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“Papers and Pixels” Magazine Project and Tutorial

3-D Box with Double Sliding Top

I was honored to have this project and it’s tutorial featured in the “Papers and Pixels” online craft magazine April 2013 edition.  I’m posting two of these boxes today along with the tutorial.  Both of these feature Pion Design papers from their new paper line “Alma’s Sewing Room.”  This finished box measures 5”x 6 ¾” size and is 2” deep.  It features a 3-D top with a two-piece sliding lid.  These lid pieces slide in and out from the sides.  The two boxes shown below were made using the below instructions.  In addition, I’ve made two more that are slightly different so that you can see that you can get a different look by changing the box sizes and borders and I’ll post those boxes within the next few days. I hope you enjoy this project.  

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TUTORIAL:  3-D BOX WITH DOUBLE SLIDING TOP

For the top to have a platform to slide on, the project requires two boxes; an outer larger one and an inside smaller one.  Once you’ve become familiar with the instructions, you can customize the size and depth of the box, as well as use other borders. 

MATERIALS:

3 sheets 12″ x 12″ cardstock          Bazzill Smoothies Walnut Cream
2 sheets Pion Design paper            Alma’s Sewing Room
1 package                                   Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners 

TOOLS:

Martha Stewart Punch Around
the Page                                     Cherish
Paper Trimmer
Scoreboard 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS:

Glue, Decorative dies, Lace, Ribbon, Charms, Gemstones, Stamps, Flowers, Photos, Resin corners

Step 1:

Cut two pieces of cardstock measuring 5” x 6 ¾’.  Use a Martha Stewart Cherish punch-around-the-page to form the top and base frames of your box.

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Step 2:

Take one of the above punched cardstock frames and on the back side, measure and mark  ½” from the inside border on all sides and cut out a center rectangle. 

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Step 3:

Cut a 4” x 5 ¾” piece of decorative paper to fit the top frame. On the reverse side, measure and mark 3/8” from the outside edge on all sides and cut out a center rectangle.  Glue the decorative paper to the top cardstock frame.

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Step 4:

For the outside larger box, cut a piece of cardstock measuring 8 ¾” x 9”.  Place the 9” long side horizontally on your score board and score at ½”, 2 ½”, 6 ½”, and 8 ½”

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Step 5:

Turn the cardstock around to where the 8 ¾” side is horizontal against the scoreboard.  Score at 1 ½” and 7 ¼”.  Notice that the sides are ½” shorter on two sides of the box.  This provides the 3-D effect for your sliding top pieces.

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Step 6:

Cut the tabs vertically on the 8 ¾” side as shown and assemble the box.  The outer 1/2” scored panels will provide the support for the frame top.

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Step 7:

Cut and glue decorative paper strips for the outside of the larger box measuring 1 7/8” x 5 5/8” size for the longer sides and 1 3/8” x 3 7/8” size for the shorter sides

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Step 8:

For the inner smaller box, cut a piece of cardstock measuring 6 ½” x 8 ¼”.  Score at 1 ½” on all sides.

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Step 9:

Cut the tabs and assemble/glue the box.

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Step 10:

Cut and glue decorative paper for the inside of the smaller box measuring 1 3/8” x 5 1/8” for the longer sides and 1 3/8” x 3 3/8” for the shorter sides and 3 3/8” x 5 1/8” for the box floor.

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Step 11:

Center and glue the smaller box inside the larger one.

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Step 12:

Apply glue to the ½” top panels and then carefully align and place the top cut-out frame onto these panels.

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Step 13:

Make the double pull-out top by cutting a piece of cardstock measuring 3 7/8” x 7 1/8”.  Cut this piece in half and then use the punch to make an edge border on both sides.

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Step 14:

Cut and glue two pieces of decorative paper for the sliding top pieces measuring 3” x 3 ¾” each.

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Step 15:

Center and glue the remaining base frame to the box bottom.  Apply your decorative touches such as die cuts, hitch fasteners/knobs, flowers, gemstones, charms, lace, ribbons, stamps, and photos.

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15 Responses to “Papers and Pixels” Magazine Project and Tutorial

  1. Micki says:

    Beautiful!

  2. Ada says:

    Ciao Tara…
    A very spectacular project as all the others you made…wooooooonderful !!!…
    soon Ada

  3. Michelle says:

    Absolutely stunning as always Tara.
    Michelle x

  4. Becky says:

    I just discovered your site recently and all I can say is WOW! I love all your projects and I am not just saying that! I want to thank you so much for posting the instructions for making this box. I am half way through making my first one with many more to follow, I am sure. I do have one question, do you own stock in a bead company? How in the world can you afford to put all those pearls on your projects? I adore the look but unless you have a cheap source for them, I would go broke making the projects you do.

    Thanks again for the instructions. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!

    • Tara Brown says:

      Hi Becky, I smiled when I read your comment about the pearls. I actually wait until those go on sale 50% off at local craft shops (Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s) and then I stock up on them. Thanks for your very nice comments – they were very much appreciated! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Paula Gale says:

    Just beautiful… I love the colours of the paper in this project; cream/ivory and grey… so stylish. Would make a great wedding gift for someone… also, great tutorial…

    I was wondering about the beads too – well, the pearls… you really do get through them don’t you!!! It finishes of your projects and makes them even more stunning…

    Paula x x x

  6. Paula Gale says:

    absolutely stunning – love all of your creative projects. so pretty xxx

  7. marg0006 says:

    Super lovely box. Thanks for your creative and very talented idea.

  8. LindaSS says:

    Hello… I love love your box and thanks to your inspiration I have now made my own box.. I have altered it a bit tho and I hope it is ok to you that I will be making a you tube tutorial in norwegian with my box.. I will of course be putting in a link to your blog as the original inspiration…
    Love LindaSS

  9. momo says:

    bonjour que de belles choses vous faites bravo pourriez vous svp me donnez le tuto en francais car je n arrive pas a faire le modele merci beaucoup et encore toutes mes felicitations

    • Tara Brown says:

      Hi Momo, thank you for your sweet comment! Copy and paste the tutorial and then translate it from English to French using “Google translate” That’s what I use and it works great! Best wishes! 🙂

  10. Cléo says:

    Very Beautifull

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hermoso, espectacular!!!