Large Lace Box

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This workshop shows how to make a large 8″ x 8″ box made from A4 card created to fit and work using the Sue Wilson`s border die. It can also be used to make a regular card base too.

This box will also hold a card along with the gift too ~ perfect for a Valentine treat.


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Large Lace Box


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Gemini Collection Orion Die : CED4404

Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection , Corner ,Border & Tags Die :  CED4202

Creative Expressions Leafy Bauble Pre Cut Stamp : UMS525

Creative Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Teresa Collins Paper Pad : CRE8X8

JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 : JRCR02107

Tim Holtz Fired Brick Ink Pad : DPFIREDRED

Creative Expressions Vintage Flat Backed Buttons : VINTBUTBRZ2

& Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK

Creative Expressions Sheer / Ruffle Black Ribbon : 350-15-10

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD &

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a large lace box using the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection , corner, border & tags die, you will also need the Sue Wilson Gemini collection Orion die, the JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamp plate, Creation kraft card, the Creative Expressions Teresa Collins paper pad along with the some Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink pad and some Creative Expressions vintage buttons and ribbon.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the black patterned paper from the Teresa Collins paper pad and lay down the border die from the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection , corner, border & tags die set. The aim will be to get 4 borders and 1 tag from the sheet so it`s up to you if you cut the tag first or on the last cut. Secure the dies in place with some low tack tape and cut them through the Grand machine. There is no need to emboss the die as you are using the dark paper.

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Step 3. Once you have cut 3 borders go ahead and cut the 4th border and tag shape.


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Step 4. Place the Creative Expressions leafy bauble pre cut stamp onto an acrylic block & ink it up using some clear and resist ink.

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Step 5 . Stamp the image onto some white card, as you can see I have stamped onto the kraft card but some of the detail has been lost as it isn`t as smooth enough card as I needed. The coconut card is a better options so add the Cosmic Shimmer viola black aurora embossing powder over the ink. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

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Step 6. Lay the tag die over the stamped image so that you get the inner shape pattern as this is what will be seem later on.

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Step 7. Cut & emboss the piece through the die cutting machine.


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Step 8. Turn the tag over so you see the plain side of the card. This will allow you to see the embossed rim around the die shape. Follow the inner line to cut out the inner shape. Doing this will allow some of the tag paper to be shown as a border when the 2 pieces of card are added together later on.

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Step 9. Use some of the Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam & then go around the edge of the lace piece to add a little red splash to the piece.

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Step 10 . Take the 4 black lace borders & score down the centre of each one. Take your time as there is only a small embossing area. Crease and fold each border on the score line ready for the next steps.

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Step 11. As the borders are long it`s an ideal shape to make large tabs / brackets to join card together as you will see in this project. The joins can be strengthened inside with another piece of card if you wish. Trim each piece of kraft card in a landscape position to 8 inches wide and remove the excess card.

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Step 12. Take 4 pieces of the creative kraft card & which measures 8 inches across, and turn the card the and mark it with a pencil at 8 inches. This will leave a 0.25 inch tab.

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Step 13. Alternatively place the card on a score board and score down the 8 inch score line.

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Step 14. Cut the edges of the tab on an angle to make a tab effect and then add a small strong tape across the tab.

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Step 15. With the taped tabs facing upwards, add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the reverse of the border strips and then join 2 of the kraft card panels together making sure the card is right up close together.

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Step 16. When the card is turned over this is how the card panels will look.

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Step 17 . Alternatively add one half of the border strip to the front of the card panel and then turn the card over and add the over panel onto the other glued side of the border.

Make 2 pairs of panels and then glue one of the sides to the other to have a flat long length of card panels.


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Step 18. This is how the basic shape will look before gluing the remaining border down.

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Step 19. Fold the 2 sets shut and add glue the remaining half of border.

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Step 20. Fold the border back onto the last piece of card to complete the box shape.

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Step 21. Once the glue is all dry then stand the box up in an open position & with the taped tabs showing.

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Step 22. Cut a piece of kraft card to 8 inch square. Remove the backing of the tape and then add the card to the first tab so it acts like a flap. It`s so important to have the card on the edge as this will form the shape of how the box will lay.

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Step 23. With the underneath box all straight lay down the card so it falls on the other taped tabs. This will complete the box base.

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Step 24. It`s optional but you may want to add a piece of the decorative paper on the inside of the box.

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Step 25. To make the lid of the box I have laid an A4 piece of kraft card over the box so that it overlaps either end, this will give you an idea of how the basic shape will form.

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Step 26. Take the Sue Wilson Gemini collection Orion die & secure the main die along with the outer cutting die onto the card. Please make sure you use some low tack tape to anchor the dies apart from each other as they could move if unsecured in the die cutting machine and cut into the bottom die. Have the dies in the centre of the card and cut & emboss this piece.

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Step 27. As this is an intricate die and using the above step will only allow the card to be cut on the full A4 plate and not be turned in this format. So to get the card turned sideward’s you can score a line the other side of the embossed edge and then measure 8 inches away from that score line and score another line. Fold the 2 score lines back in place with the die going into the card & cut plate and wrap the card underneath on the A4 cut plate so that when it`s passed through the die cutting machine doesn`t get cut. The die shape will then cut perfectly with the side pressure of the rollers in the die cutting machine.

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Step 28. As there is a small amount of card left uncut then take the dies off the card & use the solid line die to trace around the curve and to the edge of the card. Repeat this on the other side edge of the card. Cut along the pencil line.

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Step 29. If the 2nd technique was used to cut the border die then you might find your card got a little warped with the pressure of the die cutting machine. This is ok as the top of the box is going to be covered with a piece of decorative paper. Just cut the paper to size and distress the edges with either the fired brick distress ink or use some black soot distress ink.

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Step 30. Take the back flap of the lid which has been left straight and you may wish to cut a small slither of the side tabs. Glue the card onto the inner back of the box and so the lid lays flush with the top of the box.

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Step 31. Cut 2 more of the border shapes but leave a little extra card above each piece so it can be scored above the decorative pattern & then a half inch tab with cut off corners can be made. Crease along the fold line.

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Step 32. Glue the tabs to the underneath of the box lid to make a nice feature to the box and to save any gaps showing in the weight of the sides of the box. Also folded pieces of card can be made and placed on the inside corners of the box to reinforce them.

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Step 33. Mount the lacy piece onto the tag cut from the paper pad sheet using foam tape . Place onto the centre of the box if not fraction lower before looping a piece of red string through the centre hole in the border lid. Add a vintage button to the centre of the tag using foam tape and wrap the string around the button to fasten it off. Stamp and emboss a `Love & Hugs` sentiment from the JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamp set. Edge it using some fired brick distress ink. Add a black sheer ribbon with a vintage button to the front lid of the box to finish the project off nicely.

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Step 34. Here is the box ready for a lovely size gift such as a cute bear for valentines day.

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Step 35 The bonus being you can add your hand crafted card inside the box too.

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 Use this idea and make a tall thin box maybe for a bottle of wine just by changing the dimensions of the panels.

Happy Crafting


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