How to Make a Graphic 45 Boxed Pop Up Christmas Card

Create a unique double popup Christmas card and gift box using the beautiful Graphic 45 St Nicholas paper collection.

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How to Make a Graphic 45 Boxed Pop Up Christmas Card
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From Cranberry Cardstock, Cut 1 @ 6"  x 12" and score the 12" side at 6".  Cut 1 @ 6" x 6 3/8" and score the 6 3/8" side at 1/2".  You will have two pieces as shown to assemble your card.

From Cranberry Cardstock, Cut 1 @ 6" x 12" and score the 12" side at 6". Cut 1 @ 6" x 6 3/8" and score the 6 3/8" side at 1/2". You will have two pieces as shown to assemble your card.

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Apply 3/8" score-tape or double sided tape to the 1/2" hinge on one side only as shown.

Apply 3/8" score-tape or double sided tape to the 1/2" hinge on one side only as shown.

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Peel off the tape backing.

Peel off the tape backing.

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Attach the hinged piece into the center of the 12" piece that has been scored and folded in half.  This will create an extra flap in the center of your card to create the double popup sections.

Attach the hinged piece into the center of the 12" piece that has been scored and folded in half. This will create an extra flap in the center of your card to create the double popup sections.

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This is the card opened with the center flap.

This is the card opened with the center flap.

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Cut a piece of patterned paper from the St. Nicholas 12x12 Prints & Solids paper pad to         11 1/2" tall x 5 3/4" wide, score in half on the 11 1/2" side.  Fold in half.

Cut a piece of patterned paper from the St. Nicholas 12x12 Prints & Solids paper pad to 11 1/2" tall x 5 3/4" wide, score in half on the 11 1/2" side. Fold in half.

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With the paper folded in half (patterned side to the inside) use scissors to cut slits in various widths and lengths from the fold toward the cut edge.  This will create the popup mechanisms.

With the paper folded in half (patterned side to the inside) use scissors to cut slits in various widths and lengths from the fold toward the cut edge. This will create the popup mechanisms.

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Fold the supports or mechanisms  toward the inside so the backside looks like this.

Fold the supports or mechanisms toward the inside so the backside looks like this.

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Open up the cut slots to look like this.  For this card I had three taller and deeper supports and two shorter, closer to the fold ones as shown in this photo.

Open up the cut slots to look like this. For this card I had three taller and deeper supports and two shorter, closer to the fold ones as shown in this photo.

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Apply glue to only one back side of the popup mechanism section and attach into the inside of the card (the first section) as shown.

Apply glue to only one back side of the popup mechanism section and attach into the inside of the card (the first section) as shown.

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Apply glue to the other back side and attach into the card section as shown.  Once glued into place on the inside of the card, your popup mechanisms will look like this.

Apply glue to the other back side and attach into the card section as shown. Once glued into place on the inside of the card, your popup mechanisms will look like this.

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Fold the card and burnish the fold line well.  This is to make sure the mechanisms are folded well and will pop up correctly.

Fold the card and burnish the fold line well. This is to make sure the mechanisms are folded well and will pop up correctly.

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Fussy cut out different elements for the 12x12 St Nicholas patterned papers. Use pieces of chipboard to glue to the back of the holly and bells piece for the section behind the popup area.

Fussy cut out different elements for the 12x12 St Nicholas patterned papers. Use pieces of chipboard to glue to the back of the holly and bells piece for the section behind the popup area.

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Use glue to attach this piece to the "wall" of the first section.  See the next photo.

Use glue to attach this piece to the "wall" of the first section. See the next photo.

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Glue fussy cut paper elements to the front of each pop up mechanism as shown in the next few photos. I used Christmas trees, Santa with children and flowers from the St Nicholas papers.

Glue fussy cut paper elements to the front of each pop up mechanism as shown in the next few photos. I used Christmas trees, Santa with children and flowers from the St Nicholas papers.

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To add extra popup elements to the main popup mechanism and images, cut small strips of paper and fold into a box shape.

To add extra popup elements to the main popup mechanism and images, cut small strips of paper and fold into a box shape.

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Glue the box shape to the back of an  image and then glue the box shape to the front of one of the images attached to a main popup mechanism. Look for YouTube videos by others on how to do this.

Glue the box shape to the back of an image and then glue the box shape to the front of one of the images attached to a main popup mechanism. Look for YouTube videos by others on how to do this.

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In this photo the toys in the wagon are added to the front of the Christmas tree on the right and are a separate popup element.

In this photo the toys in the wagon are added to the front of the Christmas tree on the right and are a separate popup element.

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Cut another piece of patterned paper to                            11 5/8" tall x 5 3/4" wide and score the 11 5/8" side in half as shown. This is for the other section or your card.

Cut another piece of patterned paper to 11 5/8" tall x 5 3/4" wide and score the 11 5/8" side in half as shown. This is for the other section or your card.

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Fold the patterned paper in half. Use a bone folder to make sure it is scored well.

Fold the patterned paper in half. Use a bone folder to make sure it is scored well.

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Cut 2 lines on the fold. (This photo is not accurate, I changed the size of my pop up mechanism for this section) If using the large Santa as I did, cut 2 lines 3" apart, 3/4" deep. Fold to the inside

Cut 2 lines on the fold. (This photo is not accurate, I changed the size of my pop up mechanism for this section) If using the large Santa as I did, cut 2 lines 3" apart, 3/4" deep. Fold to the inside

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The popup mechanism will look like this except it will be longer and shorter to hold the larger Santa image.

The popup mechanism will look like this except it will be longer and shorter to hold the larger Santa image.

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Apply glue to one back side and glue into the second section of the card.

Apply glue to one back side and glue into the second section of the card.

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Glue the other side into the 2nd section.  Make sure to NOT get glue on the mechanism  part of your pop up. Again, if using the larger Santa, the mechanism should be 3" long x 3/4" tall,see next photo

Glue the other side into the 2nd section. Make sure to NOT get glue on the mechanism part of your pop up. Again, if using the larger Santa, the mechanism should be 3" long x 3/4" tall,see next photo

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I remade my mechanism for the larger Santa. Yours should look similar to this but is cut out of the main patterned paper piece.

I remade my mechanism for the larger Santa. Yours should look similar to this but is cut out of the main patterned paper piece.

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Fussy cut out the large Santa image with toys from the 12x12 St Nicholas paper as shown.

Fussy cut out the large Santa image with toys from the 12x12 St Nicholas paper as shown.

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Mat the large Santa image onto some Cranberry cardstock to add stability and fussy cut out again.

Mat the large Santa image onto some Cranberry cardstock to add stability and fussy cut out again.

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Cut a small piece of red & white Baker's twine and cut a small hole in Santa's glove to thread the twine in and out into a loop and glue to the back of the puppet.

Cut a small piece of red & white Baker's twine and cut a small hole in Santa's glove to thread the twine in and out into a loop and glue to the back of the puppet.

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Glue the Santa piece to the front of the popup mechanism as shown.Before gluing, fold your card to make sure the Santa does not extend out of the bottom of the card. Trim the bottom of Santa if needed

Glue the Santa piece to the front of the popup mechanism as shown.Before gluing, fold your card to make sure the Santa does not extend out of the bottom of the card. Trim the bottom of Santa if needed

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Fussy cut out more holly, flowers and bells and attach to the front of Santa with foam tape or chipboard.  Add two magnet snaps as shown to the top edge and the bottom edge of this section.

Fussy cut out more holly, flowers and bells and attach to the front of Santa with foam tape or chipboard. Add two magnet snaps as shown to the top edge and the bottom edge of this section.

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Cut a piece of paper trim 2" long x 3/4" wide and fold in half. Glue to the bottom of the first section as shown. (Add this before attaching your sentiments and cutouts)

Cut a piece of paper trim 2" long x 3/4" wide and fold in half. Glue to the bottom of the first section as shown. (Add this before attaching your sentiments and cutouts)

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Decorate the area in front of the popup images with a cut apart sentiment as shown. Glue on top of the tab.  Add extra fussy cut flowers as desired.

Decorate the area in front of the popup images with a cut apart sentiment as shown. Glue on top of the tab. Add extra fussy cut flowers as desired.

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Glue a border over the magnet at the top of the section behind Santa and glue down the other side of the paper tab as shown.

Glue a border over the magnet at the top of the section behind Santa and glue down the other side of the paper tab as shown.

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To finish the outside of the card, cut 2 pieces of patterned paper         5 3/4" x 5 3/4"  and glue to the front and back of the outside of the card.

To finish the outside of the card, cut 2 pieces of patterned paper 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" and glue to the front and back of the outside of the card.

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On the front side, punch a hole 2 1/2" from top and bottom and 3/4" from right side to create a closure. Make sure you do not punch the hole into any of your popup mechanisms.

On the front side, punch a hole 2 1/2" from top and bottom and 3/4" from right side to create a closure. Make sure you do not punch the hole into any of your popup mechanisms.

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Insert an eyelet with the base to the outside as shown. Do not crimp or set the eyelet.

Insert an eyelet with the base to the outside as shown. Do not crimp or set the eyelet.

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The finished side of the eyelet will be on the inside of your card.  Insert a decorate brad into the base of the eyelet on the outside of the card, open up the prongs on the inside.

The finished side of the eyelet will be on the inside of your card. Insert a decorate brad into the base of the eyelet on the outside of the card, open up the prongs on the inside.

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The brad closure will be on the right side as shown, add flowers, ribbon, crystals, fussy cut images and other trims to the front of your card. Not shown:cover the brad prongs with a cut out.

The brad closure will be on the right side as shown, add flowers, ribbon, crystals, fussy cut images and other trims to the front of your card. Not shown:cover the brad prongs with a cut out.

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You will need to punch another hole on the back of the card into the second section as shown. Place the hole 2 1/2" from top and bottom, 3/4" from right side.

You will need to punch another hole on the back of the card into the second section as shown. Place the hole 2 1/2" from top and bottom, 3/4" from right side.

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Finish the inside base of this section with matted paper and cut aparts as shown before punching the hole.  Add and set another eyelet. Insert and tie a pony tail elastic to wrap over the brad closure

Finish the inside base of this section with matted paper and cut aparts as shown before punching the hole. Add and set another eyelet. Insert and tie a pony tail elastic to wrap over the brad closure

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This is a close up of the decorative elements on the front of the card.

This is a close up of the decorative elements on the front of the card.

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To make a box for your card, cut black chipboard for the base and lid as shown.  See the next step for the measurements.

To make a box for your card, cut black chipboard for the base and lid as shown. See the next step for the measurements.

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Chipboard Base: Cut 1 @ 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" Cut 4 @ 6 1/2" x 1"

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Chipboard Lid: Cut 1 @ 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" Cut 4 @ 6 3/4" x 1" The base & the lid will be assembled the same.

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Lay out the patterned paper you want to wrap the base and lid with.  Glue each piece to the paper on the wrong side. Make sure to leave 1/8" gap between each piece.

Lay out the patterned paper you want to wrap the base and lid with. Glue each piece to the paper on the wrong side. Make sure to leave 1/8" gap between each piece.

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Once glued down it should look like this with the gaps.  Trim the paper on all sides to about 3/4" from the edge of the chipboard.  See next photo.

Once glued down it should look like this with the gaps. Trim the paper on all sides to about 3/4" from the edge of the chipboard. See next photo.

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On two opposite sides, cut on each end of the chipboard to the corner intersections as shown.

On two opposite sides, cut on each end of the chipboard to the corner intersections as shown.

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Apply scor-tape to the top edges of the paper as shown.

Apply scor-tape to the top edges of the paper as shown.

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Peel off the tape backing and fold over onto the chipboard as shown

Peel off the tape backing and fold over onto the chipboard as shown

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Where the paper extends over onto the flaps, use a bone folder to score the fold line as shown.

Where the paper extends over onto the flaps, use a bone folder to score the fold line as shown.

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Wrap the other two sides in the same way except these do not have flaps.

Wrap the other two sides in the same way except these do not have flaps.

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On the extended flap sections, add scor-tape to assemble the base and the lid. See next photo.

On the extended flap sections, add scor-tape to assemble the base and the lid. See next photo.

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Peel off the tape backing, fold up the sides  and secure on the outside with the flaps.

Peel off the tape backing, fold up the sides and secure on the outside with the flaps.

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You base or lid is now assembled and ready to be patterned on the inside.

You base or lid is now assembled and ready to be patterned on the inside.

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For the base, cut patterned paper to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". Glue to inside. Trim if needed.    For the lid, cut patterned paper to 6 3/4" x 6 3/4". Glue to inside.  Trim if needed.

For the base, cut patterned paper to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". Glue to inside. Trim if needed. For the lid, cut patterned paper to 6 3/4" x 6 3/4". Glue to inside. Trim if needed.

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Cut papers for the sides on the inside.  For the base, cut 4 @ 6 1/2" x 7/8", glue to the sides and trim if needed.  For the lid, cut 4 @ 6 3/4" x 7/8", glue to the sides and trim if needed.

Cut papers for the sides on the inside. For the base, cut 4 @ 6 1/2" x 7/8", glue to the sides and trim if needed. For the lid, cut 4 @ 6 3/4" x 7/8", glue to the sides and trim if needed.

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Ink edges if desired. Once attached your base or lid will look like this.

Ink edges if desired. Once attached your base or lid will look like this.

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Place your finished card inside the base of the box and place the lid on top.

Place your finished card inside the base of the box and place the lid on top.

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To create decorative corners for the lid, cut a strip of paper 12" x 2".  Score the 2" side and 1" and the 12" side every 1" to have this grid pattern.

To create decorative corners for the lid, cut a strip of paper 12" x 2". Score the 2" side and 1" and the 12" side every 1" to have this grid pattern.

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Cut the squares into sets of 3 as shown.  You will need 4 sets.

Cut the squares into sets of 3 as shown. You will need 4 sets.

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 Cut and fold as shown.

Cut and fold as shown.

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Ink the edges.

Ink the edges.

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Apply glue as shown.

Apply glue as shown.

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Attach first glued section to the corner of the lid as shown and turn over...

Attach first glued section to the corner of the lid as shown and turn over...

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 Add glue to the other sections as shown.

Add glue to the other sections as shown.

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Attach the remaining two section down as shown.

Attach the remaining two section down as shown.

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Ink edges again.  The attached corners should look like this on the sides.

Ink edges again. The attached corners should look like this on the sides.

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And like this on the top of the lid.

And like this on the top of the lid.

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Add matted patterned paper, cut aparts from the collection and a rose as shown.

Add matted patterned paper, cut aparts from the collection and a rose as shown.

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Add diamond shaped rhinestones to each corner of the lid, tie closed with beige Hug Snug seam binding ribbon.

Add diamond shaped rhinestones to each corner of the lid, tie closed with beige Hug Snug seam binding ribbon.

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Your popup card and gift box is complete and ready to present to someone special.

Your popup card and gift box is complete and ready to present to someone special.

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Thank you for following along on this Graphic 45 project and Happy Crafting! ~Sandy

Thank you for following along on this Graphic 45 project and Happy Crafting! ~Sandy

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