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Happy (Stamping) Anniversary

I recently had the opportunity to wish someone in my downline a happy 1-year anniversary! I knew when it was, but somehow the idea that a card should go with the best wishes really slipped my mind. To paraphrase a movie, “Are you a cardmaker, or what?”

I was in the process of making a window card (coming soon!), so I stuck with a similar card design.

Stamp: Pop of Petals, Botanical Bliss, Well Said

Ink: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Flirty Flamingo Blends combo, Daffodil Delight Blends dark, Color Lifter

Paper: Gray Granite, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo

Accessories: Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder, Four-petal flower punch, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Well Written dies

Oh, I do love the embossing folder!

The flowers are stamped with Gray Granite instead of Memento Tuxedo Black, did you notice? I started doing that, because I noticed it creates a softer image. I didn’t have any issues with bleeding, even though the Classic inks are not specifically stated as Blends-friendly. (They are water-based, so I thought I’d be okay.)

The window part of the card opens up to show the full inner card front. I didn’t do more than sponge the edges and add a stamped border. The word “happy” was die cut three times and stacked together. The word “anniversary” has a mini dimensional under the “y”, and some glue on the other end of the strip to hold it onto the die cut word.

The card opens one more time to write a long message!

This type of card is basically a usual A2 card base, but with the fold at the bottom. To the top, add a folded piece of cardstock that covers the card front. The part that folds to the back gets glued to the back of the back of the card base. You end up with essentially a tri-fold card. Make sure you do any embossing or die cutting of the front piece ahead of time (it’s easier, but not essential).

Today is the last day for the Extra, Extra Promotion! I would love to be able to send you a Stamping Anniversary card. See more details on this previous post.

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Top Opening Box with Tab Closure

Ooo! I wanted to explore closures with the Classic label punch a little bit further. I was wondering what it would look like if the box opened from the top, and the opening was in the middle… (the top is like a gatefold)

Then, as I was waiting to have my car serviced, I was wondering… is there a way to make the tuck-in side just notched with the Classic Label punch, similar to a cereal box top?

I’ll show you my box, and let you be the judge. I just love how this turned out!

Stamp: Check You Out

Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue

Paper: Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White

Accessories: Classic label punch

You can see how it fits together…

and there’s lots of space inside.

The “library card” was fussy cut from a larger image that includes the pocket. I stamped off once before stamping onto Whisper White, for a lighter color. You can totally write your recipient’s name on it. (It says “Date” and “Issued to”.)

Here’s how I assembled the box.

Start with cardstock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.

On the 5-1/2″ side: Score 1″ from each side. (I like to rotate to do the second score line.)

On the 8-1/2″ side: Score at 1-7/8″, 2-7/8″, 5-7/8″, 6-7/8″.

Along the edge of the 1-7/8″ side, pencil in a line 1/8″ from the edge. Mark 2″ on this line, centered. This is where you will punch out the Classic Label punch, just like in previous projects.

On the opposide side, mark, centered, two lines 1-7/8″ apart, and approximately 1/4″ long.

You can fold on score lines at this point, as well as cut up to the first score line along each of the long ends. The center rectangle on the long sides will be the outer side of the box, so keep those edges straight. The rest of the tabs will be cut on an angle slightly, from the score line.

You will also have to angle cut the outer flap to the slightly smaller top. You can see what I mean here. I also include where I put my adhesive.

The reason you cut in this flap a bit more is so you can fold it under,

and then insert this side into the Classic Label punch to cut a notch. (Sorry, this picture turned out really blurry.)

The flap needs to give clearance for the punch. Trust me, you do not want to punch two layers of cardstock.

Clean up the punch on the other edge, and you are ready to assemble. Don’t forget to do any needed stamping, first.

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Insert for Box

I have an insert today for the box I showed a couple of days ago. I didn’t get this designed in time for that post…

I mentioned in the earlier post that you can add Hershey’s nuggets to the box, and “float” a gift card on top. Two great gifts, right?

When I create gift card holders, I like to make sure the recipient can get the gift card out of the packaging without too much stress. Or having to turn the whole thing upside down.

That led to today’s post… I have a pop-up mechanism you can add to a box with a lid. It will hold the gift card and a couple of Hershey’s nuggets. The beauty is that, when you open the box, the gift card stands up so you can see it and take it out!

I have the candy corralled to the front of the box, because if they fall to the back, it will prevent the box from closing with the gift card in it.

I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 3-3/8″ x 7-5/8″.

Before I score, I scoot my cardstock to the right just a bit, so that the left edge is between the left edge and the first scoring line of the Simply Scored. That way, I can get score lines that are actually 1/16″ smaller than what I score, without trying to measure in 1/16″. (Hope that makes sense.)

Now that the cardstock is shifted slightly, score at: 2-3/4″, 3-1/2″, 4-1/4″, 5-3/4″, 6-1/4″, 6-3/4″.

Fold on the score lines, so that the narrower sections form “mountains”.

Add adhesive to the back side of one of the smaller “mountains”. This will create the bumper for the candy.

You also want adhesive on the back of each end, and to the side of the other “mountain”. (Do not put any adhesive on the back of this section. It needs to be free-floating.) You can then adhere the insert into your box. In case it’s not obvious, the section that is completely flat goes inside the top lid. The other section gets adhered to the bottom of the box.

The gift card is attached to the pop-up mechanism with removable adhesive. However, you can build a band to act as a small pocket for it instead. I realized that this is a better method, because for the gift card to stick, you have to somehow have access to the back of the insert…

The band is attached to the insert before putting it into the box.

I cut a strip of matching cardstock at 5/8″ x 4-1/2″. Score at 1/2″ from each end.

Fold at each score line, and add tape to the back of each tab. Wrap this loosely around the bottom section of the hinge of the insert. Loosely wrap, because you want to be able to slip a gift card in there. Make sure this strip is not flush with the bottom of the box. You need a little bit of space for the bottom of the gift card when you close the box.

Here it is fully assembled in the box.

I tried making an actual pocket, but found it wasn’t necessary. You also need to make sure the score lines for the band is at least 3-1/2″ apart, otherwise the card won’t fit.


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Box with Tuck Flap Closure

After creating the small holder in the previous post, I got to thinking that I could use this closure for other projects. How about a small box with flap? We always struggle with keeping the flap/top closed. We could tuck the whole flap in… but I liked my idea better.

Here are a couple more views to see how it works.

I love it! And, of course, it has an adorable image from Time for Tags. 🙂

It can hold 7 Hershey’s Nuggets, with room to “float” a gift card on top. Oh, two of girls’ best friends: chocolate and shopping! 🙂

Want to make one, too? You can make 2 from a sheet of A2 cardstock.

Cardstock: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2

On 5-1/2″ side, score at 1, 4-1/2.

On 8-1/2″ side, score at 1, 4, 5, 8.

Along the 8-1/2″ side that has the 1″ score line, make a pencil line about 1/8″ from the edge. Also mark 2″, centered, along this line.

On the opposide side, mark 1-1/2″ along the edge, centered.

At this point, you can also start trimming score lines along the 8-1/2″ side. The 3″ sections will be cut straight along the score line except next to the skinny section. (The box will not close well if this corner is not cut off.)

Along the pencil line with the 2″ measured, insert into the Classic Label punch. Center points along the line, and center the 2″ inside the punch.

Trim off a small triangle on each edge, to form a trapezoidal opening.

On the other side, adhere DSP (3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, scored at 1/2″ along one edge).

Trim from corner to marked points to create a trapezoidal flap.

Add Tear n Tape to flaps. Fold along score lines.

Assemble box.

You may have to trim the flap down until the top fits flush with the rest of the box. I ended up with 1-1/8″ on the bottom edge of the top flap.

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Versatile Small Holder

If you’ve followed me for a while, you would know I like 3D items: boxes, bags, holders, etc.

This project was born out of the idea to use the Classic Label punch as a hole into which to insert a flap. Do I use it on a card? A Box? What kind of dimensions allow for it?

After much experimentation (and recycled cardstock), I think I have a little holder that is sized for:

  • gift cards
  • business cards
  • half-packs of gum

I think I spent too much time at Staples; I remember seeing a business card holder that looked similar…

It doesn’t look like much when closed. Here it is opened up.

All you need is cardstock 5-1/4″ x 5-3/4″ and DSP 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.

On the 5-1/4″ side, score at 1/2″ and 3/4″ from both sides.

On the 5-3/4″ side, score at 1-3/4″, 2″, 4-1/4″, 4-1/2″.

We need the extra flaps only on the middle section. Also, I kept the tiny tab at the bottom for a nicer looking edge.

After folding at all of the score lines, dry fit your holder. You will want to mark the inner flap where it meets with the bottom flap. Mark the top flap where it meets with the bottom flap. Also, from the middle point of the top flap, mark 3/4″ to each side. Make marks on the inside of the top flap.

On the bottom flap, mark a line 3/8″ from the edge. From the center point of this line, mark 1″ to each side. Line up the points of the Classic label punch on the line, centering the two marks. Punch.

Glue piece of DSP to the top flap.

Cut corners off the flaps, using the marks as guides.

Cut corners of inner flap.

Add Tear n Tape to the inside edges of bottom flap.

Remove backing and assemble holder.

You may need to trim the top flap slightly for a better fit.