Card Box Tutorial

Saturday, May 2, 2009

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As promised, the tutorial on the card box shown in my previous post. This tutorial will show you how to make the card box only, I'll have another tutorial on how to make the quick and simple cards at a later date. You can combine the two tutorials and whip up a quick gift anytime you need something special and homemade but you're short on time.

The materials you'll need for the box are:
Two pieces of cardstock, cut to 8"x9"
Paper trimmer
Dry embossing stylus or scoring tool for your paper trimmer
Closure options: Buttons or brads, hemp or waxy flax (see below for other closure options)
Corner rounder

Score your two pieces of cardstock as shown. Note: The picture looks a little off, since it's taken at an angle. Yes, the width is 9" and the height is 8", it just looks taller in the photo.

Cut and remove the portions shaded grey.

Fold all score lines inward.

Round the corners on the larger flap.

Round the top corners on the side flaps. To reach the flap with your corner rounding tool, fold down the wider top flap as shown.

Done with the corner rounding. Both of your pieces should look like this:

Stamp your cardstock, make it pretty. If you're working with pre-printed cardstock, you can skip this step.

Attach the two pieces together by overlapping one flap with the other. Don't skimp on adhesive, you want the spine to hold together.

Reinforce the inside by attaching two small pieces of cardstock in the narrow outer folds, as shown. I'm using green cardstock for visibility, however, you should use the same color as your card box.

Poke a small hole through the center of each side, through the reinforcement, as shown.

Through one hole, affix a large brad. You can substitute a button, if you want.

Tie a large knot in the end of a piece of waxy flax or hemp. Thread through the remaining hole on your card box. The knot inside will keep the cord from pulling out. If needed, you can secure it with a piece of tape or glue, the inside won't show. You can trim the cord later, so leave it a little long right now.

Insert another brad through the hole with the cord.

Apply adhesive along the shorter sides of the longer flap. I like to use a runner adhesive, like Tombow, because it's less messy. For strength, add a single dot of liquid glue or a glue dot in the corner of each flap.

Fold in the flaps, pressing the adhesive into place.

To close the box, wind the cord between the two brads. For another option to the brad and cord closure, you can substitute a ribbon tie, or use velcro stick-on dots.

Leave the box plain, or you can decorate the front.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Have fun creating!


Sarah said...

All I can say is Wowzer! What a gorgeous box! I have to try this. The thing that stands out to me though is the stamped images on your CS. When I first saw it I thought it was the Bella papers!!!
It is gorgeous.

Lisa's Logophile said...

Absolutely adorable!
Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I am looking forward to making one now!

Traci said...

what a fun card box!! thanks for the tutorial- I'll definately be trying it out!!

Penny said...

Awesome! Will this hold 5x7 cards??? Is it easily alterable so that it will hold 5x7 cards???

I love your site. Especially love your videos... lol

Tresa Black said...

Hi Penny,
Yes, you can easily alter it to a different size. Just change the two larger sized rectangles (the 4-1/2" x 6" one, and the 3" x 6" one). If you want to do 5x7 cards, measure an envelope so you make it big enough to hold the cards and envelopes too.

Stampin Lucy said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to post all the directions =}

Kristin Kottwitz said...

Awesome. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for Sharing!

katy said...

Thanks for the great idea. I made one for my mom and filled with cards and stationary for her.

mE said...

You are KILLLLING me, girl! I am droooooling over these boxes!!! Awesome, awesome!

Inky Smiles!

Jane ... said...

Ohhhhhh soooooo pretty! Have to try one soon. Tresa, hop over to my blog and snatch The Lemonade Stand Blog Award. Happy new week!

Marion said...

That is really cute!

Angi (Mistress_of_Mayhem) said...

Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial! This card holder is simple and cute! Can't wait to make more!

helen said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to make one.

saffiertje said...

thanx for this wonderful tutorial! Love to make it...

Tweet Scraps said...

I just wanted to let you know that I posted my own version of this card box along with a link to your page. I love your templates - they are very easy to follow. Here is a link to the page:

Anonymous said...

I made these for 5x7 cards and they turned out beautifully. Cut the original papers to 9 7/8 by 9 3/8; don't alter the scoring measurements, and the card slots will end up 5 3/8 by 7 3/8, standard size for A7 cards & envelope boxes.

Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

Beautiful!! Hi, I'm your newest follower. Oh and I so LOVED your Stamp WOW video.. really cute!

Hope you have a great Thursday, stop by sometime and say hi..


me and my GSDs said...

Thanks for the tutorial, my box turned out great!


salma said...

Their was a great tutorials....what a fun card box!! thanks for the tutorial- I'll definitely be trying it out!!
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Lalia said...

You are a gem. I've seen this online before but always had to pay for the tutorial. THANK YOU!

Cat said...

Just tried it and then did a 5x7 to hold 6 cards and envelopes. It inspired me to make one for a set of six 6x6 cards with envelopes. Made it different though and it turned out great!

HappyExpressions said...

What a great card box! I love it! TFS!

Victoria C said...

Hello Tresa!

I absolutely love this box and was wondering if it could be altered to fit an 8x10 photo? I would deff need larger paper but I wasn't sure about the dimensions.

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Just tried this box as a sample...I used 2 12x12 paper and it came out beautifully...have to work on it some more to get it right....great tutorial..
Rolashan Dec.28, 2013 9:43am

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