Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Magic No-lid Gift Box

Made from a single piece of card-stock, 
6 1/2” x 8 1/2”, this 2”x2”x2 1/2” box looks like it has a separate lid but the lid is really part of the box and appears almost magically!


White card-stock, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2”
Scor-Pal or other scoring tool
Hot Off the Press – Botanicals Stamps 

Vivid Inks - Ultramarine, Aqua, Shy Blue, Teal
Versamark Ink Pad
White Detail Embossing Powder
3” Round Hydra Sponge
Strong Double-sided Tape
About 18” Soft Blue Organza Ribbon 

Prepare the Box Form
With the card-stock in the landscape orientation on the Scor-Pal, score at 2, 4, 6, and 8 inches.
Turn the card-stock to the portrait orientation. Score at 1, 2, 3, and 5 1/2 inches.
Fold on all score lines. Cut as shown in the figure; all solid lines are cut lines, while dotted lines are score/fold lines.

Decorate the Box

White emboss, using the Versamark ink and your choice of Botanical stamps, randomly on the portion of the box form that lies between the 3” and 5 1/2” score lines.
Sponge the various blue Vivid inks over the same region, covering all of the white card stock.
Use a tissue to wipe the ink off the embossed images.

Assemble the Box

First, valley fold the top one inch panel forward, covering the top half of the cut out triangles. Then mountain fold (away from you) on each of the vertical folds, forming a squared tube. Use strong double-sided tape on the 1/2” wide, 2 1/2” long tab to adhere the tab to the inside of the tube.
Next, fold the bottom panels in to create a bottom for the box. Use strong double-sided tape to adhere the two outermost panels to the two inner panels.

Carefully push down the top of the box. As you do the top will reveal itself. Once the top is all the way down onto the rest of the box, use strong double-sided tape to attach the small tab to the inside of the lid. Leave enough space when attaching the tab so that the “lid” to move easily up and down over the remainder of the box.

Use a small piece of red liner tape to attach the ribbon to the side of the lid, simply as decoration. Tie the ribbon into a bow.

Here is a PDF of instructions for this project. To save or print just select "Download" or "Print", below.

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