Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Scottish "Clam Box" Tutorial

Hi Everyone
I'm super excited to be with you today and to share my first ever tutorial here at Digital Delights!
Today I wanted to share how to create a clam box that you can use to hold all kinds of things.
The one I've made today is a gift for a fellow stamper so I've added some paper flowers in the box for her. You can of course add some treats to the box for a gift or put some stray embellishment you might have. I seem to always have embellishments with no home.

Let's get started

Supplies you'll need:
Digital stamp - Scottie Dog and Thank You
(1) Blue 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Top of Box Panels
(1) Brown 4 3/8" x 2 7/8"
(1) Pattern Paper 4 2/8" x 2 6/8"
Front and Back Panel
(2) Brown 4 3/8" x 1 3/8"
(2) Pattern Paper 4 2/8" x 1 2/8"
Side Panels
(2) Brown 2 7/8" x 1 3/8"
(2) Pattern Paper 2 6/8" x 1 2/8"
1 1/4" circle punch
Score Tape

Step 1:
With your 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" blue card stock score the 8 1/2" side at 2" and 6".
On the 10 1/2" side score at 1 1/2", 4 1/2", 6", and 9"

Step 2:
From the 10 1/2" side cut along the score lines up to the 1 1/2" score line.
See photo for example. You will make 4 cuts on the 10 1/2" side of the card stock.
Step 3:
Next we need to trip 1/2" from the box. Fold over the 1 1/2" strips (as seen in the below photo) and line up the card stock to the 1/2" mark on the right side of your trimmer. (View photo in Step 5 to see what the end result looks like once you trip 1/2" from both sides.)
Step 4:
Adhere your brown and pattern paper panels together. You will have a large panel for the top of the box. You will also have 2 panels for the front and back of the box. Lastly you will have two shorter panels for the sides of the box.
Step 5a:
Add your panels to the box as shown in the below picture.

Step 5b:
Add adhesive to your box as shown in the picture below.Step 6:
Put box together.
Start by folding in the 1 1/2" strips to create the bottom of the box. Make sure that the smaller strips go inside the box. That way when you close the box lid it won't catch on the sides of the bottom of the box.
Step 7:
Next adhere the lid.
Step 8:
I've used a 1 1/4" circle punch to create a notch out of the box so that the lid is a bit easier to open. You could also do this step before constructing the box.
Step 9:
Decorate. I've used Scottie Dog and Thank You from the latest release. I've colored the Scottie with Copic markers. I've also used a boarder punch and used it like a fence for the sweet dog. Add some ribbon and some bling and you are in business.
Step 10:
Add your favorite treat or gifts in the box and enjoy!

Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a fantastic day creating a little something special for your someone special!


  1. Great tutorial...love the colors and the use of the image...I'll definitely give it a go. Thanks so much Tammy

  2. Totally love this, Tammy! Great job! Glad you are a part of the Delights team!

  3. Beautiful box!! I stumbled across this blog by accident! Glad I did as I have just made this box and filled it with valentines treats! Thankyou from one Tammy to Another!

  4. Excellent tutorial hun! You can see my box
    Keep 'em coming!
    Teri x

  5. So cute, Tammy! Thanks for posting this week as it was supposed to be my week but we suffered a great loss this week, my MIL and I just could not do it.