Monday, December 12

Tutorial: Box Cards

Today's project is perfect for this time of the year when you are giving little gifts to friends and colleagues.  Box cards contain not only your holiday greetings but also have room for a little treat... I've seen them filled with candy canes, chocolates or little handmade gift tags.

1.  Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 8" x 12".  Place it horizontally (landscape orientation) on your scoreboard with the wrongside facing up.  Score at 3.5", 4", 7.5", 8" and 11.5".

2.  Turn the cardstock 90 degrees so it is vertical (landscape orientation) on your scoreboard.  Score at 0.5", 1", 7" and 7.5".

3.  This part is a little bit tricky, so make sure you understand what you are cutting before you start.  You want to end up with a piece of cardstock that looks like the one below.  I used a craft knife and metal ruler to cut away the excess cardstock, but scissors would also work well.

4.  I found the box folded better if I cut off a very narrow piece of cardstock from the far right side.  You can see in the photo below just how narrow the piece is.  You don't have to be too precise since this edge will be folded inside the card.

5.  Fold and crease all the score lines.

6.  I used a little corner cutter to round off the edges of the top and bottom flaps making it easier to open the box and giving and neater appearance.

7.  Use your favourite tool to cut an opening in the cardstock.  It can be any shape you wish but make sure you stay within the fold lines.

8.  Cut a piece of clear plastic or acetate to fit over the aperture you cut in the cardstock.  For a great effect, run the piece of plastic through your favourite embossing machine.

9.  Use some double-sided tape to secure the piece of plastic to the cardstock, completely covering the aperture.

10.  Add some more double-sided tape to the underside of the far right flap.

11.  Remove the backing paper from the double-sided tape, then fold the box along the score lines.  Secure it to the first narrow area of cardstock on the left side.  This will give you the basic box shape.

12.  Trim about 0.25" from the little taglets at either end of the box.  This will make it easier to close the box.

13.  Close the ends, add some embellishments and you're done!
copyright Beccy Muir 2011


  1. Hi Beccy,

    thank you for the workshop and the great example you made.


  2. super kursik, bardzo dziękuję:)

  3. What a lovely card and a fantastic idea, it will be useful for so many small gifts. Beautiful!!!!

  4. Great tutorial and a great card.Thanks Beccy!

  5. I love the box card, like you say, it will make a great little gift holder as well as a lovely card :) tfs

  6. Very cool Beccy! Thanks for sharing your creations with us.
    Babs xo

  7. that is great, thank you so much for the tutorial

  8. Beccy this is amazing, and thank you for doing the tutorial and measurements. Lee x

  9. thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I will be trying this on my next day off!

    :) Gale

  10. Wow, that's such a great idea Bec - love it....

  11. Hi Beccy,

    You have such lovely drawings and more beautiful creations, I will follow your blog. Sometimes I use one of your drawings on a card, they are so cute!


  12. Such a wonderful tutorial ...thanks so much Beccy. Love the whole idea.

  13. Beautiful box! I will have to give it a try. Thank you for posting the tutorial.

  14. Hi Bec
    thanks for the great idea!
    Hugs Gisela from germany

  15. Love this!! Great tutorial, thank you!!

  16. Thanks for a fabulous tutorial!!

  17. Fabulous idea and clear instructions xx Thank you xx

  18. Hello Beccy
    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!.. Thanks for sharing this fabby tutorial.

  19. How generous of you to share such a fabulous idea. Love it and hope to try. Thanks again. Hugs from the Pacific Northwest of USA!

  20. Fabulous tutorial. I have one question. I ran a piece of acetate in a embossing folder through my Big Shot and it comes out clear. Why are your embossed parts white?

    1. Hi Avis. This is such an old tutorial that I can't be certain of the details, but I have a feeling I actually used a piece of plastic saved from packaging rather than acetate specifically designed for paper crafters. I imagine that different types of plastic will give you different results, as would different embossing folders. Perhaps the cuttlebug uses more pressure than the big shot, or maybe the folder is tighter. I'm really not sure, but it would be good to have a play with different materials and folders to see what you end up with.