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A few weeks ago I had this idea in my head and I worked with it all weekend until it was just right. I was so excited about how it turned out that I showed it to a friend of mine to which she promptly responded "I saw that on the internet the other day". Oh, I was so heartbroken. I thought for sure that I had come up with something original, only to find out that someone else had thought of it too. :( So, I hope that at least the way that I present today's project is a little different. Not that candy wrapper boxes are anything new, just the idea of using the Envelope Punch Board to make them.
I really didn't think that I would be so excited about the Envelope Punch Board. I just don't make that many envelopes...but now I am singing a different tune. I have seen so many fun and unique ways that others are using it that it is quickly going to the top of my list of "must have" tools. In my last post I showed you how to make a box lid with a unique edge. I mentioned the other day that my video editing is messed up, so I will try to tell you the best way I can how to make these by giving you the dimensions and a few pictures along the way.
First, let's begin with this smaller box. You will need a piece of Designer Series Paper approximately 4-1/2" x 6". (TIP: Use DSP. Cardstock is too thick for this project. I did manage to make one, but it was very difficult and I was afraid I was going to damage my punch board if I did any more. With that said, this particular paper, Winter Frost Specialty DSP, is a little heavier than other DSP, but not as thick as cardstock, so it works well.) The other thing I should mention is that you can pretty much make this box any length. So, in this case, the only measurement that really matters is the 4-1/2". You can only go a little bit shorter than 6", but you can make this as long as your paper and tools will allow. That would be 12" for most people.
Place the 4-1/2" side of the box along the top edge of your Simply Scored tool and score at 1", 2", 3", and 4". Then turn your DSP a quarter turn and score it 1" from each end. Next, use a bone folder to place a crease in the folds. With the long edge at the top, punch 1" from the left side and then flip it over (left to right) and punch 1" from the other end. Next, fold down the first 1" section and punch 1" from the left end and then flip it over (left to right) and punch 1" from the other end. Now unfold that section and fold it at 2". Punch 1" from each end and then open it back up. Fold it over again at the 3" score mark and punch 1" from each end. Finally, fold it at the 4" fold and punch it 1" from each end.
You should end up with something that looks like this. I mentioned earlier that there are some very similar boxes floating around. The one thing that others did that I didn't was to place a score mark 1/2" and 1-1/2" from each end. If you do that you will end up with something similar but it will be more "boxy". You will notice that once you gather the ends that my version has more of a rounded look. Either way is good. I just comes down to personal preference.
To make the band around the center I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 2"x5" long. I intentially made it longer so that I could have some extra to work. I used the "O Holy Night" stamp for the greeting and stamped it about 1-1/4" from the top with Island Indigo ink. Make sure the ink is dry before going on. The trick for this next step is to place a score mark at the very top of the "O Holy Night". (Because you are wrapping this around the box you need to give youself just a little extra to make it fit around the outside, hense the "smidge".) Now, score again three more times at 1"+ a "smidge" from the previous score mark. So, how much is a "smidge"? Probably around 1/32". After you have everything just right, so back and stamp the rectangle image from the same set in the blank panel. It sounds more complicated than it really is.
When I was working with the Festive Flurry stamp set I noticed that it looked like there was a Star of David in the center. I am not Jewish, but I have friends who are, so I thought it would be neat to design a box that would be appropriate for Hanukkah. The "star" of the show here is the embellishment. I stamped the smallest snowflake from Festive Flurry in VersaMark ink on silver foil paper and heat embossed it with Pewter embossing powder. GORGEOUS! The Hanukkah greeting is from the "Delightful Dozen" stamp set. However, I need to make a little confession right here and now...the snowflake in this photo was stamped with the Metallic Encore Silver Pad and heat embossed with the Pewter embossing powder. I noticed that the ink just didn't stick well to the silver foil paper. That is why I switched to the VersaMark pad. Just one more thing...I used the coordinating Festive Flurry Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot Machine to cut out these beautiful snowflakes.
You will notice that the snowflake on this box is much smoother and really held up well to the embossing. So you may be wondering exactly how big these boxes are. I would say that you could probably put a tube of lip gloss or maybe some candy inside. Also, there is a small opening on each end, so it can't be anything so small that it would slide out. By placing your gift in some tulle and allowing the ends to stick out it fills the holes, keeps everything in place, and looks pretty too!
This last box was slightly bigger than the other two, so here are the dimensions I used. Don't forget, you can click on any of the images and they will enlarge so that you can get a closer look.
That's all for today's project. Now be sure to head on over to see what the amazingly talented Erica Cerwin and the rest of the Artisan Design Team have in store for you! Don't miss a single project...