Sunday 4 March 2012

Card Box & Tray Liner Set

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I thought I’d share a tutorial on how to make an extra special Card Box with Tray Liner.  Mothers are very special and if, like me, you spend a lot of time and effort making a lovely card for your Mum with lots of dimensional elements, then a plain envelope to enclose it will just not do.  This Card Box with Tray Liner elevates your card into a true gift. The dimensions that I give will be a perfect fit for 16.5cm square card. 

You will need:

• 1 sheet of A3 cardstock (I’ve used Opal Stardream for a luxurious finish)
• Patterned paper to coordinate with your card (I’ve used K & Co papers)
• A steel edge ruler
• A circle punch
• A paper edger or decorative scissors or a spellbinders die
• PVA glue
• Glue Stick
• Double-sided sticky tape
• Toothpick

You are going to be cutting a piece of A3 cardstock and a piece of 23cmx23cm double-sided cardstock into the following shape:

To make the outer box
Trim 1.5 cm from the end of your A3 card sheet so that it measures 29.7cm x 40.5cm.  Starting from the right and moving to the left, mark with a pencil top and bottom at 17.5cm, 19.5cm, 37cm and 39cm, then score these lines from top to bottom.  From the bottom, mark up 3.5cm and 21cm, and then score these two lines from left to right.  Using a steel edge rule and craft knife, trim away the unwanted sections, as per the picture below.  Finally score the left-most oblong length-wise at 1.5cm from the edge, and trim off corners.  Do the same at the bottom right flap.  For the top “envelope” flap, score 2cm from the attached edge of the flap (I forgot to do this in my pictures, so do what I write not what I did, lol!). Trim the edges off the 2 bottom flaps. 
Crease and fold all your score lines, using a bone folder to achieve a crisp finish.

Select your decorative papers and cut:
2 pieces 17.2cm x 17.2cm
2 pieces 17.2cm x 1.8cm
2 pieces 17.2cm x 6.2cm
3 pieces 17.2cm x 1.7cm
Ink all the edges.

Using a glue stick, stick the 17.2cm x 6.2cm to the front and back of the “envelope” flap. Set aside to dry for at least 30mins. When dry, cut a decorative edge to the flap using decorative scissors, or a punch (able to punch heavy-weight cardstock as it will be going through 3 layers) or a spellbinders edgeability. Ink raw edges. Attach the remaining decorative papers to the panels using double-sided sticky tape.

Apply PVA glue to the bare, uncovered bottom and side flaps (I find you need to use a wet glue for this, if you use double-sided tape, it will not hold over time). Stick your box together and put aside to dry.  When dry, punch two holes through the “envelope” flap and then mark through those holes to the box base so that the holes are properly aligned, and then punch them as well. 

To Make The Card Tray Liner

To make the tray liner, use a double-sided cardstock.  If you don’t have a coordinating double-sided cardstock, trim two pieces of decorative paper 25cmx25cm (this is slightly larger than you will need but you will then trim to size and this means that you don’t need to have perfectly aligned the papers when stickling together).  Use a glue stick to stick the papers back-to-back and set aside to dry (at least 1 hr and preferably over-night).

Cut your double-sided cardstock to 23cm x 23cm.  Mark and score each edge at 1.4cm and 3cm.  Trim away as per the picture below.  Using a PVA glue, stick the short flaps into place.  Hold each flap for about 30secs until the glue takes proper hold. 

Run a line of PVA glue along the long flaps.  Use a toothpick to spread the glue over the entire flap.  Fold over the flap and run a bone folder up and down the box side until the glue adheres.  This may take a minute or so, don’t panic, just keep pressing down with your bone folder and you will achieve a good finish.  Repeat for the remaining 3 sides. Allow to dry, then take a circle punch and punch away a thumb-hold in the centre of one of the sides.

Your completed project will now slot together perfectly and the two elements should look like this:

This card box and tray liner set does take a little time to make, but the effort is worth it for special cards for special people. I do have a pdf file of the template dimensions you need to make this, but I don't know how to add pdf download to Blogger, if you know, do leave me a comment explaining it!!!!

Thank you for looking, please do leave a comment if you've enjoyed this project.
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  1. Gorgeous project, just perfect for a special Mum :D thanks for sharing the tutorial

  2. Thank you so much, this is exactly what I have been looking for. I knew it would be fairly easy once I had the dimensions and you have made it look very clear. Your box is lovely.

    I have saved your diagram, but if you would be able to send me the pdf template then that would be even better!



  3. WOW, fantastic project and brilliant tutorial, thank you for sharing. xxx

  4. Beautiful box and great tutorial
    hopped over from DC
    have a lovely weekend
    Lorna xx(craftinglorna)

  5. What a great tutorial, beautiful item aswell any mum would be over the moon if they received that...i know i would...hopped over from Do crafts..big hugs sharon xx

    1. I dont have much luck making boxes but I will give this one a go.

  6. Gorgeous, thanks for the tuturial.

  7. Wow ! stunning card box & excellent tutorial x

  8. They are amazing, thank you for the tutorial. Now following. Chris xx

  9. wow!!! how professional is your box. fab tutorial. clear instructions x thanks for sharing with us x

  10. Wow, this is a great tutorial and will be very useful indeed. TFS your lovely work with us. xx Jill B

  11. wow super card box your mum will love it ... thank you for the instructions love the papers you have used too ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  12. wow fantastic will have to have a go at doing one xx

  13. Wow, that's a beautiful box and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Maddy x

  14. Great box and tutorial :-) Elaine-xxx-

  15. Gorgeous professional looking box - great tutorial as well

  16. What a fab project! And it's such a great tutorial.
    Heike xx

  17. Thanks for the Tut, I am now following you. Linda x

  18. What a gorgeous project, love everything about it.

  19. of all the American cards I've seen on the net, your would have to be the best, wait, I'm assuming you're American?? and your tutorials are second to none, I'm going to make those hatpins pronto, what a great idea!
    I don't have a profile yet so my name is Kathy, and I'm from Christchurch New Zealand. Great stuff

    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for your kind words - but to answer your question, I'm a proud Brit :)

  20. Thanks for this beautiful project!

    I found a really nice YouTube video that shows you how to share documents, with Google Docs, with anyone (even those without a GMail account). You do have to have a gmail account, but it's free. (of course, you probably don't want to check the edit box to allow others to edit your file).

    I hope this will help you!

    1. I also just found another site called Scribd. It looks pretty easy, too.

      Hope this will help you

  21. Thank you very much for this idea and tutorial. It is a lovely way to present a card. --Barbara Jay

  22. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  23. This is so pretty. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Know just the card I'm going to make for my mother this year.--Susie Stover

  24. I would like to make this for an upcoming wedding but don't quite understand the box instructions and was wondering if you would email the PDF file to I totally love this and really want to make


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