—1 piece of 5″ x 5.5″ cardstock
—1 piece of 5.5″ x 4.25″ cardstock
—1 piece of 5.25″ x 4″ patterned paper
—Score Pal or similar scoring tool
—Stamp Up Top Note Die
—Small Hole Punch
—Ribbon (approximately 12″, depending on the desired handle length)
— Additional cardstock, paper, stamps, embellishments as desired
—Using the 5″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock, line the short side along the Score Pal rule. Score at 1″ and 4″.
—Turn the 5″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock so that the long side is against the Score Pal ruler. Score at 2″ and 3.5″.
—Fold inward along all the score lines. Make a box tab on either side by cutting along the score lines up to the 1″ score line, as shown.
—Turn the box over so that the score lines fold downward. Put sticky strip on the edge of the two box tabs, as shown.
—Turn the box over again and put sticky strip on the edge of the larger tabs, one on each side of the box, diagonally as shown. Be sure to put the sticky strip close to the edge of the tab, or you’ll end up with it showing inside the box (and a sticky box).
—One one side of the box, push the small bottom tab up. Then attached the large side tab without the sticky strip to the small tap. Then attach the large side tab with sticky strip. The large tab with the sticky strip will overlap the one without sticky strip, closing the box end.
—Repeat on the other side of the box and you will now have a complete, open topped box. Set the box aside for now.
—Attach the piece of patterned paper to the 5.5″ x 4.25″ piece of cardstock. Run the cardstock/patterned paper piece through through your Big Shot with the Top Note die.
(Note: the patterned paper is optional if you want your box sides to just be a solid cardstock color).
–Cut the Top Note die in half at the point along the long side (see picture, left).
–Decorate the back and front of your box as desired.
—Apply sticky strip to the large sides of the box.
—With the box sitting upright, centre one piece of the top note along the bottom of the box and stick it to the side of the box.
Note: This is best done on a firm surface so that the bottom of the box nicely aligns with the bottom of the Top Note.
Repeat on the other side.
—Punch a small hole in the side of the box. The size of the hole will depend on the type of ribbon used. If the ribbon knots tightly and the hole is too big, the ribbon will slip back through the hole. You may want to test your ribbon (and the hole size) on scrap paper before punching your box.
—Going from outside to inside, thread the ribbon through on side of the box box and knot the end. Repeat on the other side as illustrated in the picture, left.
—You’re done! Fill your box with goodies and make someone’s day.