Peek-a-Whooo Minis and a Tutorial

So far I’ve blogged about my Peek-a-Whooo Card Sets and how much I love all things miniature. So how about some Miniature Peek-a-Whooo Cards Sets! Yep! I took my Peek-a-Whooo design and scaled them down to a 2″ x 2″ size. Even the cute tree box got scaled down and received a bit of a makeover! Check ’em out!

These Peek-a-Whooo Minis come in sets of 10 and include matching colored envelopes. You can purchase them for $10.95 at My Etsy Shop!

Ever since I debuted my Peek-a-Whooo notecard sets, they became an instant hit! I had tons of comments from people telling me how cute they were. And I also had tons of people request directions on how to make the little tree box the cards are tucked into. If you know me at all, I always aim to please! So as requested, here is the Peek-a-Whooo Box Tutorial!

***PLEASE NOTE*** I have created this tutorial for your personal use. Feel free to teach this project at a stamp camp or workshop. And please feel free to share your Peek-a-Whooo creations with others, including online. All I ask is that you show me the courtesy of giving me credit by mentioning my name and linking to my blog. Also, I do ask that you please not distribute this tutorial via any electronic means. Printing out the instructions for your personal use or for a stamp camp/workshop is fine, but transferring the electronic file or posting this tutorial on your blog or website is prohibited. If you want to share this tutorial, please do so by linking to my blog. Thank you.

Now, onto the tutorial! (Click on the photos for enlarged images)


  • For the box, you will need one piece of Crumb Cake (or brown) cardstock measuring 11″ x 3 3/8″ and two pieces of Crumb Cake cardstock measuring 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ (for the sides of the box)
  • Pear Pizzazz (or other shade of green) cardstock
  • Bone Folder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool/Gun
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Brown Ink (I used Soft Suede, but feel free to use whatever color brown you choose)
  • 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
  • Sticky Strip
  • Scallop Circle Punch
  • Craft glue or other adhesive

Don’t have some of the supplies listed? No problem! Just head to My Stampin’ Up! Website and click on the “Shop Now” button to go to my online Stampin’ Up! shop, where you can buy some or all of the supplies listed here. You can’t make Peek-a-Whooo cards without that owl punch either! So visit my online shop today!


Step 1
Sorry I don’t have a photo for this first step. But it’s simple enough. To start, take your 11″ x 3 3/8″ piece of cardstock and score it at 3 1/2″, 5 1/2″, and 9″.

Step 2
Using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, punch a hole in the first large square section, which will become the front of your box. You might want to hold up a premade owl card against the box before punching the hole to make sure that your punching the hole in a good position for the owl to be peeking through.

Step 3
Take your VersaMark ink pad and stamp the ink pad directly onto box front, applying ink only to the section where you punched the hole. Use your score line as a guide.

Step 4
Once you’ve applied VersaMark ink to the front section, cover it with clear embossing powder. Tap off any excess powder onto a scrap piece of paper and funnel it back into your embossing powder container.

Step 5
Using your bone folder or some other tool with a pointed tip (I used the tip of a pen cap), create lines through the embossing powder. Just drag your bone folder through the embossing powder to remove the powder and create random lines to mimic the look of tree bark. Tap off any clumps of embossing powder onto scrap paper. (TIP: Discard any embossing powder clumps after doing this step. Don’t reuse the clumps!)

Step 6
Use your heat tool/gun to heat and melt the embossing powder.

Step 7
Use a Stampin’ Sponge to apply Soft Suede ink to the box front. Dab and/or swipe the sponge to apply the ink into the tree lines you created.

Step 8
Take a dry paper towel and wipe off the box front. This will remove any moist ink from the embossed areas of the box front and leave the ink only in the tree lines.

Step 9
For the sides of the box, take the two 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ pieces and score them 1/4″ in from three sides (score in from both of the long sides and just one of the short sides). Cut off the two bottom corners of each piece, as shown below. Apply Sticky Strip along the scored edges.

Step 10
Now take all your cardstock pieces and fold them along the score lines. Remove the sticky strip backing from the bottoms of the two side pieces and adhere them to the bottom of the box, as shown.

Step 11
Now remove the sticky strip backing from the rest of the side pieces and finish assembling your tree box. It should look like below when you’re done.

Congratulations! You’ve just created your very own Peek-a-Whooo Tree Box! Now for the top or lid of the tree box, just use your Scallop Circle punch to punch out a bunch of green scallop circles. Then adhere them to the top flap of the box. What I did is I adhered just part of the scallop circles to the top flap and then folded them over. Then I cut out a rectangle of green cardstock and punched three sides of it with my Scallop Border Punch, scored and folded the tree edges, and applied to the top of the box for a finishing touch. But you can decorate your box lid however your heart desires.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Now go have fun making your own Peek-a-Whooo card sets! And feel free to post links to your creations in the comments section of this blog post! I’d love to see how yours turn out, and who knows, I just might feature your creation in a future blog post! So make sure to share your results!

Coming up…well…I honestly have no idea! But it will be good! I promise!

5 thoughts on “Peek-a-Whooo Minis and a Tutorial

  1. Vina says:

    I saw this project on Splitcoast & clicked on your link for more info. This is the most adorable project using the new owl punch! Sooo creative & unique! I can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!!

  2. Sue McNeill says:

    How cute is this!!!!! The texture idea for the box is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Sue McNeill

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