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.

Ok... I figured it out smile For the lid: cut paper at 7-7/8" X 9-1/8" and score at 1-1/4" and it will now fit!

~Vanessa W
Vanessa Wachlin  |  Wed Jun 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM
This is a very nice box. Just have to try it. I have to ask, though, what is the name if that stamp and where did you get it? I really like it. It looks like it would be perfect for backgrounds on cards and other things like tags.
Justin W.  |  Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM
Such a beautiful box! thanks for sharing
gina kolodnicki  |  Fri Jan 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM
I love this... Ive been looking for a great way to do cards as gifts your the best
A. Michele Morris  |  Sat May 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM
What adhesive did you use for the acetate lid? I used glue and even though it dried clear you could still see where the glue had been applied.
Dixie  |  Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM
hi! thanks so much for your posts. love them.

I am wondering if you can give another example of making a box in different dimensions- one that isn't a square. for example, i'm looking to make a box for notepaper that is 4.125 x 2.875 and 1 or 2 inches high. any input is greatly appreciated.
Ali Oshinsky  |  Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM
Hi Ali! Using Beate's instructions in the Variations section, you'd add 2" to your dimensions for a depth of 1" and 4" to your dimensions for a depth of 2".

For the size you mentioned, and to give a little wiggle room for your paper sheets, cut your cardstock to 6.25" x 5" for a box 1" high, and score in 1" from each edge.

Cut to 8.25" x 7" for a box 2" high, and score in 2" from each edge.

Follow the rest of the instructions for assembling the box. Hope that helps!
dina  |  Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM
thank you, dina. clearly i wasn't a stand out student in math class. i appreciate you responding so quickly.
Ali Oshinsky  |  Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM
Quedo preciosa muchas gracias por compartirla y por el paso a paso para realizarla
Yinneth Vásquez Víquez  |  Sun Oct 21, 2018 at 10:03 PM

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