Monday, 22 September 2014

Box Card Tutorial.

Box Card Tutorial .
Here's quick tutorial on making the Box Card.My measurements may vary  slightly from other tutorials.

Start by cutting an A4 sheet of cardstock in half as if to make two 4x6 cards.

Place your card on your scoreboard and score  at  2"  4"    6"  and  8" inches.
You will notice there will be a narrow strip left at the end of the card. this is where your adhesive will go when you come to stick the box together.

Turn the card around on the scoreboard so that the narrow strip is at the bottom of the scoreboard. Then score a line across three the top three panels ONLY. Then mark the narrow strip at the 2" inch point.

The unscored panel is the back of the card where you will place your sentiment panel  and a space for the card to be signed.

Using a knife or scissors cut down the  three score lines to the the score lines cross over.

Cut away the top section ONLY  of the narrow strip. 

Your box should look like this  when the cutting is finished.

DO NOT stick your box together yet.

Cut three side panels in either white card stock or a decorative cardstock that coordinates with you base card.

I have decided to decorate the panels myself using rubber stamps rather than my usual  patterned papers.

I have chosen this colour because  I was asked to making a card for a Sapphire Wedding Anniversary.
So I thought I would experiment first.

Your panels need to be half and inch smaller than the side panels of the box.
You will also need to cut 4 smaller panels to decorate the top flaps of the box.   Again these need to be about  half and inch smaller than the box flaps.

The last panel is  going to be  half an inch smaller than the full length  back panel .

Here I have use a  Night of Navy ink pad from SU and stamped the images from the flower shop  stamp set and the petite petals stamp set.
Using the Aqua painter I picked up a  little ink from the lid of the ink pad and brushed in a little more colour to the flowers. the I sponged the edges of the card stock with the same ink. I repeated this on all the panels.

 Now you can stick stick your panels onto your box  sides and flaps.

You can also join the sides of the box together now with a strong double sided tape or glue.

Allow to dry if using wet adhesive.

Next step,  the  mechanics of this card. 

Cut two strips of card about half an inch wide.

Then cut the strips into  lengths of  3" you'll need three in total and  score a line  half an inch in at both ends  of each strip.
These are the bridges  which you will be sticking all your decorative piece to and they so it is important they are stuck in to position firmly.

Fold the ends so they are going in  opposite directions, so they look rather like a stretched Z.

Open up your box and stand it on a firm surface.

Place a small amount of glue onto the end tabs of one of  the bridges and gently place the bridge inside the top opening of the box and as bring it as far forward as it will go and then squeeze those glue tabs  against the side walls of the box, then lay the box  on it's side and  gently squish it flat, this is to make sure it will fold flat when it's  finished so that it will fit into an envelope.   You really don't want any nasty surprises later on.

Repeat this until all three bridges  stuck in. 

Do remember to  fold it flat after adding each bridge. If you do something wrong at this point you will be able to correct it easier  at this point  rather than after you've added        all  your bit's and bobs.

Now comes the fun bit.
Cut  some thin strips of fairly thick acetate around 1/8" wide  and  in varying lengths. You'll need quite a few.

Then stick each of your decorations on to an acetate stem. 

Starting with the larger items begin sticking them to the Bridges. Then  add the smaller items.

I love to use small glittery hearts  and  shiny gem stones mixed in with the flowers to give a little sparkle and to lift.

Here is the box with all the strips of acetate stuck to the bridges. This card was made for a Sapphire Wedding Anniversary hence the 45.

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