19 September 2016

A Short Tutorial in Creating Kindness (part 3)

Hi All! Welcome to part three of our four part tutorial series on Creating Kindness using the Close To My Heart's limited edition Create Kindness Card Kit. If you missed the first two tutorials, you can find them here and here.

Today we will be making this box:

Here are the supplies that I used for this project:

So let's get started!
Begin by using your paper trimmer or scissors to cut the card base in half along the pre-scored score line.

You will be left with two 3x3-inch squares of cardstock.

Next, score on of the squares of cardstock at 5/8-inch on all four sides. When you're finished, set it aside. This will be the BASE of your box.

For the top, you will want to use a piece of cardstock (I just used the box base) as a shim between the edge of your cardstock square and the wall of your scoring tool. This will shift the square you are currently scoring to the right just a smidge (maybe 1/32 of an inch if that). Score at 5/8-inch then rotate your cardstock 90 degrees and score at 5/8-inch until you have scored all four sides of the lid, leaving the shim in place each time you score. This actually allows you to fit the lid to the box snugly, but without warping the box base. It takes some coordination, but it's worth the effort.

Once you finish scoring your box top, use your thumb notch punch or a circle punch to remove a very shallow arc from one of the sides. Center your arc in the middle of the side. That will be the front of your box.
Next, fold along all of the scorelines, using your bone folder to reinforce your creases so that they are nice a crisp.
When you finish folding along the scorelines, use your scissors to cut along the score lines on two sides of the box (one of which should include the arc you cut earlier). [NOTE: I find it easier to see the scorelines on the back of the cardstock, so I usually turn it over for this step.]  Cut straight along the score line from the edge of the box to the intersecting scoreline. You will create four square tabs--one at each corner. You will want to cut again at a slight angle (taper) on the inside and outside edges of each tab to make the box fit together smoothly. (See the picture above.)

When you've finished cutting, turn you paper back over so that the front is facing you and add your adhesive of choice (I used ATG tape) to the four tabs. 

Begin putting your box together by folding the tabs and attaching them to the rectangular flaps creating 90 degree angles.

NOTE: when you fold your flaps in around the thumb notch (arc), you may find that they hang over a little. You will want to cut off any paper hanging over so that the arc is smooth. (See photo below.)

Finish attaching all your tabs so that your box top looks like this:

Next, take your second square of cardstock and repeat the steps above (omitting the thumb notch) to create the box base.

Add your treats to your box. (I managed to fit two Hershey Nuggets in it, though it was a little snug.) Place the lid on top and it should look like this:

Next, stamp your greeting on one of the white circles of cardstock and color it as you wish. I used Black Archival ink and PrismColor pencils for this one.

Pop your greeting onto the top of the box using foam tape. Make sure that the bottom of your greeting faces the side of the box with the thumb notch as pictured above.

And that's it!

Here's another look at the box we just made and the original project:

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Stay tuned for the fourth and final tutorial in our Creating Kindness treat box tutorial series.

Until then, have a wonderfully creative day!

1 comment:

  1. Your boxes from card bases series is seriously genius, Kim! Thanks for the inspiration!!