This is the end result, which I think turned out marvelous ! Since I didn't make the tutorial off this card, I decided to make another one, so lets see how the second one comes out. :)
Here we go...
First off, you need to decide what colors you want to use. Three different colors are used in this card. I chose black as the base for this card, for the outside panels I used a red glitter floral paper from a Recollections - Love Letter pad, the inside panels are black and grey floral from a DCWV "The Performance Stack" pad.
You will need an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock for the main card piece, I chose black.
Along the short side, measure 5 1/2" and cut (keep this skinny strip as we use it later.)
Now, on the long side, we want to score the sheet in 4 places: 2 5/8", 5 1/4", 7 7/8" and 10 1/2". From here, rotate the sheet 90 degrees and score at 3".
Now, on the very skinny end, cut along the score lines on the 2 1/2" side and remove the little corner. We also want to cut along the 3 score lines on the 2 1/2" side, but only up to the horizontal score line that goes all the way across the page - this is creating the top flaps on the box that open.
So here you can see the top left corner cut out, the score lines and cuts on the top half score lines
I have a bunch of different natural chipboard gears in all shapes and sizes. I decided which ones I wanted to use, and painted them an assortment of colors. When it comes to painting, I'm all for quick and convenient when possible, so for many of my projects I opt for spray paint - there are some gorgeous colors these days !! For this project, I used a mix of gold, silver, dark wood stain, hammertone pewter, and a little gold glitter spray. I also LOVE Inka Gold Metalic Rubs, and used the copper on a few pieces, as well as some Tim Holtz tarnished bronze Distressed Paint.
While those dry, we can add the center pieces in the box.
Get the strip that was cut off in the very beginning. I score it in two places, 10 1/2" and 7 7/8". Cut it so that the final piece looks the same on both sides: skinny, big, skinny. This is the piece that goes in the middle of the card, that we attach the gears to.
We need two pieces, so go ahead and cut in half to create two like pieces (it doesn't have to be perfectly straight or exactly in half, just eyeball it.)
When folding along the score lines, I fold the left one way and the right the other way...this makes it all lay flatter in the envelope.
We are going to divide the inside of the box into thirds, again, this doesn't need to be measured. Glue the folded edges of the pieces we just made and attach inside the box. You may need to play around to get the pieces mostly straight - I do this by folding the card closed and flat a few times and readjusting the dividers if needed.