Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine's Card in the Square Petal Top Box by Spellbinders

Hello Friends!
Today, I have a tutorial on how to make the Square Petal Top Box by Spellbinders and a fold out card that fits inside the box. The box is very easy to make, all the work is in the die template.

To make the box, die-cut and emboss the Square Petal Top Box die template on red card stock by running it through the Grand Calibur  die cutting machine by Spellbinders.

I prefer to put the card stock on the Cutting Plate first, then lay the die "cut side down" on the paper, and then put the Base Plate on top.

The embossing step here is very important because it creates the folding lines of the box. Notice that to emboss, the die is "cut side up" under the Embossing Mat, followed by the Embossing Plate. See picture below.

The next step is optional if you would like to emboss the card stock for extra texture. After cutting the box, leave the paper in the die and lay the die "cut side up" on top of the Grand Impressabilities Template, Fancy Flourish.

I like to distress the embossed areas with Tim Holtz Distress Ink for more contrast.

To assemble the box, follow the embossed  folding lines, use very strong adhesive on folding tabs. I also added  patterned paper on each side. Each rectangle measures 2  1/2  x  1  1/8  inches. 

To make the pull out card, I used the Heart Squares dies templates by Spellbinders. I die-cut 4 heart squares, second die from largest, which fits perfect in the box. I also die-cut 1 large heart square for the box base.

For the patterned paper, I cut 4 squares measuring 2 x 2 inches and 1 square measuring 3 x 3 inches.

For the word Love, I die-cut the letters with Donna's Alphas . I also embossed them as I did with the box.

To assemble the card, I layered the patterned paper on the heart squares with double stick tape. For the top heart squares, I die-cut 4 heart squares, second smallest die, and the patterned paper squares measure 1  1/4  x  1  1/4 inch. Layer the pieces with foam dots for extra dimension.

I used ribbon to join the heart squares together as picture below shows. 

To make the flower, die-cut flower with Anemone Flower Topper die template by Spellbinders.

Curl petals with a bone folder.

Layer flowers with foam dots and use self-stick pearls for the center of the flower. Attach  finished flower to ribbon at the top of card.

This is the finished card which folds down accordion style to fit in the box. Close the box by folding down the box top petals in a clockwise pattern, tucking the last petal under. The flower stays outside the box resting on top. 

Project Supplies

Grand Calibur die cutting machine by Spellbinders
Square Petal Box die template by Spellbinders
Anemone Flower Topper die template by Spellbinders
Heart Squares die template by Spellbinders
Donna's Alphas die template by Spellbinders
Fancy Flourish Grand Impressabilities template
Red card stock
My Mind's Eye, State of the Heart, patterned paper
May Arts ribbon
Self-stick pearls by Queen & Co

Thank you for visiting! Hugs,



  1. Love this box! Very original to pull out the insert, and you could hang it up for Valentine's Day.

  2. Love, love, love this box! Thank you for sharing, my friend!

  3. Love,love,love this box! Beautiful!

  4. Love, love, love this box! Thank you for sharing, my friend!

  5. Wow, Marisa!!! This is gorgeous and a fabulous tutorial!!! Spellbinders would be crazy to not select you for their DT!!! Not too sure I'll make it, but I'm trying my best. Blessings! Kathy

  6. I'm here by way of Christina at Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls. Congratulations on her nomination of you and your blog, as well as your DT possibilities. I'm a new RSS subscriber. You had me at your suggestion to put the card stock on the Cutting Plate first, then lay the die "cut side down" on the paper, and then put the Base Plate on top. I just bought a Grand Calibur and their way of layering seemed awkward/backwards to me. Thanks for doing the experimenting so I didn't risk breaking something I'd had to save for. I thought there must be a reason they did it the other way around, so was hesitant lest I break something before I had the chance to even buy some dies. I bought an embossing folder and that didn't need any special positioning, but the dies were too expensive to experiment with. Lovely work, BTW. I look forward to more inspiration.

  7. we made the box for a school project. it was a great idea and it was so easy thanks for everything.

  8. Wowza. Girl, you rock! Hey, did I know you were my "neighbor?" I am in San Diego...north county. High five, CA girl!


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