An Easel~Tuck Card

The Easel~Tuck Card is so easy to assemble and creates the perfect card to show off your beautiful paper flowers. You’ll find there are many occasions in which this card will make a statement and the recipient will be awed!


The base of your card has two components. I use 100 lb./270 gsm cardstock for the base.

  1. Trim the cardstock to 6″ x 11 1/2″. Score at 2 7/8″ and 5 3/4″. You will have a “mountain” fold at the 2 7/8″ mark and a “valley” fold at the 5 3/4″ mark.

2. Trim the next piece of cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 9″ and score at 5″.

Panel Pieces from patterned cardstock:

(1) 5 3/4″ x 5 1/2″

(2) 2 5/8 x 5 3/4″

(1) 2 3/8 x 5 1/2″

(1) 5″ x 3 3/4″

(1) 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″

Plain Pieces from white cardstock:

(1) 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″

(1) 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″

Additionally, cut 2 circles, 1 at 2 3/8″ and 1 at 2 1/8″ to “Tuck”

Stamp your white cardstock before assembling–Have fun with this unique card style!

Holiday Gift Boxes

So easy and so creative to give treats and let someone know you’re thinking of them. These boxes I created have just a few steps, but I guarantee the recipient will be Wow-ed!

Let’s Get Started

(1) 9” x 12” sheet of 100 lb. (270-300 gsm) cardstock

(1) 4” x 5 “ from the same paper

Circle die— 2 3/4” and 3 1/4”—cut two from the 3 1/4” size to reinforce the hole from the same paper

Contrasting cardstock panels:

  1. 4 3/4” x 9 3/4”

(4) 1 1/4” x 3 3/4”

(2) 1 1/4” x 4 3/4”

(2) 3 3/4” x 4 3/4”

Score board

Bearly Art Glue

Red Line Tape (optional, but suggested)

  1. After you cut your box, following the pattern above, burnish all score lines, and glue the contrasting panels to each piece as shown in my video from Wednesday’s LIVE.
  2. If you’re doing a “door hanger” box, fold in the sides and die cut a 2 3/4″ circle about 1/2-inch from the top.
  3. You will also die cut a half-circle, using the same 2 3/4″ circle die on the front panel (4″ x 5″).
  4. I use a small piece of tape to secure the bottom to the sides and then apply more tape all around to secure the front panel, after I have decorated it.

This is a fun project and it goes quickly. So many uses and I can’t wait to see what you create!

Holiday Treat Gift Boxes

The holidays are literally around the corner and I have a designed very special boxes to give to friends, family, and after the last year we’ve gone through, even service workers! I’ve used 100 lb. (270 gsm) cardstock to construct the box and added some lovely holiday flora and foliage on both the boxes.

Let’s Get Started

  1. For the red box, you will need a 12″ x 12″ cardstock. Cut the Base 6″ x 12″ and score 1 1/2-inches on all sides. For the Top, cut 4 9/16″ x 10 9/16″ and score 3/4-inches on all sides and the Insert is cut 4″ x 10″ and you will need to trim 1/16″ on two sides for it to fit well inside the base.

2. If you will be using patterned cardstock, Cut three pieces 2 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ and line the inside of the Base and the inside of the Top. The third piece is used for the Top of the box where you will add your flowers and foliage. As you can see on the finished box above, I also cut a piece of gold metallic cardstock 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and cut out the letters J-O-Y.

3. It’s very important for the insert that you cut your openings for the candy before you construct the sides together (see my video on FaceBook) You will need two round dies: 1 3/8″ to cut the holes and 1 3/4″ to cut the gold circles to go around the holes.

Here’s the measurements for the “BOO” BOX

Base: 6″ x 10″ Score 1 1/2 -inch on all sides

Top: 4 9/16″ x 8 9/16″ Score 3/4-inch on all sides

Insert: 4″ x 8″, take 1/16″ off two sides as you did above Score 1/2-inch on all sides

Cut (3) Patterned cardstock panels 2 3/4″ x 6 3/4″

Cut (1) panel 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Fold Over Box

I’m in love with doing my own gift boxes and this newest project is one of my favorites; the ideas are swirling in my head! One of the easiest boxes to create, I’m sure it will be a favorite of yours too.

Let’s Get Started

  1. Use 100 lb/300 gsm cardstock to cut the following: (2) 6″ x 9″ and (1) 10″ x 10″ square.

2. On the two 6″ x 9″ pieces, score at 3-inches and burnish. On the 10″ square, score at 3-inches and 7-inches, then turn 90-degrees and repeat.

3. Starting at the top, use a pencil to mark a 3/4″ from the outside. Next, using a ruler, use the pencil to mark a diagonal line from that 3/4″ mark to the corner as shown above. Turn the square 90-degrees and repeat for the remaining 3 sides as shown. Use scissors to cut out this section as shown. Burnish all the score lines.

4. Cut panels for your panels for both the Cover Fold and the Box:

(4) 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″

(4) 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

(1) 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (I use white cardstock)

(2) 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

(2) 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

(1) 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″

(8) 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

5. Glue your panels on your Fold Base–**Be sure to place your ribbon down before you glue your panels!!

6. Put your box together as shown on the FaceBook video. Apply glue to the underneath and set in place, centering it.

7. All you need to do now is decorate with beautiful paper flowers!

Pop Up Book Card

A Pop Up Book Card is unique and makes a perfect gift card. I kept this one pretty simple, but you can get as creative as you like, both with your bouquets and how you dress up the card inside.

Let’s Get Started

This makes into a 6″ square, side opening card. Start with your base and trim to 6″ x 12″–score at 6″ for the fold.

For the second layer, that creates the Pop Up Book, choose a double sided cardstock. Trim to 5 7/8″ x 12″ and follow the template (and my video on Facebook-Susan’s Garden Club) for cutting and scoring, trim 1/16″ of an inch from each of the long sides before adhering it to the card base.

You will glue the sides as shown in green and adhere to the card base.

The finished inside of the card with panels:

(2) 3″ x 3 3/4″

(2) 1/2″ x 3 3/4″

Now go be creative!

Pizza Box

These Pizza Boxes are so easy to make and I know they will become a favorite as they have for me. No sense investing in a die when we can make these ourselves!

Let’s Get Started!

First, trim a sheet of 100 lb./300 gsm cardstock to 11″ x 6″.

Then score it along the 11-inch side at:

1″ 5″ 6″ 10″

Turn your cardstock to the 6-inch side and score at:

1″ 5″

Finally, cut the tabs as shown and burnish all scored lines!

Now decorate:

Panels: (2) 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and (4) 3/4″ x 3 3/4″

Treats or using this to hold a Paper Flower Necklace finished with Resin are perfect for gift giving!

Book Box

On Wednesday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m., I will be doing a demo on creating a book box, a very practical box that can hold all sorts of treasures.

Here are the measurements for you to cut out, if you want to do it along with me!

Base: 10″ x 12″out of 100 lb (310 gsm) cardstock

Also cut (2) Covers (front & back) 5″ x 6 3/4″ and a (1) Spine 1 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ from the same cardstock

For the Box you will score at the following lines:

12″ side — 1 1/2″ 3″ 9″ 10 1/2″

10″ side — 1 1/2″ 3″ 7″ 8 1/2″

Cut away the corners as shown on all 4 corners:

You also need to score 1/4-inch on one side of the Covers:

Cover Panels:

(4) 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Spine Panels:

(1) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2″

(1) 1 1/4″ x 6 1/4″

Sides of Boxes:

(2) 1 1/4″ x 5 3/4″

(2) 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″

Watch the video on my FaceBook on Wednesday to see how I assemble this easy book box and decorate with beautiful, realistic paper flowers!

Diamond Pop Up Card!

Yesterday, through a fabulous ZOOM class sponsored by Enchanted Cottage, we created a Diamond Pop Up Card. I was asked to give the measurements and directions so more Pop Ups can be made!

Step 1 – Trim white, 100 lb. cardstock to 12″ x 6″. With the 12″ side up on your score board, score at 3″ and 6″.

Step 2 – Use a pencil to mark the six-inch section at 3 inches on all sides as shown. You will cut away the end pieces as shown, but use the other marks to score for folding the card.

Fold along all score lines and burnish.

Step 3 – You will need to cut the following from double sided printed cardstock:

(2) 4″ x 4″

(4) 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ – Cut these squares in half diagonally to give you 8 triangles.

(1) 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ – cut in half diagonally to give you 2 triangles (you’ll only need one for this card, so save the other for another card.

(1) 2 3/4″ x 5 3/4″

Use the BearlyArt Glue to adhere all the pieces to your card base.

Front of the card — In the “triangle section” use Red Line Tape, then fold your card down over and adhere to the rectangle.

Back of the card — I covered all sections.

Now that your card is covered and it’s ready to create a beautiful bouquet!

Create a Box for Your Floral Cards

I’m always being asked…”How do you send these dimensional cards or even give them?” Most of the time, I do invest in acrylic boxes I purchase through Clear Bags; #FB81 is perfect for my 6″ x 6″ cards. However, I do know, some of the paper gardeners may not have the access or want to spend the money on these acrylic boxes, so I have stepped out how to make one out of cardstock.

I recommend you use a 100 lb./300 gsm weight cardstock, but these boxes can be decorated and make the gift even more special.


Step 1 – You will need a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock for the base, trimmed to 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″. For the Lid, you can use either another 12″ x 12″ piece or a 8 1/2″ x 11″, trimmed to 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″.

Step 2 – Before any scoring, trim the Base piece by 1/16″ on one side, turn 90-degrees and trim 1/16″ again.

Step 3 – Place the Base on a score board and score 1 1/2″ on all sides. Place the Lid on the score board and score 3/4″ on all sides.

Step 4 – Fold and burnish all sides, then use scissors to cut, on two opposing sides and trim those tabs to create a “trapezoid” shape as shown.

You will so this on both the base and lid.

Step 5 – Apply glue to the tabs and fold in to form a box.

Step 6 – For the Lid, repeat cutting in and trimming the tabs, but before you glue, if you want to have cuts out on the side for ease of lifting the lid, find the center and mark it. Use a circle punch to take out a “semi-circle on two opposing sides.

*If you want to add decorative paper for the top of the box, glue it down before you glue the sides together.

FOR A 5″ X 7″ BOX

Directions are the same to construct, but here are the measurements.

Base: 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ (remember to take 1/16″ off two sides before scoring!)

Lid: 6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″

Explosion Box with an Easel Card

While the Explosion Box has been around for some time…I decided to give it a new twist with an Easel Card setting on top for this Valentine’s Day gift.

You can watch the video on my FB page, Susan’s Garden Club, to see how easily this box goes together, but here are the measurements for cutting.

Large Box

For the Base

You will need a 12″ x 12″ piece of either double-sided cardstock or, as I used a 100 lb. (230 gsm) white cardstock and added patterned cardstock panels.

Score 4″ for all four sides, then cut the corners out, using a paper trimmer. Burnish all the sides. This leaves you with a cross-looking unit.

For the Lid

Trim the same double-sided or white cardstock to 6 1/8″ x 6 1/8″. Score 1″ for all four sides and burnish. Create the tabs and glue as I showed on my video.

Medium Box

For the Base

Trim a 12″ x 12″ piece of double-sided cardstock to 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″.

Score 3 3/4″ for all four sides, then cut the corners out, using a paper trimmer as above.

For the Lid

Trim your cardstock to 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″. Score 1″ on all four sides and burnish. Create the tabs and glue.

Small Box

For the Base

Trim a 12″ x 12″ piece of double-sided cardstock to 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.

Score 3 1/2″ for all four sides, then cut the corners out, using a paper trimmer as above.

For the Lid

Trim your cardstock to 5 5/8″ x 5 5/8″. Score 1″ on all four sides and burnish. Create the tabs and glue.

Finally, glue the Medium Box in the center of the Large Box and repeat with the Small Box in the center of the Medium Box.

Creating an Easel

I cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/4″ x 7 1/2″. Score at 3 3/4″ and again at 5 7/8″. Burnish both folds. Adhere to your Box Lid. Trim a separate piece of cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhere to the smaller scored area. For the “brace” of the easel…I added a quote trimmed to 3/4″ x 3 1/2″, adhered it to a coordinating piece of cardstock that was trimmed 1″ x 3 3/4″ (see sample above.)

Simple and such a nice surprise for the recipient; especially when you filled that last box with treats!