This lovely box will hold 3-4 standard size cards (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") along with envelopes.
To make this box, you will need the following Stampin' Up!® supplies:
- (1) sheet of Rose Red 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock
- (1) 1" x 11" strip of Not Quite Navy cardstock
- (1) 2" x 2" scrap of More Mustard cardstock
- Pencil, ruler, and scissors to create the template
- Baroque Motifs stamp set
- Hugs & Wishes stamp set
- Fire Rhinestone circle
- Corner Rounder punch (one where the guide can be removed)
- 1/8" Circle punch
- Versamark ink
- Close to Cocoa ink
- Stamping Sponge
- Embossing Buddy®
- Clear embossing powder
- Heat tool
- Sticky Strip
- Glue Dots
- Bone Folder
Now let's get started! The photo below shows the template against a full sheet of different color 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock. I've marked the dimensions so you can create a template of your own. The dimensions will be the same on the right side of the page as I have shown here on the left. Panel A will be the top flap which we will scallop. Panel B is the box front which will be decorated. Panel C is the back of the box.
Once you have measured out a template, cut it out and use it as your master so you don't have to ever measure it again. Trace it onto the cardstock of your choice. I'm going to use Rose Red. Then cut it out (save one of the scraps to use later) and score it where the black dotted lines are on the template photo above. Don't skip the scoring step... it is VERY important! I use the bone folder with my fiskars trimmer to score mine.
Now we're going to scallop the top flap (panel A). Use your corner rounder punch with the guide removed. Position it upside-down as follows, lining up the end of one scallop with the beginning of the next. Do this all the way across the edge.
Now we'll decorate the front of the box using the Baroque Motifs stamp set. I used Versamark ink and stamped a swirl onto the flap and onto the box front as shown below:
Next, emboss the sentiment in the lower left corner (Note: I did not emboss anything on the original box pictured at the top of this tutorial, but I'm going to do so here). I used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. Remember to rub your embossing buddy® across the area first so the powder only sticks to the ink and not the oils that your fingers leave on the cardstock. Also, VERY IMPORTANT, be careful not to let any powder touch the swirl as it could still be wet enough to hold powder.
After heat setting the sentiment, fold the box along the score marks and place a strip of Sticky Strip (SNAIL Adhesive® is NOT strong enough to hold this box together) along the backside edges of panel B as shown below:
Peel the backing off the Sticky Strip and keep one side open and out of the way while you carefully line up and stick down the other side. I have found that it's easier to get the sides lined up nicely when I focus on one side at a time instead of trying to do them together. Be sure you get those tiny little flaps tucked inside!
Now we're ready for my favorite part! Sponge the edges with Close to Cocoa classic ink to give the box a vintage look. Simply dab your Stamping Sponge directly onto the ink pad and rub it along all of the edges - front, back, and sides.
Here's a closer look:
Now we're ready to make the belly band. Take your 1" x 11" strip of Not Quite Navy and, starting at the scalloped edge, "walk" the strip up toward the top of the box and across and down the back, pausing to create a fold at the corners. If you want to be really exact, you can score it at 2", 2 1/2", 7 1/8", and 7 5/8", but I have found that it's just as easy to fold on the fly. Place a small piece of Sticky Strip on the band as shown:
When you're ready to seal the band shut, remember to do it somewhat loosely. You want the band to be able to slide off the box and be put back on without a lot of struggle.
Now let's make the decorative emblem. Start by embossing the scalloped emblem from the Baroque Motifs set with Versamark ink and clear powder. Don't forget to use that embossing buddy® first!
After setting it with your heat tool, trim around the dotted border.
Then use one of the scrap pieces from the original template to emboss the smaller star-shaped emblem in the same stamp set. Again, use Versamark ink and clear powder.
After setting this one with the heat tool, grab your snips again and cut it out. Not exactly a fun job, but well worth the effort!
Take the 1/8" handheld circle punch and punch out the centers of each of the emblems. I used one of the new Fire Rhinestone circles for the center.
Fasten the emblem onto the belly band with a couple Glue Dots and your box is ready to be filled with homemade cards and given as a fabulous gift!
Thanks for following along! I hope you enjoyed it!