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 score 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!

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Questions and Comments

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

This is absolutely beautiful and I will be making some today. Thanks for sharing.
Jennifer  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 7:34 AM
Thank you for this tutorial. These are beautiful and I will definitely be making some.
Colleen  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 9:09 AM
Beautiful gift box Beate! On my to do list.
Yvonne  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM
What a nice inspiration.The boxes you have made are really wonderful.Thanks for this tutorial.
Susann  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Thanks so much for posting this !!!!
Corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 4:35 AM
Beautiful work as always, Beate; thanks so much for this tutorial.

This is one of the items I'm planning to make this season, and I appreciate the clear directions!

Thanks again!
Debbie (aka bamagal)  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 2:31 PM
Lovely updated version of an A2 box! I was intrigued by the cards too - what did you use for the mats on the Top Note cards in step 13? They're too big for the curly label punch SU, I'd love to know what you used. Using the top note die for a card is brilliant! Thanks always for your wonderful inspirations.
Diane K  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 4:40 PM
I thought to check your blog, and voila! there were the answers to all my questions above!
Thanks again, and happy stamping!
Diane K  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 4:45 PM
Love this box, thanks Beate!
Shelly  |  Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM
Great tutorial, Beate!

Is there a tutorial on making a card box that is vertical instead of horizontal?
Kelli  |  Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 4:35 PM
Beate, thank you for the tutorial, I consider myself a novice and this box is easy enough for me to do. I had so much fun making them and my friends love them.
chargergirl  |  Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 5:53 AM
I tried to make this box, it doesn't make any since that the top is smaller than the bottom...It has to be bigger to fit over the bottom...I tried 4 or 5 times and ruined many sheet of expensive stampin up cardstock...Can you help me out....
Carol J Fiske  |  Tue Dec 2, 2008 at 10:37 PM
The cardstock for the lid is smaller, but since you are only scoring it 1" in, instead of 1 1/2" on the bottom, the lid is actually 1/8" bigger then the bottom.
Beate  |  Wed Dec 3, 2008 at 5:41 AM
This is just what I was looking for and can't wait to get started. Money is short this year and I need some great gift ideas. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Penny M  |  Sun Dec 7, 2008 at 9:08 AM
I am looking for a tutorial on making a card box that is vertical instead of horizontal. Is there one?
Jofrog  |  Mon Dec 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM
Love, love, love this box, Beate! I made 2 already and they are wonderful. This box is big enough for 12 cards (simple ones with not a lot of layers) plus envelopes. Just perfect.
Thanks so much for all you do, Beate!!!!
Sabrina  |  Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 8:15 AM
I made the box, but my cutter/scorer doesn't have such numbers, how can I find that 5/8 or the 1/8. I just score 1"around, I didn't came out perfect just a little too small than the lid.
Can you help me with that? Thank you
Dulce  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 5:59 AM
Is your scoring tool in inches or metrics? If it's inches, the 1/8" mark is the middle between 0" and 1/4", the 5/8" between 1/2" and 3/4".
Not sure about the metric measurements. You would have to convert it. There should be some conversation formula online somewhere. I think one inch is 2.54 centimeters....or something around that.

Happy Holidays
Beate  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM
Hi, thanks for answering me so soon. My scoring tool is a very simple, in inches,has a ruler on the side that has: number, then4 short lines and 1 long which mean the half, then another 4 lines and the next number. I found that convertion table, but I think it didn't help me too much. Anyway, I'm going to try what you say, and I let you know.
Dulce  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 11:48 AM
Hi, It's me again. Can I send you a picture of my scoring tool and of the box I made?
Dulce  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 12:03 PM

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