Thursday, March 6, 2014

Card In A Box Tutorial

I first saw the idea of a Card In A Box on Pinterest.  I believe a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK was one of the first to share this idea (thanks, Monica Gale), and the idea has gone around the world thanks to the internet!  I have been inspired by all of these cards, and today I would like to share a tutorial of how to make a Card In A Box that will fit in our Stampin' Up! Medium envelopes.

Let's make this card!  Here is what you will need:
  • 1 piece of card stock cut at 9 x 5 ½”.  Score along 9” side at 2 1/8", 4 ¼", 6 3/8", and 8 ½".  

Turn a quarter turn and score at 2 ¾”. 

  • 1 piece of card stock cut at 3 1/8 x 3 1/8”.  Score at ½” and 2 5/8”, then cut in half so you have 2 pieces of card stock with score lines on either end.  These pieces will act as the “bridges” to hold up your elements.

  • 7 pieces of card stock for the panel layers cut at 1 7/8 x 2 ½” and 7 pieces of Designer Series Paper cut at 1 5/8 x 2 ¼”.  Cut 3 pieces from one pattern and 4 pieces from another pattern.  1 piece of card stock for back panel cut at 1 7/8 x 5 ¼” and 1 piece of Whisper White/Very Vanilla card stock for back panel layer cut at 1 5/8 x 5”.  You can stamp a greeting on this or sign your name.  Coordinate either Whisper White or Very Vanilla based on the color scheme of the Designer Series Paper.

Attach Designer Series Paper to card stock panels.  Stamp onto Whisper White/Very Vanilla and attach to card stock panel for the back of the card.

  • Window Sheet strips cut at 3 x ½” and Glue Dots to attach your stamped images to the bridges. 
  • Stamped images, punch art, or whatever you want to include in your card.  My example uses the Backyard Basics stamp set and coordinating framelits.  (Yippee -- You can bundle the stamp set and framelits together and save 15%!)

Step 1:  Cut on the 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8", and 8 1/2" score lines up to the 2 5/8" horizontal score line.  Remove piece as shown to create tab to make the box.  Angle corners of tab for easy assembly.

Step 2:  Add Sticky Strip to the tab and form box.  Attach back panel to back of card, closest to the seam.  The back panel does NOT get folded.

Step 3:  Gently fold the 3 panels down.  

Step 4:  Use Sticky Strip on the tabs of the bridge pieces, and attach to the inside of the box.  Make sure the bridges are inside the box and divide the space into thirds.  These bridges are what you will use to attach stamped elements to the card.

Step 5:  Attach panels to the card -- the 3 with one pattern of Designer Series Paper go along the bottom of the card, and the remaining 4 go on the remaining panels as shown in the photo.

Step 6:  Use Glue Dots to attach stamped pieces to the Window Sheet strips.

Step 7:  Use glue dots to attach the Window Sheet strips to the inside of the box.  You can attach the Window Sheet strips to front and back of the bridges.  You can also attach them to the front and back inside of the box.  Using Window Sheet strips lets you easily attach your stamped or punch art elements easily.

Make sure your elements will be inside of your card when you fold it.  Close and fold the card after you add each Window Sheet strip to make sure it will be inside the card.  This will allow the card to fit into a Stampin' Up! Medium envelope. 

Continue adding window sheet strips until all elements are attached.

All of your stamped images must be inside the card when it is folded
in order to fit inside a Stampin' Up! Medium envelope.

That's it!  Put your card in an envelope and send it to someone special!  Give this fun card a try and send a jpeg of your Card In A Box to  I will share your creations in a future blog post.

Happy Stamping,



  1. Thanks for the clear instructions. I think I can do this on my own now. Very beautifully done.

  2. Nancy thanks so much for a great tutorial. I made my first box card by using it and it turned out great. Now on to many more. Here is the link if you would like to see it,

  3. Newbie question....where do you get the window strips?

    1. Hi, ej! I get my Window Sheets from Stampin' Up! (Catalog #114323, $4.95 for two 12 x 12" sheets). I use my Stampin' Trimmer to cut the strips. I cut the strips 3" x 1/2". You can order the Window Sheets at my online store Thanks for your question! Have a good day!

  4. Gracias por este tutorial, el proyecto quedo muy lindo

    1. Gracias por sus amables palabras, Irene!

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  6. What is the measurement of the paper to make the box? (Length, Width

    1. Start with a piece of paper 5 1/2 x 9 inches. All of the dimensions for cutting and scoring are shown in this post above. Thanks!

  7. I got lost on making the box because I think my paper was too small so I was thinking if you could just tell me the measurement of the box, like just the making of the box tnx

    1. Hi! You need to start with a piece of card stock that measures 5 1/2 inches by 9 inches. This is the size you need to make the box portion of this card. Are you able to see the photos when you are looking at the blog post? If not, let me know and I will try to help you. Thanks!