Card in a Box Tutorial

Hello everyone!  Hope all of you had a great weekend.  It's been really hot here this last week, I'm trying not to complain; I just have to think back to those -30c winter days!  
Today I'm sharing a card made from a Sizzix Bigz XL Die, called Card in a Box (660296).  You may have seen different variations of this type of card, but this die cuts and creases everything for you.

I used Prima's new paper collection called, "Debutante" for my card.

First I die cut my main box from patterned paper.  My Sizzix Sandwich for this was; Extended Cutting Pad, Bigz XL die, paper, and another Extended Cutting Pad.  I then die cut out four of the single mat sections in a different paper.

Once these were all die cut, I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and Forest Moss Distress ink.

 I then adhered the mats to the four sides of the card box.  The mats will be on the inside of your card.

After this was done, I adhered the ends of the card box together.  I then die-cut three of these tabs from the Bigz XL die and inked the edges.

These tabs are then adhered to the inside of the card box.  Each end of the tab is bent on the crease line and will face the back of the card.  Your card base is finished, and ready to embellish.

There are pinwheels and a cloud that can be die cut from this die, but I those to stay with the romanic look of the paper.  I hand cut two paper dresses from patterned paper.  Using a stylus, I gently shaped the edges of my cutouts.  Ink the edges.

For my extra bits and pieces, I die cut small flowers using Sizzix Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits set, a banner and sprig from Sizzix 660256 Brenda Walton Floral Wreath Thinlits set,  a postage stamp from Tim Holtz 660060 Labels Thinlits Set and the word Hello from Tim Holtz Handwritten Celebrate 660215 Thinlits Set.  These are all thin intricate dies so my Sizzix Sandwich when die cutting these was: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlit die(cutting side down) and another Standard Cutting Pad.  Run this through your Big Shot Machine.  After my pieces were assembled, I inked the edges also.

I also added in some ribbon around the outside of the box.  This piece and the sparkly cluster are from A Gilded Life (for Spellbinders).  I adhered my small postage stamp die cut under the ribbon.  The card folds flat for placing in an envelope.

I  adhered all my bits and pieces, along with some hand cut flowers and shapes from my paper.  These are attached to the inside tabs.  While you are adhering, just make sure that the card can still fold flat.  Mine has a few lumpy parts as the flowers are a bit thick.  I chose the smallest flowers when die cutting so it wouldn't be too thick.

There you have the finished card!  These are fast to put together, and slightly addicting!

Thanks for visiting me here on my blog and have a great week!



Hello everyone!  Thanks for stopping by here and hopefully you will join me over on the Sizzix blog today too.  I have a tutorial there showcasing this Train Case Box:

Have a great weekend!



Hi everyone!  Sizzix has a new Designer, Sharyn Sowell, who's Beach collection is sure to inspire those summer layouts.  I have an inspiration post on the Sizzix blog today using some of her collection on this layout:

Hope you visit me there!


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