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Easter Pop-Up Box Card

Creativity, Paper Crafting

Easter is just right around the corner. Do not wait for the last-minute call for you to make an Easter Pop-Up Box Card. Creative and fun to make for both kiddies and adults!

Supplies needed:

  1. Carrier mat with low tack adhesive.
  2. 60-degree blade.
  3. One sheet of 12” x 12” cardstock. We suggest a weight of 200 to 250gsm.
    We used a card with a different shade of green on each side so that the grass could be cut from the same sheet.
  4. One sheet of 12” x 12” cardstock. We suggest a weight of 160 to 250gsm.
    We used a pale blue patterned card to signify the sky.
  5. Pale brown card with a minimum size of 80mm x 130mm (5” x 3”).
    We suggest a weight of 160 to 250gsm.
  6. Pink or red card with a minimum size of 50mm x 25mm (2” x 1”).
    We suggest a weight of 160 to 250gsm.
  7. Yellow card with a minimum size of 55mm x 55mm (2” x 2”).
    We suggest a weight of 160 to 250gsm.
  8. A black pen.
  9. A coloured pen of your choice to write the greeting.
    We chose to use green to match the box.
  10. Ink pads (or your choice of colouring method) we used two shades of orange, two of green, a deep pink and a red, a brown and a white.
  11. Glue or double-sided tape.
To get started, gather all the supplies needed and download the files here and unzip.

Cutting the Design

For this project, we will start by cutting the design for the box and the inserts. Both the box and the inserts have fold lines, to make the fold lines we can score using a blade set at a low force or we can pounce (perforate) the fold lines. In this case, we will score using a blade.
1. Open the file box.scpro2. And place the green sheet of the 12” x 12” (305mm x 305mm) card in the cutter.

2.  We will start by scoring the fold lines first. Click on the icon to select the Whole Area. We need the Whole Area chosen so that the fold lines and the cut lines will be positioned correctly to each other.

3. Click on the red colour button to select the red lines; these are the fold lines.

4. Click on the Cut Out icon to bring up the Cut Out window – 1.
Make sure that Position After Cutting is set to Go Back to Beginning – 2. It is necessary to do this so that the cut lines are positioned correctly with the fold lines.
Make sure the Use Weeding frame is not selected – 3.
Score the lines by clicking on the Cut Out button – 4.

Note: We recommend a scoring force of approximately 10% of the cutting force. However, this will vary from machine to machine, so it is best to check before cutting the whole design.

5. Click on the green colour button to select the green lines, hold down the shift key and click on the black colour button to select the black as well as the green.

6. Click on the Cut Out icon to bring up the Cut Out window – 1. Click on the Cut Out button – 2.

7. Place the blue patterned sheet of 12” x 12” (305mm x 305mm) card in the cutter and open the file box sides.scpro2. This file has black for cutting lines and green for writing the greeting with a pen. We need to change the blade in the cutter for a pen so we can write the greeting (Happy Easter).

8. Click on the green colour button – 1 to select the writing.
Click on the Cut Out icon – 2 to bring up the Cut Out Window.
Make sure Go Back to Beginning – 3 is selected so that the writing will line up with the cut lines.

9. Click on the Tool settings tab – 1.
Set both Blade Offset – 2 and Overcut – 3 to 0 because we are using a pen and not a blade.
Click on the Cut Out button – 4 to write the greeting.

10. Click on the black colour button to select the cut lines.

11. Click on the Cut Out icon – 1 to open the Cut Out window.
Click on the Tool settings tab – 2.
Set both Blade Offset – 3 and Overcut – 4 to the correct figures for cutting with your blade type and machine.
Click on the Cut Out button – 5.

12. Open the file inside parts.scpro2.

13. Place the pale brown card in the cutter. Click on the Optimised/Whole Area button to select Optimised. As we are only cutting a small design, we want to be economical with our paper and choosing Optimised means that the cut will be where we set the origin.

Click on the brown colour button – 1 to select the brown design. And then it cut out.

14. Place the yellow card in the cutter. Click on the yellow colour button to select the yellow design.

Make sure Optimised is still selected and then cut out.

15. Place the pink/red card in the cutter.
Click on the red colour button to select the red design and cut out.

Assembling the Design

1. There are multiple pieces to this design: one large green piece, four green pieces with tabs on each side, four green pieces without tabs, four rectangular blue pieces, eight blue shaped pieces, four rabbits, three red/pink tulips, two yellow tulips and two chicks.
2. Take the large green piece that will form the box and fold along each of the score lines.
3. We used a two-sided card with a different shade of green on each side, and we want the paler green on the inside of the box, so we start by folding each vertical score line so that the pale green is on the inside.

4. Now we need to fold the horizontal lines. Fold each piece so that the pale green side is on the outside.

Note: One panel remains unfolded; this is the back of the box and needs to stay upright.

5. Fold over the tab on the right-hand side.
6. Take the four green pieces of foliage that have tabs on each side. Fold each tab over.
We wanted the paler green side to be the front, so the tabs are folded with the darker green on the inside.
7. Now we take the box piece and stick the four blue rectangles on the bottom of the darker green side so that they will show on the outside of the box.

8. Take four of the shaped panels and stick on the top half of the box.

Note: do not use the panel with the greeting.

9. Turn the box over and stick the remaining panels on to the top half.

Note: the panel with the greeting should be placed on the far right.

10. Take all of the eight pieces of foliage and use inks (or another method of your choice) to add some variation in colour.

Note: the four pieces with tabs only need to be coloured on the front side (we chose the paler side to be the front.)
Of the other four pieces, three should be coloured on both sides as they will be visible from both the front and back.
The fourth will be stuck to the back of the box and will only be seen from the front.

11. Take the four pieces of foliage without the tabs.

Stick each one so that the grass appears to grow from the horizontal folds.

Note: Only the one that is on the back panel of the box should be stuck to the top half, the other three should have the top of the box folded over to the back before sticking the foliage down.

12. Take the four rabbits, the brown ink pad, the white ink pad and the black pen.
Ink each rabbit around the edges but leave an area on the chest of the rabbit without ink.
Note: On the fourth rabbit we have inked it all over, this is because we decided that this rabbit would have its back to us.
13. Take the white ink pad and dad a little ink on the chest of each rabbit, and then add a little white for the tail.
14. The final step for the rabbits is for us to add eyes and a nose and mouth. We used the black pen to add these details.
15. Take the two chicks.
Use the paler orange inkpad to dab around the back, head and wings of the chicks.
Use the darker orange to add colour to the beak and feet.
We finished the chicks by adding an eye with the black pen.
16. The final step for the rabbits is for us to add eyes and a nose and mouth. We used the black pen to add these details.
17. Take the foliage piece with the tulip shapes and stick the tulip heads over the top of their counterpart.
18. Now we start to assemble the box. For this, we take the main box piece and the four pieces of foliage with tabs.
Take the first piece and glue the right-hand side tab to the second panel from the right. Line up height-wise with the foliage that is already in place. Leave a small gap between the fold of the tab and the fold of the box.
19. Fold the first piece over to the right. Then take the second piece and glue the tab at the same height and with a small gap between that and the first piece.
20. Repeat with the third and fourth pieces. Note: the piece with the tulips is the last to be added as we want this to sit towards the back of our box.
21. Make sure that all four pieces will fold easily back and forth.
22. Add glue to the tab at the far right of the box. Fold and bring the left-hand edge of the box to sit over the tab, so the box is now three dimensional.
23. Looking from the top, we can see that the interior pieces are fixed on the right-hand side but not on the left.
24. Each piece needs the tab lifted a little so that glue can be added to it and it can be stuck to the side of the box.
25. The box now has layers of foliage inside.
26. Next, we want to add our animals. Furthermore, we start with the rabbits as they will be behind the chicks.
Add a little glue to the bottom of the rabbit that has its back to us. Note: If unsure where to place the animals, we have added an image that shows each layer.
And glue to the left-hand side of the foliage layer that is in front of the tulips.
27. Take the other rabbits (but not the one with its nose pointing up). Stick the larger one on the right-hand side of the same layer as the previous rabbit. Glue the smaller rabbit in the middle of the next layer forwards.
28. Glue the two chicks to the next layer of foliage.
29. Glue the last rabbit to the front flap of the box looking what his friends are up to.
30. Lift one of the side flaps and push the box sides over and you will find that it folds down flat for posting in a normal envelope.
31. Your pop box card is now finished.

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