Sunday 21 February 2010

Envelope/box Tutorial

By popular demand I've tried to make this tutorial 'Idiot proof' and have tried to think of every little detail. If anyone has any problems or can see away in which I could improve on it - please let me know.

1. To make sure you set off in the center of the 12"x12" card, first cut a piece of card 15.5 cm (6 1/8") square.

2. Draw two lines from the centres of the 12"x12" sheet of card.

3. Place your 15.5cm (6 1/8") square so that each corner touches the two disecting lines.

4. Mark each of the points, then draw a square from each of those points.


5. Measure 1.3cm (1/2 ") from the first square and draw another.


6. Join the lines at the corner to make small squares


This is probably the most complicated part of this tutuorial
7.  Decide at this point which is to be the top/bottom and which is to be the sides. Measure up 1.5 cm (1/2 ") from the inner square and draw a line.  Measure out to the side 1cm (3/8 ") and again draw a line.

Top & Bottom Measure up from the center of the outer square 9.5 cm (3 1/2 ") and draw lines from the previous short one to reach a point.
Sides  Do the same at the side but only measuring out 8 cm (3 1/8" )


8. The following two diagrams are your completed drawings (not to scale as I did them on the computer and had to fit them on A4 paper)  The cut lines are in black, the score lines are in red.




9. Once you've cut this out you have your template. I don't mark the score lines as it's pretty obvious once the template is cut out.


10. Cut up one edge of the bottom square as this is tucked in to give neater and stronger finish.


 11.Cut off the top two small squares. I've used a corner rounder on the top and bottom points and shape the sides slightly and the bottom edges of the flap. I also put a 6"x6" pad in the box so that I can press it together more firmly.

Most of you probably know this one - if you're using double sided tape to stick the box together, run a glue stick along the tape as it makes it repositionable for a while until you get it together neatly.

If you're going to decorate your box by stamping remember to stamp before fastening the box together (don't stick it first and then think about stamping as I tend to do)

I've been asked about the card I use to make the boxes - just ordinary bazzill cardstock works fine for me.

If you want to make a deeper box, just extend the second square a little.


Sadly I ran out of time and didn't have time to decorate a box for you, but I will add one when I do.
All I ask of you is to spread the 'word' and if you show one of these on you blog would you kindly link back to the link I am putting in the sidebar.
Also, please let me know when you've made a envelobox (Marcea's name for them - great one Marcea!!) I would love to pop along and have a look.


Unknown said...

Hi Heather
thanks for the great tutorial must give it a go I tend to use flat flowers, but with this I can give them a bit of height.
Thanks again
Christine x

Unknown said...

Well done Heather and thank you so much for taking the time to do this tutorial for us, its very much appreciated.

I am going to give this a go, will let you know how I go on!


Tab said...

ooooooooooooooh honey! I can not tell you how pleased I am that you have shown us how to make one of these envelobox, I have been looking for ages for a template for one, cos none of my cards EVER fit in a normal envelope LOL.....thanks so much for sharing, you are a super STAR...mwah!
Much love
Tab xxx

Danielle said...

Fantastic tutorial Heather - thanks so much for sharing this brilliant envelobox with us! Can't wait to try it!
Hugs, Danielle

☼ Cheryl* said...

Thanks so much for doing this, Heather!!! I will have a try soon!

Christine said...

Hi Heather huge thanks for this tutorial..& taking the time to show to play will let you know..

Hugs Christine xx

☼ Cheryl* said...

Hi again :)!
I have just made this and your instructions are so easy to follow!! I can't believe how easy it is to do! Now I have the perfect template for cards. Thank you!!!

Moni said...

Hi Heather, thank for the tutorial! Hugs,moni

Barbara said...

Heather, fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing. I make so many multi-layered cards and the clear boxes just aren't always the most attractive presentation. If you don't mind I'm going to put a link on my blog to help share your wonderful gift to us.


Eija said...

Thank you Heather for the wonderful tutorial. I linked it :)

Christine said...

Yoo Hoo Heather this is brill want a laugh?? cos I'm pants at straight lines I have used some old thick 12x12 paper/card to make my template so made a template to make a template..still with me?? I creased the paper side to side & corner to corner & this has helped me a lot to get it square..many thanks again when I have a complete one finished it will go on me blog with your link..

Hugs Christine XXXX

Sue said...

Hi Hun
oh thank you for this i will have a go, im not to good with measuring n cutting! lol. sue,xx

Lorraine said...

Thank you for doing this it is greatly appeciated. Will let you know how I get on.

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this, I will be back with my note book, I really must try this out!! (linked back to you of course!!)
Thank you Angela x

Sharon said...

Thanks Heather. It's a great tutorial and seems really easy to follow.

Sandie said...

Thanks so much for posting this Heather. I think it's the one thing that I really need to learn as I can never get my cards into regular envelopes.

Looking forward to trying it... I think :S


Wilma said...

it is idiot proof Heather i managed to make one- two even! had a bit of an oooops with it though but i have mentioned you and your envelobox here :) xx

Wilma said...

Ok its on my blog now - and i am in hiding LOL x

ikki said...

Hi Heather, great tutorial - very clear and concise. You've put a lot of time and thought into this and it shows! Thanks for sharing. ikki xx

Christine said...

Yoo Hoo Heather I'm back to let you know I have put my creation on me blog for inspection..LOL have linked back to you.

Hugs Thanks Christine xxx

jude said...

Fantastic tuitorial will def be trying this out .Thanks so mcuh for taking time out to share this!
hugs judex:)

Jackie Thomas said...

Fab tutorial Heather. Thank you so very much for sharing. xo Jackie

Beckie said...

Thank you so much for this Heather. xx

crafterGM said...

What a great tutor. We sure appreciate the time you took to make the tutor. Thanks Gloria M.

☼ Cheryl* said...

Hi Heather :) I've finally posted about your envelobox! Thanks again, it's so great!

Lorraine said...

Oh, this is excellent. Thank you, so much.

Marcea said...

Fab fab fab!!!!!! Sending you massive hugs for putting this brilliant tutorial together for us all. I have posted a picture link on my sidebar hunny to spread the word about it (and so that I don't lose it!!). Hope you don't mind that I lifted a picture of your box for my link. Have a fab day sweetie and thankyou again!

Jo Nevill said...

Absolutely fantastic tutorial Heather. These enveloboxes are fantastic and do end up so quick and easy to make once you get the hang of them. Perfect for those "fat" cards !


Jo xxx

Regina said...

Thanks so much for your detailed instructions and photos, Heather. You have explained it so simply that everyone, anyone could follow it, even me.
I think I just might have to try this!

A lot of greetings from Germany

Sandra said...

Thank you for this great tutorial, Heather!
I will certainly try this out, when I have a made a card with lots of flowers.
Hugs, Sandra

Julie said...

Great Tut, Rica, thanks for doing all the maths and taking the headache out of it for the rest of us!! Going to save this to my favs!! You're a star! Juliexx

Hanna said...

Hello Heather!

Thank you for your amazing tutorial! This is a great idéa!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Lots of hugs from Hanna

Lilian said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial! Have to try it out.. Am thrilled that I can finally make envies for bigger cards and mail them too :) Have a wonderful day!

Danielle said...

This is an awesome tutorial Heather - you are so great to figure this out and share it! Thanks so much!
Hugs, Danielle

Lori aka Lo Lo said...

Fab tutorial! You rock! TFS!


Barbara said...

Heather, the envelop box is a blessing! Thank you for sharing. I have started using them and here is one I made for this week's WOJ challenge. Thank you so much for sharing.


Lola said...

Thanks,Heather, for a fine lesson. Perfectly well!!!

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Annette Bowes said...

Wonderful tutorial Heather, thank you very much for sharing, take careX:)

Diane said...

Great tutorial, Heather and I will defo be using these instructions. I found you from Marcea's blog.
Diane x

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this template!!! I have been looking forever to find a suitable one and now I have!

Tink said...

what ana amazing blog a great tutorial would love be a follower just cant find how to xxx

Serene Designs said...

Hi Heather, I just found your great tutorial on making the envelope box. It is terrific and I am so happy as I have been trying to find instructions to make them for the thicker cards. Thankyou so much for sharing your great skills. Have a Great Weekend. Bye for now Maria

Anonymous said...

Oh my heavens, you made this soooo much easier than the other tutorial I have seen on the net. Thanks so much!
Have a beautiful weekend!
~Pam L.

Ronda Archangelo said...

Thanks so much for sharing...I can't wait to try one!!!

Bluefairy4U said...

Thank you Heather for this wonderful tutorial, I will give it a go. lol Jo.

Teresa said...

This is a brilliant tutorial Heather, I've been wanting to have a go at these for a while but not known where to start. Thankyou will give it a go! Teresa xx

Esme said...

Hi Heather! Sorry I haven't visited for a while!
This Envelopebox is fab - just the idea I've been looking for as I have a wedding card with flowers on that I don't want to squash!! Thanks for sharing it!!!

Esme xx

Melita said...

This is a fantastic tutorial .... Just what i've been looking for ...many thanks for sharing ..hugs Melita

Unknown said...

Hi there, great tutorial, thank you very much!
Greetz, Frea

sallysbitz2 said...

Great tutorial x

I have been asking round at venues for a template or scoring board for envelop boxes.

I will definatly give this a go coz I love to make easel cards. Have saved the tutorial in my favourites & will definatly leave a link in my sidebar for fellow bloggers x

hugs sally x

Viv said...

This looks great, thanks I will give it a gosoon:O)
Viv xx

Paulien said...

Thanks for showing 'how to' i will give it a try very soon.


Mau xx said...

Thank you for this Heather...I have always made boxes in the past. I will certainly be trying this now. xxxx Mau

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Waseem said...

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Unknown said...

You can do this for any size card (in case someone hasn't already said this.) Just start with your first step, dividing the 12x12 with those intersecting lines, then place your card in the middle _ say that it is 5x7, or whatever -- then follow the rest of the instructions, after you have placed the card so that it is touching all four of the intersecting lines. This is basically how the Envelope Punchboard works, but here you can do it for sizes not allowed for on the punchboard. (Or maybe the punchboard isn't handy, if you have one.)

I love making boxes, shadow cards, and lately I'm really into parchment craft. I'm about to set up an online store for the parchment paper and tools here in the US because right now most sources are overseas.

Andrea Friedell

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