Oct 21, 2018

Boxed Gift Cards Tutorial with Free Printable Template


Friends, I'm SO excited to share today's post with you!  I'm over the moon excited that I am now selling the hoards of greeting cards I've made over the years at a local shop to support a charity I'm passionate towards, SWITCH.  Their mission is to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation in my home state.  Find out more and get involved HERE.  For the holidays, I wanted to make some boxed sets of cards.  These would be great gifts for your friends and family!  I wanted to design a box template that could be adaptable for different shapes and sizes of cards, so I wrote a little formula to give you EVERY card size box measurements for FOUR thicknesses of boxes!  Whew!  ;0  I find the 1/2" box to be good for those way to thick, fat cards I'm known to make.  I turned all of these charts into free printables for your downloading pleasure.  Click on the text below to download each PDF chart.



To make your custom sized box, simply select the card size of your finished card.  Next, follow the "Cut Base Size" measurements to cut the base of your box.  Select the "Score Base" measurements according to the height you'd like your finished box to be (each PDF file is for one specific height of box).  Score all four sides of your box base according to this measurement.  (I used a Martha Stewart Scoreboard, but you can use a stylus and your paper cutter to score as well.)


Next, use the "Cut Lid Size" measurement to determine the size to cut your box lid.  Following the "Score Lid" measurement, score all four sides according to this measurement.  Note: I used a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card size for the photographed box, with a 1 1/4" height.


At this point, snip along the scorelines as shown above.  You could glue the tabs in and decorate the cover OR, as I have done, you could cut a window.


I used the Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles die and taped it securely in the center of my lid and folded the flaps above the die.  Once I punched out this section, I simply glued a piece of acetate 1/8" larger than my finished card size to the inside of my box.  Then I adhered the flaps.


Now, you certainly don't have to fill your boxes with Christmas cards...  But I did!  :)


I colored these fabulous new Santas from the Tim Holtz Yuletide stamp set at a craft day with my artsy friends on World Cardmaking Day.  I used a water brush and Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen.   Making multiples is a great way to be productive at crops or group crafting sessions.


I used last year's Paper Stash.  I gave the stitched oval a splash of black gesso to coordinate.  The greenery is from the Mini Holiday Greens die set.  These cards are festive and flat!  Perfect for a boxed set of mailable Christmas cards. 


And here they are all boxed up! To make the closure, I loosely wrapped my ribbon around and glued the ends together so it could easily be slid off.  Then I made a bow and glued it over the joined ends.  The tag was stamped with Tim's Merchant and Great Outdoors stamps.  Friends, I hope you enjoyed this post and will Pin it for future reference.  I'll share the other cards I made soon, so check back or subscribe so you don't miss a thing.  Leave me a comment with links to the boxes you make. 


22 comments:

Sara Barker said...

Great cards in a fabulous gift set! Love that polka dot ribbon closure, too! Thank you for the amazing tutorial! Hugs!

Redanne said...

What a wonderful thing to do with your cards Autumn, I just know they will make a great contribution to the charity!

Your cards and box are beautiful and thank you SO much for sharing all those measurements!! I love making boxes and this will help so much. Fabulous tutorial too! Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

They're so gorgeous, Autumn!! I love the papers and the vintage Santa!! What a beautiful gift!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

What beautiful cards Autumn, and an amazing boxed set, I'm sure they will sell like hot cakes. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

Marty Fishman said...

I wondered what you would do with those Santas. Love your cards in the boxed set - gorgeous!

Donna Ellis said...

Fantastic boxed set, Autumn! Thanks for the tutorial and sharing your wonderfully colorful vintage creations! XXOO

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow! What a gorgeous gift set Autumn! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial and the measurements! Will bookmark this for sure! I love the papers used for your cards and your Santas look fabulous!
What a wonderful thing for you to do with your cards. I am sure your contribution to this charity is much appreciated! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

Brenda Brown said...

Love these autumn, what a fabulous set boxed together like this. Xxx

Stefania Salmi said...

Thank you dear Autumn, you gave us a very useful and beautiful gift, you are a wonderful woman with a great heart!
It 's all really wonderful!
Hugs

Joan W said...

What a fun way to start the holiday stamping! Inspired and love it. Thank you for sharing. Joan

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

These would be a beyond wonderful gift! LOVE the coloration on Santa, and such a great design!

Gloria Stengel said...

You are not only a genius, but an answer to prayer! I have been looking for pre-made boxes to fit all the various cards I make...so I could donate them to charity for the charity to sell. And...ta da....here you are!!! Thank you so very much!! I will be using these measurements to create boxes!

Linda Kunsman said...

gorgeous cards and gift box!!! But I am equally touched by your selling your fab cards for a special charity- that is such lovely tithing.

Jackie P Neal said...

Amazing Autumn!! Your cards are gorgeous and in that box with polka dot ribbon?? Out of this world!
Congratulations to you for such a noble project. I never realized how serious this problem is,even here in the US. I guess with all the other insanity happening, it makes it easier for these evil people to slide under the radar. Proud of you for stepping up and making an effort!
Much love,Jackie xx

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

These are so fabulous, Autumn! Gorgeous cards and such a wonderful box design (especially for those of us who embellish the heck out of our cards)! Thanks so much for the templates. <3

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

What DARLING cards Autumn! Love the plaids and the Santas. And thank you SO MUCH for the PDFs for the boxes. Any time I want a box for some cards I've made (other than the normal A2 size) I usually go onto YouTube and search for that specific size and sometimes can't find it. Then I just kind of wing it. Your PDFs will really help! I'm printing them out pronto. And how wonderful that you are supporting a charity with your cards. I need to do that as I have so many cards and don't know what to do with them. I wish I could find a shop to do what you are doing. I'll check out the website. Love share today! Hugs.. Marilyn

Kate Yetter said...

These cards are the cutest! I love how you decorated the boxes and made them a piece of art as well. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you made these. I can't wait to make some of these.
Kate

A Pink said...

Traditional christmas colours coupled with a vintage Santa and your creative eye makes for a fabulous boxed set of cards. Adore them x

Debbie von Grabler-Crozier said...

Oh my, what a fabulous idea and so much useful info about sizes. Thank you! xx

Linda said...

what a great idea and a fabulous gift. Thank you so much for sharing, I will be keeping this for future reference xx

Zoe Hillman said...

Fantastic idea Autumn, just love your cards and box, and such a great cause you're supporting. Thanks for sharing the dimensions, I'm going to try one.

Dennis Smith said...

Just found your blog/cards from another site. What a treasure! Your work is beautiful. I appreciate that you speak/write clearly, and you have a great chart to help me out and even print it!
Can't wait to receive your next email!

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