Monday, December 6, 2010

Magic box Tutorial

Good Morning,
As I promised, here is the magic box tutorial.  I only showed how to construct the box base. You can decorate the box any way you like.  My layering papers were 1/4" smaller then the base.

This one I added only two layers  (green and white) over the box base both inside of the box and outside of the box.

This second one had lots of layers.  I added four layers on the outside and four layers on the inside also.


Christmas Tree die cut. I got mine from Stampin' Up' but you could get the Christmas Tree die cut from AC Moore store or Joann Fabric online. 

Die cut machine - Love my big shot!

1 - acetate 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 (I used the clear packaging from the die cut or the embossing folder holder)    
      Score on the 4 1/2" size @ 2 1/4"

1 - 5 1/2 x 8 for box walls - score on the 8" size @ 4".  Turn  to the 5 1/2" size and score @ 1/2"

2 - 5 1/2 x 4 for box walls that will open and lay flat - score on the 5 1/2" size @ 1/2"

1 - 4 x 4 for box base

1 - 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 for the lid - score 1" all around

Other coordinate papers and embellishment to your taste 

Some type of adhesive of your choice.  I used Score Tape from Paper trey ink and Tacky glue.

This is a repeat from the top. Take the 5 1/2 x 8 piece of card stock and score @ 4" on the 8" size.  Then turn to the 5 1/2" size and score @ 1/2".  See picture below

 To create the window on the walls:
   you will need to measure 1" from the top edge  and 1" from the bottom score line. Then measure 2" from the left edge and 2" from the right edge. (Bad wording here but I hope you still understand by looking at the picture)  I lined up the card stock on the grid board for easy measurement.  You should have this. 

Trim off the 1/2" flab like shown in the above picture.

Take the  (2) 5 1/2" x 4" score @ 1/2" on the 5 1/2" size and trim off the corners. See picture below.

Take the 4" x 4" for base and adhere to the walls.  See picture below.

At this point I should have added the Score Tape around the cut out window but I forgot So you would want to do that now before you go on to the next step.

 Adhere the other 1/2" flab to the base.  You should have this.

Peel off the back of the score tape and added the acetate.  Make sure your acetate is score in half.  I chose to adhere the acetate at this stage because it gave me a nice clean walls. 

Adhere the other two walls and you should have this.

The magic box base is completed.

To make the lid.  Take the 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 and score 1" all around.  Make 4 snips.  See picture below.

Add sticky strip to the corners and finish it off. Decorate the box any way you like.  Finished box 4"w x 5"H.

At this point the box is a bit wobbly but after all the layering pieces the box turned out very sturdy.  

I knew some parts of my wording is now very clear but I hope the picture will help.  If you still have question about the tutorial,  please let me know.

I am looking forward to see your magic box!

Have fun making them.


Matxalen said...

Thanks for this tutorial. It´s pretty.

Ann said...

Thank you so much for posting the tutorial. I really want to try this

Shirley-Anne said...

The box is stunning . Your tutorial is very clear and precise ..well done . Photos helped . Thank you for sharing

SUGANTHI said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

eva said...

It´s pretty!

JustNeedling said...

Beautiful box and thank you for the tutorial!

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Helen, Thanks for a great tutorial! I love making boxes; I'll have to try this one. Yours is so pretty and elegant. TFS
Merry Christmas!

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