a picture comparing the overall size of the two boxes...
I hope this tutorial was helpful. If you make a box using my tutorial, please make a comment on this post below with a link to your project.