I’m back again to share the other two Kraft Gift Boxes I had planned to share with you yesterday! The second box I decorated is for my grandson’s birthday gift so I wanted the box to be masculine. I chose to use the In the Wild Designer Series Paper (DSP), Wild Cats Stamp Set and the Big Cats Dies. The first thing I did was to stamp part of the front of the box with the stamp that I decided looks similar to the vine on the DSP. I wanted to restrict the stamping to the top of the lid so I put some scrap paper to cover the spine and varied the height of the vine stamp as I worked from one side to the other. The colour of the ink I used is Soft Succulent.
I cut my piece of DSP to measure 4½” x 6⅜” but I wasn’t happy with the white background; it looked too stark against the Kraft. To tone it down I took my green Blending Brush and inked it up using Soft Succulent Ink. Because there was already green ink on my Blending Brush, the finished overall effect is a general green colour! I’m sure nobody would know that the green has been added to cover over the white background unless they knew the pack of DSP! I removed the protective film from the inside acetate window and then adhered the DSP in place using Tombow. Also, if you’re using a directional pattern like me, the top of the design goes toward the spine of the box.
The tiger has been die-cut from a sheet of the DSP. It was tight at the bottom of the sheet and didn’t have any feet but tucked in on the box like they are, nobody would ever know! LOL! Then I die-cut the FOR YOU, which is from the retired set of dies called Mini Treat Bag, using Cajun Craze Cardstock (CS). You have probably heard me say that I always keep my shapes punches and dies like squares, circles, rectangles, etc., when they retire. I probably haven’t said that I also always keep my word and letter dies too! The two cords I’ve used to tie around the box are also retired Stampin’ Up! products.
As promised yesterday, I remembered to photograph the cut corners on my box. In the photograph you can see the corners on the left-hand side of the boxes right by the spine. I often find those back corners on the lid of a pizza-style boxe stick out quite a bit and cutting off a triangle reduces it a lot! The third box I made is a Christmas box but can easily be switched for any other occasion. As usual, my first job was stamping the outside of the box. I chose the snow stamp from the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set and as it wasn’t directional, I stamped all over the outside using White Craft Ink. As this takes a little while to dry I put it to one side while I made my own shredded tissue paper.
I chose white and shredded it using my small guillotine. I do this by moving the paper through the trimmer a little bit at a time, slicing it after every small move! When I feel I’ve cut enough, I use both hands and gently pull the strands apart. Then I gather all the strands up in my two hands and screw them up in a ball. Next, still using both hands, I gently pull all the crinkled strips apart again. This is so quick and easy, I never buy crinkled tissue paper any more. By now, the White Craft Ink had dried. Before I filled the box with shredded tissue paper, I removed the protective film from the inside acetate window and cut triangles off the left- and right-hand sides of the lid by the spine.
I tied two strands of the White Glittered Organdie Ribbon around the landscape side of the box and tied it into a bow on the right-hand side. The sentiment has been stamped with Soft Suede Ink on a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock (CS). The sentiment LOVE & JOY COME TO YOU AND MAY IT LAST THE WHOLE YEAR THROUGH is from the Christmas to Remember Stamp Set. I adhered this using Dimensionals that were adhered over the ribbon but not on it. I die-cut it with the middle of three layering dies in the Seasonal Labels Dies.
I also stamped ‘TIS THE SEASON, which is from the same stamp set and die cut it with the smaller of the two narrow label dies in the same die set as before. Again, I used Dimensionals to adhere this at an angle in the top left-hand corner. To finish it off I used an embellishment that retired quite some time ago! I hope you have found my three Kraft Gift Boxes (156569) inspiring and give them a go. I think they are sensibly priced for a pack of 10 in UK & EU £9.25/12€, they are a great size at 4½” x 6⅝” x ¾” (11.4cm x 16.8cm x 1.9cm) plus they are food safe!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back soon and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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