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"
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)
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!