Saturday, 9 September 2017

Merry Patterns: September - October Offer

Hello, Crafters.

Although I don't use 3" x 3" cards, as soon as I saw our Pizza Boxes in the new Christmas (Autumn/Winter) Catalogue, I've wanted to do this project! 

And as soon as I saw the Merry Patterns Stamp Set demonstrated in a Stampin' Up! official YouTube video, I knew I wanted to do a design using the candles!

I played around with various colour combinations before settling on Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry.

I made five identical cards and an extra card front to adhere on the front of the box. 

My reasoning for this is that if I sell this at a craft show, customers can see the card design from the outside and therefore, there would be no need to open the box. 

As long as it's given before Christmas, this would make an ideal gift for co-workers or teachers, and it's very easy and relatively quick to make! 

The Pizza Boxes are food safe and I think they should be folded with the shiny side on the inside, but I chose to have the shiny side on the outside. 

I'm not a cook but any stretch of the imagination, but I would have thought if the box is used for food e.g. a cookie, the cookie would be put into a food cello bag first..............wouldn't it?

The next project I make using the Pizza Boxes will be with the matt side on the outside. 

Do you have a preference which way you prefer the boxes?

To create my cards I cut a 12" x 12" sheet of Whisper White cardstock (CS) into eight pieces of 6" x 3", which I scored at 3" and folded in half to create my 3" x 3" cards. 

When I ordered the pizza boxes, I also ordered some 3" x 3" Whisper White Envelopes, so I didn't have to think about using the Envelope Punch Board to make my own!

I stamped the candle image onto a piece of Whisper White CS, which measured almost 3" x 3", using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

Then I stamped the candle flames using Crushed Curry Ink.

I stamped the first set of candles using Cherry Cobbler Ink, and then Pear Pizzazz for second set of candles. 

To finish the square I stamped the sentiment using Basic Black Ink. 

My idea was to stamp an image above the candles e.g. some holly leaves and berries, but I couldn't decide what! 

I thought it'd be easier to make a decision if I layered my image first. 

I die cut the shape using a square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and then layered it onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler CS which measure 2.75" x 2.75".

After checking my other Christmas stamps, ribbons and bows, I decided I like the clean look of the cards and left them alone.

The final step was to tie some Crushed Curry 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon around the box to make it look lik a gift! 

I'm very pleased with the outcome of this project, and for the next box, I'll probably add an embellishment, or Dimensionals.

This is because, even with five cards and five envelopes, there's still a fair bit of room left in this very generous box.

With today's cards, I'll probably wrap them in tissue before giving them as a present.

That's about it for today.

I'm off to get my nails done shortly! ☺ 

I hope you have a great weekend and until tomorrow, happy crafting.

PS This stamp set is free for any orders over £250.00, during September and October. Please let me know if you'd like more details. JanB.

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