Making a Tardis

Ok well it’s not a real one but I had a request for assistance from my brother to decorate a card board box which he had already painted blue as a Tardis to hold a whizz bang laser point thingy and USB stick that looks very Dr Who.

Well he arrived with a few sheets of colored card, a picture and some pre printed police box signs and we set to work. He was keen to get cutting by hand but I really wanted to try to use the cricut to do the hard lifting of cutting so many panels and windows. He really didn’t understand at the time but he certainly understood the benefits by the time we were done.

I found a black and white jpg image which was finally (after several attempts) approved as suitable and I used the fantastic svgcuts software to trace the image. After some playing removing unwanted cutting lines and the resizing and stretching for the actual box it was time to cut a few test pieces. This process need to be repeated as the top was of course a different size to the rest of the panels.

I added acetate (from old packaging) to imitate windows and star dream opal card to provide the effect of lights. Bro then added the decals which i had reinforced using the xyron on some black card, attached a zillion bits of foam tape to give the raised effect and presto, four hours later one Tardis. Pics of the box and the fancy thingy are below.

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We added a false card board bottom with tissue paper underneath, cut some felt and then rolled the two sides (no glue require) to make it appear as a custom holder. Apparently it was a big hit.

Kat

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