Sunday, November 2, 2014

UnstampBelles - Box-o-Boxes + Tutorial

The UnstampaBelles November challenge is Box + Tutorial. We're sponsored by The Stamp Spot, and you can link up your projects until the end of the month. Remember, you can't use ANY STAMPS (digi or otherwise)!

I made what I'll call a Box-o-boxes, which I first saw at Bastel-Oase-Orsingen (you can see all my box-o-boxes here).

It's relatively easy, if you're good at making boxes. But you probably know it's more difficult than you'd hope! Here's my attempt at a tutorial:

When I make boxes, I usually start with one size and then size the lid and wrap around them. I've found that regular cardstock adds about 1/16th (.0625) of an inch.

In this case, I started by making the four inside boxes, which are 3x3 inches square by 1.25 inches high. Score a 5x5 piece at 1.25 inches on each side, and cut the small corner squares to make tabs. Then glue the boxes together. The strips on the boxes are 12 inches x 1.0625, and the papers on the inside are about 3x3 inches.

To make the wrapper, I cut a 12-inch cardstock to 5 inches high. I wrapped it around the box and marked where it lined up. I then hand-folded it (the wrapper side ended up being being 3.0625 wide. Because the final wrapper was larger than a regular 12 inch paper, I used a extra piece of 5 inch-high cardstock to complete the wrapper. The patterned papers on the side were cut at 2.875 x 4.875.

The lid ended up being about 3.1875 inches wide. I embossed it with spiderweb-patterned embossing folder before putting together the box. The rosette was made with a patterned paper and a Tim Holtz die. I topped it with a gem-topped spider sticker. The leaf is a wood embellishment that I heat-embossed with shiny black powder.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #77: Halloween
Creative Moments #54: Anything goes/ Halloween / Spellbound / Fairytale
MilkCoffee Challenge: Halloween
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes (3rd entry)

Update: I was the random winner for this week's SSSWC!

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  1. Amazing boxes CG. I love this Halloween one - all the T and T themes buzzing there! Thanks for the tutorial as well - will be making one of these I feel!

  2. beautiful halloween themed box CG

  3. Stunning CG!!! I have tried making these but the final box never closes properly......given up lol!!! Great tut too......lots of inspiration for other crafters. I hope we get a good turn out for this challenge. Boxes at this time of year are so needed. xxx

  4. Stunning project. Thanks for joining us at creative moments challenge xxxx

  5. Brilliant halloween gift box.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  6. beautiful and oh so crafty! thanks for sharing.

  7. WOW ,You have created an awesome box and I want to thank you for joining our " Halloween "challenge at Chocolate ,Coffee and Cards - DT Crystal


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