Customized Gift Box

This year we told my mother-in-law that her gift was going to be a little late because we wanted to get her something that had both kids’ pictures on it.  Since her birthday was before my due date she just had to wait on her gift.  She got an iPad mini recently so, after our family pictures were taken, we had a custom iPad case made for her.  I wanted something special as a gift box rather than wrapping it in plain paper.  I had my 4 year old, who is learning how to write, write “Happy Birthday Grammy” for the top of the box.  Rather then having her practice writing on nice cardstock she used her drawing pad and I scanned/pixel traced her handwriting into MTC.  This not only saved paper but allowed me to then center the message on the gift box.  This is only a practice of the box, I’m planning on making it out of heavier cardstock before we see her (my crafting time has sort-of been put on the back burner with a newborn in the house).                                           ipad-case-boximg_8939_4592 gift box





  • Force:  150
  • Passes:  3
  • Off-set:  none
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Embosser height: 25 post-its


  • Force:  65
  • Passes:  1
  • Off-set:  .25
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Blade height:  25 post-its


  1. Draw what you want your box to say.  High contrast between the paper and writing makes life easier.                                      ipad-case-boximg_8935_4588
  2. Scan in your drawing
  3. Design your file including pixel trace for your drawing.  This is an occasion where the “color” option on pixel trace comes in handy.  The handwriting can now be moved, resized, and even thickened to make it easier to read.
  4. Print out the design you want on the top.
  5. Emboss the fold lines.  I attempted Print and Cut with the embossing but I couldn’t get it to work properly due to minimum printer margins.  My design was pretty much in the center of the paper anyways so I just made do.
  6. WITHOUT taking out your mat change out the embossing tool to a blade and hide the emboss layer and make sure the cutting layers are active.
  7. Cut out the project and fold along the embossed lines.
  8. Tape your flaps to the sides to make a box .                            ipad-case-boximg_8937_4590
  9. Repeat with a second piece to make a full box (and add heart cutout as desired).  Making the bottom slightly smaller helps the two halve slide together easier.                                ipad-case-boximg_8938_4591 gift box

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