Pop-Up Box Card Tutorial
Pop-up Box Card Tutorial
1. Please choose a heavier cardstock from which to make the base of your pop-up box card, or it will not stand unaided. I use Close To My Heart cardstock exclusively, and find its weight to be perfect.
2. Cut your base 5.5" high (vertical) x 11.5" wide (horizontal). Following the template provided, score (dotted lines) vertically at 2.75", 5.5", 8.25" and 11".
3. Score horizontally from the left edge to the 8.25" mark, leaving the last panel unscored; this last panel will be your card back and does not flap down. Score horizontally from 11" to right edge.
4. CUT from the top edge down vertically to the center (horizontal) score mark at each of the 2.75", 5.5", 8.25" and 11" folds. DO NOT cut down to the bottom edge -- stop at the middle.
5. Cut OFF the top 1/2" bit at the far right (shaded on template). This will leave your tab that secures your box together, to form the box shape.
6. Use some strong* double-sided adhesive tape or glue to join the tab (mentioned above) to the left side of the box. You can secure the tab on the inside edge, or the outside, whichever you prefer. I feel it is more secure when adhered to the outside surface. (*I use Sookwang or Red tape.)
7. As the template shows, I like to round the upper corners of all of my box edges. This is a matter of preference. You can also use decorative scissors or punches on the edges, as your creative heart desires! :)
8. Now you'll want to make your "center strut." That's the little piece of cardstock shown on the template. Cut it 1" high x 8" wide. Score it at 2.75", 3.75", 6.5", 7.5. Use the strong double-sided adhesive tape to join the 1/2" tab to the left side of the strut. You should insert this piece into the middle (or thereabouts) inside your box, using strong double-sided adhesive tape to secure the 1" segments to the left and right sides of your box, so the struts run parallel to your box. It is on this strut that you will adhere your decorations.
9. Time to Decorate!! This is entirely up to you. I usually cover all of my visible edges with cardstock, sometimes matted, that has been cut to fit the 2.75" width. I find that if I cut each square 2.5" square, that leaves enough of the background showing to give a nice mat. If I want another layer in my mats, I cut those 2.25" square. Don't forget -- if you've rounded the corners on one edge, round your decorating papers to match.
10. To affix things to the inside: Again, it's totally up to you. Sometimes I use clear pieces of acetate (e.g., from a thick overhead projector clear sheet -- even folded over or doubled) and glue items to pop from it. I've used stickers, embellishments, paper cuts, Cricut cuts, etc., either on the edges or suspended above the struts. This is up to you.
11. The card folds flat and can fit into a 6" x 6" square envelope. It DOES require extra postage, or better yet, hand-gift it!