Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gift Card Accordion Folder

Friday, December 11, 2009

by Eileen Hull

Happy holidays and welcome to the Sizzix blog!

My name is Eileen Hull, and I'm a freelance designer and author. Mat board is my favorite medium to work in because it's sturdy, comes in a wide variety of colors, textures and finishes and accepts inks, paint and chalks beautifully. To me, it is the perfect paper! For years I had been tediously cutting, scoring and folding mat board into one-of-a-kind books, containers and other three-dimensional creations until the lightbulb clicked on. Perhaps a die could be made allowing projects to be cut quickly and accurately without all the measuring, marking and mistakes! Luckily, Sizzix agreed that idea could work.

So today, I am happy to introduce ScoreBoards dies. They are specially designed with a unique scoring blade to cut mat board and chipboard into boxes, folders and totes. The first collection includes eight designs, and the dies have just started shipping.

The Business Card Box seems to be my favorite lately. Our family is spread out all over the country, and we are giving lots of gift cards this year. Making a personalized box for the card makes your gift a little more personal and lots of fun to open. Plus, it's great to use up some of those supplies that we all have in our stashes! Here's a project I would like to share with you. Before you begin working with the ScoreBoards dies, please read the instructions included in the package.

First, you will need to assemble your supplies:

• Sizzix Big Shot Machine
• Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Box, Business Card
• Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Phrase, Noel w/Holly & Frame
• 6" x 13" piece of mat board
• cardstock pieces: file 2" x 12" and handle 1 3/8" x 7 1/2" (BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses)
• 1/4" red line tape
• thin round elastic
• Crop-a-dile
• craft knife
• adhesive Velcro dots
• scoring board (very helpful but measuring the old fashioned way works too!)
• desired embellishments (stamps, inks, ribbon)

1. Run mat board through Big Shot. Remember the OUTSIDE of the box should be facing DOWN.
2. With a craft knife or scissors, cut off the two side flaps of the box so all sides are even.
3. Stamp the inside of the folder if desired.
4. Place paper strip on scoring board. Score every 1/2" for 4". Leave a plain strip measuring 3 1/2" and then score another 4" piece every 1/2". Trim off the last 1/2".
5. Fold one side of the strip accordian style. Pinch the bottom and place inside the folder. Turn folder over and mark where the bottom brad hole is on the paper inside. Punch through all layers with 1/8" punch or Crop-a-dile. Repeat for other side.
6. Cut a piece of elastic about 8" long. Make a double knot on one end. Place the paper so the large middle piece is in the front of the folder. Line up the holes and adhere each side to the back of the folder with red line tape.
7. Thread the elastic through the front to back and knot securely again in the front.
8. Stick two Velcro dots together. Remove backings of both. Place first dot on front flap where desired, then carefully close folder and press both pieces in place.
9. For the handle, score 1/2" down center of strip and fold sides into middle. Finger press creases. Run a line of double-sided tape one side, fold both sides in to the middle and adhere. On either end of the handle, fold under 1/2". Take the die-cut label and put a piece of double-sided tape on top. Thread the paper through the "handle" and press all layers together. Adhere the two ends to the inside flap of the box.
10. Embellish with Sizzlits Holly branch, rickrack, red Stickles and mat board flower.

11. From original piece of mat board, find where flower has been punched out and trace gift card (3 3/8" x 2 1/8") around it. Trim mat board with scissors or craft knife. Insert paper or photo behind flower opening.
12. Embellish as desired.

TIP: Mat board distresses really nicely. Use a sandpaper block to rub paper off edges. Don't be afraid to use a little muscle.

I hope you enjoyed this project. Please stop back every Monday for a new design, tips and techniques for working with your ScoreBoards dies!

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