Happy Birthday Box Card (Process Post)

I’ve been making cards for well over 10 years now, but decided to try my hand at something new last weekend. My friend Anita is celebrating her birthday this weekend, so I made a box card for her. This was my first time making one, but it won’t be my last because it was so much fun!

Birthday Box Card

I’ve always been intimidated by box cards because they seemed like they would be really difficult to make. They aren’t … I promise! I found this video on YouTube that inspired me to give it a try. She made it look so easy! I actually made a couple of changes from what she did in the video, but nothing too major. I promised several people in the Stamping Enablers group on Facebook that I would write up how I made the card once Anita received it. She got it yesterday, so here we go!

I want to stop and take a moment right now to give a major warning. This post is going to be rather long and very photo heavy. I’m providing photos to walk through the entire process of creating this card, so considered yourself forewarned. LOL

For this card, all of the papers I used were from the Blossom paper pack (retired) from Close to My Heart (CTMH). The CTMH paper packs are great for this type of project because they contain a combination of card stock and coordinating patterned papers in one convenient bundle. Of course, you may feel free to use any paper you like. I’m not affiliated with CTMH, but all links to their products will take you to the page of my BFF who is a CTMH consultant.

To being the card, you will need to cut the base portion of the box from a piece of sturdy card stock. I’m using a piece of Lagoon card stock from the paper pack.

Cut the card stock to 9″ x 5″ and then score at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″, 6 3/8″, and 8 1/2″. Rotate the paper 90 degrees and then score at 2 3/4″, skipping the first 2 1/8″ section. This is how your base should look once all the scoring is complete.

Scoring Lines

Next, on the shorter section, cut the score lines from the edge to the center score line. This will create the flaps for the box. Before cutting, double check to make sure you are on the shorter section. If you cut the wrong way, you will have a very short box with very long flaps.

Cut Lines

On the 1/2″ scored section, create a tab in the larger section discarding the pieces trimmed away.

Create Tab

Fold the tab just created along the score line toward the inside of the card and add some strong adhesive. Since I was out of 1/8″ Scor-Tape, I cut a piece of 1/4″ Scor-Tape in half to create a 1/8″ wide piece of tape. I found that was more than enough to hold the box together.

Assemble Box

Remove the backing to expose the tape and then fold the card in half along the score line. Align the corners squarely and then press firmly to ensure the tape is adhered well. Gently fold all remaining score lines. The basic box is now complete and ready for embellishment!

Assembled Box

The next step is the process will be cutting patterned papers to decorate the actual box. I used a combination of patterned papers and card stock. Here are all the pieces I cut for this card. I’ll include all the information for placement, dimensions, and quantity needed (in parentheses) below the photo. I realized I inadvertently left one piece of the patterned paper out of this photo when I took it. Sorry about that! The pieces listed below the photo are correct.

Decorative Papers

  • Solid card stock for back of box: 4 7/8″ x 2″ (1) – I used Sunset (retired).
  • White card stock for back of box: 4 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ (1) – I used White Daisy.
  • Patterned paper for inside back of box: 4 7/8″ x 2″ – I used the floral print from the pack.
  • Patterned pieces for sides of box: 2″ x 2 5/8″ (3) – I used the same floral print.
  • Patterned pieces for flaps of box: 2″ x 2 1/8″ (3) – I used the same floral print.

I also created a circle stack as a decorate element for the front flap. Here are the card stock pieces you’ll need for it:

  • 1 5/8″ scalloped circle in Sunset
  • 1 3/8″ circle in Lagoon
  • 1 1/4″ circle in White Daisy that will be stamped.

The start decorating my box, I adhered all of the patterned paper pieces to the sides, flaps, and the inside back of the box with my Xyron Mega Runner. Next, I created the card stock stack for the back of the box. This will be the signature panel for the card. Adhere the piece of White Daisy card stock to the piece of Sunset card stock, then adhere that stack to the back of the box.

Signature Panel

Now it’s time to create the brackets for inside the box that will be used for mounting all the embellishments. For this, you will need a 3″ x 3 1/8″ piece of card stock in the same color as the box base. For me, that means my brackets are made from Lagoon card stock.

Along the 3 1/8″ edge, score the card stock at 1/2″ and at 2 5/8″. Next, cut the card stock at 1 1/2″ along the 3″ edge perpendicular to the score lines you just created. Fold the pieces along the score lines in opposite directions. You should end up with two identically sized pieces folded into a bit of a letter Z shape.

Mounting Panels for Embellishments

To adhere these pieces inside the box, I HIGHLY recommend using a liquid adhesive such as Tombow Mono Multi. You will definitely need to do a little bit of adjusting once the pieces are inside the box, and a liquid adhesive affords you that extra time to wiggle things about that you don’t get with a tape runner.

Place the adhesive on the outside edges of each of the flaps. Gently lower the panel inside the box at a slight angle and then position it about 1/3 of the way in front on the back of the box. The panel should be adhered slightly below the top of the box/flaps so they won’t show as much.

Repeat the steps above for the second mounting panel. The second panel should be adhered about 1/3 back from the front of the box. When finished, there should be approximately an equal distance between all the sections. As you can see, my back mounting panel is almost a little too far back, but since this isn’t an exact science, it worked out fine.

Mounting Panels Inserted

To mount the various embellishments inside the card, you will need some heavy acetate strips. Clear packaging would work great for this because it’s generally nice and heavy. You don’t want anything too flimsy or it won’t have enough weight to hold up your embellishments. I didn’t have an extra packaging, so I cut my strips from some Judikins Embossable Window Plastic. Since it’s designed to withstand embossing, it’s heavy enough for this purpose, too. Cut as many strips as you think you will need at 3″ x 1/4″.

Acetate Strips

For my embellishments, I stamped and fussy cut a few candles from the CTMH exclusive stamp set from the Blossom Workshop on the Go Card Making kit. Sadly, that kit is being retired and has apparently sold out already because I can’t find it on the website. I also used a really cute cake image from the Birthday Bash stamp set from Paper Smooches. Finally, I used some balloons from the Balloons die set, also from Paper Smooches. I colored the cake and balloons using my Copic markers. For a bit of extra sparkle, I added some clear Wink of Stella.

Birthday Box Card Embellishments

To attached the embellishments, I added a couple of Zots Bling glue dots to the acetate strip and then adhered the image. If you are using a larger image, you might want to use three glue dots.

Assembling Embellishments

I then added a couple more on the opposite end and adhered it to one of the mounting panels inside the box. Again, if you are using a larger/heavier image, you might want to use three glue dots to ensure it holds well.

Adhering Embellishments

Continue adding your embellishments inside the box. In addition to using the two mounting panels, you can also add embellishments to the inside front of the box as well. I didn’t use any on this particular card, but you could also add embellishments to the back panel of the box, too.

There is one key thing to remember when adding your embellishments inside the card. You need to ensure that none of the embellishments extend higher than the back panel or extend out the sides of the card when folded. If they do, the card won’t fit properly inside the envelope. You can easily test this by simply folding the card flat and making sure nothing is sticking out.

Placement of Embellishments

I just realized in looking at this photo that I never told you about the embellishment I added on the front flap of the card. I took the 1 1/4″ White Daisy circle and stamped it with the Happy Birthday circle stamp from the Blossom stamp set using Lagoon ink. I adhered that to the 1 3/8″ circle cut from Lagoon which I then adhered to the 1 5/8″ scalloped circle cut from Sunset. I cut all of the circles using my Cricut Explore. Finally, I adhered the whole circle stack to the front flap using some Big Momma foam tape from Simon Says Stamp. I like that particular tape for things like this where I want only a tiny bit of added dimension. It’s about half the thickness of the Scotch 3M foam tape, so it worked great for this.

One of the things I really like about this box card design compared to others I’ve seen in the past is that it doesn’t require any type of special envelope. This card will easily fit into a standard A2 size envelope which is awesome!

A2 Birthday Box Card

I think that pretty much covers it. If you’ve made it all the way to the end, wow, thanks for reading! I know this has been a really long post, so I appreciate it. Perhaps one of these days I’ll attempt to do a process video on YouTube. Going that route would certainly be much easier than having to photograph all the steps and type everything out, that’s for sure! LOL

Until next time …

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