Another carousel card – with assembly instructions

Important note! One user commented the scoring marks on the templates were too close together for the card she used.  Ruth re-did the plain template and will re-do the Oval one.  They are now in Dropbox, here. Download the ones with MORESPACE in the name for the improved versions! If you plan to print and hand score/cut then the originals are fine, no need to grab the improved ones.

Added the single page templates.

  • Click here to get the simple one (flat back)
  • Click here to get the smaller original (fluted back)
  • Click here to get the no-oval SVG from Dropbox
  • click here to get the oval aperture version from Dropbox

Yep.  That’s what I decided to call it.  A Carousel Card!

Now one thing first.  I will be adding the two templates as two different PDFs.  Two reasons: first, I am worried people might try to use them together, and second, the way the smaller card works, with the fluted back, means that if you don’t cover the inside of the flap, the a will be seen as printed. Not a huge big deal, perhaps, but I want to correct it.  Who remembers “jungle bells?” LOL!

OK, let me jump right in to the assembly of the final card.  Now, this is just one way to do it – there are perhaps 10 other ways that might look equally nice.  I’m sure you will discover them – and when you do, comment with a link because I want to see it.

We will begin from the point where you have made your six boxes from the  template (and we are using page ONE of the PDF) and decorated them as you like.  I’ll just share my inserts with you.  Mine is made from the template printed on the lighter side of double-sided cardstock.  This is by far the easiest way to make one of these cards, with Template ONE printed on six sheets of double-sided card, on the side with the palest pattern so you can see the lines. The aperture is an oval.

I thought it would look nice to mimic the oval aperture with oval embellishments.  I printed the  text on strips of card.  I covered the chipboard ovals.  I added pop dots to the back of the word-strip and mounted it across the center of the chipboard ovals, wrapping the tails of the strips to the back and securing them with strong adhesive. Cute.

But only five.  Hummm.  The last one has a little floral bouquet made from paper and silk flowers.  Hot glue is best to assemble this.

Decide on the running order of your boxes, if, like me, you have used different papers.  Adhere an oval in the aperture of each box.  Use strong adhesive, especially on the heavy one.

OK, so while I was doing this I “lost” one of the boxes on my desk.  How is that possible? you ask? Ha.  Easy.

Let’s take a moment…..


And I found the 6th box!

OK, now to put it all together.  I don’t have photos for everything because some of it is just too hard to SHOW, but I can explain.

The box is slightly taller than 6 inches.  Bummer.  You need more than 12 inches to wrap around so you need more than a single sheet of cardstock – or do you? I’ve got a solution for that.  Depending on the accuracy of your folding and sticking you need two strips around 6 1/4 inches.   Measure YOUR boxes and let that guide you. BUT, if you want to be frugal and use just one sheet of cardstock, cut it in half for two 6 x 12 pieces.  You can easily add a decorative strip using a border punch to make up the additional 1/4 inch.  Stick this to the FRONT of the card, allowing what extra you need to extend past the edge.

Score one end of your first 6(ish) by 12 strip at 1/2 inch from the left edge.  Fold this over and secure it.

Add adhesive to the next bit of card, top to bottom but starting about 1/4 inch from the folded over edge. I know this is hard to see but the double-sided card was heavily patterned.

Basically what you want is your adhesive on the  strip starting and ending about 1/4 inch from where the box back will sit.  Your first box will sit right up to the folded over edge (can you see the solid olive line on the left? can you see how the adhesive begins a bit away from that?)

Stick your box.  Press well to adhere it, from within the aperture. It is critical that you try to ensure the edge is absolutely vertical, not badly askew.

OK, Now forgive me when I say I am willing to bet that every box is not EXACTLY the same size.  It may only be a variation of a millimeter or so but trust me you do NOT want to get to the end of this process and have it not close properly.  So rather than specifying a measurement for scoring the backing, I am going to say with your first box adhered to the backing, score just along the edge of the box. Fold up the tail to the right to crease.

Now again, 1/4 inch  away from the score line, add your adhesive You know how wide your box is (you measured it when I told you to, right? ) so add the adhesive, stopping short 1/4 inch of the full measurement.  You have a little wiggle room here.  You just don’t want the full back of the box to be adhered.

Carry on, scoring past each box as you add it, adding the adhesive but leaving your 1/4 inch clear on each side.  When you are about to run out of your 6(ish) x 12 inch strip of card, add good strong adhesive to the outside and overlap the second piece of card to continue the strip.  Fold your boxes in to check you are not getting off track.

When you have added your last box, score 1/2 inch past the edge and cut at 1 inch.  Fold this bit back on itself to finish off.

Oops.  That is actually the beginning, upside down, but it shows the same thing.

I had planned on adding a big eyelet and threading thru a ribbon to tie it closed but could I find my big eyelets?  I could not. (did you see the desk photo? does this surprise you?)

Instead I grabbed a couple of clips and used them.  Not ideal but they do make opening and closing the card really easy.

I just printed a greeting on some of the scraps and cut them in the same oval shape then stuck them to the front.  You could add more flowers or something else but I wanted to get this done before DD arrived home on the bus.

The final reveal (and note that it does NO GOOD to carefully place your aperture if you then mix up top and bottom.  At least it illustrates the point about ensuring the apertures are even LOL!):

OK, so can you spot the fatal <tee hee> flaw in my paper choice?  I was just about at the end of that paper pack, and while I did notice the blue paper says BON VOYAGE on it, it wasn’t till I had finished making all the boxes that I decided that the card would be a Get Well card.  Ideally you don’t want to be saying BON VOYAGE to someone who’s not well, but by the time that sunk in I was too far along to swap it out.  I may just have to add some other little scrap of paper over it.

So there you go, and with minutes to spare!  Phew.

I have so many ideas, one that I so want to jump right in to, but I am going to spend some quality time with DD.  I will sort out the updated PDFs within a day or two at most, and will def. make ONE MORE so I can get absolutely clear photos for a You Tube slide show (grr.  DH has been lax in installing the new version of iMovie so I have to reboot in the old OS to make that happen, and make sure I don’t upload the photos till I am back in Tiger or they won’t show up! I don’t like to reboot unless I have to so give me tie to get all the photos.  Fingers crossed for a sunny day over the weekend.)

Sorry I have been a bit too chatty today, perhaps. The You Tube thing will be more streamlined and have just the  essential info.  But I hope you can see how it works and will give it a go. This more streamlined process took me from 11:10 till about 3:30 (with time out for lunch, and laundry, phone calls and the electrician.)  Just FYI <wink>


Complex card, simplified!

Important note! One user commented the scoring marks on the templates were too close together for the card she used.  Ruth re-did the plain template and will re-do the Oval one.  They are now in Dropbox, here. Download the ones with MORESPACE in the name for the improved versions! If you plan to print and hand score/cut then the originals are fine, no need to grab the improved ones.

Added the single page templates.

  • Click here to get the simple one (flat back)
  • Click here to get the smaller original (fluted back)
  • Click here to get the no-oval SVG from Dropbox
  • click here to get the oval aperture version from Dropbox

Again, my night-time brain was working.  I liked the additional fold at the back because I liked how it looked from above, but in the interest of making the whole thing simpler I altered the template.  In doing so I realized a few more improvements this brings to the process.  I’ll explain as I go along.  And with luck I’ll be able to add another completed project and more on the final assemble but need to address some house issues (guy coming round to assess some work needing doing.) But I wanted to get this much up for you.

Firstly there is the template.  I would love someone with the tools to create a cutable SVG file and send it to me to include.  If you offer, I’ll accept!

The template is a PDF and of two pages.  The two templates do NOT mix and match!  Use one or the other. One is for the original card, slightly smaller, with the additional fluted back.  I won’t address that one here, but if you really fancy it, it’s there.  Trust me the simple triangle one is far easier and the difference between the finished projects are minimal. Where the original is useful is if you want to add something suspended in the middle – I will explain that is a future post with a project  have in mind.  But for now, let’s focus on the simple one.

Print 6 copies of the template on cardstock and one on printer paper.  Not essential, but you can then get a template for the triangle. OR print one copy on decent weight card and use it to trace the lines on cardstock.

I’ve made the lines VERY faint grey.  I hope you can see them here but you should def. have no problem seeing them when printed.  This means that you shouldn’t have to worry about the lines being very obvious on your final project, and both sides of the paper are visible in different areas.

Now, score all dotted lines and cut on the solid lines.  Crease the score lines crisply, towards the printed side of the paper.

Looking at the back of the paper I’ve marked the area that is the face of the box.  4 1/2 x 6″ blocks of paper will cover it with a slight margin. You want to cover the face of the card FIRST, before cutting the aperture.

In the original I used a Nestie bracket shape to cut the aperture.  This one will show an oval.  No oval Nesties round here so I’ll fall back on my trusty CM oval cutter.

Do mark the position so all the cut outs are in exactly the same position,  It will make a difference to the final finish.

Looking at the back side, I’ve marked the area the will be seen inside the aperture. You can decorate the whole inside but you can also do just the back panel.  Only a small area at each side will be truly visible so I’d say save your paper.

To assemble(and this is geared towards both ease of assembly and of having the template lines hidden as much as possible.  For each triangle flap, put the adhesive on the flap that meets the center of your apperture.  Put the adhesive on the INSIDE on the flap that meets the inside the box line. (Note: A added a small a on the flap that gets the adhesive.  On the other flap add the adhesive on the back (unprinted-on) side.  I hope that makes it easier!)

First stick both the flaps without the a to the inside of the card.

Next, stick the long flap to the outside of the card, forming a long pyramid.

Finally, stick the flaps with the a to the outside of the card, closing the box. With the aperture cut out you can easily slip your fingers inside the box to press down the adhesive for a strong bond.

The back will be covered in the cardstock that holds all the boxes in place and rolls up to create the outside of the card. But more on that later!

In fact you can print on double-sided cardstock so long as the printed-on side is a more muted pattern! That’s what I did here – and it will streamline the process even more. Due to the size you need at least A4/US letter size paper and can only get one from a 12×12 sheet of scrapbooking paper.  The lines are faint but visible – and you can see the a here!

Just a quick tip for placing your aperture – line up a strip of card or ruler if it is the right width, along the bottom of the card face.  Position your aperture item against that. It saves you having to mark your card.

and finally, a finished sample of  the simple box, printed on cardstock.

The printed lines are almost invisible inside the box – you certainly wouldn’t see them unless you were really looking.  And all in all the simple version (page one of the template PDF) is pretty quick, printing on double-sided cardstock makes it even quicker and omits the faff of adding layers to decorate.

There will be more to come on this cause you know me – I have to do things to death before I feel like I have exhausted the possibilities.  Later today (or tomorrow) I’ll add the final assembly info, if you haven’t guessed how to do it already!