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Last week I showed you a picture of an origami box, that I created for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. In today’s post, I would like to share a video tutorial of how the box was made. 

My Origami Gift Box. Decorated using Clarity Stamps

These boxes will vary in size, depending on what size of paper that you begin folding with. I would recommend using paper rather than card and a GSM of about 80-100 gsm. You could use patterned scrapbook paper for these boxes, or create your own patterned paper, by inking and stamping plain paper. 

You Will Need:

  • Two sheets of paper, cut to a square. Any size, but I demo with  6 x 6″ in the film
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil

To Embellish

  • Ribbon
  • Decorative stamps
  • Ink to co-ordinate with your colour scheme.

Method

Here is the film to show you how to create your Origami Box. I am not the originator of this folded design, it is a classic from the origami world. 

 

These boxes would be perfect for small gifts, on tables for parties and for celebrations. I hope you have a go and enjoy making these useful little boxes. The stamp I used on my film, is one of the small Ornate Corners by Clarity Stamps

Star Book, inside the Origami Gift Box

My Gift box contains a Star Book, another classic from the origami world. The stamped design again features Clarity stamps. This is my modified design, based on an original demonstration, by Barbara Gray, from Clarity stamps. As shown on Create and Craft TV in January 2010. 

Star Book Featuring Clarity Stamps

Links

Clarity Stamp Barbara Gray’s excellent rubber stamp company.

Graphicus also stock the two sizes of Ornate Corner stamps.

There will be a video tutorial, of the creation of the star book, coming soon.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to share a picture of an origami box I made. The stamping on the top features Ornate Corner, from Clarity Stamps and the ink was Brilliance Coffee Bean. Since this month’s theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge is B, I thought a Box would fit the bill, nicely.

My Origami Gift Box. Decorated using Clarity Stamps

Star Book, inside the Origami Gift Box

There will be a tutorial video of how to create this box, posted on the blog next week.

Links

Clarity Stamp Barbara Gray’s excellent rubber stamp company.

Graphicus also stock the two sizes of Ornate Corner stamps

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Are you looking for ideas for place settings for you Christmas/holiday table? I would like to share some pictures with you of the origami sachet that I made using instructions from the Paper Fold It book.

Add a name tag for a place setting for the Christmas table

The decorative paper was made using the Season’s Greetings CD from the Artylicious range made by Graphicus. I printed different designs on each side of the paper and used the preset square background paper from the CD. This prints out to just under 6″ square and is perfect for small projects like this.

Here is a different view of the sachet once it is open, if you want to fill it with confectionery it makes a wonderful open box. It’s an either or arrangement as if you want to tie it closed you can only put flat items inside, its a sachet not a TARDIS ;) The alternative being having it as an open box which gives more opportunitues for gifts or treats inside.

Filled with chocolates

This project could be used for all kinds of messages or gifts, co-ordinate your papers to what ever occassion you are using it for.

Links

Graphicus; Season’s Greetings CD

Paper Fold It; Available from Amazon UK

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a tutorial for an exploding box. It’s still a paper craft project for those of you getting worried! These make wonderful place settings for holiday parties and are a great alternative to crackers for those of us with limited dexterity.

The finished box will look like this;

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You Will Need

  • Exploding Box Templates. I created templates for 3cm and 6cm Boxes with full instructions. The PDF’s were kindly added to the Stamping Mad Forum site. The link will take you to the post on the forum. From there you can download the PDF’s for the boxes of your choice.  You will need to download these to follow this project ;)
  • A4 card stock that will go through your printer.
  • A printer
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Scoring tool

You can use plain or pre printed patterned cardstock. If you only have plain paper use craft CD’s to create the patterned paper that will suit your finished project.

The template has been designed to fit within an A4 sheet. For the 3cm box, print one A5 background from Artylicious CD, the box and it’s lid will fit within it. The 6cm box with the lid and inserts will require 2 sheets of A4 backgrounds from the CD.

Method

  • Open the PDF of the size of box you wish to make.
  • Read through the instructions on the screen.
  • Print your background designs on to your chosen card, then allow the ink to dry. Put the card back into the printer and print the box template directly onto the card.
  • Follow the instructions within the PDF for how to cut, fold and assemble your Exploding box and it’s lid.
  • Add additional images as toppers to your basic box, and embellish you box to your chosen theme.

Ideas for your box

I am using these one’s as place settings for our Christmas table. These are also ideal for anyone with dexterity problems who can’t manage crackers :) Due to RSI I cannot pull a cracker, so it will be nice to be able to join in with these instead. I’m sure there are shops that sell paper hats and you can print your own jokes if you really want to use these as alternatives to crackers. You could add a special small gift or the confectionary of your choice to the smaller inner box. If you want to add a larger gift, don’t add the inner box, this will leave you more room inside the box. :)

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If you made this box in different styles of card, it could easily be adapted for;

Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings, Baby showers. It is a perfect size for place settings and enables you to tailor your chosen gift to the person you are giving it to. Try printing on pearlescent card for a really impressive result.

Links

Here are a just a few suppliers who produce CD’s of papers and toppers, that you can use to create your background papers.

  • Graphicus  I used their Season’s Greeting’s CD from their Artylicious range to create the sample shown in this tutorial.  Artylicious is a truly wonderful range of artwork that is even better when you see it in real life.
  • Joanna Sheen  Joanna has a wide range of CD’s on all kinds of topics, they all include background papers, as well as toppers.
  • Crafters Companion  All kinds of images on a variety of CD’s

I would like to thank

Many thanks to Helen on the Stamping Mad forum for posting the PDFs for me.

Stamping Mad Forum  A friendly and welcoming forum for crafters of all levels, do come and have a look round.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

**Edited & updated from a post previously published on this blog 28 November 2008**

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Today I’d like to share some pictures of the Slip Case I made for signatures waiting to be bound into books. Because of limited dexterity, my bookbinding tends to be broken into steps, with varying amounts of time between the steps. It may be several days/weeks between my cutting and folding paper, before they are piereced and sewn.

Here is the case I created

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My first Case

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Here is a view of the lining of the case

My favorite size to bind in is A7, so my case is a little taller than this. I now have a place where folded papers can live until they are needed for a book. I always mark the corners of my signatures, after they are pierced,  to ensure they remain in the correct orientation for sewing. So my pierced signatures can also happily live in the case until their turn comes round.

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Sewn signatures, awaiting covering. Safe in their new case.

The method I used to create this case was featured on Sage Reynold’s channel on You Tube, I’ve put a link to his channel and  the slip case films below. Sage has a wonderful method of working and explains the process from start to finish. The best thing about Sage’s method of working is that he is taking all his measurements directly from the item he is casing, and uses very clever templates for repeated cuts. SOOO much easier and saves a lot of time. The finished box is really sturdy too.

This is my first slip case, and I am very pleased with the result. Thank you Sage for your excellent tuition on You Tube, it is inspiring and your video’s are so helpful and easy to follow.

Links

Sage Reynolds on You Tube.

Sage Reynold’s Tutorials for Creating a Slip Case

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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