Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dimensions for Larger Pop up Box Card

I have had several requests for the dimensions of the pop box card base that I've been using.  I've never done a video, but here is a quick tutorial for making this size box.

When folded flat, the box measures 6 1/2" wide, and 4 3/4" high.  The box is cut in two parts.  I created a file in Design Space for the Explore for the basic shapes (You can also cut them by hand)

Top shape is 9 1/2" wide and 3" tall.  The two shapes on the left are the inserts for inside the box to hold all the elements.  They are 5 1/2" x 1 1/2".

 After they are cut, I score the two strips at 1/2" in on each side, so at the 1/2" mark and the 5" mark.  The second piece is scored vertically at 1/2", 2 1/2", 7" and 9" Turn the piece lengthwise, and score at the 1 1/4" line all the way down.   The back panel has no score lines.

 On the bottom piece in the above photo, I cut the fold line to the middle score line, and then on an angle towards the main piece.  Did this on both sides of the piece.  The part that is left is for attaching to the back of the box.  I also snipped the vertical fold lines at the top, these are the box parts that fold out.

 Fold on score lines, and this is what it will look like.

 Add score tape (or your adhesive of choice.  Score tape is very don't want the box to fall apart.  Attach to back panel.

Here is your assembled box.  Add your decorative paper and box is done.  Add elements and that's it!  I've made other boxes that measure 5" high by 6" wide when folded flat.  I make these in 2 pieces, both measuring 5 x 6 1/2. The 1/2 " is the flap, when trimmed as above, attaches to form the box.

Hope this is information is clear and helpful.  If you have any questions, just post in comments and I will try to answer.

Have a great day!


Halloween Is not that Far Away!

Since finding the pop up box card, I am in LOVE!  They are a unique way to send greetings to friends and family for birthday, get well, or any holiday!  I want to sell my creations so I've been busy creating different types of box cards to post on Etsy.

My first holiday themed box cards are for Halloween.  I love Halloween, probably because its also my birthday!  Great reason to have a party!  Here are three Halloween box cards I've made so far.

All three were made with Cricut Images from various cartridges all cut using the Explore. The box measures 5 x 6 when folded flat.  I will do a tutorial for the box size in the near future, as I've had several requests for the measurements.

Halloween is only 3 months away, so I hope to be making more of these fun cards in the near future!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cricut Explore

I received my new Cricut Explore at the end of February and I have been loving this new cutter!  I've always been a fan of the Cricut, and have tried other cutters, but the Explore is far and away the best cutter I've worked with.  I have cut images large and small and all cuts are clean and crisp.  I love how quiet it is (I'm a night owl and tend to worry about excess noise late at night from my cutter).  I have been cutting Cricut images and SVGs.  Basically, the sky is the limit as to what I can create with the Explore.

Its been a long time since I've posted, so I thought I'd start up my blog again and share some of the projects I've made using the Cricut Explore.

I've created many projects since getting my Explore, but I have to say my favorite so far has been the pop up box cards.  I have made quite a few of these so far and they have been well received.  

My daughter asked to make cards for my granddaughter's dance teachers.  She gave me some information about the teachters and these are the cards I created.

This teacher enjoys all things 60's, and Cricut has many fun shapes.  I used the Groovy Times cartridge and the girl was from Teen Scene cartridge.

This one was made for the Jazz teacher.

This cards was made for the tap teacher.  

We also included a drink cup with their names in vinyl on them.

For one of the students that was graduating,  I made a vinyl shape of Mary Poppins, who she played in one of the dances.  I used Cricut Iron on Glitter and found an image of Mary Poppins and made an svg.

I made a  pop up box card for her too.

That's all for now.  On to making more projects to share!