Hello, everyone! With summer quickly approaching and the end of the school year finally in sight some of you might be scrambling for that perfect little gift that shows your appreciation for that special teacher that has worked so hard over the course of the school year with your little one(s). Not to worry! I’ve got the perfect little handmade gift just for that! And truly, nothing shows appreciation more than a handmade gift, even if it is super easy, which this is! ;D ;D
If you no longer have schoolage children or maybe you haven’t any children at all, no worries! This little trinket-y treasure is quite versatile and can be used for nearly any occasion including, graduation, congratulations, birthday, thank you, and just because, etc.
Digital supplies used: A Love Story
Tools used: Computer (iMac) and software (Adobe PS CS6), Printer (Epson R1900)
• Cricut Expression
• Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Cricut Cartridge
• Sizzix BigKick Die Cutting Machine
• Sizzix (Tim Holtz Alterations) Tattered Flower Garland Die
• Sizzix (Tim Holtz Alterations) Mini Tattered Floral Die Set
• Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
• EK Success Cutterpede Trimmer and Score Blade
• Bone Folder
Supplies used: Bazzill Basics Paper Cardstock in White (and a small amount of green)
• Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink Sahara Sand
• Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink Pixie Dust
• Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Marshmallow
• Buttons and Brads (one of each)
• Notions (combination of lace, ribbon, hemp, etc.)
Other supplies: Tombo Mono Adhesive
• Glue Dots Mini
The first step is to select the digital papers for your trinket boxes. I chose two, a gorgeous dainty floral pattern and an equally gorgeous coordinating solid, to which I added a digital circle splatter and a separate dot splatter, just to add a little more grunge-y detail and interest. After you’ve selected your digital papers, print both. Because of the size of my box I printed both digital papers in a 12 x 12 format.
It’s important to note that prior to cutting my project I did a test run on sizing (I always recommend a test run . . . on scraps . . . to determine sizing in an effort to prevent the ever frustrating waste of paper and more importantly, to prevent the ever frustrating waste of INK!).
The Cricut Expression settings that I used were paper saver, SQUARE BOX with blackout (blackout prevents the machine from cutting the pre-programmed holes that are part of this box), and 8 inches dialed in with real dial size selected. Settings yielded a square box 2⅜ inches wide by 2⅜ inches high.
After my boxes were cut I used a score blade and my Cutterpede trimmer to score my folds (score marks are provided by the machine cut). I also used a bone folder and went over every fold to make my folds nice and sharp.
When I had finished scoring and folding I inked all the edges with Tsukineko’s VersaMagic Pixie Dust chalk ink and then lightly inked over that with the Sahara Sand chalk ink. Adhesive was added to the flap that would be used to secure the box and the box assembled.
Once I had both my trinket boxes assembled, I die cut several flowers using the above mentioned Sizzix dies and then gathered some additional items, lace and ribbon, some hemp and brads and buttons.
Before I assembled the tattered flower I misted each petal with my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and while they were drying added the lace, hemp and button to the coordinating solid trinket box. Finishing the project simply involved assembling the tattered flower, securing it with a brad and then adding the lace bow. SoOoooo easy! And truly, a perfect gift for any (small) gift-giving occasion.
My intention is to fill each Trinket Gift Box with some delicious Hershey’s Hugs and include a short handwritten note from my granddaughter, Kaylee (the Trinket Gift Boxes are for her first grade teacher).
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Other Articles by Katherine Bley:
- Stamping with Digital Brushes Part One - June 26th, 2013