Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Thank You Card & Gift Box

This thank you card went to Jan and Alan to say thanks for our Christmas gifts.  I bought Jan a stamp as a 'just because' gift as she's such a sweet friend.  The gift box for the stamp was based on the packaging that some Waitrose chocolates came in.  I carefully took the chocolate box apart to find out how I could make one myself. 

For the card, I made a So Saffron side opening A6 size card and trimmed 1/2" off the right hand side.  I then glued a strip of Melon Mambo CS inside the card.  I stamped the foliage stamp 3 times across the card front in So Saffron ink and added the ribbons.  I stamped the frame twice, once in olive and once in turquoise.  I stamped the sentiment in melon on the turquoise frame and cut just the rectangle portion out and glued it over the top of the olive frame.  The frame was popped up.  I stamped the flowery circle in turquoise, melon and olive, punched them out, matted them on white circles and edged each white circle with melon ink.  The circles overlap the trimmed off card edge.

Then I stamped the inside of the card and the envelope.  I inked the edges of the white panel and stamped the lovely leafy image 3 times, stamping off for the first two images and stamping full strength for the third.

For the box top, I cut So Saffron CS measuring 24.5 x 12 cms and scored at 3.2, 11.4, 14.6 and 22.8 cms, then I turned the CS and scored at 3 cms. For the bottom of the box, I cut Melon Mambo CS measuring 23.5 x 15 cms, scored at 3, 11, 14 and 22 cms and then turned the CS and scored at 3cms. You can make this style box to whatever size you like but I came to realise you need to add 2mms to each of the 4 sides of the box top in order for it to fit - my first attempt wasn't a success! I stamped and decorated the box top while it was still flat.  I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top for the ribbon loop, I put a length of ribbon through the hole and tied a knot inside.  I think this is a very nice style of gift box, quite easy to make and it looks really striking if you use 2 contrasting colours of CS.

EDITED TO ADD:  I was contacted by someone at Splitcoast Stampers who wanted imperial measurements so here they are.
For the box bottom, cut CS 9 1/2" x 6" and score at 1 1/4", 4 1/2", 5 3/4" and 9".  Turn the CS and score at 1 1/4".
For the box top, cut CS 10" x 4 3/4" and score at 1 5/16", 4 5/8", 5 15/16" and 9 1/4".  Turn the CS and score at 1 1/4".

You could easily adjust the measurements to make this box a different size but you must add 1/16" to each of the 4 sides of the box top so it fits over the bottom.

This photo shows the top and bottom of the box separately. The top slides over the bottom.  I put a clear  round wrap seal sticker on each side to keep the lid on after I'd put the stamp in the box.


Stamps: SU! Just Believe set
CS: SU! So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White
Ink: SU! So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise & Old Olive
Tools: Metric Scor-Pal, circle punches, Crop-A-Dile
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, SU! Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 3d foam pads


1 comment:

Curt in Carmel said...

What a beautiful gift! This is stunning. I love the silhouetted look of the stamping and the colors are gorgeous. What a thoughtful gift. Best, Curt