A few years ago I attended an event and was introduced to this great gift box with matching notecards pattern designed by fellow demonstrator, Terri Gaines. So for this month's What To Give class, I brought this great idea back to life with our current designer papers, products and stamp images.


This box with notecards pattern works well with any 12×12 Designer paper that has a bold, but not too distracting design on one side and a smaller, but noticeable design on the the other side. These are some of the paper choices I gave my class participants. (Designs shown come from Twitterpated, Floral District, Summer Smooches, and International Bizzare.)



Below is a tuturial of how to recreate this box and notecards set.


First use your Stampin' Trimmer to cut your designer paper to 7-1/2" x 12. Set the 4-1/2" x 12 piece aside for later. The designer paper I am using is Summer Smooches.


Score your 7-1/2" x 12" designer paper parallel with the long edge at 1-7/8".



Fold along that score line.


Bring the other long edge over to meet in the middle…


…and crease. Doing it this way rather than scoring the other side and then folding in will guarantee that the paper edges will meet up perfectly in the middle.


Now flip this over to make a couple score lines. Flipping it over will keep you from catching your scoring blade on where the paper meets up in the middle and prevent any possible tearing.

Score at 5-5/8" from each end.



Fold as shown.


Now we'll pause from the main part of the box for a minute to make the card stock flap.

Cut a piece of coordinating card stock to 3-3/4" x 6". The color I am using is Lucky Limeade.


Score parallel to the short edge at 2" and again at 2-3/4".



The 2" x 3-3/4" section will be the part that connects to the designer paper. The 3-1/4" x 3-3/4" section is what will become the flap/cover. Punch the edge of this larger section with the Scallop Edge Border punch.


Then using your Paper Snips, trim in as shown. There is no exact measurement here since this section will later be inserted into the designer paper and hidden.


At this point, you can emboss the flap with an embossing folder.  (The folders shown below and in this tutorial are Perfect Polka Dots, Elegant Bouquet, and Elegant Lines.) If you forget to emboss first, you can do so after it has been attached to the designer paper.


Now go back to working on your designer paper. Open it up and form folds as shown. Thank goodness a picture is "worth a thousand words," because this fold is a hard one to describe and so much easier to show.



Do these two folds to the other side, too.



Now open up one end and insert your card stock. The edge of your designer paper should match up with the 2" score line on your card stock.


Using SNAIL adhesive. attach the designer paper as shown. Your angled end of your card stock is now covered (as promised above).


Do the same with the other side.


This is what your box should look like from the side when it is closed.



Time to work on the matching notecards! Trim off a 5" section from your 4-1/2" x 12" remaining designer paper.


Rotate this 5" x 4-1/2" piece 90 degrees and cut again at 2-1/4". So now you should have two 2-1/4" x 5" pieces.


Score each of them parallel to the longer edge at 1-1/2". Set them aside.


Now cut your remaining 7" x 4-1/2" piece of designer paper in half at 3-1/2".


Take each of these and score parallel to the shorter edge at 3".


Use the Scallop Border Edge punch to punch one edge on each of the four pieces of designer paper. The punch should be used on the outer edge of the narrowest sections.

To get an even look, center it and then punch.


Then move your punch over a tad, line up the scallops and punch again. Do the same to the other side. Remember to repeat on all four pieces of designer paper.



Tape the flaps down as shown.


Use your SNAIL adhesive and attach them to notecards.



It's time to stamp and embellish! Stamp images from the Mixed Bunch stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount) with Lucky Limeade ink and Tangerine Tango ink onto Whisper White card stock.


Then with the matching Blossom punch, 3/4" Circle punch, and Dimensionals, cut out and pop up your images on the front of your cards.





Add some White Organza ribbon using Glue Dots to the card fronts…


…and to the box itself.


Lastly add a message image to the front of the box. Stamp "For You" from the Layered Labels stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount) with Lucky Limeade ink onto Whisper White and Lucky Limeade card stock.


Punch out these images with the Large Oval punch and the Scallop Oval punch. Then layer and attach with Dimensionals to the front of the card box. Insert the four cards and four envelopes and tie shut.


What a great gift for a teacher, Mother's Day, a birthday, co-worker, etc! And so easy to make.


Here are the cards that are inside the other box shown above. These were made with the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), Riding Hood Red ink, Basic Gray ink, and the Elegant Butterfly punch.


Stamp Your Art Out! ~Rachel