Box Card

by Beate Johns

Create a card that opens into a box when you pull on its sides.


  • 8 1/2" x 11" piece of patterned paper, or lightweight cardstock
  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool
  • Cardstock, stamps and embellishments to decorate the card
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Place the patterned paper into the Scor-Pal™, with the 8 1/2" side on top. Score at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8".

  2. Step 2

    Turn the paper so the 11" side lines up with the top and score at 1 1/4"and 3 3/8".

    Repeat on opposite side.

  3. Hint:
    If you are using the Scor-Pal™, move the paper to the 1/8" score line and score at 3 1/2" for the 3 3/8" score.

  4. Step 3

    Pre-fold the long score lines.

  5. Step 4

    Unfold paper. Keep the side that you want on the outside of the box facing toward you.

  6. Fold the two score lines on the 8 1/2" side up.

  7. Step 5

    Flip paper over.

  8. Fold the second score lines down.

  9. Step 6

    Fold first one end's short side up,

  10. then the other.

  11. Step 7

    Take the outer upper corner of the just folded side and carefully fold it down diagonally.

    Be careful to not rip the paper on top.

  12. Repeat on the other four corners.

  13. Step 8

    Unfold everything.

  14. Step 9 (Optional)

    Adhere a decorative strip to the long un-scored sides.

  15. Step 10 (Optional)

    Cut the corner rectangles diagonally from the long, unscored sides toward the edge. Not completely, just on a slight angle.

    This will ensure that parts of the sides won't show up after you fold the box.

  16. Step 11

    Take one of the corners next to the decorated side and fold it over to the long side.

  17. Repeat on the other corner of that long side.

  18. Step 12

    Fold the long side down.

  19. Repeat these steps on the other side.

  20. Step 13

    Fold sides down carefully.

    It is a bit difficult and works better the second time you fold it down. The thinner the paper, the easier the folding is.

  21. Step 14 (Optional)

    You could keep the card like it is, or you could add a belly band. If you want to add it, take a long strip (10" or longer) of patterned paper. Add adhesive to one end.

  22. Step 15 (Optional)

    Wrap the strip around the card, keeping it loose. Adhere strip ends together to create the belly band.

  23. Step 16 (Optional)

    Adhere image or sentiment to the belly band and create a matching panel for the inside of the card for a really polished look.

    The finished card size will be 4 1/4" square.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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So so pretty!
christi hicks  |  Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 8:01 PM
I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the great tutorial!!
Patrice  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 6:01 AM
Great tips and a wonderful organizing system for Nestabilities. I like the idea of the magnetic strips as I am always afraid of bending the metal trying to get it off from tape strips. Thank you. Do you have any tips on organzing & storing stamps, both wood mounted and acrylic?
Pauline Smith  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 6:22 AM
Hi Beate! Beautiful card....I was wondering if you could tell me what stamp you used and what paper you used? meaning the companies......I just loved them!! Love those strawberries!
Patti Gonzales  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 6:34 AM
have seen these box cards .. make great ways to give $ or gift cards. Plan to try my hand at one this afternoon.
rita urling  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 7:21 AM
This is sooooo cute. Can't wait to try it.
Lorraine Garceau  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 8:22 AM
This card is so cute...Thanks.
Pauline Smith thanked you for the wonderful organzing system for the Nestabilities.....I would love to see that....I don't really like them on their cards....

Anne  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 8:26 AM
I saw a tutorial for an envelope box and now can`t find it. It isn`t very deep so you can send a card in it.
Does anyone know where I can go to get the tutorial?
Smile GOD loves you
Thank you
Patricia Anderson  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 11:10 AM
ADORABLE. and a great, easy to follow tutorial!
deb  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Beate ... thanks for ANOTHER amazing tutorial !! I can't wait to try these and I am sure it's going to be so much easier to make with your fabulous tutorial ! smile
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM
How cool Beate. I have to try this!
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM
Soo nice, this one I will try for sure grin
Karla  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 5:52 PM
This is sooo cute! Can't wait to try it.
Thanks so much for sharing
Carole Philpot  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 8:24 PM
Great little project and a great tutorial, thankyou.
Janice  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM
Wonderful! Thank you so much, as always, for your creativity and sharing.

I am wondering if it would be possible, when you write the Supply List, if you would include the written name of the papers and stamps you use. I love this stamp, and can't quite figure out what you are saying in the video (as far as where it comes from). Anyway, just a thought. Again Thank You!
Chris Bjornstedt  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM
Oh Beate this is so cool.....and so pretty.....I have a birthday card to make and this would be so unique to make.....thank you so much.....I love your videos and projects.....
Gloria Westerman  |  Thu Jul 7, 2011 at 7:25 AM
Lovely card.

It looks like a Whiff of Joy stamp.
Isa  |  Thu Jul 7, 2011 at 8:26 AM
Thanks Beate! This is a wonderful card...I will give it a try this weekend. Hugs.
asmah  |  Thu Jul 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM
What a cool box Beate.. Yours is just beautiful
Rebekka Reed  |  Fri Jul 8, 2011 at 9:10 AM
I've done this with left over Christmas cards but never with a full sheet of paper. It will be nice to have a 'large box' option.
Stacey  |  Fri Jul 8, 2011 at 12:52 PM

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