Grand Victorian Box

by Christine Okken

Create a Victorian box out of Grand Nestabilities die cuts.


  • One 12" x 12" piece of cardstock
  • One 6" x 12" piece of patterned paper (or two 6 x 6 inch pieces)
  • Grand Calibur die cutting machine
  • Spellbinders Grand Labels Four Dies
  • Scoring tool
  • Scissors
  • Scor-Tape™ , or other strong adhesive
  • Ribbon at least 3/4" to 1" wide and a 12" length
  • Foam dimensionals
  • Stamped image (Flourishes Orchids Stamp set colored with Copic Markers was used here)
  • Embellishments for finishing


  1. Step 1

    Cut two 1 3/4" x 12" strips from your 12' x 12" cardstock. Set aside. Die cut and emboss largest Grand Labels Four die with remaining section of the 12" x 12" cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Cut die cut piece in half at the mid-way points.

  3. Step 3

    Using one size smaller of the Grand Labels Four Die, die cut a piece of patterned paper and cut in half at midway point. Set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Score 1 3/4" x 12" pieces of cardstock at 1/2" and cut one piece of 1 3/4" piece at 6 1/2" (leaving you another piece 5 1/2" long). Set this smaller piece aside.

  5. Step 5

    With 1 3/4" x 12"and 1 3/4" x 6 1/2" pieces of cardstock - fold at score line and make small cuts into 1/2" section at approximately every 1/2". These will become your vertical box edges.

  6. Step 6

    Taking one die cut piece of cardstock, add Scor-Tape™ to top straight edge. This will be your box bottom.

  7. Step 7

    Lay snipped section of 1 3/4" x 12" piece of cardstock onto Scor-Tape™. When you have reached the right edge of the top edge score that section. This becomes your right angle of your box corner.

  8. Step 8

    Using same method, add Scor-Tape™ to the side and front of the box bottom just inside the shaped edges.

  9. Step 9

    Curving snipped section 90 degrees, stick to Scor-Tape™.

  10. Step 10

    Taking remaining 1 3/4" x 6 1/2" strip, score on left side at 1/2". Add Scor-Tape™ to left top edge of the box and along the left curve of the bottom of the box in the same manner as the right side of the box, joining the sides with Scor-Tape™.

  11. Step 11

    Add patterned paper to box top, lining up flush at the top edges.

  12. Step 12

    Trim the front tip of the second piece of patterned paper.

  13. Step 13

    Adhere second piece of patterned paper to the inside of box concealing the cut lines of the box sides.

  14. Step 14

    To create a hinge for the box lid use the 1 3/4" x 5 1/2" strip of cardstock that you had set aside, attach to inside of box lid with Scor-Tape™. Then add Scor-Tape™ to the inner side of the back-side of the box bottom.

  15. Step 15

    Attach lid inside box bottom.

  16. Step 16

    Add Scor-Tape™ to outside curved seam of box side.

  17. Attach a 12" length of ribbon to conceal front box wall seam. Trim as necessary.

  18. Step 17

    Add stamped focal piece to box top with Dimensionals, and embellish as desired.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Grand Victorian Box. 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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This is very cool!! I may have to try this.
Karen Wallace  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 4:39 AM
This is fantastic , thanks for sharing
Francesca  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 5:46 AM
Oh my goodness, girlfriend! This is awesome!! I can't wait to give it a try!
Holly aka Toy  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 7:18 AM
It was so good to hear your voice again, sure do miss you. Your tutorial is wonderful and your boxes are fantastic. Beautifully done! Hugs.
Stacy aka twinshappy  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Merci pour ce tutorial

bravo pour ce magnifique travail

altea  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM
These are so pretty!!! Will have to make one....thank you for sharing this with us....
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM
Very pretty, but as soon as I saw "Grand Calibur" I knew it wouldn't be on my to-do list anytime soon. Some of us are on limited budgets, and simply can't run out and buy the latest tools and gadgets no matter how appealing a project may seem. I might someday try a smaller, simpler version with regular dies and my Cuttlebug, however. Someday.
ec  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 9:01 AM
How did you ruffle the peach ribbon on the "Orchid Box"?

Both boxes are beautiful and unique.
Genny Davis  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM
Beautiful project, Christine! I love the elegant shape of the labels 4 dies! Your coloring and embellishments are wonderful!
Sue (suen)  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM
Genny, the peach ribbon is from Webster's and has the beautiful flowers in it, I believe it calls Bloomers.
ChristineCreations  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 10:56 AM
LOVE that box. I will have to try it. Where did you get the beautiful orchid stamp, I love it!
tanya Leavitt  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Tanya - the stamp set is from Flourishes here is a link:

ChristineCreations  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM
What fun Christine! I didn't have the exact dies - so I made a Baby Grand!
Erika Owens  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM
Oh, this is just lovely. It'll be a must try for me. Thanks!
Wenchie  |  Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM
I have to agree..... I do have the Grand Calibur and the die but I feel this weekly tutorial was miss placed. While I enjoyed the tutorial and will make one, most here can't replicate this. Please think about adapting this to a smaller version using a standard spellbinders die for everyone to use. Again, great tutorial but feel a more universal version is welcomed.
Planet43  |  Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Love it and I am so inspired to make one. I do think I will have to use a different die or Cricut image but wow!!
Elizabeth  |  Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM
Christine this is fabulous. Love hearing your voice. smile. Great job on this tutorial.
Dawn Burnworth  |  Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Wow Christine...a stunner for sure! Creative and gorgeous!
Danielle  |  Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Christine, this is GORGEOUS, girl! It is sooo good to hear your voice again...and now I can play this video whenever I need a fix! LOL Amazing job, my sweet friend!
Cindy Lawrence  |  Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 8:55 PM

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