Verda's great tool belt card card inspired me to make a Tool-Belt Box template (though the pieces could also be used to make a card. In fact, you could make the box with some cards to go in it as a set of 'manly' cards.) Or for women who work with tools, 'cause hey! that is actually MY drill in this photo, and I lurve it a lot. :0)
The finished tool-belt box is 5 6/8 inches wide x 4 3/8 inch high.
A tool-belt card is easy to make with the embellishments, but the top & bottom strip will need a trim (remove 1/8 of an inch off of one end.)
SO without further ado, here are the templates. Well, maybe a little ado...since they might need explanation: Many of you may find that you don't need the templates at all (these are all straight cuts.)
For you seasoned box makers (or adventurous newbies):
You may want to skip using the template like a clothes pattern and cut the parts by measurement. (The measurements are on the PDF instruction sheet.) If you're seasoned, but also very visual you may want to print the embellishment template just as visual inventory for making your cuts.
For those of you who are new to box-making:
Fear Not! It is easy I promise. You just need to know how to score & fold. [Don't know how? No worries! Just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll make you a scoring tutorial.] :0)
That was a lot of ado! ;0) Here are the templates:
Here is the Link for the Template PDFs (There are 3):
1) Main Box template (7 5/8" W x 10 2/8" H) and The Embellishments template (various measurements)
2) Just the Embellishments (for a card)
3) The instruction sheet
I'll give ya the tutorial in this order ('cause I find it the easiest order to build the box in):
- The Faux-Leather treatment for the cardstock
- The Tag
- The Pockets
- The Box Assembly
I wanted to do an awesome faux eather technique that Penny features, but I didn't have the Ranger Perfect Ink Refresher, so I used the wet n wrinkle thingy I made up (here here or here for more.) It does make the paper a tiny bit weaker, but I find that part of the look. If you score and press your folds with a bone folder it helps.
(print template first if desired)
1) Wet the cardstock under the tap (this is close to Cocoa c.s.)
2) Crumple it
3) Flatten it
4) Ink it (I use a little bit of Sahara sand ink)
5) Iron it dry (and flat, lol) It may warp, you can lay it under a stack of books after ironing.
6) To make it look leathery I applied a layer of Versamark (can be hard on your Versamark pad, but I belong to the "They're tools not jewels school...)
1) Use a printable overhead sheet (or sand your own acetate/window sheet)
2) Stamp in craft ink & emboss with embossing powder (I've used black ink & e.p.)
3) Heat carefully pulling away from the overhead in between heating (video on that here)
4) Line the large tag punch up & punch through (needs a firm punch and not all punches are strong enough;: SU's work well but you may have to do a couple...)
5) Scratch acetate with a paper piercer/needle, (if distressing is desired)
1) Use faux leather cardstock (or regular)
2) Punch two small tags out
3) Line up the large tag punch around the holes from the small tags & punch
4) Attach skinny little frames to the front & back of the acetate piece (with Crystal Effects or other lacquer or strong adhesive)
1) Cut a piece of cardstock to 3.5 inches
2) Fold it in half
3) Use a brad to attach it to the clear tag (sandwiching the tag between the tabs 2 ends)
4) If you'd like it to slide along the belt, make sure that you only adhere the belt at the ends of the sides of the box & that it fits ;0)
Punch by lining it up in the center
To embellish the pockets, I added faux stitching and eyelets before assembling...
The Box Assembly:
This sheet (above twice) is available as a scoring/cutting guide and it has the directions for making the box without using the template. [Click it to read instructions.] (Click here to download them) :0)
1) Print template from your computer onto cardstock (standard 8.5x11")
2) Use the printed lines to guide your cuts
3) If you are using the wet and wrinkle method to leatherize your paper, print first then wet it etc. Don't worry, the printer ink shouldn't bleed (Mine was A-okay.)
4) After leatherizing, Score along the dotted lines
5) Attach embellishments
6) Adhere sides
ETA: Tool templates (or clip art) from paper craft
Here are some other clip art tools (Though, you may need to fiddle to get the sizes right):
hammer Screw driver Wrench
P.S. I'd love to hear what you think of this or see a link if you make it. It keeps me inspired to make new things. Creative criticism is most welcome :0).Just lemme know if you have any problems or questions.
P.S. You've got to see Nettie's gorgeous gift! She made a get-well manual that is sheer brilliance.
Mary turned it into a fantastic card. LOVE those big brads.
AnnMarie made one filled with great tools (and chocolatey goodness!)