Monday, August 11, 2014

TUTORIAL BLITZ------Behind the Scenes- #1!

Hi Blog Friends!

I thought you might like to see what I was doing "behind the scenes" for the last few months!
I was posting weekly yes, but I was doing much more.
I know some of you realize just how time consuming making tutorials is, & how truly valuable they are to people who need & want them.
& so I thought you might like to have
my tutorials for free!

I know I've already done a post for this card before, but this is a full tutorial for those of you that would like it!

My inspiration for this card was some tea I dearly love,
 that I can no longer have because of the caffeine. It is called,
"Lady Londonderry!"
 It has the flavor of  Strawberries & Lemon. A tea time lover's delight!


This is one of the cutest little cards I've seen!  Measuring 5" x 2" when it is put together. You will enjoy making it & the recipient will equally enjoy receiving it!
 It's just the "nicest little surprise in an envelope!"

The key to this little card is to keep everything inside of the little box hidden,  until it is opened up, for maximum SURPRISE!

These are the  supplies needed to complete this card, but I'm sure you will have these supplies on hand, being the fabulous card maker you are!
Here's what you'll need:
Red Tacky Tape- 1/4" wide
Glue Dots- 3/16"
Solid Card Stock- (I used SU- Red.)
Designer Card Stock- The Paper Studio- Kellerkurtz & Company.
(I looked for paper with strawberries on it.)
Black Card Stock- (I used Paper Studio)
Scissors- for fussy cutting
Bone folder
Diamond Glaze
Rhinestones- Self adhesive, Clear, Round, Itty-Bitty size; Sorry, mine didn't have the size on them.
Stamps-of your choice- (There are many companies out there to choose from.)
Dies of your choice-(There is lots of choice on the market here too.)
Coloring medium of your choice- (I used Copics & Prisma Color Markers, but you can try colored pencils, watercolor---)
Tim Holtz Tea Dye--for sponging the images-optional.
Sponge- optional

This is what you'll end up with after you've cut all of your pieces.
 The dies cut pieces are circled, but you can use whatever die cuts you like.

You will need 3 pieces for the base of your card, in a solid color:
(You can see the 3 solid red pieces above.)

*1- 5"x 8 1/2"- Lay this piece horizontally across  your Score-Buddy & score  at 2", 4", 6".

Fold the 6" score line & bump it up against the left side of your Score-buddy, to get your  8" score, scoring on the 2" mark.

Now, turn you paper vertically, the length of your paper going down your Score-buddy & score at 3". Your Score-buddy won't be long enough, so...

You will then turn your paper  to the other end, with the same side up & continue this score line by scoring at 2".

This is what you will end up with.

Now you need to snip off the short corner on the score lines & snip the short end score lines. (The short end flaps are the top of your box, & the longer ends are the sides of your box. I went ahead & folded my flaps so you could see them, except one- the flap next to the tab. Be sure to leave this one straight for the back of your box, another words- don't fold that score line.)

This is what your little box will look like now & using your 1/4" Tacky Tape, run a piece down the little tab on the side of your box & burnish it.
 ("Burnish"-meaning to use your bone folder to run it over the tape to make sure it stays in place.)
Wait on putting the box together just yet.

* 2- 3"x 3"- Score at the 1/2" mark on your Score-buddy  for these 3" x 3" pieces, & then for the other side, leaving your paper in place, score at 2 1/2" just opposite of your first score line.
 Both pieces are done the same.

Now, fold your 3" x 3" squares on the score lines. You will end up with two pieces like this.

Add Tacky Tape to both flaps on each piece:

Set these aside for now along with  your 5" x 8 1/2" piece.

*3-1/4"x 2 3/4"-  Acetate.
 These pieces will hold some of your images & give the illusion of floating in your box. You will stamp your  images  in a moment.

Using your Black Card Stock for Matting:
*4- 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"-- These pieces will be for the flaps of your little box.
*1- 1 3/4" x 4 3/4"-- This is for the back of your box.
*3- 1 3/4" x 2 3/4"-- This is for the sides of your box.

Using the die of your choice:
 Die cut  & emboss  the black piece & a  Designer paper piece.
Using the Designer Paper Die you just die cut, decide on your sentiment & stamp it in the center of this die.  Most any sentiment/ occasion will fit this style of card.
Cut on the embossed edge of the Designer paper die you just die cut. It will go in the center of the black, matting. You can go ahead & glue this down with your adhesive.

 For your Designer Paper:
*4- 1 5/8" x 1 5/8"--  This piece will layer on top of the 4- 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" black pieces.
 This is for your flaps & the back of the card facing you, inside piece.
 Stamp one of them with the sentiment, "TEA time" as pictured below.

 TIP: If you cut your stamps as I did, once you have your stamps on your acrylic block, as straight as you might think they are, stamp on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure.

*1- 1 5/8" x 4 5/8" --This piece will layer on top of the 1- 1 3/4" x 4 3/4" black piece, as above.
*3- 1 5/8" x 2 5/8"-- These pieces will layer on top of the 3- 1 3/4" x 2 3/4" black pieces, as above.

Now you can go ahead & mat your Designer paper pieces with adhesive as pictured above.
  TIP: You might want to add a sentiment or a hand written note to the back piece, the 1 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece (the longer Designer Paper piece) at this time if you know you are making this for a particular person &/or specific occasion. This will allow you  to write on a flat piece of paper, rather than struggling with the lumps & bumps when your little box is flattened to go into the envelope.

You can now add the 3- 1 3/4" x 2 3/4" pieces to the sides of the box, along with the 1- 1 3/4" x 4 3/4", back piece. The tab with Tacky Tape should be able to be seen from this side.

Now, flip your little box over, as seen above & add the 4- 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" matted pieces. Be sure to make sure you add the sentiment piece to the second from the left & that it won't be upside down.

This is how your little box should be looking when stood-up after adding your matted Designer paper pieces.

Stamp your images now.
 This is what you'll be needing: 1- Tea Cup, 1- Tea Bags, 3- Small Strawberries, & 3- Larger Strawberries. Use whatever company you like.
 There are many companies out there with these types of images!

Color your images in with the medium of your choice & cut them out. (I cut off the dots the smaller strawberries have.) Then add Diamond Glaze to the Tea in the cup & the flesh part of the lemon. Set aside to dry. (Don't forget to cut out the area inside of the handle of your tea cup like I did! Don't worry, I fixed it! You'll see it done right in the end, I assure you!)

Next, pull out your 5" x 8 1/2" piece that is ready to assemble. Pull off the strip from the Tacky Tape & align it up to the edge of the box, press & then lay it on it's side & burnish it from both ends.

Here's what you end up with:

 Add the 3" x 3" pieces:
TIP: These pieces will give you surface to attach your images to.
Using one of your 3" x 3" pieces, go back over your folds with your Bone Folder to make sure they're  folded  in while inserting it into the box.
We don't want it to grab the box before you're  ready.   
 Try sliding both pieces in before you remove the Tacky Tape strip to get an eye for where you want them.
 Now, remove the Tacky Tape Strip & then slide it in at an angle.

When you think you've got it at about where you want it, set the box upright & make sure the top of your 3" x 3" piece is flush with the top of your box &  then turn it to where you want it & press the tabs to the inside of the box. Burnish the tabs from both ends of the box.
  The picture above is what you should have with one of the 3" x 3" pieces in. This first piece is a little easier to put in.
**** The first Test-- Fold the box flat both ways. (If it doesn't want to fold flat in both directions, you will need to re-do this 3" x 3" piece. You can see the picture of this below-- 
 For an example look below for the 4 asterisks.)

The second 3" x 3" insert is no different. Go back over the folds on this piece with your bone folder. Slide it in at an angle & see where you'd like for it to go.
 Take it out & remove the Tacky Tape strip.
 Now insert this piece making sure you get it straight & even like before.
 If you got the first 3" x 3" piece in straight you can use it as a guide. Burnish it once it is in.

****Now comes the second test! Fold the little box flat. If you get any resistance to it going flat, then something isn't straight with your  last 3" x 3" piece. (Assuming your first 3" x 3" piece went in without a problem.)  Now, assuming there is no resistance with the second 3" x 3" piece, this is how your little box will look when flattening your box. Continue to flatten it all the way.

Now, burnish the outer box where the tabs would be & the folds.

****Next, open your box & press it flat to the other side, as I've done here:
 It should go all the way flat again.

Now burnish it again as before.

Pop your little box back up & this is what it should look like with the 2- 3" x 3" pieces in place.

Time to decorate, this is the fun part!
 Pull out your glue dots, dimensionals & your 3- 1/4" x 2 3/4" acetate strips. Add a glue dot to one end of  two of your  acetate strips & attach the tea bags to one, & one of the small strawberries to the other as seen below. Add dimensionals to the back of your Die Cut & add glue dots to the bottom edge of the back of the tea cup.
 (The pieces on the left below are the pieces you should have left over- we will use them also.) Optional: You can sponge Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Tea Dye on the edges of your strawberries & your tea bags. Just be careful not to sponge the little white flowers if your image has them. I just didn't want a stark bright white edge in contrast to my designer paper. You choose what you like.

Attach the Die Cut to the back top flap that is straight, lining it up with the pieces you've matted already.

Now add the Tea Cup image  to the front of the first insert.  Note the placement in the picture below.

Next we're adding a large bunch of strawberries to the back right corner of the Die,
 using doubled- up dimensionals.

Here you can see my doubled up dimensionals, one on top of the other:

Now we're going to add the little tea bags on a strip of acetate.  (I have strawberries here, but you'll do the same with those.) Note the picture above of how I added the glue dots. (Glue dots should be placed to adhere to top of the 3" x 3" insert or actual box--according to where you place it, & at the base of the acetate strip for stability. If you don't place the glue dot at the bottom of the acetate for stability, the piece will shift.)

Now here are the tea bags added to our box card:

Be extra sure that these little surprises don't pop out when your box is folded up:

Now open it & fold it the other way, checking it again:

A little popping out is alright, but if you let too much out of the box, you will spoil the surprise & it won't fit into the envelope!

Now add some more small strawberries to the right.

Here's a better look at where I added them, just behind the lemon in the tea cup, attached to the front of the  second 3" x 3" insert. You can see them in the above picture or below.

Now you'll add dimensionals to the back of some small strawberries you had left, & add them to the front flap with the sentiment, "TEA time" on it.

Add dimensionals to the last two large strawberries & add them to the side flaps of your box.

Add your last small bunch of strawberries to the last acetate strip as I showed you before & place it on the front inside of the box, in-front of the tea cup to the left. See below:

This gives you a better look at the strawberries added in the front.

Now add teeny- tiny rhinestones to the Flourishes Die- Cut on the back of the box.

Next, add some more of these teeny-tiny rhinestones to the corners of the remaining three flaps of your box.

You just finished your Pop-Up Box Card! Here are some finished pictures for you:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & that you enjoy making many more of these "nice little surprises in an envelope!"
FYI: Using WRMK Envelope Board, you can make a matching envelope too, to fit this Pop-Up Box Card. Using  the measurements for the 4" x 5 1/2" (5 Bar) card to fit. Don't forget to decorate the envelope too! It lets the recipient know, something special is inside!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial & be sure to come back next week for a continuation of my "Tutorial Blitz!"


  1. Good Morning my friend! I was so glad to see you had commented on ODB, thank you. I lost your blog a while ago and so glad I can get to you again. :) Your Tea box is FABULOUS! What a wonderful tutorial.

  2. I didn't just like it .... I loved it! What a fabulous tea box, perfect for your favorite blend. Thank you for the very detailed tutorial, just fabulous! Have a great week!

  3. Beautiful! You sure went to a lot of work! I hope your followers appreciate it! Found you through Tracey's blog.

  4. Gorgeous! Thank you for the detailed instructions. Maybe now I will try one. Great inspiration.

  5. Wow this is just gorgeous, lovely papers, I have been wanting to try one of these cards, thanks for sharing the tutorial!!


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