Saturday, March 19, 2011

Super Saturday Tutorial & BIG Blog Candy

Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial is a little different than the normal step by step tutorial feature.  Today, in addition to the Super Saturday Tutorial, I’m also announcing a New, and BIG blog Candy Give-Away for my readers, and customers!

I’m giving away FOUR prizes this week…

    1. The Plant Hope Stamp Set, frequently featured on Created By You.  (Just search “Plant Hope” and you’ll see several samples pop up!) AND….
    2. 12 hand stamped cards with envelopes in a self-sealing gift box!!
    3. Bliss Stamp Set
    4. Afterthoughts Stamp Set

You’ll have several opportunities to win one or both of these prizes… details will be explained at the bottom of todays’ Super Saturday Tutorial:  12 Card & Envelope Self-Sealing Box!

Here’s the box we’ll be making today:


And… a side view:


No adhesive, no Velcro, no magnets… this magic box holds 12 hand-made cards with nominal embellishments, and 12 envelopes.  Here’s a photo of all the cards and envelopes which are packed in the box shown above:


As you can see, several of the cards have bows, dimensional features, and little extras.  They were all hand stamped by me… and will be a part of today’s blog candy too!

Supplies needed for today’s Self Closing 12 Card and Envelope Box Tutorial:

Card Stock: 

    • Always Artichoke:
      • 10-7/8” x 12” for box
      • 4-1/2” x 5-7/8” to cover inside/bottom of box.
    • Basic Black:  5-1/4” x 3-7/8” Box Decor
    • Brushed Gold:  3-1/4” x 4-1/2”  Box Decor
    • Very Vanilla:  2-1/2” x 3-7/8” Box Decor

Stamps:  Afterthoughts, Bliss

Inks:  Basic Black, Always Artichoke Classic Ink; Versa mark Ink

Accessories:  Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Big Shot Machine, Finial Press Embossing Gun, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Scoring Blade, Bone Folder, Distressing Kit, Sanding Block

Step by Step Super Saturday Tutorial – Making the 12 Card Box:

  1. We will be working with the 10-7/8” x 12” Always Artichoke Card Stock.
  2. Place one 12” edge along the top rail of your Paper Trimmer, and score at 2-3/8”, 3-3/4”, 8-1/4”, and 9-5/8”.
  3. Turn 90 degrees, so that the 10-7/8” edge is aligned with the top rail of your Paper Trimmer, and score at 1-1/8”, 2-1/2”, 8-1/4”, and 9-5/8”.
  4. Refer to diagram.. cut along the
    • 2-3/8” scored line to the 2-1/2” scored line
    • 9-5/8” scored line to the 2-1/2” scored line
    • Turn 180degrees and repeat the last two steps…. solid lines in the diagram below denote cut lines, --- is a scored line.
    • Make a pencil mark 1” from the outside edge on each of the four corners.  Draw a diagonal to the first scored/cut intersection and cut four corners at an angle per the diagram below… this will allow your end flaps to slip easily into the tucks in the bottom of the box.
  5. P1010541boxtemplate311
  6. With the 12” edge aligned on your grid paper or in Paper Trimmer, make a mark 1/4” from the top and bottom edges at the 6” mark. 
  7. Score diagonal from the dot you made in step 5, to the 2-1/2” scored line (corners) This will form the tuck and end flap of the box.  More detail shown in the close-up detail below:P1010542endboxdetailtemplateslf311
  8. Bone-fold all scored lines.
  9. Cut 1” down along ONE of the scored lines you just created on the end flaps of the box, on opposite sides.  This will allow your box to open/close and collapse without encumbrances.
  10. Working only with the end flap pieces (diagonally scored sections), fold the UNCUT flap into the box bottom.  The photo below shows the UNCUT edge folded in, and forming the box corner… the cut ends just above the m in my blog address.  The white card stock is placed just to make visibility a little better.P1010549folding
  11. Now fold the UNCUT flap over the top of the piece you just folded, forming the end of the box.  DO NOT glue these down… the box will be secured in later steps.P1010550twoflapsfoldedin
  12. Repeat for the other end of the box.
  13. Place 4-1/2” x 5-7/8” Always Artichoke Card Stock into the bottom of the box…. this will cover the end flap tabs.  Dependent upon your scoring, you may have to trim the insert piece just a tad.  There is no need to use glue.
  14. Place 12 cards and envelopes into the box.
  15. Folding one side of the box in at a time, tuck both top and bottom flaps into the gap formed by box bottom tabs.
  16. Repeat for second side of the box… here is a close-up photo of how the flaps will tuck in and seal the box.P1010546boxendclosure12cardslf311
  17. If for some reason your box is ‘skewed’ or the flaps do not tuck in completely, you may need to trim the angle piece just a little bit (making it more angled).
  18. Now, all you have to do is decorate the pieces for the top of the box!  Put the Basic Black Card Stock into the Finial Press Textured Embossing Folder, and run through the Big Shot Machine.
  19. Repeat for the Brushed Gold Card Stock.
  20. Apply Versa mark Ink to the Brushed Gold Card Stock, add Gold EP and heat Set.  Repeat if necessary to achieve good coverage.
  21. Use a sanding block to remove embossing powder from the raised areas of the embossed Gold Card Stock.  Dust off excess card stock debris.
  22. Hit the high areas with the Mahogany Distress Ink Pad from your Distressing Kit.  (Alternatively, you could use the Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso Pads to achieve similar but not exact results.
  23. Ink the flourish image from the Bliss Stamp Set with Always Artichoke Classic Ink, and stamp partial image on Very Vanilla Card Stock.
  24. Ink “Just for You…” image from the Afterthoughts stamp set with Basic Black Classic Ink onto the same Very Vanilla Card Stock piece.
  25. Drag all edges of the Very Vanilla Card Stock through the Basic Black Classic Ink Pad to darken edges.
  26. Use Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach Very Vanilla Card Stock to embossed Gold card stock.
  27. Use Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach items from step 26 to embossed Basic Black Card Stock.
  28. Embellish with rhinestones* or brads.  NOTE:  if you don’t have black rhinestones, you can color your Stampin’ Up Basic Jewel Rhinestones with a permanent black marker too!
  29. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to top 1/3 (back) of focal image (step 27) and attach to top flap of the self closing 12 card box.

Hope you find this tutorial easy to follow, and will make a self closing box too… you could also win one of the four prizes in this week’s Super Saturday Blog Candy Give-Away!

There are FOUR ways you can win one of these prizes during the next NINE days!  Blog Candy Contest will run 3-19 through 3-27-2011:

  1. Leave a comment on any blog post 3/19-3/27, one comment each day will count as a separate entry.
  2. Place an order at my online stampin’ up store before 3/28.
  3. Contact me with a new technique/tutorial idea request.
  4. Join my team of Stampin’ Up Demonstrators!  Click the Join Now button in the left side bar, accept the terms in the pop up box and get started with your business today!  (Psst… AND, I’ll send you a bonus signing gift too!)

See you tomorrow with another card embossed using the embossing technique used on this 12 card gift box.
Good luck with the blog candy… you’ve got 9 days and 4 ways to win!



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missy said...

Oh my goodness! What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win this! It is amazing! Thank you for being so generous and for the chance to win an awesome giveaway!

irishgalkelly said...

This is beautiful Sharon! I love the idea of gifting a special someone handmade cards in such a lovely container. Can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous candy!!

Teri said...

Awesome tutorial (as usual). You are so generous to offer these for free. It's refreshing! I love the self-sealing box. What a great idea!

jmniffer said...

Great sized box for a gift of cards to someone special. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make it. jmniffer at comcast dot net

TIONYA said...

I love the idea of that box. I also like your tutorial using Stampin Up!s grid paper. That is so awesome to have a visual to go with!!
Thanks for the chance to win awesome blog candy!!
tionyalynn at yahoo dot com

peggy_27 said...

What awesome blog candy! Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

Jeanne Nielsen said...

Wow! No adhesive or anything! Now I'm intrigued! Can't wait to try this! Of course, it's in the pile of everything else I learned at Regionals in Hartford yesterday! TFS! Love the idea!

lisa808 said...

Sharon, awesome box! Thanks for another detailed tutorial.

Pat S said...

Love your blog, and your ideas!! visit every day to see what you come up with...Thanks for the chance as "candy"...

Earlene said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Charlotte said...

Oh, Sharon, what a wonderful tutorial! How great to have a box that will hold that many cards and not have to use velcro or magnets to keep it closed! THANK YOU for taking the time to provide such detailed instructions for us! And, thank you for an opportunity to win some great candy! You're soooo generous! I hope you have a blessed day!

for2nately said...

great tutorial! thanks for sharing and for the chance to win you awesome blog candy!

Kimberly S. said...

Wow!! Am I really the first one to comment?! AWESOME!! Although, the first one NEVER wins! :o( This is some fantastic candy!!! WOW! You're so generous!!

Debbie said...

This is a great tutorial, Sharon. Thanks for sharing. Appreciate the chance to win your blog candy, too.

Bette said...

I've been thinking of making a box to hold some cards in for a gift and this looks like what I had in mind. Thanks for the tutorial! And the cards look fabulous! Thanks!!

thestampinglady said...

Thanks for another great tutorial. That is why I am such a happy subscriber to your blog in my google reader. I always look forward to Sat and well the rest of the days too!

kchristensen said...

I just love checking out your blog for ideas. Your tutorials are so easy to follow. I'd love a chance to win some blog candy from you!

Terri D said...

Very nice tutorial and very easy to follow. Thank you

Alita said...

Wow Sharon!
A box that doesn't need any adhesives, glue etc... Now this is my kind of box.

Thank you for keeping me inspired by your creativity.

Patrice H said...

What a super Blog Candy Giveaway. I think you outdid yourself Sharon with this NO ADHESIVE tutorial Yikes. I love cutting costs where ever I can. You are so darn cleaver.

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Very interesting box. I'm definitely going to have to try this. Love your tutorials, and thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy!

Ilene B. said...

Love your blog, I found it during the Royal Blog Tour! Thank you for sharing your talents & projects!

Sillyfilly said...

Sharon I am going to have to try this box. I too love the Plant Hope set. What a wonderful blog candy someone will win. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Debbie G
Great tutorial. Great box using no adhesive. Thank you for the chance to win this generous Blog candy.

Agnes said...

Great tutorial as usual, can't wait to try it out! This is an awesome blog candy!!! I visit your blog every day to learn something new. Thank you!

Vonnie said...

thanks for having such a great blog. I have learned so much from you!

Scrappywonder said...

what a fabulous box!!! thanks for sharing, I always enjoy visiting your blog!! R ;)

A Touch of SOL said...

AWESOME BOX! You know I love Super Saturdays! wow what fun blog candy...HMMM I dont have the bliss set, YET! Thanks for a chance to win!

Anita said...

Amazing tutorial!

Laurie Gibson said...

Oh my gosh! This is awesome! I can't wait to make one but it would sure fun to win it too :) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Kristy Sipe said...

Awesome Tutorial! Thanks for another great idea to try. Keep up the great ideas!!

Kathy said...

This is a great idea -one of Wow how did she do that projects. Great blog candy too
Kathy T

Donna said...

I really want to try this one. I can't picture how this goes together yet but anything without glue sounds cool to me! Thanks for the tutorial!

judyjstamper said...

As always Sharon, your work is wonderfully done and your ideas/tutorials are always inspiring. This box is sure to be a hit. Thanks for all you do!

Sharon said...

Great tutorial. I love making boxes and will be making this one soon.

Sharon M

NancyS (momsnack) said...

This tutorial looks like a keeper - can't wait to try it!

Pat Myers said...

Your tutorials are always terrific, and I don't know how you come up with all of these wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing each day.

Porschecat said...

What an awesome idea. Can't wait to make my own. I also enjoy all of your other ideas. Great for us creative challenged fanatics.

Kathy Mc said...

Sharon, what a wonderful tutorial. Just last week I was looking for a box pattern to gift some cards to a friend for her birthday. Ended up making a simple portfolio which included 10 cards & envelopes. She loved it and even used one of her cards to write me a thank you. : ) Would love to win your set and would put it to good use. Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!
bdlakebum at yahoo dot com

Sandi said...

Wow Sharon, I came to get a better look at your box and was I surprised to see those majic words, "Blog Candy." I do want to tell you again, how much I enjoy your tutorials. It really takes a long time to put these together and all of us really appreciate your hard work.

Linda H said...

Wow, what a treat! I would love to win some of Your handmade cards, they are always so good!

jasmine said...

thank you so much for sharing...i would love to win...thank you

tory said...

First I want to thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. You are very creative and love all your projects and cards. Second, you are very generous in giving me an opportunity to win the candy blog. Blessing from Glen Arm, Maryland.

Charlotte Cook said...

I love the challenge of making boxes and it is a challenge for me. This would be such a great tutorial and the real thing to win. I could start making boxes and givcing cards away for gifts. TFS! Your work is the best!
Charlotte in Fl.

Ying said...

Sweet! Right up my alley, no glue, just folding. Great ideas.
Just cards

Anonymous said...

You are awesome! You put a lot of time and effort and give it away for free - I really appreciate your kindness, I would never figure this stuff out. Beautiful.
Michelle in NH

Bonita said...

Enjoy your blog very much. Great box tutorial. Thanks for offer of blog candy.

Jettie said...

You are a very talented crafter and I enjoy looking at your Blog on a daily basis. Your cards are exceptional! This is a very generous "bag of candy" that you are giving away. Hope I win some!

Kate Stockman said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with us. I'd love to win your generous blog candy.

Dee in N.H. said...

Love this box! I bookmarked it so I can try one this weekend!

Shar W said...

Wow! What an awesome project- get to save that adhesive for another day. Thanks for sharing your talents! Thanks for offering the blog candy for us too!

Carey said...

I can't believe I haven't looked at your (or anyone's) blog since last week. I've been WAAYYY too busy. Did I miss a lot!! Thanks for the offering and I love this tutorial. Thanks for all you do for us.

Carey and Roscoe

Brittani Nguyen said...

Awesome project, I will have to try this TFS! And awesome candy!