I was so intrigued when I saw a pop up box card for the first time… I knew I wanted to try it, but it looked pretty complicated and complex. So, I watched an on-line video tutorial on how to assemble the box. Much to my surprise, the box card is very simple and easy to assemble. (Just google “Pop up box card tutorial” and you will find a bunch).
So, I headed to the Silhouette store and purchased a Mother’s Day box cutting file. It was fun and easy to create and I was very happy with the final results… And Mom absolutely loved it! (I used Paper Garden Projects Folkart Love Digital Paper Pack to create it.)
Fast forward a few months to me trying to decide on a design for my Holiday cards. I made photo cards for the bulk of my card recipients, but there are those special few who I want to send something handcrafted too. That’s when I remembered the pop up box cards. I scoured the internet for a holiday themed box and nothing struck my fancy. So, I set out to make my own.
I decided to design mine around Paper Garden Projects Penguin Pals Digital Kit Bundle, because I just adore those little penguins decorating the tree.
Before we get started, let’s go over what you’ll need:
- Digital kit – I used several Paper Garden Projects kits as follows:
- Pop up box card cutting file – I used the Mother’s Day file from the Silhouette store
- Cutting machine – I used a Silhouette Cameo machine
- Printer – I used an HP inkjet printer
- 2 sheets of card stock or matte photo paper – I used Matt photo paper (Staples Store brand)
- 1 sheet of copy paper or presentation paper – I used Epson double sided presentation paper
- Adhesive – I used a glue stick
The first thing I did was open the penguin graphic in the silhouette software and used the trace feature to create cutting lines around the graphic. I then opened the box card cutting file and grabbed one of the box dividers. I placed the traced penguin cutting lines over top of the box divider and using the weld feature in the silhouette software, I welded the two together. That’s all there is to it. I now have a customized box divider that is shaped like my penguin graphic. I followed the same process for the second divider.
Before you cut them out, you have two options… 1) place the graphic directly on the divider and use the print and cut feature to cut them out or 2) cut the dividers and the graphics separately and then layer/adhere the cut out graphic to the divider. I chose option 2, as I like the added depth layering provides. If you choose option 2, you will have to trace each critter to create cut lines.
Next, you’ll want to select papers for the box panels and flaps and print/cut them out accordingly. Since I am using 2 different papers for the box panels and flaps, I created a page in Photoshop and filled the bottom of the page with one paper and the top of the page with the other. I printed it out on presentation paper and then ran it through the silhouette.
After printing and cutting everything out, all that’s left to do is to assemble the box. Follow the instructions provided with your box cutting files or just google “Pop up box card tutorial” and you will find a bunch of assembly instructions. You can add additional embellishments if you want. On my Mother’s day card I added some shiny brads and rhinestones because I was hand delivering the card. I opted to forgo any additional embellishments for my holiday cards as I didn’t want to risk any mishaps caused by the postal services machinery.
So, without further ado… here’s my finished penguin box. I think it came out so cute and I know my family and friends are going to love it.
And, here’s a close up so you can see the dividers better. I also wanted to show you what the box card looks like folded and ready for an A2 (4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″) envelope. In addition, you can either write a personal message on the back panel, or leave it blank.
If you decide to make a pop-up box card, I’d love to see it. Please post a link in the comments below. May your Holidays be merry and may the New Year bring you peace and happiness!
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