Monday, 1 May 2017

Book Box Card Technique for Eileen Hull

Happy May Day!

At the beginning of each month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team share card techniques.  May is my month and I have chosen a book box card technique.  A book box card is one that is shaped like a book, with a compartment inside to put small gifts, notecards etc.

The team has also been using some wonderful Kunin felt (manufactured in the USA in a 100% Polyester fibre made from recycled plastic bottles).  I covered my book box with this felt, it makes it wonderfully tactile!

I gathered the materials I wanted to use and started by cutting my base card and 'book' elements.
1.  Cut two pieces of card 5" x 4" and score along the long side at 1/2" intervals.
2.  Cut two pieces of card 5.3/4" x 4" and score along the long side at 1/2" intervals.
3.  Cut a piece of card 11" x 6" and score at 5.1/4" and again at 5.3/4".
4.  Fold along all the score lines on the four smaller pieces, use a bone folder to crease well.
5.  Take one long side and one shorter side and weave together as shown above and glue the edges.
6.  Add the two remaining folded pieces and glue the edges, to look like the picture below.
Check that the accordion shaped piece fits inside the book box before moving to the next step.
Cover the front with felt, gluing it in place with Multi Matt Medium.  Using one of Eileen Hull's Word Stitchlit dies (Sizzix 661904), die cut the words 'Happy Birthday' and use wool and a back stitch to embroider the words.  I do this first so that when the book box is lined, the stitches will be hidden inside.
Prepare the lining by cutting a large piece of paper 11" x 6" and a smaller piece 6" x 5.1/4"
To make the frame for the inside, cut a 3/4" frame in the smaller piece.  I usually mark the inside of the smaller piece and use a sharp knife to cut the frame.
To line the book box I used Eileen Hull's new HeARTfelt paper pad (Sizzix 661946).
Before I glued the larger piece of paper to the inside of the book box I attached a piece of ribbon to act as a closure.  I glued the accordion part to the card and then attached the cut out frame to complete the inside.
Eileen's paper pad also includes some lovely little envelopes, mini note cards and sentiments.  I used one of the little envelopes to form a gift card holder.  I used some of the left over felt to create the rolled flowers.  The leaves on the inside and outside of the box were cut from Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers & Leaf die (Sizzix 661903).  
The flower on the front of the box was cut from the Stitchy flower die mentioned above.
Apologies for the long post, but I wanted to give as much detail as possible!  I do love making these book box cards, they really do make a statement and the Kunin felt was a dream to use.

I hope you have enjoyed my 'how to' and that it will encourage you to try making one too!

Thanks so much for your visit, I will be back later in the week!

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. What a fabulous project Anne and I love seeing each of the steps especially as I've never made one of these book box cards. Love the papers and embellishments and how this has become a gift card holder. Great job. Pinning for future reference so I can make one soon. Have a lovely bank holiday Monday xxx

  2. Wow Anne! You can be able to amaze me every time! This project is fabulous, love how you use felt and love so much your step by step! fabulous! barbara

  3. I am so liking this Anne and especially the way you've decorated it. Hope you're having a good Bank Holiday. Big hugs, Angela xXx

  4. What a stunning book card! I must try that.... Never made one... Love your design, the felt makes it extra special xx

  5. Wow! Such an amazing tutorial!! Definitely need to give this box card a try! Thank you so much for SHARING!!❤

  6. Wow your book box is stunning Anne...those cute felt flowers inside are adorable...thanks for a great tutorial...hugs kath xxx

  7. This is absolutely adorable!

  8. Lovely book box and fantastic detailed step by steps . The felt and paper work so well together and I love your pretty flower. Great gift idea . Tracy x

  9. Fantastic and really clear tutorial Anne! Love this idea for combining a card and gift box. The papers and stitched felt work perfectly for it too xx

  10. This is brilliant! I think am going to try to turn one of Eileen's book dies INTO a book box - thanks for the inspiration AND the amazing tutorial!

  11. This is such a fantastic project Anne- thanks for using my dies and papers so creatively! You made it very easy to understand and I need to try this...

  12. Wow, Anne, this is absolutely amazing!! The felt looks so gorgeous!! I love the stitched letters and the flower is a perfect touch!! I've always wanted to make a card like this...thank you so much for the tutorial!! I'm bookmarking this so I can give it a try!! I hope you have a wonderful first day of May, my dear friend!! Happy Monday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Loving your book box - the felt looks great and your stitching is so neat. It must have taken you ages to write this post but thank you for going into so much detail. I might even have a go once my crafting space is back!! Elaine xx

  14. Fabulous book card Anne. Love the colour you used too. Great tutorial. Hugs Rita xxx

  15. what a wonderful tutorial anne - I may well have to try this! Beautiful fabric too - you are such a talented lady! Gorgeous make! Hugs rachel x

  16. Goodness gracious sakes alive! Now I am saving your wonderful tutorial but I don't know if I have the patience to do this. Your book card has made such a fantastic keepsake and beautifully done too! What about that felt - I hate to call it felt knowing what the material is really made from - plastic bottles!!!! Seems like that would be good to use as cover material for an art journal. As always Sugar - you hit the Jack Pot!!
    Sandy xx

  17. What a great design - just think of the treasures you could hide away in that little cubbyhole inside. And, like Sandy, I'm blown away by the idea of plastic-bottle-felt... amazing.
    Alison x

  18. What a fabulous gift! Your book card is fabulous and I love seeing how you made it. The Kunin felt seems cool and I love the colour you chose for the cover, and the flower and stitching look gorgeous! The inside is so pretty too! Your construction pieces are always so clever! Sorry I am so late replying to your last email, I am hopeless! Will try and reply tomorrow! Hugs xxxxxx

  19. The fact that you stitched on the cover makes the whole project for me...I LOVE that touch! This die is so clever too...LOVE that Eileen! Gorgeous make Anne!

  20. What a great tutorial Anne! Love all the little details! Fabulous! <3

  21. Anne, this is truly a delightful project and your tutorial is fabulous. Pinned for a future trial, but I'm sure mine will not turn out so perfectly! I love this idea, and seeing your stitching on the front is just icing on the cake! How wonderful to have a die to help make this easier. I love the felt, and the papers are gorgeous! Oh, and those rolled felt flowers are lovely! You have done a remarkable job, as always! Sending hugs! PS I had a peek at the Kunin website--I think your card/box should be featured there!

  22. What a beautiful book box Anne. Every year for Christmas I purchase my Mom a set of Christmas themed jewelry, and I make her one of these as the wrapping instead of using a normal box. During the holidays, she displays them all out on a shelf and it's so funny to look back at the old ones. lol. Your tutorial is very well put together, the die would certainly come in handy! The cover of your box is just wonderful. I love the felt idea and the colour is so bright and cheery! Wonderful paper on the inside as well. A fantastic project my friend!! thinking of you and sending hugs :)

  23. Beautiful book box Anne, I always love how effective these look and a great idea to pop a gift card in.. The felt looks very tactile and goes so well with your Hearfelt papers and elegant touches.
    Julie x

  24. Fabulous project! Anne. Masterfully designed and created in such wonderful colours. Terrific hand sewing- A**! Such a great way of giving a gift card.
    Thank you for sharing such a clear tutorial.
    hugs x

  25. This was not too long for me, Annie! I love seeing close-up how you create your wonderful works of art! This sweet birthday book box is unlike anything I've seen before and I think it will be hugely popular and CASEd by many! That blue felt is gorgeous!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  26. What a wonderful and creative hollow book design Anne!! Love the pretty blue and beautiful papers and flowers inside! Thanks for showing us just how you made this! Julia xx

  27. Oh Anne! This is absolutely adorable and useful and wonderful! I want one (or three!). The stitching steals my heart and I always love a pocket / book. Wonderful! So sorry I am just now catching up. My baby girl is graduating and we have two big trips planned and packing the house and I'm spinning with business. Love and hugs always though, Autumn


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