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Monday, January 20, 2014

Silhouette Tutorial: Bendy Card (stationary) Boxes!


Last week I introduced a variety of bendy cards into the Silhouette Online store. I have already started to see some of the things you are doing with them and you guys are so creative! Keep on sharing your projects with us! We love it when you do!

Each of these cards came as a set with a matching envelope that you could put the card in when it is flat (perfect for mailing so the recipient can bow the card when they receive it.) However, I was nudged by one of my creative team members, Allie Gower, that she was hoping I could also make some boxes so that she could give the cards away when fully bowed out. These would be something you could use when you aren't mailing the cards. I thought it was a great idea, so I went with it.

Each bendy card box also doubles as a stationary box for housing A2 sized cards and envelopes. It is the perfect size for giving away stationary gift sets. So if you aren't into the bendy card scene (yet) you will have other uses for these boxes. They are also a fun size for small gifts and treats. Imagine a stack of candy bars inside. (I think that sounds fabulous...especially after a week and a half of being on Nutrisystem. LOL )

Whatever you end up doing with these boxes, they are sure to be a hit with your lucky recipient.

Pictured below are the cards that go in these boxes. Click here to find them in the Silhouette Online store. For a tutorial on my blog on how to assemble the bendy cards click here.



Here's a few fun creative ways you can use these cards from my team! They were meant to be decorated. Think of the cards as a blank canvas waiting for you to insert your imagination.
 

Now for the boxes...

To make this box, you will need this file: 
Bendy Card Box angled (I will link it here as soon as it becomes available in the silhouette store.) You can use these same instructions for the other bendy card boxes. You can find the matching bendy cards at this link here.

Contrasting Paper: 
I used my Cardinal paper from my falling snowflakes paper (stripes are on the back) from my Keepin' Cozy Collection line for Echo Park. I also used Carta Bella Textured card stock snowfall blue/chesnut.

Equipment:
You will also need a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine to cut this box. This is designed for a 12X12 mat, so you will need to follow the instructions below if you have the portrait machine.

Portrait machine adaptations not necessary: 
Note: This box was too big for a 12x12 sheet, so I designed it in two pieces. I also made sure that the largest piece could also fit alone on a 8.5 x 11 cutting mat without having to scale it down for portrait users. 

Assembly:
1. cut the large box piece, then the smaller one out of the same color of card stock. They will not both fit on the cutting mat at the same time.
2. glue the tab indicated in the file, to the side labeled "A"
3. cut the optional panels out of a complimentary paper.
4. glue the panels to the 2 sides, front, back and the flap. When you glue the panel to the flap, be sure to line up the slots. You will also have to be careful when you glue the front panel on as well.
5. Fold each tab and side of the the box inward.
6. With a non-warping paper glue, start glueing the tabs to the nearest side. Take notice that you will want to leave glue off the top portion of the front tabs as the front side does not come all the way up. (It was designed this way on purpose.)
7. Continue gluing the rest of the tabs, leaving the front flap free.
8. Thread ribbon through the front slot, then through the back of the front flap. Tie the ribbon in a pretty knot or bow.
I hope you will share what you created with us!
 

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