Thursday, July 21, 2011

Card Holder Box Tutorial

Card Holder Box Tutorial 

I made 8 of these boxes for Convention this year, one for myself and 7 more for my roommates.  Since swapping cards is a big part of Convention, I thought it might be fun to have a box with dividers to sort swaps into categories.  Of course this box only holds a few, and many of us went home with hundreds of swaps, but I thought it was still a fun idea.  

If you make this box you might want to label it "emergency cards", and sort them into "birthday", "new baby", "thank you", and "get well".  Whatever you do with this box, it's fun to make with lots of room for decoration.  

1 piece of colored card stock 6" x 12"
1 piece of colored card stock 4" x 6" 
2 pieces of colored card stock 3" x 4" 
3 pieces of white card stock 4" x 7"
ProMag magnetic tape
Sticky Strip
Supplies used for decoration:
2 pieces of Designer Series Paper 2-1/2" x 6"
1 piece of Designer Series Paper 2" x 6" 
Anywhere Glue Stick
2-Way Glue Pen
My Digital Studio (optional)
Lace Ribbon Border Punch
5 Petal Flower Punch
Boho Blossoms Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Extra Large Oval Punch
Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Crop-A-Dile (used as a circle punch)
Basic Pearls

Step 1: Cut a piece of card stock to 6" x 12".  Score at 4-1/2", 6-1/2", and 11".  This will be the base and part of the cover.  Pacific Point card stock used here.

Step 2: Cut a second piece of card stock 4" x 6".  Score vertically at 2"

Step 3: Cut two more pieces of card stock to 4"x3".  Score vertically at 1/2" and 3-1/2".

Step 4: Decorate the box before it is assembled.  Here I added two sheets of Designer Series Paper to the front and back (the bare stripe down the middle is the bottom of the box).  The DSP measures 2-1/2" x 6".  Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper used here.

Step 5: Attach the box cover to the base.  Use Sticky Strip to tape the 1" section to the top of the cover (the seam will be covered with DSP in the next step).  You should now have a strip 15" long scored at 2", 4", 8-1/2", and 10-1/2".  Here we are looking at the inside of the box, the seam and DSP is on the outside.

Step 6: Continue decorating the box.  Add a 2"x6" strip of DSP to the top of the box to cover the seam.

Step 7: Fold up the box so you remember which is the front, back, and top.  Unfold again and add a decorative strip to the edge of the front flap, and a matching strip to the top of the DSP on the back.   The Lace Ribbon Border Punch in Wild Wasabi is used here, attached with the 2-Way Glue Pen.  Look for the most solid area of the punched ribbon to cover the DSP seam.

Step 8: Finish decorating the box.  Here I added a title printed out using My Digital Studio, and some flowers made with various punches and Basic Pearls.  Hint: To make the perfect forked end to a pennant, cut the paper with the corner of a square punch or a triangle pennant punch.     

Step 9: Cut a piece of ProMag magnetic tape to 5-1/2" long.  Attach to the inside of the box cover just below the front edge using Sticky Strip.  Cut another piece of magnetic tape the same lengh and magnetically attach it to the first piece.  Add more Sticky Strip, remove the protective backing, and fold the box up.  This will allow the second magnetic strip to place itself so it lines up.

Step 10: Now make the box sides and dividers.  Place sticky strip on the outside edges of the two 4"x3" pieces.  Cut three Whisper White pices of card stock to 7"x4".  Score them at 1/2" and 6-1/2".  Add sticky strip to those outside edges also.

Step 11: Fold along all the score lines.  Attach the dividers evenly, making the inside of the box.

Step 12: Working on only one corner at a time, remove the Sticky Strip backing and attach the box inside to the base.

Step 13: Use My Digital Studio to print out labels, then punch them out with the Extra Large Oval Punch.  Attach the oval labels to the box dividers with more Sticky Strip.  Then sort your cards into their appropriate slots!

Alternate color scheme: When I ran out of Pacific Point patterns in the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper, I started using Tangerine Tango patterns.  The box base is Wild Wasabi here, with more Tangerine Tango and Whisper White.  

Thanks to Jane Matsumoto and SplitCoastStampers for the original tutorial.  

Download this tutorial here.  

Charly Bratt
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
(970) 206-9120

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