Howl-O-Ween Surprise Box Card

My Demo Team created this unique make & take at our last meeting, courtesy of Michelle Hoover. 

Coffin card

It looks like a typical gate-folded card, until you slip off the Basic Gray Striped Satin Ribbon…

Coffin card - slightly open

As you pull the gates apart, it becomes a 3-D box!

Coffin card - open 

Pretty cool, huh?!!!

Coffin card - open side 
Coffin card - with gc

Although the box opens to about 1-1/2" deep, it's designed to hold thin items like a gift card, money, notecards, or other small gifts.  What a fun and surprising way to present a gift card!  And, it all fits inside a standard, Medium White (A2) Envelope!

Coffin card 3 

The outside of the card is decorated with Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Paper and the Googly Ghouls stamp set (with one Googlies Eye, of course!).  I adhered half of the circle embellishment to one of the gates with Dimensionals.

Coffin card - inside googly

Don't forget to decorate the inside, too!  Wouldn't a scary pop-up be a fun addition to this card?  I opted for some spider webs from Wicked Cool, and the bats and "BOOOO" from Googly Ghouls, complete with more Googlies Eyes! 

Make Your Own Surprise Box Card: Michelle created her projects using the instructions posted at Mickey Roberts' Paper Conversation blog.  Some people also refer to this project as a "coffin card," which is very appropriate for Halloween!  You can also find a video tutorial to create a larger, square version of this card at Frenchie Stamps: Square Surprise Box Card.

Surprise Box Card How-Tos:

Coffin box template 1

Click to enlarge this template. Cut along the green score lines, and discard the green striped sections.

Start with an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock. With your Simply Scored, Diagonal Plate and/or Paper Trimmer, score and cut as follows:

  • Along the 11" side, score at 3/8", 2-1/2", 4", 7", 8-1/2", and 10-5/8" using the Simply Scored Tool.
  • Along the 8-1/2" side, score at 1-1/2" and 7" using the Simply Scored Tool.
  • Add the Diagonal Plate to the Simply Scored, then along the 11" side, score from 5-1/2" point to where the first score lines intersect.  Flip the card stock over and repeat.
  • Turn the card stock 180°, and repeat the diagonal score lines on that side.
  • Cut off the 3/8" sections along either side. 
  • Cut off the corner sections.
  • Create tabs by cutting slits as shown in the template photos.
  • Fold on the score lines: mountain, valley, valley, mountain across. Fold back at the "v" score lines.

Coffin box template 2

The result should look like this. 

Coffin card base

Then, simply add some Sticky Strip to the tabs and adhere them into the box shape.  TIP: I snipped a little bit off the tops of each tab so the box would line up squarely, even if I cut or scored it a bit off.

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