By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor
Do you enjoy creating boxes for your handmade gifts? This is a fun tutorial to show you how to use the Envelope Punch Board not only to create envelopes, but boxes as well. Don’t you just love tools that can be used in different ways? This is definitely one of them.
Begin with a 12” x 12” piece of card stock or patterned paper and line it up on the 3” mark on the board. Punch and score the first fold. Rotate the paper 90 degrees and repeat this step. Continue to do this on all 4 sides. NOTE: You won’t be able to completely score all the way down because of the size of the board, but that’s okay because you will finish the score line in the next step.
Flip the paper over and repeat the steps. When you score the paper here it will finish the score lines as mentioned above.
Now, line the paper up so that the flap that was created on each section is to the right of the board as shown in the picture. Line the punch piece up with the score line that was created. Score the line to create the fold line for the flap.
Fold all of the score lines making sure they are creased well.
Fold the first horizontal score line inward making sure the vertical score line (seen on the left in the picture) folds outwards towards you. This will cause the piece in between the folds to fold itself in to create a flap piece.
It should look like this when each corner is folded.
Add a piece of adhesive using a tape runner or ATG to glue down the flap.
Continue folding all of the sides and adhering the flaps until you have a completed box.
Now, use some patterned paper (North Pole by Doodlebug used) to decorate the box. You can trace the flaps onto the paper and then cut them out to add decorations to it. Add 3 ¾” x 3 ¾ “ panels to all of the sides or just a couple for a different look or stamp a sentiment in white ink in different directions to decorate them.
Add a stamped image onto the front to add a theme for the occasion. Here I chose to use the snowman from the Art Impressions Trifold Village and stamped it in Grey Flannel Momento Ink to match the grey in the paper. Ink only the areas of the snowman that you want stamped. Any areas that you don’t want in the image can be fussy cut out. Color the image using your favorite markers or colored pencils and then fussy cut it out using a pair of fine point scissors.
Cut a 2 ½” x 3 ¼” piece of card stock and layer a 2 ¼” x 3 ¼” piece of patterned paper onto it. Adhere the stamped image on top of those pieces and attach it to the side of the box. This is a great way to signify a front of the box.
If you haven’t purchased the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board yet be sure to go over to the Create for Less website and drop one in your cart. It’s one of the top new items of 2013, so you can even find it on sale during the Best of 2013 Sale. Even though we are close to the holidays now, there are plenty of times during the rest of the year that you need a gift box for that special present. Now that you know this tool is great for envelopes and boxes you will surely want one! Check out the rest of their line for different types of boxes and bags, too!