Saturday, May 28, 2016

Peek-A-Boo Father's Day Box Card

What style or type of card do you like to make most? My style usually is clean and simple but today I want to show you an interesting technique to bring out the best of your card in a different way! I call it a box card, you heard (read) it right it's a card in a form of box. :) Don't get the idea? Let's take a look, shall we? 

Look at the three boxes I created below, what's inside remains a mystery. Perhaps you want to keep reading to find out what is the special surprise. Since Father's Day is next month, I decided to use this as the theme. Do you also see super cute label on the boxes and the envelope? It's one of the Avery products that is available at CutCardStock too, aren't they just too adorable with the little mustache on it? 

I know you are losing patience, maybe I should reveal the secret! 



What do you think? Likey? I finally found a away to create this cute little surprise box to send to your beloved father this Father's Day! Dads deserve something special too (and crafty)! hehe.

I decided to make this one to reveal the sentiment "Happy Father's Day" but you can always replace it with anything you like (a gift card would work too, who says dads don't like shopping?!). ***wink wink***

Or maybe...just maybe...use it as a regular gift box! it becomes a double opening gift box!

Do you want to know how to make it? It's simple...and since you are so patient following me up to this point, I want to share this cut file with you for free (only for personal use)! All you need to do is download the SVG file at the bottom of this post and come back here for the tutorial. 

Step 1: Download cut file and using your cutting machine, cut the image. Following two pictures are what you should get.

Step 2: Take the A cut-out from above and fold along dotted lines (as shown below) and glue B behind the circle opening on A.

Step 3: Glue C1 to the inner left and C2 to the inner right of the box (with the dotted section close to the outer edge).

Step 4: Glue result from Step 2 to the center of the box base. Insert both flaps (C1 and C2) into the center piece (right behind the circle opening)

Step 5: Fold the base to form a box and glue all connecting flaps.

Step 6: Pick a photograph, use a circle die or fussy cut the circle (the size of the circle above), then adhere the cut out picture to behind the circle.

Step 7: (optional) Decorate the box with pattern papers, I use the origami papers from CutCardStock and they look great!

NOTE: For the belt, cut a strip of 2" height paper and stick the wrap-around Avery label on the paper. Score at each corner of the box and glue both ends to form a belt. 

There are a wide selection of templates for the wrap around label on Avery's website, check them out! The step to print the label is also only few simple clicks.

You can even use this wrap around label on regular envelope, and if you don't like this box card idea here I have a simple, easy to create father's day card that you might be interested. :)

That's all, I hope you like this project! Leave me a comment if you have any problem assembling this box card and I will get back to you as soon as I can! Thank you so much for visiting the blog today. I hope you have a wonderful and keep creating! See you soon. -Alexia

Download Cut File: Peek-A-Boo Box Card

CutCardStock Products Used:

Friday, May 27, 2016

Father's Day Gift Tag

So, the minutes are ticking down on Father's Day and you still need a quick and easy gift problem! It's Annie, and I'm back today with a simple handmade gift tag project for those of us with dads who love snacking.

Let's start with the materials.  I'm using Basis Cardstocks in Navy, Natural, and Green because they are nice, sturdy 80 pound cardstocks that come in beautiful vibrant colors.  I love this color combination for masculine kinda has a prep-school or mallard vibe to it. :) 

Start by cutting your tag layers.  I used nesting pennant dies to cut mine, but you can easily cut these shapes by hand.  For the navy base layer, trim your cardstock to 2.5" x 8.5", score and fold the strip in the center at 4.25", and cut a simple fishtail shape at the bottom. Then, create 2" x 3.5" pennants out of green and natural cardstock, and a 1.5" x 3" pennant out of natural cardstock.

For a little added texture, I embossed the navy base layer with a fun 3D woven pattern that reminded me of a fishing creel.  Basis cardstocks take heavy embossing like this really cracks in sight!

Stamp squirrel and acorn images onto Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and color them with alcohol markers (I used Copic markers here).  Then use the coordinating dies or fussy-cut the images.

Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of the smallest natural pennant with pigment ink, add clear embossing powder, and melt it with your heat tool.

Layer the small natural pennant onto the large green pennant with tape runner, and then glue the entire piece down to the front of the navy tag base with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose liquid glue (since the tag is deeply embossed, the liquid glue ensures a tight hold).  Then, adhere your colored die-cuts with foam adhesive.

Glue the larger natural pennant to the inside of the tag with liquid glue.  This gives you a large space to write a sweet message for dad!

Punch or poke a hole in the upper left corner of the tag to pass a short length of jute through.  Wrap the jute around the neck of your recipient's favorite jar of nuts and tie a small bow to attach.

I hope you enjoyed this simple Father's Day gift idea and thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies featured today and remember that Basis Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Products used in this project:


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Row your Boat....the making of a Box Card.

Hello all, Agnes here sharing her first Box Card. Yeap! You heard it right. These Box Cards have been around for a while and despite I always wanted to make one I never did until now.

I will try to explain the process as best  I can, but you can always search for them online. I bet you can find a better tutorial,  but for what is worth, here is how I made mine.

The above collage shows the template used, some of the embellishments, how to fold the insert and how it looks inside the box.

You are going to need 2 pieces of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock or one 12 x 12". 
Cut at 10-1/2 x 5-1/2" for the box itself and another piece at 7-3/4" x 2-7/8"- this will be the insert.

(click pic to zoom in)

I am linking two templates: one for a die cutter and one for the template and tut and, as I said before, you can always search for other templates or videos online.
The rest is to make it pretty, right? That is where the fun begins.

I used the Classic Crest Recycled cardstock for the base as it is a 100 lb cover weight cardstock and it gives a nice sturdy base for this Box Card. The cardstock I used for the panels and die cuts is the super nice Basis. I love this cardstock too. It has a nice subtle texture and it cuts great with my die cutter machine, the Cricut Explore. I set the dial to card stock, because this is a very nice 80lb cardstock. 

A few of the embellishments (die cuts) were made with thin dies or with my die cutter. The only exception is  the boat which is from a clear stamp.

Trusty Tombow was used to adhere all the die cuts and panels, a bit of double sided Score-Tape for the 1/2" strip (see template) and a micro glue dot (1/8") for the clamshell plastic strip I used to prop the sun and clouds. Nothing like a glue dot for this part.

This is how the back looks.

I thought they were harder to make but I was wrong. Even the template with all the measurements is easy to follow. It is a fun card indeed!

I think this Box would make a great Father's Day gift.

Thanks for stopping by and please, if you have any questions about the box making tutorial, please do not hesitate to contact me.   I really doubt you will have any difficulties,  because did I mention how easy it is to make? :)

Cut Cardstock Products Used:

Basis Assortment pack           Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
                  Micro Glue Dots                                          Neenah classic Crest Recycled 100 Bright White