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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Friday 10 July 2020

When a card is not enough..

Hello everyone,

There are times when you want to give a neighbour or friend a little something without going over the top. Something that’s handmade means so much more and if teamed with chocolate, it’s a winner!
I had some messages that some of you would like to see how I made this little gift after I posted pics on Instagram. 

This little gift box, that’s sized to fit a bar of chocolate, can be as simple or ornate as you make it. I made this one from scraps of design paper and flowers, left-over after making other projects.It's definitely the kind of project that is worth keeping with your stash in case of emergency.

Here’s how

You will need:
1 sheet A4 card 300gsm (110 lbs)
scraps or 2 A4 sheets designer paper
16 inches or 40cm ribbon
embellishments:  3 foam or paper flowers, leaves, butterfly
2 decorative fan-shaped dies and their mats
Tag die for writing sentiment/greeting  inside

Place the A4 card longwise across score board and score at 3 ¼”, 4, 7 ¼, 8, mark at 10” and trim here, keep off-cut.  (8cm,10,18, 20  mark and trim at 25)
From the waste strip (approx. 1 ¾ wide (4cm) ) cut 2 pieces 2” (5cm)  long. Place narrow side across score board and score 2 lines centrally 3/4” apart (2cm) to make 2 side gussets.
Fold and burnish score lines
Check the pieces fit but don’t glue yet!
Cut designer paper to fit all sides, leaving narrow edge visible. Stick gusset along back of box at top and bottom edges, leaving front open so it is easy to add paper to inside.  
Ink edges of paper with vintage photo brown, black or pretty contrasting colour. This will then hide the fact that they are scraps. Adhere inside paper to box. Fold over gusset and glue to top. Hold in place for minute or 2 until it sticks.  Adhere  ribbon to centre of top and bottom outside of box before covering with papers. Add paper to all other sides and tag inside cover to write on.
To decorate adhere dies, leaves, flowers and butterfly on front. A hot glue gun makes this job easier.
Products I used:
HFC Sweet peony papers, large/ medium flower dies
HFC 3D leafy accents stamps, dies, stamens
HFC Decorative fan medallion and mat
Lisa Horton Butterfly stamped on white vellum, decoupaged and glittered

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Thanks for dropping by.


1 comment:

  1. This is just adorable - I will definitely have to try to make it!


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