Sunday, July 14, 2013

Welcome Little Lulu!

When my daughter and son in law recently brought a little Mal-Tzu (Maltese+ShihTzu) puppy into their home, the image of a brand new puppy being brought home in a cardboard box came to mind and I knew right away Colette's fun pop-up box card would be the perfect choice for a welcoming card for their sweet Lulu.
 I used Cottage Cutz "Sweetheart Puppy" die to cut and piece together little Lulu from ice gold cardstock and Copics to color her up. "Welcome Lulu" tag was cut from a Sizzlits mini tag set, and  sentiments were printed onto rounded rectangles, adhered to the sides of the box tied up with twine.
The neatest thing about this is the sliding mechanism inside the box that allows the box to fold flat for mailing. I was in such a rush to get this out that I completely forgot to take of photo of it flattened, but I have one posted of my first card of this type here, if you're interested.
I struggled a bit the first few times I tried Colette's card, maybe because of my own inaccuracies in converting metrics to inches...and also because I just couldn't get the sliding mechanism to work properly. In any case, I ended up tweaking the slider mechanism a bit and am happier now with how the box slides open and close. As promised last time, here's the template I came up with:

Solid lines are the cutting lines and broken lines are the score lines.
Here are the box pieces and the sleeve (printed paper), cut, scored and folded.

Glue the 1/2" flap on the long side of the sleeve to create a tube for the slider.

Connect the two box pieces together by gluing the mitered flap on the Box Base A to Box Base B.

Adhere the mitered flaps of the sleeve to the box at the same corner where you attached Box Base A and B.
Now insert the slider (on Box Base A) into the sleeve, making sure it slides in and out smoothly. You may have to trim the height of the slider a teensy bit to get it to slide to your satisfaction.
Apply glue to the remaining mitered flap (Box Base B)...
...and adhere to the slider to complete your box.
After that, let your creativity take over to decorate as you please!
Hopefully the instructions were easy enough to follow...
Here's a photo my daughter took when they received the box we sent for Lulu...
After it was flattened, I put Lulu's card into a brown box made to fit and tied it up with twine. (...brown paper packages tied up with string...these are a few of my favorite things!)
And finally, here's a shot of sweet little Lulu....awwwww....!


Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

OH WOW!!! THIS IS OUT-OF-THIS WORLD CUTE!!!! Lulu will surely LOVE all the goodies and she is just adorable.

Anonymous said...

Precious puppy!
And a fantastic card.I made one with the teddy bear similar to your original one. Thanks for the template..will be easier to make my next one.
Can you post directions for the box you put your card in?
Thank you!

Creations by Patti said...

Another absolutely fabulous card. Uh-oh, I should have made one of these for Gail W., too - she just got a puppy too but not with so much fur! Thanks for the hard work to provide all the dimension for this box. I'll have to try it sometime.

Véro said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial!Your blog and your cards are so gorgeous!