Saturday, 28 March 2015

Fiskafriends - The Power Of Community Blog Hop

to the
Fiskafriends - The Power Of Community Blog Hop

If you came from Stasia Sloma's blog, then you're in the right place,
if not, keep on reading, all the Blog Hop links are below,
along with some giveaways.

The Blog Hop officially begins 6pm PDT Friday 27th March
and ends 11:59pm PDT Sunday 29th March.
I'm down in Australia, so the local times for me are
from midday AEDT Saturday 28th March to the
end at 5:59pm AEDT Monday 30th March.

Today I'm sharing a box card.
There are lots of templates and tutorials out there in cyberland but I wanted to make a BIG 21st birthday card, so I "upsized".  With the star sticking out from the top,
it sits 9 1/2" tall.  The card folds down and sits flat for postage and you can see,
if you don't include the large top star, it becomes a flat 6" x 7" card for postage.

To make the card, I started with two sheets of cardstock,
one sheet 9" x 7" for the front panels and
one sheet 5" x 9" for the back panel & bridges to go inside the card.

I'm not sure if you can see clearly on this diagram,
so I will describe the scoring, cutting and assembly.
  • take the largest panel and score at 3" and 6", turn and score at 4"
  • with the panel sitting flat, cut down the two top 3" score lines, this makes the three flaps that fold down to become the front & side panels of the open card
  • fold each of the score lines to prepare for when the card is assembled, the 2x vertical score lines are folded inwards to make a "U" shape, the top flaps are folded down & outwards, it really helps if you have a bone folder to make crisp folds
  • take the smaller panel and score at 1" and 4", turn and score at 4"
  • with the panel sitting flat, cut the top 2 x 1" strips - these 1"-scored-3"-scored-1" strips are the "bridges" using inside the card (you can make these separately, it was quicker for me to score them at the same time as the panel and they were the right size, with no extra cutting)
  • cut down the two top 3" score lines then across the 1" score line at each side, you will have a 3"wide x 7"tall rectangle with tabs at each side at the bottom, these are the tabs to secure it to the front section
  • now comes the fun part - decorating & assembly
  • using glitter paper, I cut the following:
    - three 2 3/4"x 3 3/4" panels to decorate the outside of the base panels
    - four 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" panels to decorate the top 3 flaps and the top front of the back panel
    - one 2 3/4" x 6 3/4" panel for the back of the back panel (what a tongue twister, sure hope these makes sense)
  • because I wanted to write a message on the back panel, I cut a piece of black cardstock 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" to go on top of the glittered panel
  • adhere the decorative panels in place (it is much easier when the pieces are flat, not assembled)
  • secure the back panel to the front section with strong adhesive on the 1" tabs (I used Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue) - the base of the card will now become a box shape, the back stands vertical and the three flaps fold down
  • take the "bridges" and secure them inside the top of the box base - it doesn't really matter which way you insert them, I went with the direction of the tabs securing the back in place, with the tabs pointing towards the front of the card

  • I cut an assortment of stars using black cardstock and glitter paper using Sizzix nesting Stars dies and decorated the panels & bridges.  To secure the cardstock to the glitter paper, I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry (my GO-TO glue) and also used some foam dots for some dimension.
  • Some of the stars are attached to the "front" of the bridges, so I adhered a black star to the back of them, on the other side of the bridge to make them more secure and, in the case of the glitter stars, it hid the white background too.  Oops, I nearly forgot, I used a black marker to colour the edges of the foam dots too.
  • the "HAPPY" and "21" were cut using Kaisercraft Alphabet & Numbers die sets
  • the "birthday" is from the Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Regal Stand-Ups Card die set
  • the "celebrate" on the back of the card is from the Paper Smooches Birthday Words die set
  • I cut three of each sentiment and adhered them together with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue for extra dimension ... I confess that I'm new to Tombow and LOVE IT already!!!

I hope you enjoyed my sparkly box card.

***  NOW for the PRIZES  ***
 If you would like to be eligible for the sponsor giveaway drawing,
START at the Fiskafriends blog and follow the instructions there.  If you have already done that, I would love for you to leave a comment here and don't forget
... it gives you an entry in the
Fiskafriends - The Power of Community Blog Hop prize draw.

Here is the Fiskafriends Blog Hop List:
Fiskafriends Blog <=== start here
Tracy Moloney  #6773 <=== you are here

***  WAIT - there's MORE!!!  ***
I am also hosting a giveaway (separate to the main Fiskafriends Blog Hop prizes).
Open to everyone, all over the world.
It wouldn't be a Fiskafriends prize without a little orange & green.

To go in the random draw for your chance to win my giveaway, mention in your comment a new technique you want to try or product you want to buy.
It would be nice if you decide to follow my blog but it is not a requirement.
Entries close when the Blog Hop ends at 11:59pm PDT Sunday 29th March,
which is 5:59pm AEDT Monday 30th March local time for me here in Australia.
ONE comment per person please.
 The winner of my giveaway will be announced on my blog on Friday 3rd April and the winner must contact me by 11:59pm PDT Sunday 5th April or another winner will be drawn.
I will advise the winner when the prize has been posted but
I cannot be responsible for errors, lost, damaged or stolen prizes.

Don't forget to hop on over to Kim Chenez's blog,

THANK YOU for taking the time to visit my blog.
I hope you enjoyed hopping along with the Fiskafriends
TracyM #6773


  1. I love box cards! You know what I love the most about yours? ~ it's all nice an full. So many times there are hardly any embellishments and they look so empty. GREAT JOB!! I love the thought of the orange and green~ keep in the spirt :)

  2. Tracy, this is fabulous. I just started these last year. Thanks for posting the instructions! Love that you're participating in the hop!

  3. I LOVE this box card!
    I just ordered some of Ken Oliver's color burst & can't wait to play with it.

  4. What an awesome project, I love it! I sure do miss your posts from the Fiskateers blog but it's nice to be able to keep this group going.

  5. What an awesome explosion box! I want to know how/what techniques I could do using Gelatos.

  6. I love your box card! I've always wanted to try to make one of these! I've always been a little intimidated. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions! I love the black and's fabulous! I would love to try the new trend with all the pretty foils! It just looks like so much fun and so shimmery! I just love the look!

  7. I agree with the above comments - you're box is full with! love it! I've made one of these and was a bit frustrated with getting everything just right - will have to go back and try it again. as for a technique I'd like to try - it would have to be that gelli plate I bought, took 1 class on and tucked it away - I loved what we did, but need to get it back out and again practice some more....

  8. Love ur box card!! i have tried making one..i def want to try making one again soon..Nice to see u Tracey..thanks for the giveaway..Hugs Regena #6124

  9. What a fantastic box card! You are so talented Umm, I would love to learn some more embellishment techniques to put on layouts. Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. Love the black and gold together! May have to play with this today! Thanks so much for sharing! I just got some Silks and looking forward to learning how to use them!
    Janelle R

  11. WOW -- that is one gorgeous card! Lots of work and love went into that ! Love the black and gold together !

    there are so many things I want to try yet - and I am forever trying to do better at heat embossing !

    patty 2932

  12. How very striking! Love the black & gold color scheme and all that glitter! I've always wanted to make one of these cards. Thanks for posting the instructions. I also would like to learn to color with colored pencils, my LSS has Prismacolor so I'll have to give it a go. :)

  13. love the pop up boxes. so neat to make and I love the look when someone opens them.

  14. I love this. The most awesome box card ever. The glitter against the black makes it even more striking. Well done.

  15. I love the color combo. Super fun card. TFS

  16. Love the box card. Joan #808

  17. My super talented friend what can I say-this is stunning and amazing. Just like you. I can follow by e-mail-Bloglovin is just not my friend! I want to learn metal stamping-but start up is a bit expensive so have stop buying all the other goodies that catch my eye. You know I love you!

  18. Oh, my goodness, Tracy! Your box is fabulous! I have to give this a try. It's my new thing to try. Thanks so much for including all the details. I'm a new follower.

  19. For me I would love to try the box card I have never made one before and yours looks awesome. Thanks for this great opportunity and for all the inspiration along the way!

  20. I'd like to try working with Gesso. I love mixed media and Gesso adds such texture.

  21. What a great project. I love how sparkly it is and how it just pops open into a big celebration.. So cool. Thanks so much for being apart of the hop. HUGS _P.S. I want to try metal stamping, wood burning, and glass etching. Just to name a few. :)

  22. This is so gorgeous. The black and gold combo gives a very rich and classy look. I want to try mixed media project and scrapbook

  23. FANTASTIC box! Great colors, sparkles and layers! New follower to your blog...just love it!!

  24. I am a New follower! This is awesome! What a great project for 21st birthday! Beautifully done! Michelle #7586 PS:fellow blogger from Canada!

  25. Love your badge you made for the Fiskfriends!

  26. Tracy, I LOVE your designs. I love getting them on my newsfeed. You are soo talented :)

  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE this card! I've seen a lot of box cards over the years, but this is unquestionably my favorite. Fabulous!

  28. Thank you for sharing. I've seen these popping up everywhere.

  29. Super tutorial, my friend! TFS! Suzi 5563

  30. Tracy, thank you for sharing your wonderful, sparkly card and thank you for the tutorial. I've been wanting to try one but have been a bit intimidated. I think I can do it following your excellent instructions! So happy to be hopping among my Fiskafriends today! Lesa #5200

  31. thank you but no RAK please. just great to see everyones creations again. Love your sparkling box. hope you had a good winter.

  32. Happy FiskaFriend Birthday Tracy! Wow, that is an AMAZING big Box Card! I LOVE your detailed tutorial. That is exactly the technique I have been wanting to give try - making a box card. I think a bigger size would be easier for me. Thanks for doing the hop an also the very generous hop prize.

  33. Thanks for the instructions for a very fun card! Thanks for being a part of the hop! Want to do more mixed media, incorporating my art supplies in my crafting. I have been thinking about a Silhouette.

  34. Great job! One of these days I'm going to get my Cricut out of the box to attempt something like your projects!

  35. Such a fun card!! Thanks for sharing the how-to with us!!

  36. Wow, now that is cool! Thanks for sharing!

    Tanya #5407

  37. I want to do more mixed media and I want to get better at using sprays. I tend to not like the out come of them.

    Love the card awesome job and I saved the diagram for the dimensions.

    heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  38. that is an AWESOME box card...I still haven't tried one but you are motivating me!

  39. Comments to enter the Fiskafriends - The Power Of Community Blog Hop giveaways and my giveaway are now CLOSED.

    THANK YOU to everyone who has come to visit my blog and to leave a comment too - I really appreciate it!!!

    The winner of my giveaway will be announced on my blog on Friday 3rd April. The winner must contact me by 11:59pm PDT Sunday 5th April or another winner will be drawn.

  40. OH, I adore box cards, so nice of you to put instructions (but I am fortunate enough to have the silhouette cut files...awesome choices of papers. BTW, followin' u 2.


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