Since I created this matchbox back in February 2014, people have been asking for a detailed written tutorial, to accompany the tutorial video found on my YouTube channel. Well, here is the written instructions, so I hope they clear enough for you all! Enjoy :)

* Using a piece of card stock that is 20.3 x 20.3cm (8″ x 8″), line up an edge on the Envelope Punch Board, punch and score once at 7cm (2-3/4″), then continue all around the piece of paper until you have a notch on every edge. Then slide the paper across, so your left hand edge aligns to 9cm (3-1/2″), and punch and score. Continue around the piece of card stock until all sides have 2 notches each.
* Fold one of the narrow ends over at the first score line (closest to the point), and punch in the middle, at the 5cm (2″) mark.
* Take your paper snips and snip down ONE EDGE ONLY of the tiny tabs either side of the narrow ends – these act as stabilising arms for the tray.
* Start folding all the score lines. On each flap, fold at the first score line (closest to the point), then use your fingers to manipulate it into folding over again.
* Once all the flaps are scored and folded, start gluing. Use mini dots or Sticky Strip on the tabs, and liquid glue such as Tombow on the main flaps. Stick the little tabs in first, then glue the flaps.
* Take a piece of Designer Series Paper, cut to 8.3cm x 14.4cm (3-1/4″ x 5-11/16″), and adhere it to the base of the tray.
* For the inner pop-up supports, take 3 pieces of card stock cut to 2.5cm x 8.5cm (1″ x 3-3/8″), and score each of them at 1.2cm (1/2″). Fold and secure one edge of the flaps to the bottom of the tray. Make sure you use a gift card in the tray to size up where the back support will sit, if you are planning on popping a gift card inside.
* You can now stick down all your flowers/ butterflies etc to the pop-up inserts. Be mindful of the width of the tray and how far you stick your objects. Use small strips of acetate/window sheet to stick behind each support for stability and extra ‘spring’.
* For the outer sleeve, take a 14.8 x 22.2cm (5-13/16″ x 8-3/4″) piece of card stock and score (along the 22.2cm edge) at the following on your Simply Scored board, or Stampin’ Trimmer:
1.6cm (5/8″)
10.1cm (4″)
11.8cm (4-5/8″)
20.7cm (8-1/8″)
* Fold along the score lines and seal with adhesive. It’s a good idea to place your tray inside the sleeve when you seal it up, so that it fits properly.
* Glue a piece of Designer Series Paper, cut to 7.2cm x 13.4cm (2-13/16″ x 5-1/4″), to a piece of card stock cut to 8cm x 14.1cm (3-1/8″ x 5-9/16″). Then adhere this to the top of your matchbox.
* On the underside of the matchbox, is where you write your greeting or message. You can stamp a sentiment on this side, so if the outer sleeve isn’t white, you’ll need to glue an additional piece of white card stock to the back to write on. Cut it to 8cm x 14.1cm (3-1/8″ x 5-9/16″).
* You can now add embellishments to the outside of the matchbox, such as a label sentiment, or extra flowers, butterflies, ribbon etc.
* After you have made the matchbox card, you’ll need to make an envelope to fit it. Take a 25cm x 25cm (9-13/16″ x 9-13/16″) piece of Designer Series Paper, line it up along one edge, punch and score at 10cm (3-7/8″), and move across to 13cm (5-1/8″), then punch and score. Continue along all edges until all sides have 2 notches.
* Fold along all score lines, and discard the little tabs in between each flap (about 1-1.5cm square). Seal up the envelope, but leave one flap open for you to pop the matchbox card inside.

* All done! :)


12 Comments on 3D Matchbox Pop-up Card

  1. Tammy
    January 12, 2015 at 5:28 AM (5 years ago)

    I watched your video on youtube for this and tried to make it. I noticed all the wonderful comments you received and I hate to be the negative one. However, when I tried to follow the video and did exactly what it says which is score at 2 3/4 inches on ALL sides my tray did not turn out right. The paper isn’t actually lined up at 2 3/4 inches when you turn the paper, it’s lined up at the score guide on the envelope punch board which makes a big difference and I ruined the only piece of blue paper I had left in this shade to make a gift for someone! Videos need to be more precise!

    • Rachael
      January 14, 2015 at 9:22 PM (5 years ago)

      I’m very sorry to hear you had some troubles with this design Tammy! I’ve not had anyone contact me regarding the measurements, so I was quite concerned to hear you did have troubles. I have gone back and viewed my video tutorial to make sure of my measurements, and they are correct.

      To to make the base:
      – Line up the left-hand edge of your paper at the 7cm/2-3/4″ line on the EPB.
      – Punch and score, and then continue punching and scoring all around the paper – but you don’t punch and score at the same 7cm/2-3/4″ mark on every edge. You need to use the previous score line as your guide.
      – Repeat again for your second score lines, starting at the 9cm/3-1/2″ mark; punching and scoring the whole way around the paper.

      I hope that is a little clearer :)

      • Tammy
        February 2, 2015 at 1:29 AM (4 years ago)

        Yes, I know the measurements are correct; but the thing I didn’t realize from the video is that you’re supposed to use the previous score line. I guess everyone else knew that.

        • Rachael
          February 5, 2015 at 6:56 PM (4 years ago)

          Apologies Tammy, the Envelope Punch Board can be a bit tricky to master, especially when customers first start using it – I will make a note for future reference to be more clearer with my tutorials :)

          • Diana Whitney
            July 10, 2015 at 1:22 AM (4 years ago)

            I had a hard time with the EPB at first and did just what Tammy did and got so frustrated Watching a video on how to use it really helped. Tammy, I know how you feel! Love this box. Thanks for the idea.

          • Rachael
            July 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM (4 years ago)

            It can be very easy to go wrong with the EPB – I felt like a ninny when I ruined the first few envelopes and boxes I tried to make on it! I have since edited the YouTube video comments to state that you only punch and score on one side, THEN turn and follow the original score line around. Thanks for giving this project a go :)

  2. Lavonne Schwendeman
    February 5, 2015 at 5:48 AM (4 years ago)

    When I score like you say, I get a square not a rectangle like you get. Can you help? Thanks

    • Rachael
      February 5, 2015 at 6:54 PM (4 years ago)

      Hi Lavonne, I’d be happy to help :)
      When you are scoring for the tray base, score at 2-3/4″ on one side, punch, then turn the cardstock, and follow your previous score lines around the paper, punching as you score. Then continue these steps for your second score line, which starts at 3-1/2″. Hope that helps :)

  3. Sabine
    May 22, 2015 at 4:06 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Rachael,
    thank your for this wonderful video and the written tutorial.
    I tried to make this matchbox card some days ago and everything was ok :-)
    Greetings from Germany,

    • Rachael
      May 25, 2015 at 6:52 PM (4 years ago)

      Lovely! Thank you very much for your positive feedback, and I hope you enjoyed making it! :)

  4. Jan
    May 30, 2015 at 3:33 PM (4 years ago)

    I have made the card but am unsure where/how to place the acetate. Is it glued to the flowers or to the pop up support? It appears to be fast forwarded in the tutorial.

    • Rachael
      May 31, 2015 at 11:25 AM (4 years ago)

      I used Glue Dots on the acetate strips, both for the back of the flower, and the tray pop-ups :)


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