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Over the last few months I’ve been making gift boxes and cards, this month I’ve been sharing the results with you. Here is a quick pic of the projects all together, and some links to the posts where you can find more details of how to create your own versions.

2012 Christmas Collection

2012 Christmas Collection

Links

  • 2012 Card
  • Small Gift Box; suitable for fairy cakes or mince pies/sweets etc
  • Tall Gift Box: Great for hand-made gifts

Later this week I’ll share details about the gift bag seen in this picture and add a link back here.

Hope you have a peaceful, happy holiday

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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It’s that time of year again, you know where you haven’t a clue what to get someone and every time you turn on the TV you are reminded just how close Christmas/the Holidays are now. If you have hoarded lots of cardstock over the years or want to make your gift wrapping really personal then these gift boxes will be ideal for you. They are quick to make, make a pile and let the glue set up over night and you will soon have pressies like they have on TV.

Billie's Tall Milk carton Gift Box

Billie’s Tall Milk carton Gift Box

You Will Need

  • A4 Card stock 220 gsm for strength and stability. (Centura pearl looks nice)
  • Scoring board
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scoring tool
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • PVA glue

Method

For detailed instructions on how to assemble the box, please check out my earlier tutorial; Small Gift Box. It includes a couple of videos that show the entire process all the way through.

This box is a standard milk carton construction and here are the dimensions you need for your cardstock and where to place your score lines.

Billie's Tall Milk carton Gift Box: Scoring Instructions

Billie’s Tall Milk carton Gift Box: Scoring Instructions

Options/Added Extras

  • Why not use your favorite stamps to decorate your cardstock before you score. Use pigment ink though, to ensure the wet glue won’t make the inks run.
  • How about making panels from printed toppers from your favorite Crafting CDs or create your own designs and background papers in programmes like Photoshop and Craft Artist.
  • Add your favorite ribbons and co-ordinate with your Christmas card for a really professional look.

Links

Video tutorial of how to score and assemble your gift box.

Mini Gift Box

If you are giving some one a gift card or even a cheque this holiday, why not add a few sweets in a gift box like this, so they still have a gift they can open and enjoy on the day. If you are really counting the costs, these gift boxes also make one of those big sweetie tins go a long way to share between more than one family and still look a personal gift.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Are you fed up with cheap n nasty chocolate in cheesy cartoon styles for the children? Like something a bit more grown up, personal, more elegant for a grown up advent calendar perhaps? Look no further, here is a quick n simple way to create the kind of calendar that suits your tastes and Holiday colour scheme too.

Advent Calendar Boxes

Advent Calendar Boxes

If you are short on card and storage space, you can just make 3 boxes and then simply change the numbers on those. A great way to use up small scraps of cardstock that we all hoard. Also a great use of those little pegs we all bought a few years ago and haven’t quite figured out what to do with ;) I’ve hidden mine in the photo as they were blue, but I found double-sided foam pads stick the numbers to them very well.

Advent Calendar Boxes

Advent Calendar Boxes

If you have more time and storage space, make a box for every day and string them along a cord for an impressive Holiday decoration. Why not dig out your favorite Christmas/Holiday CDs and print decorative papers or panels for your boxes.

Method

The boxes are a standard milk carton design and I’ve included photos of the scoring lines below.

Start with A5 cardstock, about 200 gsm or above to keep the boxes sturdy. Place the short edge of the A5 card up to the scoring line on your scoring board and make the following scoring lines. Each line is measured from the previous score-line. If you get stuck please check out the video tutorial I posted last friday.

Billie's Advent Calendar Boxes

Billie’s Advent Calendar Boxes

Cut off the end panel that is shown hatched in the picture, then rotate your card 90 degrees. Keep the narrower score line of 2.5cm at the top of your scoring board then score as follows.

Billie's Advent Calendar Boxes

Billie’s Advent Calendar Boxes

  • The number panels are created using sturdy card and a scalloped edge circular Spellbinders die, a plain circle Spellbinders die was used on paler card, to layer onto it. I then used number stamps to stamp on the dates.
  • You can attach the number panels directly to your boxes if you wish, but because I’m short on storage space, I just made three boxes, and then all the number tiles are attached onto mini pegs and can be swapped between the boxes each time.
  • For a more detailed description of how to make these boxes, look out for my ‘Holiday Gift Box video tutorial’ which was shown last friday.
Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Hope you give these a try, they are super easy to make.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today a close up shot of the box from friday’s tutorial.

Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

I designed this gift box around the size of cupcake cases so that they would make my cupcakes look festive. The boxes will also fit Mr Kipling kinda pies too. Ideal for presenting neighbours with a few sweets too.

Check out the video tutorial of how to create this box.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Funds being over stretched as ever, I wanted a way to present a little gift to neighbours without it costing the earth. So I measured the size of a cake case and designed the box around that. This will also fit standard size individual mince pies so will be ideal for little treats for Christmas too. If you make handmade jewellery or want to give neighbours a few sweets to know they are thought of, these boxes are ideal.

Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

You Will Need

  • A4 cardstock 260 gsm or above. You can also use 12 x 12″ if you prefer
  • Scoring board, I’m using a Scor It board.
  • Steel Ruler
  • Scoring Tool
  • Cutting Mat
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Brush or scrap of sturdy card (white or pearlised to prevent colour transfer)
  • Decorative ribbon to co-ordinate with your card
  • Topper of you choice (or you can emboss off cut card to decorate the panels of the box)

Method

This is a simple project but it will be much easier to show you how to create it with a video.

Part 1: Card size and Score Lines

Part 2. Assembly and Finishing

Options/Added Extras

In the film I was demonstrating with printer paper for high contrast. For your own box I’d advise cardstock of 250 gsm or above. The boxes look superb made in pearl cardstock such as Centura Pearl available from Crafters Companion.

If you have a cardstock friendly printer, why not design your own background patters with Craft Artist or your favorite crafting CD. For your first box, start with plain card, just to get the hang of where all the folds appear on the box. Once you know your way around use your favorite patterned card.

Christmas Gift Box; great for cupcakes & sweets

Christmas Gift Box; great for cupcakes & sweets

Links

I used Serif; Craft Artist software and the digikit; Season of Giving to design the topper seen on the front of the box. Both are available from Daisy Trail.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’m sharing a little Gift Box I created using Serif Craft Artist. They have pre made templates that you can decorate and print out.

Poinsettia and Music Gift Box

Poinsettia and Music Gift Box

The digikit I used to design this box’s embellishment is called ‘Season of Giving’ it is by Sahlin Studio and is my favorite because of its vintage styling. I like classic styles for Christmas.

If you have Serif Craft Artist in whichever format I highly recommend this digikit as I’ll be featuring more projects with elements designed with it in the coming weeks.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Earlier in the week, I mentioned how I like natural textures, and taking photographs of anything weathered and worn. This tutorial was inspired by a weathered picket fence. The technique is quick and simple and because you can creat this with a flat finish, its ideal for cards, art journals, ATC as well as book covers and altered art surface decoration. Join me in this latest instalment of Adventures in Acrylics to create a weathered wood, paint effect.

Weathered Wood Paint Effect

Weathered Wood Paint Effect

You Will Need

  • Mount Board in white
  • Winsor and Newton: Galeria; Acrylic Paint: Buff Titanium and Raw Umber
  • Scrap of car sponge
  • Palette

Method

  • I am working on  white mount board, that hasn’t been gesso’d. You can also use other board but for this effect you will need to apply a layer of white gesso to it, to give you the white base. That does affect how the paint will move on the board though.
  • Put some buff Titanium onto your palette. Choose a direction for your wood grain.
  • Dab your car sponge into the paint to pick up some colour, then dab off the excess paint on to the palette, this also blends the paint into the sponge.
  • Swipe your paint across the board, in the direction you chose for your wood grain. You just want to catch a few areas here and there, this is to create some texture, rather than covering the card. Let this layer dry completely before you move on.
  • Put some Raw Umber out onto your palette, dab into this paint using a clean area of your sponge. Dab off onto the palette before moving to the board. Apply this colour by swiping the sponge across the board in the same direction you did for the lighter colour. Allow this layer to dry before you move on.
  • To get the best results you want to break up any large areas of colour, layer over particularly dark areas with the titanium buff, and over light areas with the Raw Umber. Let layers dry between coats or the paint will merge together rather than tone down the earlier layers. Continue these last few steps until you have an effect that you like.

I have written the instructions as well as the video, so that if you don’t speak English, there is always the trusty Translator :) I’ve put a link to one, in the side bar.

Options/Added Extras

Here’s a paper mache box that I decorated using the weathered wood paint effect.

Weathered wood Box

Weathered wooden fence

The Winsor & Newton Galeria, is a flow formula acrylic paint, if you want a more textured effect try using Daler Rowney Cryla as that is a heavy bodied acrylic paint. The consistency of Cryla is more like that of toothpaste, so will leave a more textured result.

Try altering the colours for different base wood effects.

Since making the film, I’ve noticed the Cryla equivalent; called Titan Buff and is not as yellow as the Galeria Titanium buff paint. This is not a problem if you apply the Galeria one lightly, but it will need more careful blending if you get larger areas of it on this project.

If you want to seal in your colours, apply a layer of matt medium over the whole piece, this takes a while to fully dry but does not affect the colours. I’ll be going into more detail about mediums, later in the course.

Links

  • For suppliers: Check out the Art tab at the top of the blog, for manufacturers and retailers. They will be in the supplies section.
  • For more information about the Online Workshop series Adventures in Acrylics, check out the dedicated Workshop page.

Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and will give this technique a try, I’d love to see your results. Do leave a comment and a link to your projects if you post them on your blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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