Card In A Box | No. 1

I like a challenge. When I saw Birthday Card in a Box from Kara at I fancied giving it a try. There’s just one problem: I don’t have good paper cutting skills, paper scoring skills, paper punching skills, paper fiddling to stick together skills or lots of handy die cuts to use.

Well, you can’t give up because of a few obstacles! Here’s how I managed to make my own version of the card in a box.

Card In A Box | Preparation

The only reliable method to make a box and matching patterned paper pieces is to use the Silhouette Cameo. Kara’s blog post includes a handy video of the box construction with measurements. I play and pause, making my Silhouette shapes when I realise there’s another hurdle; the scoring. A little Google research later I discover how to make score lines using the Silhouette Cameo too, from this excellent video by Linda at The Paper Boutique.

In this screenshot of my Silhouette preparation the dotted blue lines are for scoring. I cross my fingers and hope it works.

card in a box | Silhouette Cameo project

This week I treated myself to some Bazzil Kraft cardstock (8 1/2 x 11 inches) and decide I’ll try this for the box base. I consider making the card in a box a print and cut project, but I am too impatient to create the paper patterns, so I pull out Sweet Paris from Dovecraft, a 6 x 6 inch paper stack I have yet to use.

card and paper pieces cut with Silhouette Cameo

I’m past the first hurdle – all the paper pieces match the spaces on the cardstock and everything appears to be the right size. Time for a sip of tea.

It’s time to test those score lines. I fold the box and inserts into shape, and the score lines work perfectly. I doubt I can make such a clean job of them using either a score tool or my paper trimmer score blade.

folding along score lines

Card In A Box | Assembly

While watching the construction video I realise I have to approach the putting together differently. I cannot assemble the box and stick on the paper pieces afterwards, nor fiddle around inside to place the inserts. The video is so informative it helps me plan the steps I need to take.

I stick on all the patterned paper pieces, remembering to check which way up the folding down pieces go. It doesn’t matter so much with this green paper, but certain patterns may look odd if they are the wrong way up. Here is the outside of the box.

paper patterns stuck donw on the front

Here is the inside, where the flaps fold down.

paper on the inside flaps stuck down

I rummage in my drawer to find some tickets I’ve had for years; they’re by Tim Holtz and I think they’ll do for this project. I don’t have clear plastic to mount my inside pieces, so I use strips of the same cardstock. I lay the insert on top of the box, and moe everything around before sticking the pieces together.

preparing the box card insert

Fortified by yet another cup of tea (and a good night’s sleep!) I reach the biggest hurdle; closing the box. I start by sticking one side of the inserts to the box base.

closing the card in a box

I have cheated here. I stuck the inserts on the wrong section the first time, and hastily pulled them off to put in the right place.

Now, I can’t show you the rest of the box closing manoeuvres because I have no spare hands, and mostly it includes a bit of help from the old bosom area! I did think of asking my husband to take some photos, but really, I don’t think you’d see much except my décolletage.

Card In A Box | Completion

My box closes. It isn’t too awkward and it looks great. Yes, it could do with a handy sentiment on the front flap, and I may produce something next time I am printing. I forgot to mention I dabbed the wood veneers, also from Sweet Paris, with Versa Color copper ink, adding a few gems to the crown .

my finished card in a box using the Silhouette Cameo

A bit closer? Here you go…

card ina box details

Have a look inside too.

inside the card in a box

Finally, yes, it fits in the envelope. The wood veneers, although light, do make the overall card a little bulky. I’m not sending the card in the post so it doesn’t matter on this occasion. Next time I’ll stick to paper decoration.

card in a box in an envelope

I can now spend the rest of my Easter weekend feeling successful; I make a card in a box and it works!


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