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>

3 thoughts on “Another carousel card – with assembly instructions

  1. What a lovely card? box? gift. It warmed my heart to see that I’m not the only messy crafter around ha ha

  2. thank you have to have a go at this love it so much xxx

  3. Amazing card, and a great tutorial to

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