Tuesday 20 June 2017

Bright Gift Boxes

I thought I'd work on some gift boxes as a change from art journaling, card making or tag creating.  These are a decent size for small gifts such as a scarf, sweets or votive candles and can be made to look completely different just with a change of colour and decoration.  I haven't added any side panels with additional stamped images or words yet, but I may well do so.
Each box is made using two panels cut using the Crealies Milk Carton (Box #6) Die, which can be cut from one piece of A4 card.  I used Sheena's stamping card for this and cut 6 panels to create the three boxes.  For the first box I blended Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber distress inks over two panels, for the second I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China, and for the third, Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac.

I then used a darker shade of distress ink (which toned in with the base colours used on each box), blended through two different stencils on each box to create a pattern.  I was careful to ensure that the different stencilled patterns would be on alternate sides of each box once the panels were glued together.  For this step I used Rusty Hinge distress ink through THMS051 (Industrial) and THMS003 (Rays) for the first box, Mermaid Lagoon ink through THMS002 (Bubble) and THMS016 (Harlequin) for the second and Picked Raspberry ink through THS032 (Flourish) and THMS036 (Scribbles) for the third box.

It only remained to crease all the folds, add acrylic glue to each small side tab and glue the two panels together to form each box.  Once dry, I cut two 6.4cm x 6.4cm pieces of white card for each box, coloured one of them to match the box and glued it to the bottom.  The plain panel was glued on the inside of each box to reinforce the base.
I had previously made a box with Dylusions Paints and Metallic Gilding Polish to decorate it, so a range of media can be used.

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