Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ornament Card Tutorial

Here's the tutorial that I promised for the Ornament Card that I shared last night!  It looks like a lot of steps, but honestly, if I hadn't stopped to take so many photos, I'd have had the whole thing done in about 20 minutes!

To make the card/box base, all you need is a score board, bone folder, scissors, double sided tape and two pieces of cardstock cut at 7 1/4" by 8 1/2" and 4 1/4" by 6 7/8".
Working with the larger piece of cardstock first, score at 1/2", 3/4", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2".
Rotate your paper clockwise and repeat the same four score lines.

Repeat this step two more times so that you have score lines on all four sides of the paper.
Now, work on the 7/14" edge of the paper and put a score line at 2" that goes from the edge of the paper only to the last score line.  Repeat at 5 1/4".  Flip paper and to the other 7 1/4" side, as well.
You will notice, that there is a square at each corner.  Use your scissors to remove the sqaures.  Then, on the 7 1/4" sides, cut along the last, short score line up to the innermost score line.  Remove the piece that inlcudes the first two score lines only.  See photo.
Now, add double sided tape to the outer most part of each side.  Also add to the outermost part of the small tabs as shown.  DO NOT REMOVE BACKING YET!
Now, FLIP your paper so the tape side is down and fold all score lines up and toward the center of the card.  Use your bone folder to crease.
Now, doing one side at a time, remove the backing on the tape and fold in and affix tape to the inside of the card.  Be sure that the edge of the taped side lines squarely up with the innermost score line.  Press firmly to affix. 
Now, repeat on each of the three remaining sides until it looks as shown.
Carefully remove the backing on each tab and tuck them into the end of each of the long sides.
Now, turn your attention to the other piece of cardstock (the cardfront).  Place your box base facedown on to the cardstock and line it up so that the front of the cardfront will sit squarely on top of your box.  With a pencil mark where the edge of the box lies so you know where to score.
Now, score a line where you marked with your pencil and then another just over a 1/4" to the left (you want just over a 1/4" to account for the thickness of the paper).
Now, add your double sided tape to the end where you made your last score line.
Now, fold up the score lines and crease with your bone folder.  Remove the backing on the tape and affix to the BACK of the box.
Your box should now open like this:
Now, you are ready to decorate the inside of your box card.  The inset part of the card should measure 3 1/4" by 4 1/2".  By adding 1/2" strips around the frame of the box, it can help to square up anything that may have gone amiss.  I used a mishmash of Imaginisce, Fancy Pants, Best Creation and 3 Bugs in a Rug to decorate my card!  The blank white paper at the top is for my kiddos to write a message to their teacher.  I also added a small amount of re-positionable adhesive to hold the ornament in place.
And, decorate the front!
If you rotate the card to open to the left, it would be a perfect size to put in a gift card in place of the ornament!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you liked the tutorial and I'd LOVE for you to link any versions that you make in the comments section!


  1. Wow looks amazing, Nik! Thanks for the great tutorial!! Merry Christmas!!

  2. OMG .. this is fabulous.. and great tutorial..

  3. Great tutorial and I will do this after the holidays -- thans!!!!

  4. Merry Christmas Nicole and congrats on Momenta DT !


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