Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Enchanted Forest 3D Box Tutorial

I’ve had so many requests for this box and tutorial which I shared at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in August… And I know I have been a very bad blogger over the past week while preparing to take my DD to the airport :( for her year long trip to Europe (sigh…)  She will have such a wonderful adventure, and I will dearly miss her presence.

So.. here you go… and I’ll be back blogging on a regular basis later this week… thanks for hanging in there!



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Supply List:

  • Stamp Sets: Forest Friends, On Your Birthday
  • Inks: Versamark and Classic: Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Garden Green
  • Other: Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponge, Heat Tool, Mat Pack, Exacto Knife, Heavy Window Sheet, Paper Trimmer & scoring blade, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Paper Snips, Clear Embossing Powder

Measurements / Cutting – one each unless otherwise specified.

Garden Green Card Stock:

8 ½” x 8 ½” (box base)

2 ½” x 2 ½” (box lid)

(4) 3 ¾” x 2 ½” (interior extension panels)

2” x 1 3/8” (greeting backing)

Certainly Celery Card Stock:

4 1/8” x 4 1/8” (box lid)

(4) 2 7/8” x 2 3/8”(exterior panels)

2 3/8” square (interior square)

(4) 3 ½” x 2 ¼” (interior side panels);

1 7/8” x 1 ¼” (greeting backing)

Very Vanilla Card Stock:

2 ¼” square (box lid)

(4) 2 ¾” X 2 ¼” (exterior panels)

2 1/8” square (interior square)

(4) 3 3 /8” x 2 1/8” (interior panels)

1 ¾” x 1 1/8” (greeting piece)

Scraps to stamp and emboss images from forest friends

Window Sheet:

3/8” x 12” cut into the following lengths: 3 ½”, 2 ¾”, 2 ¼”, and (2) 1 ¾”


  1. Score 8 ½” Garden Green square at 3” along each side.
  2. Cut and remove all (4) corner pieces.
  3. Attach 3 ¾” x 2 ½” extension panels to the (4)interior rectangles of the box.
  4. Score 4 1/8” Certainly Celery Square at ¾” along each side.
  5. Cut in to the scored line on two parallel sides
  6. Use Garden Green Classic Ink and top of tree image from Forest Friends Stamp Set and stamp just the edges of the lid – all four sides.
  7. Use Tombow Multi Adhesive to adhere corners of box lid.
  8. Sponge all over the interior 2 1/8” Very Vanilla Square with Certainly Celery and Garden Green Classic Ink.
  9. Attach to 2 3/8” Certainly Celery square.
  10. Use Mat Pack self healing mat and an Exacto Knife to cut 5 random slits through both layers you assembled in step 9. The slits should be slightly larger than 3/8”.
  11. Score each cut Window Sheet piece at ½”, bend on scored lines, insert through slits you made in step 10, and then attach to interior (center) of box with Tombow Multi Adhesive. Hold securely in place (a few seconds) until Tombow is dry.
  12. Use Versamark and Soft Suede Classic Ink to stamp/emboss random images from Forest Friends Stamp Set. Cut out images, and attach to the vertical Window Sheet strips in prior step with Tombow Multi Adhesive. Your Window Sheet pieces are various heights to allow for positioning of trees and animals. After positioning them, you may want to trim the window sheet with Paper Snips.
  13. Stamp and emboss greeting from On Your Birthday onto the 1 7/8” x 1 ¼” Very Vanilla rectangle. (Stamp in Versamark, and then in Soft Suede Classic Ink, Cover with Clear EP, and heat with Heat Tool)
  14. Sponge one edge of remaining Very Vanilla Cardstock pieces (narrow edge on all rectangles) with Certainly Celery and then Garden Green Classic Ink.
  15. Sponge Bashful Blue Classic Ink “sky” onto the pieces you just sponged in step 13.
  16. Stamp/Emboss tree image from Forest Friends with Versamark and Soft Suede Classic Ink onto each sponged Very Vanilla Cardstock pieces.
  17. Use Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker to quickly color over the embossed leaves of the tree using a dabbing motion.
  18. Attach each sponged/stamped piece to its own coordinating Cardstock, and then to the inside and outside of box. Note: the longer panels go on the inside of the box, and the Garden Green Square is layered with the remaining decorated VV square for the top (exterior of the box).
  19. Fold up all 4 sides of the box, and place the lid on top to hold it closed!


  • Shorten the flaps of the lid before you glue them in place. A small “v” cut into the corner will also help the flap align more neatly.
  • Pre-heat your heat tool, it will work much quicker and effectively
  • Always begin 2-color sponging with the lightest of shades (in this case Certainly Celery)
  • If you find your sponging is too dark for the sky, sponge-off onto scrap paper before sponging your Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • Use the “fussy cuts” technique when cutting out your images… leaving a little vanilla space around the images to give them more depth and definition.
  • If you are cutting the narrow 3/8” strip of Window Sheet with your Table Top Paper Cutter, line the sheet up at 11 5/8” so that the piece cut off will be 3/8”.
  • Do not sit on box… (I did on my way home from Utah last May!!)
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Debby said...

WOW!!! What an amazing project. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. You're awesome :-)

cinmfoster said...

Fantastick project. Thanks for Sharing.
Cindy F

Sharon said...

I think this box is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing your box with us. When I make mine, I will give credit to you! thank you :)

lisa808 said...


Penny Hanuszak said...

Sharon another wonderful project that peaks my interest. I love the colouring and imagination used in producing this fabulous box. I'll be making this and posting on my blog, and will give you credit when I do! Thanks so much.

virginia said...

Sharon This project is simply amazing!

KarenR said...

this is just stunning!! TFS

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Just made one small change on the directions FYI... there are four certainly celery rectangles each for the inside and outside of the box,and only ONE CC square for each inside/outside of box.. sorry!

soggystamper said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I am wondering about the window sheets. I guess they support the tree and animials that are standing in the middle but how?

soggystamper said...

Never mind, I just read through the directions again and they do describe what to do with the window sheets very clearly. I just missed that part earlier. I love this box!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Hi Sue... when you score the heavy duty Stampin' Up! window sheet it stands up with absolutely no problem. If you happen to be using lighter weight and generic acetate, they are much more flimsy and do not support the weight as needed. You might use red line tape to adhere two pieces of lighter weight acetate together to achieve the strength needed... or perhaps leftover acetate from packaging! I'd love to see your final creations!

Rose said...

Hi Sharon! This is an adorable Forest Box - what a fun surprise in the middle!

KellyRae said...

Love how you created a scene in your version of the magic box. Awesome. I've bookmarked lots of samples for when I'm ready, and I will certain be trying yours as well. TFS

Melissa said...

That is sooooooo cool!!