Saturday, October 26, 2013

Creative Cafe' - Kit of the Month - featuring the 3" gift box tutorial x 2!

Hi Everyone!  Are you feeling that crisp feeling of fall in the air yet?  Even in Southern Cal -we're finally starting to get a little of that - especially once the sun goes down!  I love this time of year no matter what part of the country I'm living in- but I do miss those wonderful fall colors I grew up with in the midwest! 

Today - I'm sharing another fun project - again featuring all the yummy products included in our October Kit of the month - Fall Harvest!   My project is a little different in that I'm going to showcase 2 - 3" square boxes I made from 1 sheet of 8 1/2" cardstock!  I found this wonderful video from Sam Donald in the UK -that I'll share here - but I'll also step it out a bit for you in my post below

First of all here's my 2 boxes- I finished them each a bit differently but they're perfect for putting in some small gift tags, candy goodies, small soap or anything you come up with!

These would be so sweet to have at each person's place setting for Thanksgiving or to bring as a hostess gift to share if you're invited to join someone else on Thanksgiving!  Anyway... let's get going on how to make these cuties!

First cut your piece of cardstock - I used cream as I wanted to stamp on one box - and the other I covered with papers from Bo Bunny Autumn Song which is included in the kit.

Turn your piece lengthwise and cut at 6".  That will leave you with a 5" piece.   Or...
  • 1 pc 6 x 8 1/2 - Box A
  • 1 pc 5 x 8 1/2 - Box B
Scoring - With my Score-Pal I scored each box as follows:

Box A - 6 x 8 1/2

Starting lengthwise first - score at 3, 4, 7, and 8
Turning crosswise next - score at 1/2, 1 1/2, 4 1/2, and 5 1/2

Box B- 5 x 8 1/2

Starting lengthwise first - score at 3, 4, 7, and 8 -  (yes! this is the same as the first box)
Turning crosswise next - score at 1, and 4

Cutting away the parts of the box for assembly  - I've included the YouTube video link in case you get lost.  (Just keep in mind her cardstock is only 8 1 /4" wide to our 8 1/2")

Here I'm showing you sections you need to remove - for each box - and cut lines

Once cut your 2 box shapes will look like this-

Decorate your boxes before assembling.  This is especially easier for the stamped box -  I tied a piece of twine on my stamped box with a punched leaf as a tag where I stamped it with the 'Fall' word from the Fall Harvest stampset.  You can see my 'coloring' I kept to a minimum and just using a small dauber I inked it in with Wild Honey distress ink just enough to give my pumpkins some color!

To assemble I used red-line tape- so it would stay together and hold up well. 

Box A- I just needed at the one side -as this box you just need to join the side - and tuck in the ends to complete your box.  This box can be laid flat if you want to!
Box B - I put just on the back flaps on each side.  Removing one side at a time I just rolled this box up to meet the sides together leaving only one end that is open.

Here they are side by side- both I wanted you to see them without their finery- it's amazing how they could start out each a different size and assembly to become the same size box and from 1 sheet of cardstock!
For my stamped box I created some cute pumpkin tags that I could stick inside to give away as a special non-caloric treat!  To make these I cut 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 -squares I just took my scissors to round the edges, I was going for a more primtive look, but you could also use your corner rounder. I distressed the edges with Tie Dye, and Vintage Photo.   For the stems I just cut square pieces from the chocolate cardstock and using my mini fastener stapled them in place.  Tieing twine on each stem to finish them off.
To finish my other box- I cut and covered each side and top bottom with decorative paper,  I stamped colored and layered that gorgeous cornicopia image and fussy cut it out to place on top - I punched a tag to attach here as well.   

 Here's a closer look at this one all pulled together!
Here's a side view- so you can see the layers- and I used a brad I covered with Brown Funky Flock to give some added dimension.  Wrapping it all up with green ribbon from the kit- I tied my stamped tag on with more twine.

Hope you give these a try- I think it is wonderful when you can more than one item  out of 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock let alone 2 treat boxes!  

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' -Kit of the Month -Fall Harvest
Ink:  Memento - Rich Cocoa; Wild Honey Distress ink, copic markers; color box color blender
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue and   Bow Wow Brown funky flock
Tools: Punches- Score Pal; Marvy Tag punch 2 sizes; leaf punch from the Pansy set


Kristine Reynolds said...

Great boxes Karen!

Unknown said...

So cute, love the stamping!