Thursday, October 30, 2008

Easiest 4 1/2 inch box (with Scor-Pal) Happy OWLoween! :O)

Making a box...
4 minutes
Embellishing it... 1 hour, 10 minutes
Photographing it.... 3 hours, 20 minutes
Sharing a new box with you for OWLoween.... priceless!

heehee This is a box was so easy-peasy to make with a Scor-Pal. It's a simple box with a belly band that has a note card tied to it. When finished, the box measures 4 1/2 inches square on the front & 1 inch deep. It fits 4 and 2/8 inch cards & envelopes or a gift/treat. (It uses just over half of a sheet of 12 x 12 paper)

Stampin The Owl:

This cute little guy is from the LPS set {Flyin' By} To make him...

1) Stamp or emboss him in black on a circle of designer paper (orange paper from SU's Bali Breeze DSP) Sponge the orange with ink for dimension. Add orange marker to wings. Put Crystal Lacquer on his beak. Add googlie eyes.

2) Mat him (I used retired SU Halloween paper.)

3) Make a black textured mat by sticking black Magic Mesh onto black cardstock & die-cutting it with Nestabilities scallop circles. Stick the black scallop on with black foam tape & add it to a note card.

The Leaves:

The branch on this owl stamp is so fun to add leaves to. :O)

1) Stick the green Halloween paper onto the So Saffron cardstock (oh so sticky tape)
2) Cut leaf shapes from it & stick 'em at the end of the branches (tombow monomulti)
3) Shade the leaves with a marker & add gloss (with crystal lacquer)

Makin' the Box:
(These photos show a fake box in white paper with marker to show you where the lines are. :O) Click photos if you'd like to enlarge them & use the back button to return to this tutorial)

Step 1) Cut a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock to measure 12 by 6.5 inches

Before cutting my So Saffron cardstock piece to size, i cut it to 8.5 inches wide & printed on it using a word document that says "Happy Owloween tooooo Yooou!" over & over. (If you'd like me to send it to you just let me know.) :O)

After trimming to 6.5 inches wide...

Step 2) Score it 4 times at the 4.5, 5.5, 10 & 11 inch marks.
(Indicated in the picture above by the orange lines)

Step 3) Turn it and Score 2 times at the 4.5 & 5.5 inch marks.
(Indicated in the picture above by the blue lines)

Here is what it looks like all scored:

Step 4) Make the cuts: Cut away the two pairs of small square at the top 2 inch portion (to the right & left of where it says Top Closure flap) And cut 4 slits in the sides at the middle (cut along the score marks indicated by the orange lines & stop cutting at the score marks indicated by the blue lines) to make flaps.

The Belly Band with Note card:

This is kinda neato, because the note card can be opened different ways. The person you give this to can open it by untying the bow & slipping it off the belly band, or they can slide off the whole band. Here's how to make one:

(The one i made was obviously orange & green, but i've done a fakey in white with markered measurements in hopes that it is easy to follow. I'd love to know anywhere that it's confusing so I can fix it for ya.) :O)

Step 1) Cut two pieces of cartdstock 12 inches by 1 3/4 " and 12" by 2 inches

Step 2) Score at the 4.5, the 5.5, the 10, & the 11 inch mark. This gives you the bare bones of the scoring.

Step 3) To get the belly band to fit the box, score 1/4 inch to the left of the 4.5 inch score (marked in orange here)

Step 4) Shift the strip & score 1/4 inch to the left of the 10" score too. (Marked in orange on the right)

Step 5) Add brads or eyelets or sumthin'

Step 6) Dry fit the band to see if it needs more scoring

Step 7) Add oh so sticky tape
(In hindsight, I would add the adhesive on the back of the small flap.) You can stick the band together a little while it's on the box & then slide it off and press firmly to get a good stick.

Now you can tie the note card on & slip the belly band back on! :O)

The Eyeball Box Liner:

This part makes me just squeeeeal with joy! heehee. The box liner has wee jiggly eyeballs that gyre & gimble in the wabe! (rattle & shake when you open it, teeheeheehee) :O) I was giggling like mad when I added these.They're just stuck on with Crystal Lacquer. They remind me of the moving eyeball moss in Labyrinth one of my flick all-time-faves. (LOVE that worm!)

To make a liner for the 4 1/2" box:

1) Cut a piece of paper to measure 4 1/2 inches x 2 inches
2) Score it down the middle at the 1 inch mark
3) Use a corner rounder on both the box & the liner
4) Stick the liner in the lid of the box

Hope you had even half as much fun checkin' this out as I did makin' it to share with you.

Happy OWLoween! & Stampire hugs to You!


Allison said... the paper and color choices here! Super job!

carolscards said...

wow i really love this , its so unusual
carol x

Mary said...

Awesome! I love all the details to your directions - you rock! Happy Halloween~!

Elena said...

This project is Preciless! Love this little owl! And idea with the eyeballs inside the box is ROCK! Thank you so much for this great project!

Melanie said...

oh my goodness a googly eye LINER! you will stop at nothing to make your project PERFECT!!!! :)

Suzanne C said...

Love the whole thing and how you shared the step by step.. But here are my favorites:
1. You have black nailpolish for halloween!
2. The leaves on the tree branch oh so clever..
3. The trees that are stamped across the layers.

Primitive Seasons said...

MEL!!! I wish I could think outside the box like you do. This is super! I crown you the Paper and Ink Diva! Thanks for sharing so generously ALL the time with us.


ScrapMomOf2 said...

This is SPOOKTACULAR! I love it! The owl is amazing! I love the papers you used too!

runningonink said...

WOWZERS you so ROCK! I know it takes you are really long time to put this up for us and we all really love it! This is and outstanding box! Happy Halloween!

Cindy Haffner said...

Adorable, awesome job.

Danielle said...

Thanks for a wonderful project Mel - going to try this simple box technique - it looks owlsome!!!

the whimsical butterfly said...

This is so stinkin' cute I can't stand it! I really love what you did w the leaves, too!

Joani said...

Darn it, my printer's almost out of ink! I love, love, love this! It is the cutest!! Oh Mel, you've done it again!
My computer's upstairs, my craft room downstairs! Maybe I'll loose and inch or two running back and forth to do this project Ü
Your the greatest!

Robin L Greenslade said...

OWLcute is that!!!! Oh my gosh! Thank you for showing us step by step how to make this totally cute box .... I'm thinking I am going to have to try it out.

Question --- do you really LOVE your scor-pal??? I have been thinking about telling hubby I have to have one, but .... not sure if I have to have it or I just want to have it ...

Kim Etherington said...

I love your quick and easy box! Cute cute owl and great look with the scalloped circle with the black mesh. Great black nails for halloween too! You rock!

ConnieC said...

Thanks for sharing how to make this box. It's darling.

AnnMarie said...

What a great little box! The amazing attention you pay to the details really sets your projects above and beyond! LOVE this! : )

Artfelt Expressions said...


Julia said...

Love the wiggling eyes!! Too cute!

Lisa M. said...

This is just an awesome project! You did such a great job!

Curt in Carmel said...

You always are thinking "outside" the box, however this time you thought "inside" the box! LOL You are just the best thing ever! Fabulous tutorial and project! You've done it again! Best, Curt

Shirley said...

How cute that owl is and how sensible the box is! Thanks for the tutorial too!

Barb said...

This is great! Thanks for the tutorial (and LOVE the black nail polish, BTW). :)

Annapurna said...

You can't say it is the easiest, when you post 42 (exaggerating) pictures in the tutorial. You need to start doing some video tutorials gf. Really cute!

Maria said...

Mel that owl is so darn cute with the googly eyes!! Love the box. . .I have to try it out! Love making different types of boxes!!

You chose a nice color combo. . .very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial. . .maybe I'll try it out this weekend!!


E.T said...

oooooooooooh so its called a BELLY BAND and not a BELT LOL! Thanks for the info! I give weird names to techniques, seriously not funny!
The box rocks tho, i wish i had a scor pal! but i will be getting my cuttlebug folders soon!!!!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

I love how you added the card to the belly band!! And that owl and leaves are fabulous!!
hugs, Jami

Wife2TJ said...

Girl you are SO TALENTED! This is wonderful. I love the colors, design, the owl. Everything is perfect about it! :-)