Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fun Fold Twisted Box - CAS

After viewing a video on You Tube I decided to try making this fun fold box. I chose the smaller box that is made from 8.5" x 11" cardstock. There are also instructions available to make a larger one. I made it using 80-lb. cardstock and it tore quite easily. So I made another using Neenah 110-lb. cardstock and found the box to be sturdy and suitable to use.

I think this box would be a fun gift or a party favor... maybe even something for everyone's place at the dinner table. The video uses candy in the top and bottom but I think it would be just right for some cash or a check for graduation or birthday. Who doesn't appreciate a monetary gift? I would also add a festive ribbon and tag.

The cardstock was stamped in several colors using stamps from several stamp sets and two sentiments were stamped directly onto the box: "Lovely Amazing You" is stamped on the lid and "Beyond Awesome" is stamped on the side.
Using THIS VIDEO for instruction, I constructed the box. I found the instructions to be a little confusing at first but the second box was a breeze to create.

Lessons learned:
1. The regular weight (80-lb.) cardstock collapsed and began tearing at the folds while attempting to twist the box.
2. The heavyweight cardstock (110-lb.) twisted perfectly into place on the first try.
3. Twisting the box open and closed too frequently will rapidly wear out the box.
4. Firmly burnishing the score lines makes a difference. The diagonal scores should be folded and burnished in the opposite direction from the "square" scores. (I think I missed this in the video.)
5. Don't glue the bottom closed until after the box has been twisted and the gift or goodies placed into the bottom of the box. This reduces twisting and untwisting the box.
6. While empty and the ends not glued shut, the box folds flat but once filled and the bottom glued, the box no longer folds flat for mailing.

But I enjoyed the project!
I am entering this into Aud Sentiments Anything Goes Challenge #155.
I am also entering this into Creative with Stamps CAS Challenge #2. The box was really quick and easy to make once I understood the construction. I hope you'll visit the challenge blogs to view a wide variety of cards and other paper crafted items.

Here's a peek into the top of the twisted box.

Techniques: Stamping, Fun Fold, Twisted Box
Size: 2" square and 6.25" in height

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Lovely Amazing You, Best Thoughts, Flower Patch
Inks: Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Lost Lagoon, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose

Close to My Heart Materials
Stamp: Beyond Awesome

Other Materials:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110-lb.
Ink: Stazon Jet Black


  1. A fab design for a box. I have never seen this before. I think it is one to try. Thanks for sharing with Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  2. a WONDERFUL BOX .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥
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  3. Such a great Gift Box idea. I have not seen anything like this before either! TFS, Melanie.
    And, thanks so much for playing along with Creative With Stamps~CAS Challenge this month :-)

  4. What a great idea for a treat or gift box and love your personalized stamped design paper very pretty assortment of stamps and colors. Thanks for stopping by Aud Sentiments and please join us again.

  5. Very cool Melanie! Love the design and your awesome color scheme. Perfect!

  6. Great box! Thanks for joining our challenge at "Creative with Stamps", Eunice

  7. This is so cool! I always mean to stop by to check out your non Atlantic hearts creations. Finally I am here to do a little browsing....

  8. This is a really neat idea - have never seen a twisted box like this. I like the suggestions you offer - great ideas for someone else who might want to try this. Well decorated in a bright and inviting colour scheme.

  9. That is a fun box! I might have to try it out! Unfortunately, our challenge is just for cards...but thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
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