Saturday, November 1, 2008

4.5 x 6" Box for A2 cards (world's ugliest post, LOL)

This poor little undecorated box is a handy one nonetheless. :O) (Even though he can't spell and he doesn't even know that he's 4.5 inches, ROFL.) I'll be making a bunch to give cards as Christmas gifts in.

Edited to add:
Here's a decorated version

(click pic for the tutorial)

It measures 4.5 x 6 inches (1 inch deep) when finished. There's plenty of room for A2 cards ( 4 2/8" x 5 1/2" cards) and envelopes or a gift; it holds at least 6 cards nicely (that's with lots of layers & embellishments.) It uses one sheet of 12 x 12 paper which makes it sturdy. The opening is at the top (or side, depending on your card design & box embellishing.) A Scor-Pal makes it a quickie to make (of course, you can use any way you have of scoring.)

Sorry for the grubby template & photos. I was going to clean them up in Photoshop, but I hafta use that time to get stamping my Christmas stuff. Are you all crazy busy this time of year? Where does the time go? :O)

Step 1) Start with a piece of cardstock that measures 12 inches by 10 inches

Step 2)
Place it so that the full 12 inch side fills the top of your Scor-Pal & score at these marks: 1 inch, 5.5 inch, 6.5 inch, 11 inches. (Indicated by black lines)

Step 3) Turn it and score at score at these marks:
1 inch, 2 inch, 8 inch, 9 inch. (Indicated by orange lines)

Step 4) Cut away the areas indicated by the messy blue marker.

(If you want you, can also omit those little squares left in each corner for easier cutting and a more stream-lined box; they're flaps and are are not integral to the design. They just keep little wee things from falling out the sides of the box if you use it for gifts.)

Step 5) Cut slits along the score-line (indicated by the red lines)

(Of course, if you decide to get rid of the little square flaps, you'll skip this step altogether.)

Step 6) Crease the folds & add adhesive to the areas shown above (or where you prefer) and assemble the box...

To make a liner for the box:

1) Cut a piece of paper to measure 4.5" x 2"
2) Score it down the middle at the 1" mark
3) Adhere the liner inside the lid of the box

Now, that you've seen this poor lil' ugly 4.5 x 6 box, if you'd like to refresh your creativity by looking at something that's actually beautiful, check out what I wanna make next: this stunning box designed by my super talented SBS2 sistah Maria: it's the nicest box (with lid that comes off!)

Hope today is the start of a great month for you!

P.S. Tomorrow this box's cute cousin will be hangin' out here.


ConnieC said...

Thanks. This box will come in very handy this year. I want to give some handmade cards to some people on my Christmas list. Now I can put them in a pretty matching box.

Sue from Oregon said...

I had to laugh out loud at this talking box! The pattern is great, but your humor is the best!

Crystal Ware said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

oh I love this box! What a great idea for Christmas gifts. I will be making these for sure as I give lots of cards as gifts.

Angie Tieman said...

Oh my gosh, your sad box is sooo funny! i was laughing so hard! Thanks for the tutorial and the great laugh!

Crissy said...

Oh Mel, you should know by know that it's not what is on the outside of the box that counts, but what is on the inside! =-) You give great tutorials!!! Thank you so much!

Julia said...

You are so funny!! love the sad face : (

Great tutorial!!

Elena said...

It is not ugliest post! Not at all! I know that this box will soon have the best clothes from very talented designer named Mel!
Thank you for great tutorial! I am going to make this box!

Jami said...

It's not just needs accessories!! :o) Thanks for the dimensions and the tut for this talking box!!
hugs, Jami

Unknown said...

Totally cracked me up! A beautiful box would have been too predictable! Hee Hee.

Juliana said...

I love the talking nekkid box!!
(great tutorial, too!)

Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

Dude, you just saved my life. LOL! I have club members that are OBSSESSED with making boxes. Guess what we'll be making next week? Ta-da!

Annapurna said...

This is so cool and I love the sad face and him/her talking to us. You creative thing you. Now your creations can talk too. I want to make everything you make, but just can't keep up with you. STOP!!!

Tania said...

Thanks for the tutorial

HappyCrafter said...

Fabulous tutorial, thank you so much!!