Pop Up Box Card – Success!!

OK, not claiming to be the first to figure it out, but, after several (ok, more than several…and my dad WAS a math teacher…guess it didn’t pass on to me)  attempts using copy paper, I figured out measurements for a pop up card that will fit into one of Stampin’ Up!’s regular (medium) sized envelopes.

To make this card:

Cut the 11″ side of a piece of  8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Smoky Slate Cardstock to 8-3/4″.

Laying the 8-3/4″ side at the top of your Scoring Tool, score down at 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, 6-3/8″ and 8-1/2″. Turn 90 degrees and score down at 2-1/4″.

Turn your paper so 1/4″ “tab” is at the top, and cut at 5-1/2″. Take the strip that was left after cutting, turn it 90 degrees and cut at a smidge over 2-3/4″. Now, cut two pieces at 1/2″ each.  You will use these two pieces later when you construct the “pop up” part of your box.

Turn your large piece so that the 1/4″ score line is on the left, and cut along the long score line of each small panel up to the 2- 1/4″ horizontal score line. Once you cut the last score line, there will be a small 1/4″ wide piece that you can totally cut off.  I like to cut on a diagonal on each end of the piece that is left – this will be the “tab” you use to close up your box and it will look neater this way. Assemble your box,  placing the “tab” at the back.

Take the 2 small pieces you cut and bend one tab forward and one tab back on each piece (you will have something that resembles a fat “z”). You are going to put both of these inside the top of the box, one at the front, one at the back, which will divide your box opening into thirds. I use Tombow glue for this instead of sticky strip because it is more forgiving and gives you a little more wiggle room as you are putting these into your box.

You will fold down the front three panels, but you won’t fold the back. This will be where your sentiment and written message will go. The measurements for this panel are: 1 piece of colored cardstock measuring  5-3/8″ x 1-7/8″ and one neutral piece of cardstock measuring 5-1/4″ x 1-3/4″.  I like the layered look; you can also just use one piece of patterned paper cut to the largest dimension.

Dimensions for “panel pieces”:

You have three longer panels and for each one of these you will need 3 pieces of colored cardstock measuring 3-1/8″ x 1-7/8″ and 3 pieces of coordinating patterned cardstock measuring 3″ x 1-3/4″

You have four shorter panels and for each one of these you will need 4 pieces of colored cardstock measuring 2-1/8″ x 2″ and 4 pieces of coordinating patterned cardstock measuring 2″ x 1-7/8″.

Now comes the fun part….decorate the inside by placing whatever cut out pieces/embellishments you would like to “pop up” from your card.

Here it is going into the envelope.  A perfect fit!

I hope to get around to making a video soon; there are videos out there showing a larger box. One I like is Stampin T’s…she is a Demo from Australia I think.

Have fun with this and I’d love to hear if these instructions helped you!

Here is another one I made, using the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and Framelit Dies. Honestly, I don’t know why I purchased this bundle…not really my style (I bet you have never done that)! But, my former Principal from California has a birthday coming up and she absolutely loves birds so it came in handy when making this card. You might notice I even used a bit of Washi Tape instead of SNAIL in a couple of places…love, love, LOVE Washi Tape.

Speaking of Washi Tape, did you know there is an online class you can purchase from Stampin’ Up! that gives you lots of instruction, including samples using Washi Tape. Check it out!



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