The malls are busy, and the gift giving season is well underway! One very common give at this time of year is DVD’s — whether they be movies or music or games, there seems to be one that would work for pretty much anyone on your wish list. I like to make my gifts personalized, and so I was pretty excited to see this new, quick and easy to use, DVD gift box set.
- DVD Gift Box Cutting File by Paper Garden Projects
- Owl Wear Woolies Digital Kit by Paper Garden Projects
- Christmas Sentiments Digital Stamps by Arty Pants Digital Stamps
- Small googly eyes
- White Card Stock
- Sookwang tape Adhesive
- Pop up dimensional dots
To start, I like to print and dress up the “main” image that will be the focus. In this case I layered a digital sentiment from Christmas Sentiments Digital Stamps by Arty Pants Digital Stamps on top of one of the tags from another set called Owl Wear Woolies Digital Kit by Paper Garden Projects. For those of you who don’t do a lot of digital work, the trick is to use the PNG file (not the JPG versions) and then you can choose to order one to the back and one to the front and simply overlap them with the sentiment on top.
Once it is layed out in the right size, print and hand cut it out (or if you have an electronic or traditional die cutter you may use one of these). Then, to make it a bit more fun, I added some googly eyes. Some other ideas could have been to add glitter or glossy accents to key bits or to add some pearls or rhinestones. The goggly eyes are cute and fun, which is why I picked them for this one. Since these can be hard to get in just the right spot, I used a set of tweezers to help me out.
The next step is to print the matching patterned paper on some white card stock (or matte presentation paper), and then cut that in to mats to coordinate with the main shapes from the DVD Gift Box Cutting File by Paper Garden Projects, as well as to also cut out those main shapes from plain white card stock. To cut the shapes, I used the Silhouette, however, if you don’t have a digital cutting machine, you can still do this as there is a PDF version included with the kit which can be printed and hand cut.
After all the pieces were cut out, I laid them out to make sure they all matched up and to make sure I liked how they looked together. This is always good practice as it can be really frustrating to start putting a project together and realize that one of the items is upside down. Taking it apart in that case can be difficult.
A word or caution – if you are using a pattern like I did here that has an upside right and an upside down, then you will want the front flap that folds over to the front of your project to be the opposite as the backing. If you look at the picture above, at the strip on the right hand side, you should be able to see what I mean.
After lining it all up, add the adhesive tape to all the edges of the card stock.
Before adhering anything, I added the ribbon on the back panel so that it can be covered in decorative paper. To adhere the ribbon, I used two strips of the adhesive tape.
The next step is to fold all the edges. You do not need a Scorpal or any special tools to do this if you are using a Silhouette or other electronic cutter, as the areas that need bending come out slightly perforated, so you just fold along those edges. If you are not using a one of these, I would recommend using a scoring tool and straight edge or Scorpal.
Once everything is bent/scored, add on the patterned paper, after which you can then adhere all the layers together to create the base box. If you use glue, then you will have to hold the pieces together while they dry, which is why I recommend the adhesive tape.
On the backside, the patterned paper will go over and cover the ribbon, and there will be two dangling lengths, one on each side, to use as a tie to close the box. By layering the ribbon under a paper layer, you anchor it so it does not come off easily, and this creates a great closure mechanism for the box.
To decorate, I also added a bit of lace, also adhered using adhesive tape.
Once it is all finished, it fits a DVD or other disk based game (such as an Xbox game) perfectly.
Have fun making these to dress up your gifts!
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- Making your own wine glass charms - January 21st, 2013
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