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As some of you will know, I am a regular member of the Book Arts Forum. Today’s post includes pictures of the book I created for their swap for June 2009.

Front Cover of Stampboard Book

Front Cover of Stampboard Book

 This book is 2 x 2″ and incorporates coptic binding

Detail of the coptic stitching

Detail of the coptic stitching

The back cover

The back cover

Inside the Stampboard book

Inside the Stampboard book

The book is held closed with a ribbon closure

The book is held closed with a ribbon closure

Stamps were by Elusive Images and are available from Graphicus I really enjoyed making this book, hope you like the pictures.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a tutorial for making great table decorations. You may remember some while ago I posted a tutorial on how to make a Bon Bon box, well this is the same idea on a smaller scale.

The finished piece will look something like this;

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You Will Need

  • Square Card stock; any size but 6×6″ is best for a table settings
  • Scoring board ( I use a Scor It )or steel ruler and embossing tool
  • Crop-A-Dile or other hole punch
  • Cutting mat; to protect your worksurface
  • Co-ordinating ribbon
  • Scissors

 

Method

  • Score your card into thirds
  • Rotate card 90 degrees
  • Score card into thirds again
  • You now have 9 squares scored on your card
  • On each of the four corner squares, score a line diagonally, from the corner of the square in toward the centre.

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  • Fold along the diagonal lines 
Folding in the corners

Folding in the corners

  • Punch a hole in each of the four corner squares

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Showing the holes in the corner squares

Showing the holes in the corner squares

  • Take a piece of co-ordinating ribbon and thread it through the punched holes.
  • Draw the ends of the ribbon together and tie a bow. Your finished box will look like this;

 

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Extras

Use cardstock that will suit your chosen theme, if you have craft CDs that print background papers try using those. The finished sample was created from papers printed from the Season’s Greetings CD in the Artylicious range produced by Glenda over on Graphicus. (see links below) One side printed green the other red using the Smudgy Holly design and the square background image, this prints a square just smaller than 6″. For this size I scored at 2″ and 4″. I edged the paper with gold metalic marker which finishes the edges nicely. You could use red or green pen as an alternative. It is best to ink the edge with something as without it you will be left with a white cut edge.

If you start with cardstock 6×6″ and add tags with your guests names and these make perfect place cards to which you can add the confectionary of your choice. Use a die cutting machine to create perfect tag shapes every time. I used a Cuttlebug and Nestabilities dies made by Wizard to create my tag. Embellish with additional artwork to your hearts content.

I have not included specific measurements with this tutorial as you can make this project any size you wish, as long as your starting cardstock is square. These are really quick and simple to make, and you can co-ordinate them to the rest of your table. With a little supervision even the kids could help make these ;) keeps them busy during the holiday ;)

 

Links

Graphicus; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/

Season’s Greetings CD; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/

Wizard; http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/

Cuttlebug; http://www.provocraft.com/products/index.php

Scor It; http://www.scorit.com/index.html

 

Have fun and I hope you have enjoyed this series of tutorials on boxes. Thanks for reading and 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!

The finished box will look like this;

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You Will Need

  • Template. I created templates for 3cm and 6cm Boxes with full instructions. You will need to download these to follow this project, links at the end of the article.
  • A4 card stock that will go through your printer
  • A printer
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Scoring tool

If you only have plain paper use craft CDs 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 designs on to your chosen card, then 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 have larger gifts, come back next Friday for the next installment of Exploding Boxes, there I will show you how to make these boxes without templates and you can modify them to the size of your choice ;)

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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 choesen gift to the person you are giving it to.

Links

Here are a few suppliers who produce CDs 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. http://www.graphicus.co.uk/brokerage.asp?SubCatID=43 Check out their full range of CDs inthe CD section from the home page. Artylicious is a truely wonderful range of artwork that is even better when you see it in real life.
  • Joanna Sheen;  Joanna has a wide range of CDs on all kinds of topics, they all include bacground papers, as well as toppers.
  • Crafters Companion;  All kinds of images on a variety of CDs

The Templates

Here are PDFs of the templates you will need for the Exploding Boxes.

Angel policy on templates

These templates have been made with love and given to you for free, they are for your own personal use. Please do not print them to sell.

You are welcome to sell any projects you make from these templates.

I’d love to see the projects make.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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