The only thing more fun than stamping is stamping with friends and making an Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card! That’s what I got to do the other day and here is one of our creations! I wanted to show them how to make this very popular style of card, the pop-up box card. Although I knew I wanted to make this style of card, I hadn’t made a sample for them, so I had to just “wing it” as we went! I wasn’t even trying to make a “great” card. I just wanted to make one with them so they would know how to do it. But I think this one turned out pretty cute! The pop-up box card is basically a simple card, it just has the look of being a difficult one. That’s what I love about Stampin’ Up! and stamping – there is nothing that is too difficult for a beginner to do as long as they have the materials and tools and someone or some way to show them how to do it.
The basic instructions for making a pop-up box card like this one are simple. Start with a half sheet of card stock as with any card. Score across that 8 1/2″ width at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That leaves a narrow 1/2″ edge on the end which will become the tab that adheres the box together. Turn the half sheet of card stock longways on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or on the Stampin’ Trimmer and score at 2″ to make the box flaps. Now cut from the edge of the paper up to the 2″ scored line to cut apart those flaps. Now also cut off the 1/2″ tab even with the flaps, leaving the bottom portion, so that the box can be assembled. There will not be a bottom to the box, only the flaps at the top that will fold outward. Fold on all the score lines and assemble the box. Also cut two pieces to go inside the box to hold the pop-up images. They should be two pieces cut 1″ x 3″, and scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ (or 1/2″ at each short end) so that those braces can be adhered inside the box spaced evenly apart. They are a little tricky to get glued in there, but you can do it. I like using the Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive so I can move it around to get it placed evenly and correctly.
Decorate the outside of the box first with either stamped images or designer series paper or card stock or leave plain. It’s all up to you! Once you have the basic box assembled, you can adhere whatever stamped images or punch art or greetings you want for your card to the inside braces and to the outside of the box flaps. If you want the folded card to fit inside a certain size envelope, be sure that any items you adhere inside the card do not “hang out” past the edges of the folded card. This size card as made here will fit inside a Stampin’ Up! Medium Whisper White Envelope (my favorite envelopes in the whole world, by the way!)
The stamp set I used on this pop-up box card is called Eggstra Spectacular, a cute Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. The little lamb is stamped with Black Stazon ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers. It was then just cut out by hand with Paper Snips. The Easter eggs were stamped with various colors of ink. The Extra-Large Oval Punch was too large to punch them out, much to my chagrin, as was the smallest Oval Framelit, so it was just easiest to use Paper Snips to cut them out by hand. I couple printed flowers were cut out of the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper to add something extra besides the Easter eggs.
The little flowers on the flaps are punched with the Petite Petals Punch in the Occasions Catalog and some Petite Petals flowers are stamped on the sides of the card. The designer paper used on the flaps are small squares of the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper. A Bundle can be purchased with the Petite Petals Punch along with either the wood- or clear-mount stamp set. The center of each flower is from the Punch Pack. And for extra measure I added a Candy Dot to the center of each flower!
When you want to send a special card to a special someone, this pop-up box card fits the bill and is easy enough to make. Use the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set for an Easter-themed card or whatever stamp set fits the occasion!
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