I'm so sorry that I've not posted as often as I said I would, it's only been a temporary slip and I'm back on track now, I promise.
Recently there seems to have been an "explosion" of card in a box creations around the bloggy world, and so I thought I'd better get on trend and quick! Most tutorials or explanations I've seen describing this technique involve using two struts within the box. However, I thought that looked a little fiddly for me. I was thinking of a way around it, when I came across the perfect solution from Carole at Extreme Cards and Papercraft.
In her post Card in a Box Valentine Carole not only describes how using a band of card inside will solve the problem, she has also very kindly given a cutting file/PDF template for the box. To create my card in a box I used the dimensions she gives in the post, instead of printing and cutting the template, but even doing it this way it was SO easy! Thanks so much Carole!
I used a corner rounder punch to shape the flaps and the back panel, though the edges of that are hidden by the butterfly's wings. To decorate the box I cut pieces of thin pink and white pattered paper that are 1/4" smaller than the panels (2-1/2" x 2-3/4") and rounded two of the corners before adding them to the panels using double sided tape. The die cuts are all from the Dovecrafts "Garden Party" range and I've used a wet glue to stick the pieces together and adhere them to the inner band, the back and the panels. Even though the embellishments spill over the edge of the box, it does fold flat and will fit in an envelope easily.
This is my first card in a box and I can see me creating many more. I'd love to know what you think so please do leave a comment. Thanks!