Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rocket Planets Box Card Assembly

Dimensional "square" box comes to sci fi life 
with Saturn planet on taller back panel, 
layered rocket ship on the back bridge, 
asteroid marked moon on the front bridge. 
Star cutouts and varied punch hole twinkles, 
zigzag strips embellish side flaps, 
exhaust cloud and "zoom!" word cut 
embellish the front flap. 
Measures approx. 6" tall x 2.625 wide x 2.625 deep 
when opened (5.25" wide x 6.25" tall closed flat). 

ASSEMBLY:  1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main box body  B back flap accent with liner, star
C & E side flap accents with liners, rim strips, stars
D "Zoom!" word cut with exhaust cloud accent
(front flap accent below)
F Saturn accent shapes (circle, stripes, ring)
G back bridge strip
H back bridge rocket shapes
I front bridge strip
J moon shapes: overlay (3) and base circle
2. Prepare the main box body by bending back
on vertical perforation lines for panels and
back side flap, bending flaps forward.
NOTE that the back "flap" remains upright.
3. Prepare the side flaps by attaching the edge
strip at outer edge, star in the non-punched space . . .
. . . then attaching contrast liner (twinkle show thru)
behind the flap. Both left and right side flaps
are very similar.
Here are the left and right prepared side flap
overlay units.
4. Position all flaps on the inside surface of
the main box shape with straight cut upper edge
(side & front flaps) aligned at perforation line,
back flap lower straight edge aligned at
box straight edge.
Side and top shaped edges are offset slightly.
5. Form the box into a tube to bring the
straight side edge to overlap the opposite edge flap
perforation line, and glue in place.
NOTE that is is possible and may be helpful
to lay the body flat and apply pressure
along the seam area to complete the attachment.
6. Prepare the Saturn accent unit by
positioning and attaching the "stripes"
to the planet circle (edge shaping and stripe length
will help in positioning), then slipping the planet
through the oval "slot", centering, and gluing the
overlapping portions.
7. Position and attach the Saturn unit to the
upper back flap.
8. Prepare the other accents:
space ship - layer nose cone, body, star, exhaust pipe
over silhouette
moon - layer 2 or 3 punched shapes over base circle
exhaust cloud - layer "Zoom!" wordcut over cloud base
9. Prepare the bridge strips by bending
the end tabs back on each.
10. Attach rocket unit to  back bridge,
moon unit to front bridge.
11. Apply glue to the face surface of tabs for
back bridge, then insert into the box interior
to place it parallel to the back/front walls,
with tabs touching the side wall interiors,
AND position approx. 1/3 of distance forward.
Take care that the top edge of the bridge
is even with the top/perforation line edge
of the folded flap, as shown,
then apply pressure to the flaps to
achieve a good attachment.
Before the glue is completely cured . . .
. . . press the box card into its flattened form
and apply finger pressure through the layers
in the positions where the tabs have been joined.
(Do this step after each bridge is attached.)
12. Position and attach the front bridge in
similar fashion, placing it 1/3 of the distance
back from the box front wall
(that is, half way between the back bridge
and the front wall.)
13. Position and attach the exhaust cloud
accent unit to the front flap.
14. To prepare the card to give or send,
press into its flattened shape.
In this position, the card will fit into 
a specially-sized envelope, such as 
the "box card envelope moon stars" design
which is also available to purchase as a download.
Here is the finished box card, opened.

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