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Frame Box Card Tutorial by Emma Williams

Hey everyone!
Hope you’re all well and your Christmas preparations are in full swing for the big day!! I’ve still got quite a few jobs to tick off that “to-do” list but I’m getting there slowly!

If you’re a regular visitor to the Craftwork Cards blog then you might remember this card that I shared with you all last month! Well, I’ve had quite a few queries asking for a tutorial about how I made the this card and today, I’m sharing a step by step of how it’s done, along with some of my recent makes for the Essentials Weekender, that were recently shown on Create and Craft, including this one…
There’s quite a few photos in this post, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy…
Frame Card Tutorial:
To make the basic frame card, cut one piece of white cardstock to measure 6″ x 8″ in size and a second piece, 12″ x 6″, folded in half down the centre to create a 6″ square card blank.
Take the 6″ x 8″ piece of card and place in front of you, with the longest side facing you, score the frame at 0.5″, 1″, 7″ and 7.5″ and fold along the scorelines. 
To create the aperture in the centre, measure 1″, 1.5″, 4.5″ and 5″ from the second score line on the left hand side and make a faint pencil mark. Turn the card around 90˚ and then measure again at 1″, 1.5″, 4.5″ and 5″ and mark with a pencil. Join up all the pencil marks to form a square and score along each of the solid lines (see photo below).
Cut diagonally from corner to corner (see photo below) of the scored square to create four triangular flaps in the centre.
Create a mountain fold, followed by a valley fold along each of the scorelines to create your inset to your frame.
 Apply adhesive tape to each of the end tabs of the scored card. 
Mount the frame onto the front of your 6″ x 6″ card blank. Add adhesive to each of the four flaps on your frame and attach them to the blank card to form the box.
Cut a piece of white card, approximately 9.5cm square and place in the centre of your frame card and you now have your basic frame card to decorate.
Here are two of my card samples using the Box Frame card that I made for the recent Create and Craft shows. The samples show how versatile this card is and how you can use different mediums to bring it to life.
 My first card uses the Vintage Ephemera collection of papers and die cuts.
On this card, I used more of the papers, to decorate the inside for a more luxurious feel. 
For the second card, I used items from the Essentials Kit that was the recent Weekender on Create and Craft and is still available to buy.
I embossed white card from the kit using Broken China Distress Ink, which I applied to an embossing folder. I then ran this through the Grand Calibur to create this wonderful embossed feature for the edges for my frame.
The flower is also made using die cuts from the kit and coloured with Dried Marigold Distress Inks. I added inked leaves, again from the kit.
The message is stamped onto white card using the Essentials Stamp set.
I also wanted to share a couple of other samples that I made for the show using the stamps and Essentials kit. The first card uses the frames, white card, Candi and the beautiful die cut flowers and leaves from the kit, which I inked with Distress Inks. I added a message using the stamps.
Below is another of my samples and this features white embossed card as a background and I then added the die cut butterflies which I inked with Mustard Seed Distress Ink to a cloudy sky background, again created using Distress Inks on the white card from the kit.
So, that’s it from me for today and I really hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial for the frame card and loved seeing my other cards that I created for the shows! If you are inspired by any of my cards, then I would love to see what you make and hope you’ll get in touch to share them with me!
Thank you so much for all your support during 2014 and I will be back in the new year!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone and hope you have a very happy 2015!!
See you soon…Emma x


  1. sherry

    20th June 2016 - 8:04 pm

    I am so glad I found this again. I had made some of these cards when you first came out with the tutorial and I loved them, however, I had lost the site when my computer crashed. I have it bookmarked again……can’t wait to make the frame cards again!

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