Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! (And Card Box Tutorial)

Are you all ready for the ghosts, goblins, zombies, pirates, princesses, and fairies (or, heaven forbid, Miley Cyruses)? We are, and I very wisely waited until yesterday to buy the candy.  The fewer temptations in the house, for both me and my honey, the better!  It was a struggle to decide if I wanted to get the "just okay" candy, or the good stuff, just in case there are leftovers.  If it's the "just okay" candy, then I have no problem sending leftovers to work with my husband to get it out of the house. On the other hand, if it's the super-high-quality-primo-nectar-of-the-gods-chocolate stuff......

From Millan.Net

Okay, enough about my sweet tooth, let's get to the card box tutorial that I promised.  You're not going to believe how easy this is, and you'll be kicking yourself if you don't already own this fabulous tool! (Pssst, I can help you with that!)

You'll need to start with 12" x 12" cardstock.  I recommend using regular cardstock, textured cardstock, or Core'dinations, rather than Designer Series Paper because it makes a sturdier box. You can always decorate it with DSP if you want.
  1. Start with a 9" x 9" sheet of cardstock. 
  2. Slide paper in to the 3 ½" mark, punch and score. Note: You won't be able to score all the way to the end of the paper, but don't worry. Be happy. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
  3. Slide over to the 4 ½" mark, punch and score. 
  4. Rotate cardstock 180 degrees and repeat on the opposite side. This is what it should look like:

  5. Turn cardstock 90 degrees. Align pointer with score lines, punch and score on both lines.

  6. Repeat on the opposite side. It should now look like this:

  7. Determine which will be the top flap and round the corner of the flap with corner rounder built in to the board.
  8. Trim off excess corners from top flap. 
  9. From the bottom, cut up to the second score line (these become flaps to tuck in).

  10. Form box and fasten with Sticky Strip.

I like to trim the point off the bottom flap. I just think it makes the box look neater.  Use the Stampin' Trimmer, and place the point of the bottom flap at the 3/4" mark, making sure score lines are parallel to the lines of the trimmer (they don't have to be right ON the lines). Then just trim off that little triangle!


  1. Oooh, I can't wait to try this. This will come in handy for giving card sets.

  2. Shawn, it really is SO easy! Have fun!!! (Great name, BTW. My daughter's name, as well.)

  3. Fantastic, Cindy! I learned today I need a little more practice using my envelope punch, so this will be a fantastic project for me. LOVE your BOO letters! They look fantastic!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! That was my first foray into mixed media and it was surprisingly easy.

      If you have questions about the EPB, maybe I can help. :-)


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