How to Make Box Cards

Box card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Foxy Friends stamps and Patterned Pumpkin dies from Stampin' Up!

How to Make Box Cards

Today I’m sharing a new favorite fancy fold card: box cards! These cards fold down flat to fit in an envelope, but when you open up, they pop up into a box with a message inside.

These cards are so fun that after I made my first one, I immediately made another. Then Stamp Witch Jr. liked them so much he wanted to make some, too. Three, in fact. He decorated while I folded. Since they were such a hit at home I also shared them at my card club, where the ladies loved them, too. Now I finally get to share them with you!

These box cards look really impressive, but they are actually pretty easy to make. Easy and impressive is my favorite combination when it comes to fancy fold cards! Another bonus is that the take only one regular sheet of cardstock and they fit into a standard envelope.

Foxy Box Card Tutorial by Natalie Lapakko with Foxy Friends stamps and Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Box card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Foxy Friends stamps and Patterned Pumpkin dies from Stampin' Up!

Box card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Foxy Friends stamps and Patterned Pumpkin dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Poo Party, Basic Black

A Big Thank You

A big thanks to Martha Inchley of Inch of Creativity who provided a box card diagram for imperial measurements (inches). I based my tutorial graphic off of her diagram and added in metric measurements.

Martha is an incredibly talented and inventive designer. Make sure you check out her positively delightful blog for tons of fun 3D projects and fancy folds galore. Don’t forget to bookmark it while you’re there!

Are you back? Okay, let’s get started!

Foxy Box Card Tutorial by Natalie Lapakko with Foxy Friends stamps and Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Foxy Box Card Base

First we’ll learn how to make a box card base that you can decorate any way you like. Then I’ll share the steps for how I decorated mine.

  1. First, score your cardstock along the lines shown in the diagram.
    • Vertical score lines: 2, 3-3/4, 7-1/4, and 9″ OR 5.2, 9.7, 20, 24.5 cm.
    • Horizontal score lines: 1-3/4 and 6-3/4″ OR 4.5 and 16.5 cm.
    • Diagonal score lines: Above the center panel, add score lines from the corners up to the very center at 5-1/2″ or 14.85 cm.
  2. Next, cut off the rectangles in the corners. Make sure that the score lines around that rectangle are also removed.
  3. What are now the outer corners are going to be the flaps where you add adhesive. Your box card will fold easier if these are a little more narrow. Cut along the score line, then widen the cut into a narrow wedge shape along the inner edge of the flap.
  4. Cut an additional narrow wedge shape off of the outside edge of the flap.
  5. The long wing-like panels on the right and left side will be the sides of the box and the front panels. You want the crease of these to meet in the center without a gap. Fold the box sides inward and the front flaps outward.
  6. Check for a gap between your front panels. If you have a gap, nudge the flaps a little closer together and crease the folds with a bone folder to keep the gap closed. Really precise scoring and folding can prevent a gap, but scoring with a bone folder can help close a gap if one appears.
  7. Unfold the wings while working on creasing the top and bottom of the box. Fold the top and bottom sides of the box inward and crease.
  8. Fold outward along the diagonal lines and crease.
  9. Fold the adhesive flaps inward and crease.
  10. Shape your creased cardstock into its open box form, like the image shown on the tutorial above. The box sides will be straight up, the front panels open. Add adhesive to the the your adhesive flaps and adhere them to the outside of the box sides, where they are hidden behind the front panels.
  11. Open and close your box card to test it out.
  12. Decorate your box card!

Liquid glue and tear tape work well for adhering 3D projects. Liquid glue holds the best, especially on projects with moving parts, but may require you to hold it in place for a couple of seconds to dry.

Card Decoration Directions

  1. First, create a Lemon Lime Twist box card base using the above directions.
  2. Front panel: Cut ONE piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper 4-7/8″ by 3-7/8″ (11.6 x 10 cm).
  3. Use circular motions to lightly sponge Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party onto the deigner series paper to add an ombre color effect to the leaf patterns.
  4. After sponging, cut the front panel in half at 1-15/16″ (5 cm). Adhere the front panel to the front flaps of the card, lining up the papers so the leaf patterns match up in the center when the card is closed.
  5. Fox and pumpkin: Stamp two fox stamps on Whisper White cardstock with Peekaboo Peach ink. Fussy cut out the tail and boxy, leaving just enough of the head to attach a different head. Use the fox builder punch to punch out the head from the second stamped image.
  6. Draw or stamp on black eyes and a nose. I lost my favorite set of fox eyes from this stamp set (wah!), so I decided to make the most of it by drawing cute closed eyes instead.
  7. Die cut Tangerine Tango pumpkin outline using Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies. Trace that pumpkin shape lightly on a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock with a mechanical pencil.
  8. Fussy cut out the solid pumpkin following just inside the pencil outline so the background pumpkin is slightly smaller than the pumpkin outline.
  9. Use a sponge to add Tangerine Tango shading to the bottom right edges of the solid pumpkin, then adhere it to the back of the pumpkin outline shape.
  10. Arrange the fox and pumpkin on the lower portion of the left card panel. Adhere the pieces with dimensionals. I gave my fox a playful little tilt to his head. Note: In my card I adhered the fox body directly to the card base, without any dimensionals, but her hip is getting a little beat up from the card opening and closing. I should have moved her a little farther away from the opening or used a layer of dimensionals behind the body to prevent her hip from rubbing against the DSP on the opposite side.
  11. Ribbons and Banners: Fold a short piece of Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon in half and tie a piece of Pool Party ink around it. Use glue dots to adhere the ribbons in the upper right corner of the card. I used four or five glue dots to make sure everything stayed in place really securely.
  12. Cut a strip of Pool Party cardstock and a strip of Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper, each about 1/2″ (1.2 cm) wide. Stamp the sentiment from All Things Thansks in black ink on the Pool Party strip.
  13. Cut banner points on the right hand ends of the stripes.
  14. Adhere the banners so the flat ends line up with the edge of the left side card panel. They should be hidden behind the pumpkin when the card is closed.
  15. Inner panel: Cut a piece of Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper 4-7/8″ by 3-7/8″ (11.6 x 9.9 cm). If you plan to write inside the card at a later date, leave this layer loose inside your card until after you have written your message.
  16. Stamp the sentiment from All Things Thanks onto Whisper White cardstock with black ink.
  17. Use layering circle dies to cut out the sentiment and a coordinating Basic Black scalloped circle shape.
  18. Adhere the circle layers to the Eastern Palace DSP layer.
  19. Do a happy dance: you’re finished making your box card!

Writing inside of a box card is difficult, so plan ahead!

If you plan to write inside your box card at a later date, I recommend not adhering the inside panel right away. Having that panel loose means you can take it out and write on it easily without the box sides getting in your way! You can glue it after the message is written.

Alternately, you could add a panel to the back of the card for writing your message.

 

Foxy Box Card Tutorial by Natalie Lapakko with Foxy Friends stamps and Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Foxy Friends, All Things Thanks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies, Layering Circle Framelit Dies, Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, dimensionals, Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon, Pool Party Solid Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!

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7 thoughts on “How to Make Box Cards”

  1. I love, love, LOVE these cards! I was intimidated because the box is SO cool looking, so I thought it would be hard to do. I followed your directions and it worked like magic! Whoever I send this card to will think I am an expert card maker. Thanks for being the secret ace in my pocket!

  2. OMG Natalie!! You are really great at this kind of tutorial! I was looking an idea for a card for my husband, thought I had found it until now… 🙂 Now, This is IT!! Thank you for the time invested on this kind of tutorial. Have a great afternoon.

    1. Aww, Thanks Nancy! Your comment means a lot to me! You know, I just made a card for my husband last week for our anniversary: I decided on a simple card for him this time around, but I’ve been known to go all-out-fancy for him, too!

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