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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is a fun card to create and guaranteed to amaze the recipient–whether they’re young or old! I’ve stepped it out here, but you can also watch my LIVE on Susan’s Garden Club FB page for a video to accompany these directions.
Let’s Get Started
For the base of the card, it is a 6″ x 6″ which means you need a 12″ x 6″ piece of cardstock. Score it along the 12″ side to divide in half at 6″. For the panels of patterned cardstock, you will need to cut three (3) 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ pieces.
Next, you will need to cut a piece of cardstock 11″ x 3 3/4″. Score on 2 3/4″ – 5 1/2″ – 8 1/4″ to create a 4-panel piece. For the panels of patterned cardstock, you will need to cut four (4) 2 1/2″ x 3 1/3″ pieces.
Add the panel pieces to this side. For construction, your piece should be in a “M” shape, but with the open side facing you and the panels on the inside.
Finally, for the “mechanism”, cut a piece of cardstock that is 8″ x 3 1/2″. Along the 8″-side, score at 4″ and notch at 2 1/4″ and 5 3/4″. Turn this piece 180-degrees and notch along the long side at the same ( 2 1/4″ and 5 3/4″). Lastly, turn the paper to the 3 1/2″ side and score down the center at 1 3/4″. You need to score the paper from the 2 1/4″ notch to the 5 3/4″ on the opposite side as shown. Burnish all score lines, making sure you do a “valley fold” for this last score line and connecting the notched measures with an X as shown.
Holding those short sides, push in so you get a piece that has two separate sections and a “roof!”
Measure 1 1/4″ on one of the leg pieces and mark with a pencil. Use Red Tape to add to pieces to this area as shown as well as the “roof” area.
Flip this piece over and repeat, taping on the opposite side. Before you peel off the double-sided tape, place your 4-panel piece between the opening and center it.
Add a pencil mark, so you know where this goes once you pull the tape covering off. Press to securely adhere and flip the piece over to repeat on the opposite side.
Open up your card base and mark the middle of the card at 3″. Peel away the tape on the “roof” and line it up on the 3-inch mark, away from the fold line of the base card, and adhere down. Finally, peel away the tape and close the card. Press down to adhere.
Open up the card and see the magic happen. I hope you enjoyed this card because I enjoyed creating it for you!
Bouquet holders have been around for years and years–mostly known as “Nosegays.” I have created a simple one for you to do and fill with your favorite flowers for special occasions or just to put a smile on someone’s face during this Pandemic!
All you need is a 4-inch circle–either die cut one, trace the one I have done here, or use a compass to draw one. Next, I have provided the “cone” shape that fits a 4-inch circle. Mark with a pencil and use a small ball stylus to score the lines. Fold and burnish the lines. Add a small piece of tape or you can glue where one piece overlaps the other. Place a piece a tape down the center of the underside that will adhere to your card and you’re ready to fill with flowers and foliage.
Have fun and create beautiful bouquets!
I used Suzanne Cannon’s Valentine Papers for my demonstration. You can find her created papers on the Silhouette site, along with some really creative pieces to use with your flowers.
This unique box is perfect to give treats to children, grandchildren, or just that special someone in your life. It’s easy to construct, starting with a 12″ x 12″ piece of 100 lb. (270 gsm) cardstock and I know you’ll love these boxes as much as I do.
Trim the 12″ x 12″ cardstock to 12″ x 10 1/2″. Starting with the 12″ side, score as follows:
1″ – 1 1/4″ – 3″, then turn and have these score lines on your right hand side to repeat the same measurements on the left hand side.
Turn paper to have the 10 1/2″ side at the top of a score board and score the following:
1 1/2″ – 5″ – 6 1/2″ – 10″
You will also need to “notch” with your stylus at the 3/4″ and 5 3/4″ at the second score line (1 1/4″), turn the paper over and do the same on the other side. Use your stylus to draw a triangle from the notch to the score lines as shown.
Use scissors, or a paper trimmer, to cut away from the second score line across. Also cut the small area at the 10″ mark as shown.
Measurements for the decorative papers are as follows:
(2) 5 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
(2) 5 3/4″ x 1 1/4″
(4) 3 1/4″ x 1 1/2″
You can tape or glue these onto your box. Use a 1/2″ round punch to add a half-circle to one end for easy opening of the tab.
Now, all you have to do is apply tape (I use Red-Line) on the tab and close up the box.
I’m sure you will enjoy making these as much as I have to fill with candies or small gifts to give!
A beautiful card to inspire…thanks Melanie! So, this morning, I knew I could draw a template to share, because, after all, tis the season to share! I can’t wait to see what beautiful creations you make.
Trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of (glossy, if you have it) cardstock to 7″ x 10″ and score down the center of the 10″ side to create a 5″ by 7″ card.
Place the template, reversed on the inside of the front section and trace around it.
Use scissors to cut away.
For the white keys–trim white cardstock, I used a 100 lb. (300gsm) weight, to 2 1/2″ x 1/2″ and cut nine keys. Watch my video on Facebook, Susan’s Garden Club, to see how easy it was to trim these pieces.
For the black keys-trim the glossy black cardstock 1 3/4″ x 7/16″ and cut 6 keys. You need to make the width 1/16″ less so these keys set in between the white as shown.
I used a ruler set at the top, 1/4″ down from the top and hold it in place, to know where to glue the black keys.
That’s it! Have a very Merry Christmas and joyous New Year.
What to do with scraps? Well, for me that 4″ x 4″ square leftover from all the frames I’ve been making was calling to be used! I decided a little Gift Bag-Like box would be so cute to hold a little bouquet. Easy to construct and I know you’ll be adding a lot of these to your cards.
LET’S GET STARTED
Here’s my simple template for the Little Gift Bag/Box. I scored (the black lines) on three sides at 1/2-inch and 1-inch. Burnish the score lines and use scissors to cut away on the red lines.
2. Add a bit of glue on the “triangle” piece and fold in the side. You can use your reverse tweezers to hold. Repeat on the opposite side.
3. Finally, apply some glue and fold up the bottom flap.
4. If you’re adding ribbon, I cut a piece long enough to be able to tuck and use a sticky tab to hold it in place.
For the Gift Holder, I cut two pieces of card stock 3 1/2-inch x 5-inches and scored at 1/2″ – 1″ – 2″ -3″.
2. Apply some glue on one end and fold the piece over. Burnish with your bone folder.
Repeat with the second piece.
3. Next, apply a small amount of glue just to the outer edge and glue one tube on top of the other.
Hold them together, using the reverse tweezers.
4. Use double sided tape on the top and side so you can adhere it to the inside of your card.