This guest post is from stamper extraordinaire Lisa Brown. She is sharing a holiday box how-to and the tutorial has plenty of fun paper crafting techniques to use on other projects!
I am so excited to be a part of Holidays Handmade! Thanks to Julie for allowing me to share this project with you.
Here is a tutorial for a box that is easy to assemble and great for little holiday treats or gifts.
Let’s get started…
Cut a piece of cardstock to 5 ½” x 8 ½”. Score on the 8 ½” side at 2”, 4”, 6”, and 8”.
Turn the cardstock and score at 2” on the 5 ½” side.
Stamp an image for your background on one side of the cardstock. I used the same color of ink as the cardstock (brown on brown) for a tone on tone look.
Sponge the same color ink along all the folds and edges.
Below the 2” score, cut up to that score line on each of the folds. The little ½”piece on the end is completely cut off as indicated in the photo.
Apply double-sided adhesive to the bottom “flaps” and along the remaining ½” edge.
Beginning with the side without the ½” tab, fold box and adhere together along the bottom pieces and end with the ½” tab.
Now, let’s decorate the box!
Cut a piece of cardstock (I chose a contrasting color) to 1 ¾” x 3 ¼”. Embellish with tone on tone stamping.
Sponge edges of this piece and adhere to one side of the box. You should have about a ¼” border around the edge.
Using watercolor paper and black solvent ink, stamp image to be colored, then punch with an oval punch.
Using water -based markers, apply color to image sparingly, paying special attention to areas of shadows and shading. These are the areas where I apply the color.
Using a blender pen, move the color around filling in your images.
Be sure to scribble on scratch paper to clear your blender pen before changing colors. The tip may be a little stained, but it will be fine if you get a clear scribble.
Apply a thin line of liquid glue around the punched piece and sprinkle on some of the shiny stuff!
Punch two holes about ¼’ apart on the front of your box through all layers.
Cut a piece of ribbon approx. 12” long, thread it through the holes and tie a bow. Use Mini Glue Dots to add a little interest to bow streamer placement. Trim if needed.
Cut some thin strips of card stock to use as filler. Your box is ready for sweet treats or just the right size for a votive candle (pictured above)!
If you have any questions, you can email me at [email protected]
Hi! My name is Lisa Brown and I am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! I love sharing the art of paper crafting including rubber stamping and scrapbooking. I also enjoy working on the digi side, sewing, and working with fabric to create fun accessories.
I recently retired from public education after 31 years of teaching children with special needs. It is said that “once a teacher, always a teacher” and that holds true with me as I now enjoy teaching and sharing my crafting skills both locally and online.
I first “met” Julie Fei-Fan Balzer through an online search that led me to one of her instructional videos. I love her enthusiastic approach to crafting and I am honored to be included in her Holidays Handmade series.
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