Good Morning Magnolia -- Enjoy Today
So Sentimental -- Light or Dark?

Good Morning Magnolia -- Two Looks for One Gift Box

Happy Monday!

Today's post is a continuation on the theme of highlighting some of the retiring product from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and January - June Mini Catalog.  Last Friday I shared a card made using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set using the large magnolia image as the focal point.  Today's post features the 3D magnolia flowers you can make with the Magnolia Memory dies.  In the South, magnolia blossoms are a common feature in homes, yards, fields, and along roadsides.  The contrast of the deep green waxy leaves with the white flower petals is just stunning when a tree is in full bloom. 

REMINDER!!  The Retiring Lists for the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the January - June Mini Catalog have been released.  To see the list of retiring items from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog, click here.  Note that some of the items on this list have been discounted and all are available while supplies last.  To see the list of retiring items from the January - June Mini Catalog, click here.  Since this Mini Catalog goes until the end of June, Stampin' Up! hasn't determined whether to apply discounts to these items...yet.  But looking at this list will give you a good idea of what will be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

This project showcases the RETIRING ITEMS of:  Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and Magnolia Memory dies, Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, Terracotta Tile (ink and cardstock), Love You Always Treat Boxes, and Stampin' Sponges.


I love making 3D flowers.  Whether I use a punch or a die cut, the process is always an unique creative opportunity.  The problem with 3D flowers is that they can become problematic with a greeting card that needs to be mailed as the card will require special packaging to keep the flowers from becoming crushed.  Therefore, I tend to save the 3D flowers for gift packaging or home decor items.  For this post, I decided to use the magnolia flowers to decorate one of the Love You Always Treat Boxes.  The first box I created is the one on the right with the wood-pattern designs from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  When I finished it I thought it looked a bit dark.  So I decided to create a lighter version using one of the background patterns from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  I really like the contrast between the two finished boxes. 


The Love You Always Treat Boxes come in two pieces:  the outside sleeve and the slider box.  A Blender Brush and Mossy Meadow ink were used to color the white cardstock (the slider box has a glossy food-safe side and a cardstock side).  Once the ink was applied to the two pieces, the slider box was assembled and slid into the sleeve.  A piece of wood-grain patterned paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper was wrapped around the sleeve, finger folding along the edges of the sleeve, and using Tear & Tape adhesive to adhere the paper to the box and to itself.

The flourish image, from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, was inked with Petal Pink ink, stamped off on a scrap piece of paper, and stamped on a piece of Petal Pink cardstock.  The image was inked, stamped off, and stamped above and flipped to face the first stamped image.  The "Thinking Of You" greeting was stamped over the center of the flourishes using Mossy Meadow ink.  The cardstock was die cut using the notched corner rectangle from the Tasteful Labels dies with the greeting justified to the right of the label.  The edges of the die cut greeting were sponged with Petal Pink ink and the die cut adhered at the lower right corner of the Designer Series Paper on the box top leaving a smidge of Designer Series Paper visible to the right and bottom edges of the die cut label.  A triple bow was created using the Gold Cord from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and adhered to the center left of the stamped greeting using a Mini Glue Dot.

The single leaf image was stamped nine times on Mossy Meadow cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The leaves were die cut using the corresponding leaf dies (there are two identical leaf dies included with the Magnolia Memory dies) and the edges of the die cut leaves sponged with Mossy Meadow ink.  A Bone Folder was used to gently curl the right and left edges of the leaves.


Pieces of Basic White cardstock were die cut using the three magnolia flower petal dies to create the three layers for each flower times three flowers.  The edges of the flower petals were sponged with Petal Pink ink and the Bone Folder used to gently curly the petals toward the center and to gently curl the left and right side of each petal toward the center of each petal.  The layers of each flower were adhered to each other (with the layers offset one on top of the other to create the three layers) using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The small and large flower center dies were used to die cut the flower centers for each flower using So Saffron cardstock.  The smaller flower center was adhered at the center of the larger flower center and then adhered at the center of each flower using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The "spokes" of each flower center were pulled up to stand up from the center of the flower.  The leaves were adhered to the back of the bottom layer of flower petals as near to the edge of the petal as possible using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  For my flowers, I adhered two leaves on one side of the flower and a single leaf about 1/3 of the way around the flower from the first two leaves.

To finish assembly, the first flower was adhered to the left of the greeting label using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  The next flower was adhered above the greeting label using Stampin' Dimensionals adhered to the back of the flower.  The third flower was adhered at the upper left corner using Stampin' Dimensionals stacked two high. 


As I mentioned previously, when I finished the first box, I thought the completed project was a little dark.  So I decided to make another box with a lighter feel.  This time, Terracotta Tile ink was applied to the cardstock side of the two pieces of the box with the Blending Brush.  Once the box was assembled, a piece of background patterned paper from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper was adhered to the sleeve of the box.  

The greeting label was created using the same process used for the box above; however, this time Terracotta Tile ink was used, stamped off, to stamp the flourishes on Terracotta Tile cardstock and then the "Thinking Of You" greeting over the flourishes with Mossy Meadow ink.  I picked a smaller label die from the Tasteful Labels dies (pointed end rectangle) to die cut the greeting.  I finished the top of the box using the same process used for the first box.


I really like the size of this box at 4-1/8" x 2-3/4" x 1-1/2".  This means that there's lots of room inside the box for some wrapped candy, a gift card (or two or three), and/or a small trinket.  No matter how you decorate the box, it's sure to be a hit when it's gifted.


Project Measurements

Basic White:  3 @ 2" x 2", 3 @ 2" x 2-1/2", 3 @ 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Mossy Meadow:  2-3/4" x 5-1/2"; So Saffron:  3 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Petal Pink:  2" x 3"; Terracotta Tile:  2" x 3"; In Good Taste Designer Series Paper:  4" x 9"; Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper:  4" x 9"; Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord):  15"

Supplies I used to make these projects

Stamps:  Good Morning Magnolia; Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Terracotta Tile; Cardstock:  Basic White, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Terracotta Tile; Designer Series Paper:  In Good Taste, Fine Art Floral; Embellishments:  Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord); Tools:  Bone Folder, Blending Brushes, Stampin' Sponges, Magnolia Memory dies, Tasteful Labels dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear & Tape, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Love You Always Treat Boxes


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