This workshop shows how to make basic shape for this box card with the main feature being the `Let it Snow` die shape covered in silver leaf from the Sue Wilson die collection.
A close up of the Let it Snow panel on acetate
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Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL
Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL
Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2
Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue
Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET
Clear and Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJLGICED
Creative Expressions Crystal Sparkles Embellishment : SPARKCRYS &
Creative Expressions Pearl Spray : PEARLSPRAY
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. This is part 1 of the box card workshop and will show you how to make the basic shape for the `Let it Snow` box card.
The following items will be needed to create the box card. They are the Sue Wilson `Let It Snow `die from her festive collection, the Creative Expressions feathery snowflake stamp , the large snowflake lattice embossing folder & a piece of silver shadow foundations card and acetate.
Step 2. Place the silver shine card in a landscape position on a score board. Use pencil marks to measure the card spacing starting from the left hand edge. Use the piercing ruler for inch measurements and mark at 2¾” – 5½” – 8¼” & 11”
Step 3. Move the first measurement which was at 2¾” to the 3 inch score point if you are using a score board. Alternatively just use an embossing tool & a ruler to score the line. Now score the full length down the piece of silver shine card.
Step 4. Move the card to the 2nd measurement & score down the 5 ½” line & the last measurement which is at the 11” mark (as these 2 marks are in the correct place for scoring as shown). Move the final score line mark over to a score grove & score down this line.
Step 5. Turn the card once so it`s now in a portrait position & place the card so it`s butt right up to the edge of the score board. Now score a line at 3½ “ & 7”.
Step 6. In order to cut the excess piece of card if you don`t have an A3 / 12” paper trimmer then fold the card in half using the scoreline as the fold & remove the excess card. Please make sure you fold the card when it`s in a landscape position and that the small tab end is still in place.
Step 7. On the right hand edge of the card the small scored area is going to be used as a tab so on the bottom corner section trim the corner off top & bottom to create a tab.
Step 8. Place the piece onto your guillotine (or use scissors).
Step 9. Trim down to the tab area going carefully as you get near the tab. You will hear a small tap as you hit the tab area and just remove this excess card.
Step 10. Using this method just helps keep the card cut in a crisp way. Now bend forward the 3 flaps furthest away from the tab & leave the other card unfolded as this will be the back piece of the box and it will need to be one whole strong piece. It is optional whether this long panel has a line added as it does make it stronger without it.
Step 11. Use a bone folder to burnish the 3 flap score lines in place.
Step 12. Repeat the process and burnish the side score lines too.
Step 13. This step is optional but the long panel has been scored , go in on the reverse and score all around the edges to make a feature of the standing up back panel or make a full length panel of the 7” x 2½” card to go down the full length of the back of the card
Step 14. Take a piece of the same silver shine card & make the inner section which will house all the snowflakes on. Here 2 have been made so you have a spare for another box card. Measure in from the left hand edge of the card at ½” – then measurement 1” away from that measurement, then 2¾” , another 1” , another 2¾” and trim off the excess. Make the card 1¼” deep and trim to size. Crease all the score lines in place.
Step 15. With the flaps folded over so you work on the base row of panels, measure 3.5cms on the 1st or 3rd flap & mark with a pencil.
Step 16. Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to the 1” tab with the small ¼” tab also having some glue on the flap.
Step 17. Add the centre of the piece onto the central marking on the box base.
Step 18. Flattening the folds of the strip add the end of the panel onto the ¼” glued tab to create the inner workings of this box piece. Please note by adding the tab in this way will mean the tab will be seen from above but an extra panel of card has been used to cover the tab giving you a flush smooth finish from all angels.
Step 19. Add a small amount of glue to the end tab & on the end of the just added rectangle box shape. Dab your finger over the glue to smooth it to the edges of the tabs as this will eliminate the glue bulging out after it is put in place. For this next step you will need to work quickly to get the box shape & the 2 pieces stuck correctly (or you can glue the inner piece separately)
Step 20. Once the tab is glued in place you will have the basic shape of the box card ready to be decorated as you wish. Using the silver shine card is great as it`s a sturdy card & double sided so less work covering all the surfaces. Why not use the antique old gold card for a different colour way.
Step 21. Place the `Let it Snow` die onto a piece of card & secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut the piece through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine.
Step 22. Now use the pink plate , then the embossing tan mat , the die with the cut facing upwards into the card and cover with the base plate. Run the sandwich back through the die cutting machine. Although this panel will be covered in silver leaf later the embossing will still show through. This die was cut first time through the die cutting machine just showing you how great a die it is as it is very detailed.
Step 23. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to poke through the holes in the die. These act as a release place to poke the card away from the die.
Step 24. Gently ease the card away from the die pulling carefully as you go and because it`s a very detailed die. It`s worth not rushing as the card will come out in one piece. Poke away any little pieces that shouldn`t be in the piece, although I have to say there were only a couple that remained in the die so it was very easy.
Here is the finished box card complete with a bevelled acetate panel to curve and add extra dimension to the `Let it Snow` silver leaf die shape.
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