Top Note Box

by Angie Tieman

Create a gorgeous box out of Top Note Die cuts.


  • Two 3 3/4" x 5" pieces of Wood Sheets or cardstock
  • Two 3 3/4" x 5" pieces of Patterned Paper (if you use Wood Sheets)
  • One 5 1/2" x 8" piece of cardstock
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Sticky Strip™ tape or other strong adhesive
  • Big Shot™, or other die cut machine
  • Top Note Die
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon, approx. 24"
  • SU Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ kit (or your choice of stamps/accessories) to decorate front of box.


  1. Step 1

    Attach your 3 3/4" x 5" piece of patterned paper to back of wood sheets.

    If you use cardstock, you do not need to do this step.

  2. Step 2

    Lay piece on Top Note die with wood sheet side facing down, lining up the long side just inside of the perforation marks.

  3. Run through the Big Shot™ and decorate as you wish.

    You can run both sheets through at once, but I did them separately to get the best definition of the “perforation marks” on the box.

  4. Step 3

    For the inside box piece, score your 5 1/2" x 8" piece of cardstock on its long side at 1", 3 1/2", 4 1/2", and 7".

    Thank you to Jen del Muro for this “pizza box” pattern!

  5. Step 4

    Turn cardstock piece and score short side at 1" and 4 ½".

  6. Step 5

    Cut scored lines as shown, up to the 1" score line to make the box tabs.

  7. Step 6

    Turn the box over and apply Sticky Strip to the right side of the tabs, as shown.

  8. Step 7

    Tuck flaps in and assemble box as shown.

  9. Step 8

    Attach Sticky Strip tape to the top and bottom of the box and attach the wood sheet pieces, lining up the straight edges with the side spine of the box as shown.

  10. Step 9

    Attach a small piece of Sticky Strip tape to the side spine of the box as shown.

  11. Step 10

    Attach ribbon to Sticky Strip™ to keep it in place.

  12. Step 11

    Fill box with crimped, shredded cardstock and gift or candy treats!

  13. Tie ribbon and decorate your front.

    Your box is done.



  1. Use Eyelets:
    Attach jumbo eyelets as shown, run Sticky Strip™ tape along the inside of the front and back cover to attach ribbon before adhering the covers to the box.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Top Note 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.

Love this! I am going to try one today. Thanks for sharing.
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Sun Nov 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM
This is terrific . Just what I need for those gift cards this Christmas and have all the dies and stamps.
Emiie Boyd  |  Sun Nov 8, 2009 at 10:07 AM
Oh wowers! this is absolutely amazing! I love love it n cant wait to try one 2 thank u so much :D
linsey  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 2:28 AM
Beautiful....great idea for those small gifts.
Shirley  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 4:20 AM
WOW! This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.
Deanna  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 8:00 AM
I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try it!
dawn  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM
Great tutorial Angie!!
Keep on Rockin'!
Kerry D-C  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 1:40 PM
How cute is this? I love that the lid is attached, and it looks like I could turn out a few of these in a fairly short period of time.
Suzy Que  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 6:41 PM
This is just beautiful! I plan on making it this weekend! Great work! Love it! Love it! Love it! Thank you so much!!!
Angie  |  Tue Nov 10, 2009 at 1:02 PM
What a wonderful creation. It is ingenious.
I plan to make several and fill them with
RAK fancies in cello envelopes to put in the
boxes as Christmas gifts.

Thanks for sharing I love your designs WOW
shirley fennern  |  Tue Nov 10, 2009 at 2:32 PM
I love this tutorial, don't have a top note die yet, but gonna look for it on ebay!
greetings, Petra
Petra  |  Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 3:08 AM
Both boxes are great.
I am going to have to try making one myself.
Thanks for sharing.
Sharon  |  Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 8:45 PM
great box, will have to have a go this weekend, but l have a question do you know where l can purchase one of those scor-pal's in australia? it looks to be great tool
thanks jacqui
jacqui lamb  |  Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 6:00 AM
Your work is beautiful. Do you have instructions on how to use the vintage christmas stamp for santa. I have the stamp set, but what you have created with it is so breath taking. I would love to have an illustration of how you brought life to santa.
Jeri  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM
it is amazing i like it very.thank u for sharing
dog clothing  |  Sun Apr 25, 2010 at 11:10 PM
Wonderful idea, great tutorial, lovely work :o) Beate, ich liebe Deine Arbeiten und verfolge Deine Videos immer mit Spannung. This will be my next goodies´ project for my colleagues at work.

Greetings from abroad, Miriam
Miriam  |  Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM
alles was ihr bastelt ist superklasse, gruss hillu
hillu  |  Thu Jan 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM
Great tutorial! I printed it off and went right to work. =D
Jan  |  Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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