Monday, September 12, 2011

Boo Box Tutorial

I entered these Boo Boxes in the September Stampin' Success Contest: Halloween Haunting. I was so excited and honored to find out that I had won. These bitty Halloween boxes are made using the new Spooky Bingo Bits Stamp Set, the Simply Scored tool and the Petal Card Punch. When you open the box, the "BOO" message pop-ups suspended on a small strip of window sheet and anchored by a Starburst Candy. If you would like to make your own Boo Boxes, just follow my step-by-step photo tutorial.


Step One
1. Start with a strip of Basic Black card stock 4-¾” x 1-1/8”. On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8” and 4-½” with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

Step Two
2. Fold the strip along the score lines. Place a piece of sticky strip on the small end tab.

Step Three
3. Punch out one Petal Card piece in Basic Black and one in a coordinating color. Note: This punch can be a little tricky to use until you get the hang of it. When punching with the Petal Card Punch make sure that you push down with the punch on a sturdy table. Make sure you put pressure on the bottom and then top of the punch to get a perfectly punched and scored piece.

Step Four
4. Put sticky strip on all of the semi circular flaps of the Basic Black Petal Card piece.

Step Five
5. Remove sticky strip liner and adhere the flaps to the scored strip to form open-ended box.

Step Six
6. Punch a Postage Stamp out of a piece of Basic Black card stock. Adhere this piece to the top square of the remaining Petal Card punched piece.

Step Seven
7. Place a 3” piece of doubled over grosgrain down the middle of the postage stamp. Make sure the loop hangs half an inch off of the edge of the postage stamp and the ends are on top of the postage stamp. On the reverse side of the Petal Card piece, align a ¼” x 2-¼” strip of window sheet along the length of square and sticking out on the same side as the grosgrain. Make sure that the grosgrain and the window sheet piece are aligned. Pierce through the window sheet all the way through to the grosgrain. The pierce point should be close to the center of the Petal Card piece square. Add a brad to the window sheet side going all the way through the grosgrain.

Step Eight
8. Place a piece of sticky strip on the semi-circular flap opposite the grosgrain loop on the Petal Card punched piece. Adhere this flap to the inside of the box to form the lid.

Step Nine
9. Choose one of the images from Spooky Bingo Bits and heat emboss it with Versamark and Black Embossing Powder on Basic Gray Card Stock. Choose one of the sentiments from Spooky Bingo Bits and heat emboss it with Versamark and White Embossing Powder on Black Card Stock. Punch both of these pieces with the 1” circle punch.

Step Ten
10. Bend over the window sheet piece so that it arcs towards the opening of the box. The Candy should be adhered to the back of the window sheet strip and the circular sentiment should be adhered to the front of the window sheet strip (use sticky strip). To get the candy into the box, arc the window sheet strip forward (the sentiment will be aimed towards the bottom of the box) while tucking in the front and side flaps. Sometimes it helps to do this while giving the box a little shake or putting the candy in while the box is upside down. I have found that each box has its own personality for how it wants the candy to go inside.
When the box is opened, the “boo candy” should spring out and surprise the recipient.
Tip: You can make a simpler version of this box by eliminating the pop-up element. Just adhere the message to the inside of the lid and place the candy loose in the box.

Step Eleven
11. Adhere the circular image piece to the lid of the box with Dimensionals. Decorate the rest of the box with 1” squares of Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper. Edge the squares with a Basic Black marker (to remove the white edge) before adhering to the box.


Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits (W 123944, C 123946); Ink: Versamark (102283); Card Stock: Cajun Craze (119684), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Basic Black (121045), Basic Gray (121044); Designer Series Paper: Frightful Sight; Petal Card Double Punch (119273), 1” Circle Punch (119868), Postage Stamp Punch (122344); Black Embossing Powder (109133), White Embossing Powder (109132); Basic Black Marker (100082); Window Sheets (114323) ; Silver Brads; Basic Black ¼” Grosgrain; Heat Tool (129053); Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334); Paper-Piercing Tool (126189); Sticky Strip (104294); Dimensionals (104430).
Other Supplies: Starburst Candy or other small wrapped candy

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  1. Wow Brenda! You are so clever and creative. Thanks for sharing your great tutorial.

  2. These are amazing, Brenda! I'm not at all surprised that you won!!! Congrats, and thanks for sharing :)

  3. Congratulations on winning the contest, I love these boxes! Thank you for the tutorial too!

  4. Hi Brenda... This is a lovely project.. Thanks alot for sharing... its so easy to make! thanks for the tutorial too... its so nice of you...
    I started following u lately... nice to see you back with this fab tutorial...
    I started blogging 2 months back... it will be gr8 if you can visit my blog too... :)

  5. I came across your page from Stampin' Connection and I am so glad I did! You are so creative and your tutorials are great!! Thank you for sharing them with everyone! =)

  6. awww, this is fabulous...Love it and congrats!!!!!*smile*...

  7. Love it love it love it! You are just so darn clever! You really have such wonderful ideas and it is so nice of you to share them with us. beyond generous to share this tutorial! Thank you!

  8. This is awesome!! I always love it when people can "think outside the box" (pun intended). :)

  9. Congratulations, this is a wonderful idea. Thanks for your generosity in sharing with us all. Fabulous!

  10. Brenda,

    We've never met, this is the first time I've been to your blog or remember seeing your work on Stampin' Connection, and yet, I can already tell this is going to be a love/hate relationship... I have managed to get this far in my career as a Stampin' Demo wanting nothing to do with the Petal Card Punch. I saw absolutely no point to owning it - I never really saw anything that inspired me to buy it... Until tonight.

    You can bet that punch (along with window sheets) will be on my next order so that I can demo this darling project to my stamp club. So thanks. Thanks a lot for MAKING ME buy yet another Stampin' Up! punch. ;0)

    I think you're uber creative and I can't wait to check in on your blog daily to see what else you have to share with us! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial. I'm a very visual person so I definitely appreciate the pictures!

    Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja

  11. This is an adorable project!! Congratulations for winning the art contest, you deserve it!! Thank you so much for sharing the idea with all of us!!

  12. This is a FABULOUS idea! Thanks so much for sharing the detailed instructions - I will be CASING for sure!!

  13. BLOODY BRILLIANT! I'm in love with these adorable little guys! I'm sooooooooo making these for my fellow coworkers! Thanks for sharing!

  14. There is nothing better than finding what one is looking for. Thanks so much for putting this tutorial together. Blessings, LM

  15. Love these boxes!! How clever. So glad you won!! Thanks for the tute!

  16. I'm so glad you are back on your blog. I have missed you. Cute project, I saw it in SS and was going to try it. You have sparked me to do it.


  17. These little pop up boxes are just too stinkin' cute!! Congrats on winning the SU contest, and I can see why!! I will be featuring this project on My Crafty Picks #34 with a link back to your blog on 9-18-11. Make sure to stop by my blog to view all the picks and to pick up your Blog Badge to display on your blog for being featured!!

    If you wish to decline please email me at

    Take care
    Tiffany Bauer

  18. Thank you SO much for posting this tutorial - saw your darling boxes in SS and was disappointed there were no directions - jumped on SCS and voila! There you were! Thanks again, and have a great day.

  19. So cute!!! Congrats for winning the contest....a celebrity in our midst, how exciting!!!

  20. These are adorable and congrats on Stampin' Success !!!! It's nice to have you back :)


  21. Wow - these are fantastic!! Such a super idea. Thanks for the tutorial - I will definitely be making some!!


  22. I love your boo boxes, thank you Brenda for sharing. I hope to make some for my niece and nephew some day. I'm sorry to read about the loss of your Bella. Very nice photos you put up of her. You could see kindness in her eyes. GOD bless you and family in your time of loss.

  23. Congratulations Brenda! These are so cute!!! I saw them in Stampin' Success and HAD to make them! Thanks so much for sharing your idea and the photo tutorial. We made these at my stamp club this week and the girls loved them :) Thanks again!! ~ Jill

  24. Thank you for such an easy to follow set of instructions. I wish we had the halloween bingo bits in our catty - but I think the christmas ones will be just as much fun - thank for sharing!

  25. These would be so great to make birthday or Christmas surprises. Thank you so much for such a GREAT idea!!

  26. Thank you so much, this box is just the cutest and I am dying to get in and make it, will have to make it a priority over the weekend. Thanks again for the instutions, x

  27. Brenda, here's my version of a Christmas pop-up box: Looks like you and I both love this petal card punch!

  28. Thanks so much for sharing this detailed tutorial, I can't wait to try this soon!

    Alex from England x