Friday, 3 February 2017

White Gift Boxes

Hello, Crafters.

Did you notice that the super white gift boxes with acetate sleeve have been brought forward into the new Spring catalogue - see page 23?

Yesterday I decided to have a go at decorating one and not surprisingly, the finished result would make a fantastic wedding favour box!

But the answer is no, I won't suggest these to my daughter when she gets married later this year! 
Although, it would really depend on how many she wants, because there's a lot of work involved in creating this!

I started decorating this box by colouring it with Blushing Bride Ink. 

The boxes arrive flat-pack, and whichever side you lay them down, you can see some of the inside of the box. 

To avoid getting ink inside the box, I took some scrap paper the same width as the box but longer and put it through the middle so only the outside of the box could be seen. 

I used the new Sponge Brayers to apply the ink, one side first, then turning it over to do the reverse side.

I made sure I kept the scrap paper in place and then inked the second side. 

The colour went on very easily and very quickly. 

I left it to dry but became impatient after a while and dried the ink off using some kitchen towel. 

Although quite a bit of ink came off onto the towel, it didn't seem to affect the depth of colour!

I took a  piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS) that measured 12" x 3", and die cut along the length of it using the largest Detailed Floral Thinlits Die and cut three times along the length.

I worked out where the centre was on this strip and placed it on the acetate sleeve that I had put into shape.

I gently folded the strip round on both sides, and slid my fingers to the back to gently fold the diecut around these corners, too. 

The strip was too short so I cut a strip of Very Vanilla CS that was an inch wide, and rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder. 

I put the strip onto my score board and lined up the first fold with a channel on my board and very, very carefully scored on the fold line, then I did the other three folds. 

I do this because scoring gives a far more professional looking fold. 

I put Tombow, as thinly as possible on the back of the strip. 

NOTE: the last four photgraphs show the box and acetate sleeve separated!
Before attempting to adhere this to the acetate sleeve, I dabbed the sheet onto a piece of scrap paper. 

It's important not to allow TomBow to go anywhere apart from immeditely beneath the strip, otherwise the acetate looks a mess! 

I did this by adhering the centre of this strip to the centre strip of the acetate - I decided which was the centre strip by putting the acetate seam at the back of the box. 

The next step took very steady hands, and when I was happy the bottom of the strip lined up with the bottom of the acetate, and that the two sides were in the correct position, I adhered the strip down.

I really didn't want to get on glue anywhere that it would be visible! 

Once the front was down it was easy to follow the sides and back down, as well.

I adhered some of our Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim onto our 3/8" Very Vanilla Stitched Satin Ribbon by applying a little bit of SNAIL evry 3 - 4" along the Stitched Satin. 

I used some Fast Fuse every 3 - 4" on the back of the Stitced Satin, and adhered it around the acetate sleeve, making sure it the end was at the back.

I die cut all the flowers I needed from Very Vanilla CS using the Botanical Builder Framelits and the Succulents Framelits dies. 

The latter flowers' petals were far too pointed for my flowers, so I pushed the tips of the petals into varying sizes of circle punches (from the hole under the punch).

My final touch was to adhere one of the Falling in Love Embellishments into each  centre of the flowers.   

I think that's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Wow. So beautiful. Not sure i want to attempt this. I usually get glue where I don't want it.

    1. Hi, Ina. It was a lot of work! I'm really pleased with the result but I wouldn't want to make too many of them! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. I'm with Ina on this one! It is absolutely gorgeous!! And I love it, but probably not enough love to make me want to do this project. Unless it was under the watchful supervision of someone like yourself, right there beside me, Jan! LOL Stunning though!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I hear where you're coming from - I wouldn't want to make more than a handful! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.