Sunday, June 19, 2011

Box Envelopes for Bulky or 3D cards -

Yesterday my downline Jane Watson (also from Peterborough) and I,were in Toronto for an all day stamping even called Stampin Palooza here, organized and run by Caroline LeBel.  The event was  followed by a team meeting so it was late when Jane and I got home.  Needless to say I wasn't in any hurry to get out of bed this morning, so I apologize to anyone who visited my blog this morning seeking information about the presentation I did at the event. Actually, I was hoping all of you would sleep in as well, because youl must be as tired as I was.

There were many wonderful, awesome demonstrations yesterday, as well as 10 make and takes, continental breakfast, lunch, and supper at the team meeting. One of the most favourite events was "Prize Patrol", very similar to the prize patrols at SU conventions.  Only Caroline gave out 4 different colors of 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon, and when she pulled a ribbon out of a jar, people holding the color of the ribbon she pulled had to stand up shout, and otherwise act - well- a little excited .  The prize patrol haned out gifts to these individuals.  There were also raffle ticket draws.  A wonderful day!.  I'll post a picture of one of the make and takes today, and rest over the week.

My presentation related to bulky or 3D cards, and a solution to packaging them because obviouly they won't fit in envelopes.  I demonstrated 2 types of box envelopes - boxes that serve as envelopes, and are designed not to be mailed, but to be personally given to the recipient.  These were a very popular item at my first market & craft show in Buckhorn last Tuesday.

Thanks Jane for taking this picture of me during a lull in the presentation

I made a poster depicting the two types of boxes, and had sample boxes and cards made up.  This picture was taken outside on my deck, so it's a little bright.  The bouquet of flowers was given as a token of appreciation

Demonstrators and non demonstrators alike (yes, non demonstrators were at the event) were very interested in the box envelopes, and rather than have 80 copies of the directions made, I elected to place the information on my blog.

My source of information for these boxes are as follows:

1.  Pizza style box - CherylAnne Robinson her blog, but she did a video demonstration on Stampin Fun and Friends a blog site for which I was a designer. The chart giving sizes, scoring info etch for different sizes of cards comes from her. The link to this chart will be provided later in the blog posting
2.  Envelolpe Gift Box -Splitcoaststampers tutorial  - http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/envelopegiftbox/P40/

Pizza StyleEnvelope Box:

Directions are for a standard 5 1/2 X 4 1/4" card


1.  Cut a piece of card stock 12 X 7 3/4"
2.  On the horizontal score at 1, 5 1/2, 6 1/2  and 11 inches
3.  On the vertical, score at 1" on both sides
4.  Fold along score lines, using a bone folder to get a nice crisp fold.
5.  Determine which will be the top of the box.  With a 1" circle punch, punch a half circle in the middle of the front edge.  This will make the box easier to open later.
6.  With a pair of paper snips, cut along the score lines as indictaed on the diagram below.  Cut a small wedge shaped line rather than a straight line - this will give your box and better fit.















7.  Fold the tabs to the front and apply sticky strip to these tabs.
8.  Decorate the lid before putting the box together.
9.  Form box base first, followed by the lid top.

Below is an example of a 3D card in its Pizza Style box envelope.




















However, we do tend to make cards in different sizes.  CherylAnne put together a chart indicating sizes of paper to cut and scoring lines to make different size boxes.  To obtain this info, click on
this link 


Envelope Gift Box:

One of the advantages of this box is that it's made using one piece of 8 1/2 X 11" cardstock - no cutting to size required.
1.  Refer to the tutorial on SCS for complete information and a video.
2.  Start with an 8 1/2 X 11" piece of card stock
3.  On the horizontal, score:  2, 3, 7 1/2, and 8 1/2"
4.  On the vertical, score:  1" each end
5.  Fold along score lines using a bone folder to get a nice crisp fold.
6.  Using paper snips, cut a small wedge to form tabs as indicated in diagram below.

















7.  Determine which is the bottom of the box (it is slightly bigger than the lid)
8.  Pull tabs there forward and apply sticky strip.  Also apply sticky strip along the side tabs where I have written the word tape.  Do not apply sticky strip to the front tabs or side tabs.
9.  Decorate top of lid before assembling box
10. Assemble box.  Tie a ribbon around the top to hold the box closed.
Below is an example of  this style of envelope box.


If you have any questions regarding this material feel free to e-mail me:  mvanderform@gmail.com.  Also, those who saw my demonstration - if you found this blog write up helpful please leave a comment and let me know.
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