CARD-IN-A-BOX WEEK..... TUTORIAL TIME - The Crafty Spark

CARD-IN-A-BOX WEEK..... TUTORIAL TIME



OK before I start a little heads up...... there are loads and I do mean LOADS of pictures on this post so brace yourselves!  These instructions are to make the card shown in the mini photo on the left and I've also included a table for making larger cards too so, with any luck, I've covered a wide enough variety of sizes to cover any occasion.

Now if making a card like this from scratch seems a bit daunting, why not buy it from me in kit form?  Just click HERE and I will be able to get a kit sent straight out to you.  Everything will be provided for you except adhesive (glue or sticky tape).... all your flowers and leaves punched, card (pre-scored), envelope and patterned paper all sent out packaged in a hard backed envelope.

Whether you decide to buy a kit or make the card from your own resources you will want to know how to do it - right?  Lets get going then ;)


Crafty Spark Recipe Time............

For this card you will need


A4 sheet Rich Razzleberry cardstock trimmed to 8" x 11 1/2" long (for ease of measuring)
2 strips Rich Razzleberry cardstock measuring 1" x 3 3/4"
2 sheets from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper pack
Wild Wasabi ink pad
Rose Red ink pad
Crushed Curry ink pad
Pool Party ink pad
Flower Shop stamp set
Pansy punch
Tag Talk stamp set
Label Bracket punch

And now for the multitude of photos hehe.........

Rich Razzleberry cardstock and the two sheets of
Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper
Today's ink colours for the card that coordinate with the
Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper


Pansy punch and Flower Shop stamp set
Label Bracket punch and Tag Talk stamp set

Trim your A4 cardstock down to 11 1/2" and score on the long side at
2 3/4" + 5 1/2" + 8 1/4" + 11"
Turn the cardstock and score on the short side at 4 1/4"
but stop at the last panel (or do it wrong and score right to 
the bottom as I did at one point!)

Now this wonderful bit of equipment is the Stampin' Trimmer.
What a totally fabulous bit of kit - I love it and when you're
making this type of card it really comes into it's own
You can cut and score using the Stampin' Trimmer so it
makes cutting half the card and scoring the other half
so simple and easy - fandabbidosie!

This is how your last panel should now be looking with the score line
stopping as it meets the last panel of the card
Now you need to cut the top lines down to the middle score line so you
end up with flaps at the top and the bottom still in on piece (did you get that?
Keep reading, it'll make sense in a minute I promise!)

Cut the top of the mini section off and notch the sides
Sides cut and notched :)

Right this is now what your card should be looking like
Fold all your score lines

Grab your bone folder and 'burnish' the edges - that means press hard with
your bone folder along the edge to give a neat tight fold ;)  I didn't understand
it either when I first heard 'burnish'!
All burnished properly?  Good then move on.....



Put some glue on the tab - not as much as I have though!
Fold it over and glue together

This is the one I did wrong when I scored the full 
length of the cardstock.... see the line across the back panel?
It's not too bad though if you do end up with this as
it will be covered up when you stick your writing area to the 
back of the card
This is now what your card should be looking like




Yep, that's the back - the perfect one obviously :)
Grab your two strips of cardstock and score each one 1/2" from each end

Stick them inside your card like this
Now you should have a card that looks like this :)
Well done you, give yourself a round of applause!

Stamp out three pages of these and punch them out ready to decorate your card.
Yes I know that's 15 of each colour but the more you put on, the more effective
your card becomes :)
While your ink is drying, decorate your card with the
Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper cutting each strip
to measure 2 1/2" wide x 4" for the bottom panels and 
2 1/2" x 3 1/2" for the top panels

Starting on the back panel, begin by putting your flowers around
the edge. However far the flowers poke out at the side, this is how 
wide you will make your finished card so keep this in mind if you
want to put it in a C5 envelope 
Layer the flowers to give some depth to the card



Keep adding your flowers staggering them from the back
to the front of the card.  As you add your flowers, stick 
one to another in a kind of ladder effect to add height
to the sections.  The two middle layers can poke
out further than the back ones but if you are putting
your card in a standard envelope, keep folding the card
to make sure you haven't made it too wide
See how it pokes out a bit at the side?  It's OK though as it
will still fit my envelope (just about!)





That's all the flowers layered and now the front....
Stamp your sentiment and add it to your card.  I put a
flower on the front just to finish it.  The sentiment
was stamped first in Crushed Curry and then again
in Rose Red.  Cut the 'Birthday' bit out and mount it 
on to the Crushed Curry using dimensionals to
make it pop out
Whoops, forgot to number this one!!


Whoop it folds just fine and hardly any poking out the sides!
Double whoop whoop - it fits in the envelope!

A few hints and tips for building your card...


  • Pack your card with embellishments - generally the more you use the better it looks
  • Build from the back to the front of the card
  • Use the embellishments like a ladder or building block to add height to your layers
  • Stagger the layers from front to back
  • Don't put the writing panel on the back of your card until you've finished building it (stops the writing panel from getting mucky as you move the card around)
  • If it's important to you that your card fits in an envelope, keep folding the card to check it will fit as you build it
  • Most importantly HAVE FUN !



There you go, six different sized cards!  Well seven if you include the one we made today!  The colour of
the card represents the coloured part of the table below that you will need to follow if you want to make 
one of these cards

Finished Size of Card-in-a-Box
Card Measurement

Score
Line
Score
Line
Score
Line
Score
Line
6 " x 2 ¼ " x 2 ¼ "
9 ½ " x 6 "
long edge
2 ¼ "
4 ½ "
6 ¾ "
9 "
short edge
3 "
-
-
-
3 ¼ " x 1 "
long edge
½ "
2 ¾ "
-
-







7 ½ " x 2 ¾ " x 2 ¾ "
11 ½ " x 7 ½ "
long edge
2 ¾ "
5 ½ "
8 ¼ "
11 "
short edge
4"
-
-
-
3 ¾ " x 1" (cut 2)
long edge
½ "
3 ¼ "
-
-







8 ¼ " x 3 ¼ " x  3 ¼ "
10 ¾ " x 8 ¼ "
long edge
½ "
3 ¾ "
7 "
10 ¼ "
short edge
4 ½ "
-
-
-
3 ¼ " x 8 ¼ "
long edge
4 ½ "
-
-
-
short edge
-
-
-
-
5 ¼ " x 1 (cut 2)
long edge
1 "
4 ¼ "
-
-







10 " x 3 ¾ " x 3 ¾ "
8 ¼ "  x 10 "
long edge
5 ½"
-
-
-
short edge
3/8 "
4 1/8 "
7 7/8 "
-
7 ½ "  x 10 "
long edge
5 ½ "
-
-
-
short edge
3 ¾ "
-
-
-
5 ¾ " x 1 " (cut 2)
long edge
1 "
4 ¾ "
-
-







11 " x 4 ¼" x 4 ¼ "
9 ½ " x 11 "
long edge
6 "
-
-
-
short edge
½ "
4 ¾ "
9 "
-
8 ½ " x 11 "
long edge
6"
-
-
-
short edge
4 ¼ "
-
-
-
6 ¼ " x 1 ½ " (cut 3)
long edge
1 "
5 ¼ "
-
-







12 " x 5 " x 5 "
12 " x 11 "
long edge
6 ½ "
-
-
-
short edge
½ "
5 ½ "
10 ½ "
-
12 " x 10 "
long edge
6 ½ "
-
-
-
short edge
5 "
-
-
-
7 " x 1 ½ " (cut 3)
long edge
1 "
6 "
-
-


Finished off by using the branch part of the Bird Punch

What do you think?  Did you like my tutorial - I do hope so!  Don't forget to have a look at the Designer Series Paper and Cardstock Mini Pack page.  Its a great way to spend less and still own some of the beautiful Stampin' Up! papers and fabulous quality cardstock.

All of the products mention in this Crafty Spark post can be purchased from me by clicking on the links throughout this post and below or if you just fancy a schmooze through my shop just click HERE to Shop Online now. Don't forget, when you place your order add the Hostess Code shown at the top of my blog on the right hand side to support The Crafty Spark. If your order totals £150 or more, please do not use the code as you will loose any rewards due to you! Unsure what to do or need help ordering? Give me a shout and I'll help you out :)  I love to hear what you think of my projects so please feel free to leave me a message in the comments section below.

  Lea xx

5 comments

  1. HI Lea
    Your Tutorial is Fabulous I will make one but I also would like to buy a kit, love all of your makes they are beautiful, I hope your having a lovely weekend Take care
    Sarah x

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  2. HI Lea
    I'm not sure If I place an order for a kit :) can you please confirm if I did or not, I will submit anoher form with my details, and will you send me your payment details please.
    Kind regards
    Sarah x

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    1. Hello Sarah
      You certainly did :) I have your order for your card kit and your mini pack of the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. I've sent you an invoice for payment which you should have now. Hope you enjoy making them as much as I do
      Lea xx

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  3. Hi Lea

    Fantastic tutorial ! Great photos, clear instructions and brilliant that you've also shared the dimensions for other sizes of box. Thank you so much for sharing, have wanted to have a go at one of these for ages but been a bit daunted by it. xx

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    1. Hi Brenda
      Thanks for your super comment! It's great to know I'm inspiring others to get creative - if you're unsure about making one why not get one of the kits to start you off :)
      Have a great weekend
      Lea xx

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