A2 Card Box

by Beate Johns

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


  • 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


  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.



  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.

Thank you for such a nice addition to my card gift pack. Hugz, dottie
Dottie Watson  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM
tried making this box but for some reason they dont match as a box double checked my measurements but still didnt fit Dawn help needed
dawn mc.kenzie  |  Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM
made the box but the bottom and lid dont fit one is too small i have checked my measurements and tried again but no luck help needed what am i doing wrong
nanny fanny  |  Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM
I just love your tutorial, both lid options are great. Can't wait to try it myself .. Thank you!
Margaret  |  Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM
Thank you soo very much. I have been looking everywhere for a tut on making boxes. I really appreciate how simple this one is to make. I want to make individual boxes for cards etc. and I can just adjust the sizes to fit.
Thank you again for a great tut.
charsbabushka  |  Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM
The measurement for scoring the box , the written directions say score 1 1/2" all sides the video says score 1 1/4" which is right?

Connie  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Hi Marlene,
I am sorry if I misspoke in the video. Always go by the written instructions.
Making the card, while saying measurements and trying to remember them right...sometimes I mess up and don't even recognize it. I apologize for the inconvenience.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM
I am having trouble with the lid being smaller than the bottom. Tried several times. What am I doing wrong?
Connie  |  Thu Oct 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM
What a great box for gift giving cards, which people really appreciate.
thank you so much
marlene geiger  |  Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 8:06 AM
What was the weight of the cardstock you used? 65ib seems the most common, but it doesn't feel very sturdy to me. Loved the tutorial. Thanks a bunch?
JanetKay  |  Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM
I can't wait to attempt this box. It's just what I'm looking for.
Veronica Roche  |  Sat Apr 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Hi Beate, I have been trying to figure out how to adjust this box size to make one to fit envelopes and cards that measure 4 3/4 by 6 1/2. Can you tell me how to adjust it? Thanks, Chris
p.s. as always, I do appreciate what you to on this site!
Christina Bjornstedt  |  Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Did you see that I posted a formular to create other sizes under variations (posted under the video)?
Beate  |  Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM
Love this! Do you think these would old up in the mail? I'd like to use these as mailers to hold my son's birthday invitations. If not, is there a heavier weight paper I can use? Thanks!
Dana  |  Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM
I think it would survive mailing fine if you mail it in a box.
Beate  |  Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 7:56 AM
Glad to see your post and really love your coloring and the way you color it is really appreciable,
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Print VIP cards  |  Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Hi...the measurements you have for the box top is smaller than the measurements for the box base...therefore it wont fit. The cover will be too small...Can you please rectify... thankssssss grin
Tamika  |  Sun Dec 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

The lid is scored in 1" increments, the box in 1 1/2", making the bottom an 1/8" smaller then the top. The lid will fit. smile
Beate  |  Mon Dec 3, 2012 at 4:15 AM
This is such a fabulous tutorial! I was shocked at how quickly these A-2 boxes came together. Thank you, Beate! I've made several today. Yippee!
Stamp Muse  |  Mon May 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM
The measurements for the top of the box is smaller than the bottom so the lid fell into the bottom of the box...this did not work at all. :( Can you help me out here please?

~Vanessa W
Vanessa Wachlin  |  Wed Jun 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM

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