Saturday 3 December 2011

A quick holiday gift and a freebie revisited (now includes print/scissors version!)

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Those of you who follow my blog regularly will know that I make my designs available for download here for 1 week and then I remove them.  As the holidays are approaching fast I thought I'd make a change and repost a file from last April, which I thought would be perfect for a quick holiday gift!
I know that we all put a lot of love and care into the cards we make, using a range of interesting techniques and materials, but this is definitely not about that, speed is the essence here!  This is about "Oh no, I need a gift for DS2's teacher by 8am tomorrow, what am I gonna do???".  

I'm sure that like me you have waaaaay more sheets of patterned cardstock and paper than you will ever use!  Many of them are lovely enough to stand on their own as the front of a simple card, so when time is short, why not let them help you out?  

With a little forward planning (keep a few pre-cut boxes aside, ready to go when you need them) there's no reason why you shouldn't have a nice gift ready to go in less than an hour! It took me only 30 minutes to assemble this box and make 10 simple cards to go inside it.  I used plain white 5x5 cards and envelopes which were 50 for £4, or 8p (12 US cents) each, with a matte and panel on each cut from my ever growing mountain of cardstock.  Let's be honest, the cards aren't going to win any craft prizes, but the if the papers you use are lovely, then the cards are perfectly presentable!  How often have we all seen plain cards just like these in museum gift shops or artsy stores?

Here's a quick video demo of how to fold and construct the boxes. It shows the construction of the base, but the lid is assembled in exactly the same way.

Here is a size guide that shows what size you need to cut each template to produce a particular size of box. Sizes are in inches!
Box size Base w/h Lid w/h
3 x 3 5.2 4.77
3.5 x 3.5 6.04 5.54
4 x 4 6.9 6.3
4.5 x 4.5 7.76 7.06
5 x 5 8.62 7.85
5.5 x 5.5 9.5 8.625
6 x 6 10.34 9.38
6.5 x 6.5 11.22 10.14

Please remember you are only allowed to download these files for your own use and can not share them or distribute them to others in any form. I spend a great deal of time creating my designs, please respect the terms under which they are shared.

Don't forget, if you have any requests, pass them on! I can't promise, but I will take suggestions into account when planning future templates.

These files may not be uploaded to a group, forum or website for sale or redistribution, or shared among individuals. They are expressly for the personal use of each person that downloads them from this blog.

There are 3 files and I have put them into a zip file to make downloading easier. After saving it, open in the usual way, and drag the files out onto your desktop or wherever you wish to save them.

There are 3 versions:
  • An SVG version which can be imported into the Sure Cuts a Lot or Make the Cut program and then cut out on any of the machines supported by SCAL and Make the Cut.
  • A DXF version which is Craft Robo friendly, and ready to be imported into your Robomaster software (I'm not a Robo user, so if there are any problems with this, please let me know!)
  • A Printable version which can be imported into your graphics or Word program, sized to suit your needs, printed and then cut out with scissors or a craft knife.
Simply click on the appropriate button below to download the file!

Any feedback on the templates is more than welcome, and if you have any suggestions for possible future templates you'd like to see, please let me know! If you make anything using one of the templates, please post a link to it here so that others can be inspired by how you've used them!


sharon said...

Coming out of lurkdom to say thanks for the template Dan. I usually make a little wallet-type folder for card sets but this will be more stable for posting.

Joan M. Doyle said...

Hey Dan!
Thanks for sharing. I have a couple of people who will appreciate this card box!

Merry Christmas!

Hels Sheridan said...

VERY clever... love the vid Dan... if I could just figure out how to turn the CriCut on I could use it lol muchly appreciated for you hard work and time though... hope all is goodly xx

Anna said...

Thank you so much.

Annette said...

thanks, Dan - this file could be very useful!!!!!

Sid said...

Fab idea and great template ! Thanks !!

misteejay said...

TFS - this is a super gift idea Dan. When I get a moment I might make up a couple so they are ready for any occasion when a little gift is needed.

Toni xx

Sue Jones said...

You know, i keep MEANING to do something like this! I never get round to it! Great gift :)

Ali said...

very lovely, and thanks for the tutorial.

Jimjams said...

Thank you for the printable version - great project to have in reserve.

Julian said...

You really do need your own TV show! Your videos are always so clearly explained and easy to follow. I wish I were so good at explaining things!

Beautiful cards too, now that's what I call clever crafting. :)


MaryEllen said...

thanks so much for sharing your box file and the instructional video. love the little you that pops up on the screen he sure is a real attention getter.

Jackie said...

Thank you Dan...much appreciated!!!#
Jackie x

kerry said...

Hi Dan,
love this template and I use the print/scissors version -- off to make some as stocking fillers now
Thank you and hope your well x x

Danielle said...

Thanks, Dan! I might have this file already, but I'm downloading it just in case!

Anonymous said...

Dan, thank you very much for the files and the video tutorial. Looks like a very useful file, and easy, too!

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