I love making gift boxes. To me, they carry such a personal touch and you can mix and match papers and embellishments to get exactly whatever look you like, from elegant and classy to grungy, shabby chic or whatever takes your fancy! In this instance, I wanted to make a matching card and box, so where better to start than with one of Kelleigh’s templates?!!!!
I chose the perfectly square box:
I knew I wanted to have some flowers to decorate the card and box, so again, another of Kelleigh’s templates came in handy:
Then I used this boutique collab kit:
I’m a firm believer in getting the most out of every kit and template, so a travel kit, to me, is not just for travel scrapbook pages! There are some gorgeous papers in this kit and can be adapted to suit any theme.
The other items I used were:
- 2 sheets of A4 heavy weight paper (for printing);
- Scoreboard and bone folder;
- PVA glue or similar;
- Double sided tape (I used the red sticky tape as it is stronger and more suited for making 3D items – the last thing you want is for the gift box to fall apart!);
- 3D foam pads (for the card);
- Pearls, jewels or other bling to decorate the flowers;
- Ribbon to tie around the completed box;
- Scissors and craft knife;
- Flower punches (I used the blossom punch and one of the itty bitty punches from Stampin’ Up!) and
- Craft mat.
The first thing I did was choose the papers and journal tags I wanted to use and print them off:
The patterned paper was for the flowers and you may just be able to make out the outline of three roses on each of the papers. Here are the box, roses and journal tags after I cut them out:
All I had to do them was score the box along the fold lines using my scoreboard but if you don’t have one of those, you can just use a ruler and a bone folder (or the edge of a blunt table knife). I often find that it is easier to fold if you place the ruler on one side of the fold line and bend the paper upwards towards the ruler:
I put the sticky tape right at the edge of the box where the sides were to be joined:
Don’t put the tape along the top as you then end up with a slight gap when the two sides are stuck together. You can put tape there as well, but just make sure you have the tape right at the edge of the join. See what I mean?
Once the two sides are adhered together, it is just a case of following Kelleigh’s instructions as to which bit to fold first, and you end up with a really cute little box. I’ll show you the finished box later, but want to go through making the flowers first. I would say here that everyone has their own way of making these flowers. This is just the way I make them and there are undoubtedly better methods. There is no right or wrong way of doing this and every flower will look slightly different, but then don’t they look different i real life anyway?!
Using the first flower, cut down the line from the edge to the centre, and adhere the two sides together so they just overlap slightly (I’m afraid I didn’t take a picture of this as I did this flower last and forgot all about taking a photo 🙁 – hopefully you will be able to see from the photo below exactly what I did). The template has a line from the edge of the flower to the centre, so I cut down that and just adhered the two cut sides together at the edge to form a five petal flower.
I usually start to get my fingers covered in glue at this point and end up sticking myself to the flower, so I use a clip to hold the flower together whilst the glue dries:
So the first flower ends up being a five petal flower.
Take the second flower and cut out one of the petals (this will end up being a four petal flower):
Then cut off the top of one of the adjacent petals:
Using a bone folder (or the handle of a blunt knife) curl back the sides of each petal. This is to stretch the fibres in the paper and make it easier to fold and shape the flower. In the photo below you can see I have just started to curl the petals back:
Now all you need to do is put some glue on the half cut off petal:
Then just place the petal on the right hand side over the top of the glued area like so:
Again, use a clip to hold this together whilst the glue dries:
Then it is a case of following a similar procedure for the third flower. This time, however, you cut off two of the petals, not just one, as this will be a three petal flower:
Again, trim off half of one of the adjacent petals and put glue on the remaining half:
Stretch the fibres again (preferably before you put the glue on, otherwise you end up with glue everywhere…… of course, I would never, ever do this, right?!!!! 😉 ) and then curl the flower round as before and adhere the sides together, using a clip to hold them together whist the glue dries.
Remember the two petals I cut from the second flower? Well, these have to be trimmed down to fit as you can see below. Cut the base of the petals off and again stretch the fibres by curling each petal. Add glue to one side:
You can see the glue on my fingers there, can’t you? Well, you just can’t beat getting messy with glue when you are making a 3D item!!!
Then adhere the two sides together (in (1) below). A similar procedure was followed with the single petal cut from the first flower (see (2) to (4) below):
Now the whole flower can be put together. Start with the base, which is the first flower that was cut out.
Push the bottom of this flower in (use the tip of your bone folder or a pen top to do this) so it forms a cone effect when you turn the flower over (see (2) below). Put some glue around the base, leaving the centre glue free (see (3)).
The flower is built up from the base upwards, so use the four petal flower made from the second flower (see (4) below):
Adhere the four petal flower inside the base flower, twisting it slightly so the petals overlap. Then cut the bottom off the three petal flower (see (6) below), add glue to the centre of the base flower and adhere this three petal flower to the base (as shown in (7) below).
The single petal is then trimmed slightly and glued inside the two petals (see (8) below). you may need to trim this more to get it to fit properly and look right:
Place glue around the outside of the base of these petals and place them firmly into the centre of the base flower (see (9) below). Try fitting it into the base flower before you glue it to make sure it is short enough. You may need to trim the bottom so that it doesn’t protrude too far out of the base flower once it is glued inside.
Remember the single petal left over from the first flower? Well, trim this down, add glue to the base and fit it into the base flower if there is a gap (see (12) below):
I also wanted to make some small flowers for the card and so I used one of the punches from the itty bitty shapes punch pack by Stampin’ Up!. I punched out six flowers in each colour (see (1) below), squished three of them up (see (2) below), added a drop of glue to the flat flowers (as in (3) below )and then adhered the squished ones to the flat ones (shown in (4) below). Tweezers come in handy here as the itty bitty shapes are really small and fiddly. If you don’t have a punch, you could always hand cut some paper to make a similar shape.
Here they are almost complete:
To finish them off, I added a pearl to each centre. You could just as easily colour in the centre, or use a very small brad or a circle of coloured paper.
And these are my completed flowers:
The large blue flower was made in the same way as the three medium sized flowers. The only difference was I used the blossom punch from Stampin’ Up! to punch out the flower shapes.
All I had to do then was make the card and I used the leftover scraps of paper for this. I added some cut strips of paper vertically down the card. At the bottom of the card I used a banner. These are just made using a single strip of paper. If you then cut up the middle of the strip as deep as you want the banner effect to be, all you need to do then is cut diagonally each side:
Doing it that way means you don’t have to worry about getting both sides even!
So here is my completed card:
You can just about see the vertical strips of paper and the yellow banner at the bottom. The journal card was attached at an angle after using a Stampin’ Up! stamp for the “just because”. You could of course just add this to the card before printing. The tag had perforations printed so I poked those out (use a needle or pokey tool) and then adhered the flowers.
I tied ribbon to the box and added the largest flower:
I love how this all turned out:
Why not try something like this yourself? You don’t need much in the way of tools and equipment and Kelleigh’s templates are really easy to use, with the flowers making a really lovely finishing touch. The completed box is approximately 2½” square, the perfect size for some jewellery, chocolates or other small gift.
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