Today I want to share a covered box that I made for my sister. The main supplies are simple — some beautiful Graphic 45 paper, a Copic marker, a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configurations box, and some Scor-Tape. The result is gorgeous — I don’t think the pictures do it justice.
Several weeks ago I purchased one of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Configurations” boxes. These boxes are designed with a lot of interior smaller boxes that you can move around into different configurations. I thought maybe I would do a shadow box or something. When going through my stash, I found some of my favorite cardstock from Graphic 45, both from A Ladies’ Diary Collection, that I wanted to use to make a covered box. I’ve always hesitated on that because I didn’t have the right box for it. With the interior pieces out, the Tim Holtz box was perfect — a project is born!
The two papers I wanted to use for the project were cream and black, so it made sense to me that the box edges should change from the normal Kraft color to black. There are a couple of ways of doing this, but I wanted simple — so I grabbed my black Copic marker (100), and started coloring the edges. Because I’m not going to coat the finished box with anything (any fixative sprays, etc.), I don’t want the paper to extend fully from edge to edge — it is too easy for it to catch and pull loose. Very quickly the box would begin to look unattractive. Because of this I needed to color all of the edges of the box about one-quarter inch in. This is very easy to do (especially with a Copic marker), but it does take a little time. Since I was using a fresh marker, it only took one coat (other markers may take several coats to give good coverage). The Configurations box has a view window in it, so it is important to color all of the interior edges as well as the exterior edges. Some people prefer to paint the box instead — that will work too, although you have to factor in paint drying times, etc.
Once the box was colored, it was time to begin measuring so that I could cut my paper. The box itself measures approximately 6.75″ x 8.75″ and is approximately 2″ deep. When deciding on paper, you’ll need one 12″x12″ sheet for each side of the box (2 exterior, 2 interior). For my box, I used three 12″x12″ sheets of paper, and two 8″x8″ sheets of paper. The interior is slightly smaller than the measurements listed above, so the 8″x8″ paper can work there. Before cutting any of the paper, it is important to carefully measure each of the sides of the box. You need a good ruler for this — you’ll be working in 1/8″ increments. While measuring, keep in mind that the interior of the box is slightly smaller than the exterior of the box (approx. 1/4″), the base of the box is smaller than the lid of the box. Everything has to be measured carefully, and the cut pieces have to be kept separate so that they are used for the proper part of the box. Note that you may find some curved or rolled edges that will not cover easily with the cardstock. Your measurements should not include these kinds of edges.
Once I measured all parts of the box, I began to cut the papers. I made my cut size approximately 1/8″ smaller than the measured size so that the paper would not extend fully edge-to-edge on the box. This will cut down signs of wear-and-tear on the box, and prevent the paper from catching as the lid is placed on, etc. When in doubt, cut a little bigger and be prepared to trim — if you cut a piece too small, it probably cannot be used. Needless to say, the cutting is best done without interruptions so you don’t lose track of what you’re doing.
Once all of the pieces are cut, it is time to cover the box. I used Scor-Tape for this — specifically 1/2″ Scor-Tape. Some may consider it a little bit of over-kill, but I wanted a very strong bond. I was careful to place the Scor-Tape at the very edge of my piece of paper, and to cover it fully from edge-to-edge on each side. This way there is a good strong bond, and no easy way for something to get under the paper and rip it away. Over time the paper will distress a little, but it should just add to the charm of the box — kind of like a vintage box. It doesn’t really matter which side you cover first, etc.
Once all of the paper is attached to the box, it is important to run your marker along the edges of the paper. This will blend the edges into the box, and if any white from the core of the paper, etc. is showing it will cover that up. All of the careful work with the marker leaves a really nice finished edge that becomes part of the design and charm of the box.
The box includes a piece of acetate that also must be attached to the inside of the box lid — that should be one of the last things that you do. It is clear, so it made sense to me to put it on after the paper was in place (my concern with taping it underneath the paper is that if it starts to come loose, it would take the paper with it. Please see the short video for additional instructions on how to make a covered box.
The final step is decorating the box. I used the pewter foil from the Spellbinders A Gilded Life foil pack to create a base for my flowers. Before attaching it to the box, I trimmed just a little from the side, and then used my Copic marker to put a black edge around each side of the foil (alcohol ink markers will work on almost any surface). I ran it through my Grand Calibur using the Vintage Damask Texture Plate to add some dimension to the foil. I attached the foil at the sides and at the bottom with Scor-Tape. The flowers that I used to decorate the box are purchased flowers. Of course there are a number of beautiful flower dies that could also be used to make flowers to embellish the box. I used Scor-Tape to attach the tall branch at its base, and glue dots to hold the rest of the flowers and to stabilize the branch, etc. I added a matching bow to finish the project.
Covered boxes make wonderful gifts, and they really are not very expensive to make (depending on materials used, probably only around $20). It is a gift they’ll talk about for years to come!
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configurations Box — I used the 6.75″ x 8.75″ size
Coordinating Papers — I used “Fashion Plates” and “Moment in Time” from the Graphic 45 A Ladies’ Diary Collection (you’ll need approximately 4 12″x12″ sheets)
Spellbinders A Gilded Life foil pack (only 1 sheet is needed)
Spellbinders A Gilded Life Vintage Damask Texture Plate
Die Cutting/Embossing machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Black marker — I used a Copic marker (100)
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used 1/2″ Scor-Tape throughout the box
Ribbon — I used 1″ bridal white wired ribbon
Flowers — I used the Prima Blossom Branches Almond and Petaloo Faux Dried Blooms (cranberry/amber/green)
Glue dots (to hold the flowers, etc. in place)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’