A2 card box

by Beate Johns

Create this box with matching lid to hold sets of cards or other goodies.

Supplies

  • One 7 3/4" x 9" piece of cardstock for your box base
  • One 6 7/8" x 8 1/8" piece of cardstock for your lid
  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™ or other strong adhesvie
  • Scissors
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Ribbon
  • Additional cardstock and embellishments to decorate your box

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Score your 7 3/4" x 9" piece of cardstock at 1 1/2" on each side.

  2. Step 2

    On the long sides of the cardstock, cut the score lines up to the point where they connect with the score lines from the short side.

  3. Step 3

    Prefold all your score lines.

  4. Step 4

    Apply Scor-Tape™ to each of the four outside corners. These are your glue tabs.

  5. Step 5

    Peel off the paper lining of the Scor-Tape™ and fold in the glue tabs to create the bottom of your box.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp your 6 7/8" x 8 1/8" piece of cardstock if needed.

  7. Step 7

    Scor the cardstock at 1".

  8. Repeat scoring the cardstock piece at 1" on each side.

  9. Step 8

    As in step 2, cut the scor lines of the long side to the point where they connect with the score lines of the short side.

  10. Step 9

    Punch each side with your Scallop Edge Punch. No need to punch the glue tabs.

  11. Step 10

    Cut down your glue tabs so they won't show under the scallops. Add Score-Tape™ to each of the four corners.

  12. Step 11

    Prefold your score lines. Peel off your paper liner of the tape and fold the glue tabs in to finish the lid of the box.

  13. Step 12 (Optional)

    Add more color and depth by sponging the edges of your lid.

  14. Step 13

    Fill your box with either matching cards or other goodies.

  15. Step 14

    Tie ribbon around your box and decorate as desired.

Video!

Variations

  1. Be a show off
    Create a clear lid by substituting clear cardstock or acetate for your lid cardstock.

    Any size
    You can make the box any size you want. Just double the height measurement to the box dimensions.

    Sample: You want to have a 4" square box that is 3" high. You will need a 4+3+3=10" box base and score at 3" and 7".

  2. Pizza box as substitute
    Try a pizza box instead. You will need a 7 1/2" x 11 3/4" piece of cardstock.

    Score at 3/4" and 6 3/4" on the 7 1/2" side.

    Score at 3/4", 5 1/2, 6 1/4" and 11" on the long side.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for A2 card box. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Hi Beate,
It is true to make measure on Scor Pal. I love it. Thank you for showing me beautiful box with cards. I will tell my friend, Mary. She cant afford to give gifts for Xmas. I will send her email and she makes box with cards. She is a lovey creative to make beautiful. Thank you for sharing with me. Happy
Thanksgiving to you and your family. Love, Roberta
Roberta Noddin  |  Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 2:04 AM
Thank you for showing me what did you made xmas box with cards. It is great idea. I will send my friend Mary. She can't afford to buy gifts for family. She made beautiful things. Thank you for sharing with me. Have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Love, Roberta
Roberta Noddin  |  Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 2:06 AM
Hi Beate,
I love this box and have made it before but want to make an acetate lid. I would like to hear how you make yours so that there is no tape showing at the corners or what you do to prevent this. Hugs Janet
Janet Cross  |  Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 9:02 PM
Did I miss this? How many cards will this box hold? Thanks,
Wanda  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 4:51 AM
Hi Wanda,

How many cards will fit in a 1 1/2" high box will depend on if your cards are flat, or if you added ribbon and brads. The thicker the card, the less will fit in the box.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 7:40 AM
thanks Beate. I didn't think it was thick enough for what I was wanting. I'll try to come up with another idea to present them to my customer. Thanks,
wanda  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 7:53 AM
Wanda,
If you add 2" to the card base making it 9 3/4" x 11" and score at 2 1/2" all around, your box will be higher. Would that work?

Happy Thanksgiving
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM
Thanks Beate - I really need it to be thicker. This girl orders 20 Christmas cards and 2 breast cancer cards from me. And I usually make them in layers, as you do - so they would be thick. I can always just put them in a bag for her, I guess. Was just trying to come up with a special presentation for them.
Wanda  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 8:27 AM
Thank you soooo much for this...I made a bunch of greeting cards for my aunt and I needed a creative way to give them to her smile
Ashley  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM
I had the same problem with the top mine was too small, so I did 7 7/8 x 9 1/8 and scor at 1 1/2 and the box works perfect plus it will store 12 cards very well.
Thank you for the template
Lisa Harrington  |  Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 4:25 PM
Beate, I did find a box template to use for my customer's cards. It's like a big recipe box - similar to a lunch tin. It worked great and I was able to get all cards in there. Got the template from Andrea Walford. Thanks for your help.
Wanda  |  Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 4:34 PM
What size cards fit in the standard tutorial box?
Tracey  |  Mon Mar 8, 2010 at 12:24 PM
Thank you so much! I was looking for a box for the cards I made for my daughter's pre-K teachers. Much appreciated.
**If anyone has a set of directions for a folder for cards, please email it my way. Thanks
Laura Bissell  |  Sun May 9, 2010 at 11:26 AM
A2 Box was so cute just what I was looking for to put my cards in
thank you
patiogirl  |  Sun May 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM
I had a problem with the lid being too small, too.
Lori A.  |  Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM
Nevermind...the problem with the small lid was my error in measuring. smile For some reason I was thinking my cutting tool was in 1/4" marks but they are 1/8" marks.
Lori A.  |  Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM
Hi! Great idea! I love it! Where did you get that awesome base that helps you score proper measurements?
Janine  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 9:46 AM
Okay ladies, for all of you who think 'I don't think I can make this', you definitely can!! I just made it and LOVE it, it's great for all kinds of gift ideas!!
If you're nervous, just follow the instructions. For fun bases of boxes, use the patterned paper, and co-ordinate the top with the same colour ink. It works beautifully!

Thank you Beate!
Amy Louise  |  Thu Dec 9, 2010 at 5:32 PM
in the tutorial video you said 1 1/4 of an inch where you should have said 1 1/2
kayla  |  Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 12:10 PM
You have the best website with so many tips that are wonderful keep up the great work
marlene
marlene geiger  |  Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 9:51 PM

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