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Holiday Blizzard 2011: Holiday Card Box With Coordinating Cards

Holiday Card Box With Coordinating Cards

By: Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished project: 6" x 4.5" x 1"

It takes time and creativity to make hand created cards.  Why not show them off by giving them as gifts in beautiful card boxes for  the Holidays?  I was inspired by a "Memory Keeper" designed by Gina K at Stamp TV.  I needed a pretty box to use to hold my cards that I was going to  give as a gift.  I loved the Memory Keeper but needed something a little larger to hold my cards.  I altered the dimensions to make it larger  and came up with this holiday card box.  This box will hold from three to six cards and envelopes, depending on the depth of embellishments used on the cards.

Very Merry Christmas, Illustrator/Theresa Momber (GKD)

12" x 12" Dark Green Cardstock from my stash.

Pure Luxury Canberry Tart  (GKD)
Indian Summer Paper Pad  (BasicGrey)
Cryogen for focal image (Curious Metallics)
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers (.too.corp.)

Memento Bamboo Leaves (Tsukineko)
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)

Nestabilities Petite Small and Large Nestabilities Die (Spellbinders)
Scor-Pal Board and scoring tool  (Scor-Pal Ltd.)
Ribbon, black, pink from my stash
ATG adhesive (Scotch)
Scissors. I use Tim Holtz Tonic Scissor (Ranger Inc.)
Trimmer (Fiskars)
Large Brad (Any coordinating brad will work but the head needs to be large.)
Paper Mini Roses (Stampin Scrapping)
Paper Rose Leaves (Recollections)
Pearls that i colored with a Copic Marker  (Recollections)
Jumbo Sponge Daubers (Tsukineko)
Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal, Ltd.)


  1.  Cut the 12 x 12 inch paper to measure 12" x 10".  In landscape orientation, Score the paper at 2.5", 3.5", 8" and 9".  
  2. Turn the paper orientation to vertical and score at 1", 2" 8" and 9"
  3. Bottom of the box:  Place the card stock vertical with the largest flap at the top.  This will be the top flap.   Starting at the bottom, trim the first vertical score line to 3.5".  Repeat the process on the other side.  Trim the second vertical line to 2.5" on each side.  Turn the card stock to landscape orientation and trim the bottom flap to the first scoreline.  This will produce a little flap that turns in when the box is folded and you will have a cleaner finish.   Top Flap:  with the card stock in vertical position, trim from the second scoreline in (from the side) trim to 4 inches.  Repeat the process on the other side.  Round the corners of the top flap and the top of the side flaps.  Use a score tool to get a good crease on the score lines.  Adhere the box using scor-tape or double sided red tape.  This will give your box strength and durability.  
  4. Layers:  The layers will add increased strength to the card box.  Cut and layer base layers and designer paper. (Do not apply to the green box yet).   Cut Cranberry tart layers (1)  @ 2.75" x 5.75",   (2) @ 0.75" x 5.75", (2) @ 4.25" x 0.75" (1) @ 5.75" x 4.25".  Cut the designer paper  (1) @ 2.5" x 5.5", (2) @ 0.5" x 5.5", (2) @ 4" x 0.5", and (1) at 5.5" x 4".  Round the bottom corners of the layers of the top flap and the top of the bottom flap.   Layer the paper starting with the cranberry tart.   
  5. Coloring the bells of the focal image:  Start with the darkest color YR 24 and use it sparingly in the shadow areas.  I have been instructed to start with the darkest shadow area but if you are more comfortable with starting with the lightest, do what feels natural to you.  
  6. Copics:  Gently blend with Y23 and the Y15 with flicking motions toward the center of the bell.   Keep your flicking motion light and  in the same direction.  Do not color back and forth.  Remember you are working with Copic Alcohol Markers and one of the beautiful things about them is that they MOVE your ink that you have on your page.   Going back and forth would over blend and you would lose all of your highlights.  The image would appear flat and one color!
  7. Add Y11 and blend using a flicking motion toward the center of the bell.   Add Y00 to the lightest area of your image.  Lightly blend across the image with Y00.  Begin to shadow the darkest part of the ribbon with G28.  Use it very sparingly.  You can always go back and darken the shadows but it is nearly impossible to remove too much dark shading.  Think light!.
  8. Add Y63 and blend out a little.  Add G40 to the lightest part of the image that will pick up the light.  Very lightly blend the G40 over your  ribbon image.  Go back and darken any area that needs to be darker and then gently blend with your YG63 and G40 until you have a smooth image.  If you want a beautiful image, you will need to take the time to go back and rework your image.... remembering to keep your highlights.  When you do use the darker color, remember to use your lighter colors in order to have a good blend. 
  9. Cut you image  and focal mat with Nestabilities  Petite Small and Large  Oval die.  Flip the focal image over and emboss using a A plate, B plate, tan embossing mat, and B plate.  Leave the image in the die and gently sponge Memento Bamboo Leaves  from the edge toward your image.  I like to blend from off the paper and toward the image.  Repeat the process around the entire image.  Do not try to blend sideways in a circular motion. 
  10. Adhere a ribbon across the designer layer of the top flap.  The ribbon ends will tuck nicely under the layer and be hidden when it is secured to the card box.   Adhere the base layer (Cranberry Tart) to the card box.   Attach the focal image and embellish with flowers and leaves.  The leaves were too large so I folded them in half  vertically and cut them to size by hand.  Apply your brad to the box.  The top flap will easily slide under the head of the brad for closure.  You will need to select a brad that has a head large enough to securely hold the top flap.  I elected to color my brad with my Y23 Copic Alcohol Marker.  Isn't it great how you can color your embelishments with your Copics and get the perfect color coordination?  
  11. Make coordinating cards to complete your Holiday Gift Card Box.

I hope you enjoyed this project.  I find that this box also works well for recipe cards and shopping coupons! Have fun creating your treasures and have a wonderful HOLIDAY SEASON!



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5 Responses »

  1. Love this larger sized box tutorial and your blending technique tips were wonderful! I'm new to copics and can use all the help I can get!!

  2. plenty of oooh's and aahhh's here.. LOVE it! I will have to write out and walk through this bok... I can see several uses for it. yea!!

  3. WOW! tons of pictures and great instructions. I love little boxes to put cards in-and yours is perfect. TFS this project with us!

  4. this came in handy!! I have to match a box and matching cards as a gift! thank you

  5. I love your Christmas Card Gift box. That is the perfect way to give a nice gift at anytime. Great idea! I will try your gift box. You did an outstanding job with your coloring. The top paper is wonderful love the shades of red. Thank you for sharing that.