Friday, April 2, 2010

Simon Says...Make an Envelope/Box!

We like to share fab tutorials, whenever they come our way! Big thanks to Heather (Rica) for providing us with this one! Take a look for a great tutorial on how to make an envelope/box. Don't forget your Martha Stewart scoring board!! :)

1. To make sure you set off in the center of the 12"x12" card, first cut a piece of card 15.5 cm (6 1/8") square.

2. Draw two lines from the centres of the 12"x12" sheet of card.

3. Place your 15.5cm (6 1/8") square so that each corner touches the two disecting lines.

4. Mark each of the points, then draw a square from each of those points.


5. Measure 1.3cm (1/2 ") from the first square and draw another.


6. Join the lines at the corner to make small squares


This is probably the most complicated part of this tutuorial
7. Decide at this point which is to be the top/bottom and which is to be the sides. Measure up 1.5 cm (1/2 ") from the inner square and draw a line. Measure out to the side 1cm (3/8 ") and again draw a line.

Top & Bottom Measure up from the center of the outer square 9.5 cm (3 1/2 ") and draw lines from the previous short one to reach a point.
Sides Do the same at the side but only measuring out 8 cm (3 1/8" )

8. The following two diagrams are your completed drawings (not to scale as I did them on the computer and had to fit them on A4 paper) The cut lines are in black, the score lines are in red.




9. Once you've cut this out you have your template. I don't mark the score lines as it's pretty obvious once the template is cut out.


10. Cut up one edge of the bottom square as this is tucked in to give neater and stronger finish.


11.Cut off the top two small squares. I've used a corner rounder on the top and bottom points and shape the sides slightly and the bottom edges of the flap. I also put a 6"x6" pad in the box so that I can press it together more firmly.

Most of you probably know this one - if you're using double sided tape to stick the box together, run a glue stick along the tape as it makes it repositionable for a while until you get it together neatly.

If you're going to decorate your box by stamping remember to stamp before fastening the box together (don't stick it first and then think about stamping as I tend to do)

If you want to make a deeper box, just extend the second square a little.

You may like some of these lush papers to make your envelope or box...

Happy Friday!!


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  1. What a fabulous tutorial this was, thank you so much. Off to have a go at this. Hugs Suzi xx

  2. Fabulous tutorial Heather :-) I will have to have a go at making some of these :-)

    Lols x x x


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