Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the projects designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Window Shopping stamp set. To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
The Window Shopping stamp set was designed to provide great embellishments to the hexagon box created using the dies included with the Window Box Thinlits. I just love this box as it is a great size for packaging small gifts. However, using other die cutting elements included with the Window Box Thinlits, you can create lots of other items like a 3-D banner (shown on the project below), battery powered votive candle holders, peekaboo boxes, and even the base for a diorama. You can find a video created by Stampin' Up! explaining how to make the box here. [Tip: If you haven't subscribed to Stampin' Up!'s You Tube Channel, I encourage you to do so. There are so many great videos out there that give you so much great information about how to use Stampin' Up! products in creative ways.]
This decorated box was created using the Lemon Lime Twist polka dot patterned paper from the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. I had thought to add some die cutting to the sides of the box; however, the foil paper was more than enough for this box, so I left it at that. The most important thing to do BEFORE assembling the box is to fold along all the score lines using the Bone Folder to achieve crisp folds. The adhesive I used to assemble the box was Multipurpose Liquid adhesive as I find it the most forgiving for assembling 3-D items. [Tip: When using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive for assembling this box, be sure to use teeny, tiny dots of adhesive on the tabs and then press the tab in place for a couple of seconds to allow the adhesive to "take".] At first it may seem a little daunting to make the box, but once you have made one you'll realize that it's actually very quick and easy to make.
The daisy embellishment on the lid of the box was made using the Daisy Delight stamp set. The daisy image was stamped onto two pieces of Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink. [Tip: The Daisy Delight stamp set is a photopolymer stamp set which means that you'll need to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath the cardstock to achieve the best stamping results.] The daisies were punched with the Daisy punch with the petals of one daisy turned up with the Bone Folder and the petals of the other daisy turned down with the Bone Folder (be gentle). The daisy with the turned up petals was stacked on top of daisy with the turned down petals so that the petals for both flowers show. A Clear Faceted Gem was adhered at the center of the top daisy and a Stampin' Dimensional below the center of the bottom daisy. The daisies were adhered at the upper center of the box slightly to the left.
The daisy solid leaf image was stamped three times onto Whisper White cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink, stamping off onto a piece of scrap paper before stamping onto the cardstock (and re-inking and stamping off before each new leaf was stamped). The leaf outline image was stamped over the solid leaf image using Lemon Lime Twist ink (NO stamping off this time). The leaves were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered below the outer edge of the daisy using Mini Glue Dots adhered behind the leaf stems.
The banner was created using a strip of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock with the Thinking of You sentiment from the Window Shopping stamp set stamped at the center of the strip using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The non-tail end of the banner die was placed near the "T" in "Thinking" and die cut with the Big Shot. Then the non-tail end of the banner die was placed near the "U" in "You" and die cut. The die cut creates the banner tails for each end and places score lines to fold the cardstock into a 3-D banner shape. The banner was adhered to the lower area of the box lid with the bottom edge of the banner 3/8" from the edge of the box front. Mini Glue Dots were placed under the banner tails near the top edge of the fold to adhere the banner to the box top and Stampin' Dimensionals were stacked 2 high under the center of the banner to keep it from sinking too much.
It may seem that there are a whole lot of steps to making this box; however, I'll have to say that it took a whole lot longer to write this blog post than it did to actually make the box and decorate it.
I think this box has so many great possibilities. With the Holiday season coming, it's a wonderful gift packaging option for those small gifts that are tucked into the tree or stocking, left on a co-worker's desk, or left in the mailbox for the postal worker.
Card Measurements --
Lemon Lime Twist: 13/16" x 6"; Whisper White: 2 @ 3" x 3", 2" x 3"; Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper: 2 @ 6" x 6"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Window Shopping, Daisy Delight; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink; Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Foil Frenzy Specialty; Embellishments: Clear Faceted Gems; Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Daisy punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Base Plate, Window Box Thinlits