Oh My Goodness...you have picked a great week to check out our Artisan Design Team blog hop. Why? We have a special surprise for you. Stampin' Up! is sponsoring a give away on each of our blogs this week. That's right...we are talking about ten prizes...one on each blog. It has been a little touch-n-go with my blog over the past few days. TypePad (my blog provider) had a major service attack their system and I really wasn't sure I would be able to post. But apparently all is well, so now we can get this party started!
The lucky winner on my blog will win the Big Wish clear stamp set and some Silver Baker's Twine. How exciting is that!!! I am going to put the contest rules at the bottom of this post, so be sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom to see how to enter.
Here is the project that I made using the Big Wish stamp set. This is a modified version of a 2-4-6-8 box (or a milk carton box). I just enlarged it on a grand scale in order to fit a fancy cupcake inside.
The free patterns (one for the box and one for the box insert) are at the end of this post.
I made the box out of Gumball Green Core'dinations cardstock. I had to use two pieces of 9.5" x 12" in order to make the box large enough. The box really isn't that difficult to make, but if you follow these steps it will make things a little easier. Step 1: cut and score the two box pieces. Step 2: cut four 4.25" squares of Birthday Basics designer series paper and stitch around the edges. Step 3: adhere one of the dsp panels to the front of the box only. Step 3: cut the opening in the front of the box. You will need to fold the side panel for it to fit in the Big Shot. It will leave an imprint on the side of the box, so you will need to cover it with one of the dsp panels. Step 4: cut a frame to go around the front opening and attach it. Step 5: add the acetate window to the inside of the opening using Sticky Strip adhesive. Step 6: adhere the remaining dsp panels to the side and back of the box. Step 7: assemble the box. Step 8: embellish the box.
I wanted to emboss the box, but it was too large, so I decided to do some faux embossing intead. I sanded some of the leftover cardstock and then punched it out with a 1/2" circle punch. To pull this off, I had to make sure that the grain of the cardstock was running the same direction as the box. I only added the dots to the top front portion. You might notice that the balloons are "puffy". To get this look I used a Stampin' Pierce Mat and the end of a small paint brush and rubbed it on the back of each balloon until it created a "cup" effect.
Here is the free pattern for the box. You will need to cut two.
Here is the pattern for the platform that goes inside the bottom of the box to hold the cupcake.
Thanks for checking out our hop this week. Now be sure to hop on over to see what Erica Cerwin and the rest of the design team have created.
There are four chances on each blog to enter: