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.

Where did you get the "Scor-Pal" that is pretty cool! I love it! Thanks
Lisa Young  |  Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 9:12 AM
Oh Magoo ... you've done it again!!! (Now I suppose if you havent seen the old cartoon called Mr Magoo that means nothing to you but jibberish!!)

Beate I've just come across this tutorial and love it ... so quick & easy - especially when using DSP for the lid wink solves what to do for the girls Aunts for christmas so yup I'll be making these Christmas Eve.

Have a great Christmas and New Year

Aussie hugs,
Leonie Schroder  |  Tue Dec 23, 2008 at 7:27 AM
I found the box wonderful for putting cards in with handmade paper roses on as it did not squash the flowers at all. Thanks for the inspiration
yvonne coxhead  |  Sat Jan 3, 2009 at 7:05 PM
I made 11 of these boxes in various colors to give to my family on a special week-end get-to-gether. It is my parent's 60th Anniversary! I think this little box filled with hand made cards, a beautiful ribbon & a heart shaped tag will be a nice remembrance of the celebration!!! Thanks for the inspiration:-D
Marie Janssen  |  Mon Feb 9, 2009 at 4:35 PM
Hi there, I was wondering how you made a smaller version of the Top Note Bigz Die in Step 13 and 14.
Love the project!
Wynne  |  Sat Mar 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM
The smaller cut outs are not made with the Top Note Die but with Label Nestabilities.
beate  |  Sat Mar 7, 2009 at 3:34 PM
I printed a tutorial called Card Gift Box. It starts with 8 3/4X7 1/2 for the lid and 7 7/8 x 6 5/8 for bottom of box. The card box for A2 cards shown in tutorials have different measurements. I have a question about the instructions. Can anyone help me? It used Scor-pal of course.
Jere  |  Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 8:55 AM
I have just finished your lovely box, Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I have made a box with some cards for a friend who is leaving Bali.
jogry blok  |  Wed Jun 3, 2009 at 7:30 PM
Hi Beate: I am finishing a wordbook 5 1/2 x 12 and would like to make a box for it to send to my brother. Do you have the measurements for this size? thank you for sharing your work.
Rosie Waldt  |  Sun Jul 5, 2009 at 5:07 PM
Do you have instructions for the cards? This is the greatest thing for gifts. Will be doing it this year.
Shirl  |  Thu Jul 9, 2009 at 4:55 AM
for your box you would need bigger then 12" square cardstock. And...when making the box out of cardstock, it won't be sturdy enough to send the book in the mail. I think you might have to buy a box for that.

Shirl, you can find instructions for the cards on my blog.
beate  |  Thu Jul 9, 2009 at 7:15 AM

I love this box! However, I'm not of the measurements for the lid. WHen I follow your directions my lid comes considerably smaller. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Maribeth Richey  |  Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Did you score your lid 1" all the way around and not 1 1/2"? I think my measurements are right. Please recheck your cutting and score lines.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 2:06 AM
You need to be more clear on the lid measurements. I don't think that 6 7/8 is correct.
Dianne  |  Mon Sep 7, 2009 at 11:33 AM
I have made this box and lid twice today and the lid is noticeably larger than the bottom. Is that how it's supposed to be? I tried it again because I thought I had done it wrong the first time.
Christel  |  Mon Sep 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM
Dianne and Christel,

Make sure you score your lid at 1", not 1 1/2".
The finished measurements of the box should be 4 3/4" x 6" the finished lid size 4 /8" x 6 1/8". The lid should only be 1/8" bigger, that is not much bigger.
beate  |  Mon Sep 7, 2009 at 5:18 PM

The math you have provided looks right, I must have just messed something up. I'll try again!

Christel  |  Wed Sep 9, 2009 at 5:17 PM
Awesome!! I am making some cards for a bridal shower favors. I am so going to be making coordinating boxes. Thanks so much!!!
Rachel Benjamin  |  Sun Nov 1, 2009 at 8:25 PM
This is awesome! I just got done making this and I am so happy. Thank you!
Jackie  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 8:58 PM
I love these directions. Where can I find the measurements for an A2 box.
Thank you for sharing.
Julia  |  Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM

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