If you’re looking for new ways to add extra interest to your card designs, then give a box card a go. A box card consists of a layered frame that your stamped panel sits behind, to create a sense of depth within your make.
When creating a box card, choose 220gsm card, as anything thicker will be harder to fold and crease, and anything lighter will be too flimsy. A bone folder will give sharp creases, and a guillotine (paper trimmer) will make cutting your panels a lot easier.
To make the box card base, you will need:
- 220gsm card
- Bone folder
- Guillotine (paper trimmer)
- Scoring tool
- Craft mat
- Metal ruler
Cut a 29.7×14.7cm piece of card. Starting from the left-hand edge, measure and score at 14.7cm and 15.2cm, as shown. Crease well. This forms a spine so the card will lie flat when closed.
Draw diagonal lines across front of base. Cut a 12.2cm square and a 10.8cm square from card. Place the large square centrally on the base. Draw around it. Remove. Put the small square inside the pencil lines. Draw around it.
Score all the pencil lines well. Use a craft knife or a scalpel to cut diagonally across the squares in both directions, as shown. Carefully erase the pencil lines.
Open up the card so that you are looking at the inside. Fold the outer score lines outwards and the inner score lines inwards. Close card so that you are looking at the front. You should have a recess.
Cut a piece of card to 12cm and glue into recess. Trim another piece of card to 14cm square and glue on the inside to cover folded area. Your box card is now ready for you to decorate.
Top tips for box cards
- Cards that have the folded edge at the top are more stable than cards with the folded edge at the side. Bear this in mind if you want to use embellishments, as these can be heavy and may cause the card to fall over.
- Making templates from scraps of card and writing down sizes for layering onto them will save you time. They can be used for reference again and again.
- Don’t use card that is too thick or thin. Card that’s too thin may tear or fall over and card that’s too thick will be difficult to fold well. A good weight is 220gsm as it stands up well but will still fold and crease nicely.
- It’s worth taking a little extra time to measure and fold accurately, as this can affect the end result of your card base, especially on cards such as the diamond fold. Mark measurements lightly in pencil, then rub out for a neat finish.
- When you send your card, pop a layer of bubble wrap over it, or use a card box rather than a standard envelope. Shaped base cards are more fragile than standard cards and it would be terrible if all your hard work got damaged in the post!