Posts Tagged ‘cardstock’

Candy/Treasure/Secret Gift Boxes

Friday, January 30th, 2015

I love boxes! Wooden boxes, porcelain boxes, clay boxes, cardboard boxes. Even if they’re empty, I just love their potential to hold something old or new, something edible or something forever. And they are logical, symmetrical and perfectly constructed. I used to make these kinds of templates in technical drawing class, so they appeal to the younger me too.

In time for Valentine’s Day, we are stocking three different types of gift box templates so that you can make your own to present to that someone special in your life. Naturally then, I couldn’t resist trying out some different paper and card combos on these boxes.

Papers, cardstocks and tools for making out gift boxes.

Papers, cardstocks and tools for making out gift boxes.

For the five I made for this week’s blog, I chose the following:

– Petite Gift Box Template with Heart Topper ($9.95)
– Heart Gift Box Template ($8.95)
– Square Gift Box Template ($7.95)
– Vellum (8.5″ x 11″, $0.75 per sheet or $13.95 per 25 sheet pack)
– Glassine Frost (27″ x 39″, $2.50)
– Ito-iri White Weave Japanese paper (8.5″ x 11″, $1.20)
– Gira Pearl Coral Heavy WNP paper (8.5″ x 11″, $1.10)
– Mokume Japanese paper (8.5″ x 11″, $0.90)
– Antique Gold WNP paper (8.5″ x 11″, $0.85)
– Double-sided crate paper (12″ x 12″, black & white heart/stripes, $2.50)
– Double-sided crate paper (12″ x 12″, playtime/floral, $2.50)
– 4” bone folder ($6.95)
– Scalpel knife or scissors ($5.95 or $5.95)
– HB pencil
– glue stick ($5.95)

The gift boxes assembled. Clockwise from top: double-sided cardstock/crate paper; Antique Gold & Mokume; Vellum & Glassine Frost; Gira Pearl Coral Heavy cardstock & Ito-iri White Weave and (centre) double-sided cardstock/crate paper.

The gift boxes assembled. Clockwise from top: double-sided cardstock/crate paper; Antique Gold & Mokume; Vellum & Glassine Frost; Gira Pearl Coral Heavy cardstock & Ito-iri White Weave and (centre) double-sided cardstock/crate paper.

I chose to put the Vellum and the Glassine Frost, the Ito-iri White Weave and the Gira Pearl Coral and the Mokume, and the Antique Gold together to create boxes with an internal and an external appeal. I chose the Mokume and the Ito-iri White Weave in particular for their wood and fabric aspects respectively. I glued these sheets together using the glue stick and then simply traced around my chosen template with the pencil. Don’t forget to trace the slits which will allow the heart-topped box to close. The crate paper is already double-sided so you can choose which side you want to face out!

Then I just cut out the trace, using the scissors in a slow, fluid way to get the curves really curvy. Once cut out, I used the scalpel knife to cut out the slits. I also used the back of the scalpel knife to score along the folds (along the base of the heart-topped box and the sides of the heart-shaped box) although I think the bone folder itself would have been enough to do this. It is nice when a box has bends but not super-defined corners.

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The boxes filled with Mendiant chocolates and M&Ms!

Then, carefully, I folded the boxes into their respective shapes. This is best done slowly and gently so as not to tear the more delicate parts of the box (flaps etc). After that I only had to choose what to put into them. Mendiant chocolates had just arrived from my brother and his family in France and I always have M&Ms just lying around!

These boxes, especially ones made from one of our cardstocks, are perfect for sweets, pieces of jewellery or love messages. They are a breeze to to make and the paper or card you choose is guaranteed to put your own personal mark on them.

 

Aoife

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Christmas Tree Light Garland

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I love Christmas and I love Christmas crafting projects.  There’s no better time to start something than when it’s cold and snowy out.  If you’re like me there’s always a trade off between practicality and holiday festivities if you live in a small space.  I love real trees, but unfortunately I don’t really have room for one.  This year I decided to put my tree on the wall!  Seen here with the Christmas garland I made last year.

light garland tree

I cut the lights from four different coloured cardstocks we carry and added the end bits out of our Titanium cardstock.  I used about one 8.5×11″ size sheet for each colour .  I strung them on our twine and topped it with one of our great Dresden Trim stars.  I used washi tape to hang it up on the wall.

close up

The perfect thing if you don’t have any floor space to spare.

Jax

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So Many Pickles…

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I made a mini art work for my baby nephew.  His name is Dylan and my family has started calling him Dilly or Dill Pickle so I wanted to make something dill pickle themed for his room.

pickles

 

I used a 6×8″ piece of Etchu Hagaki for the background and cut and pasted Moriki Kozo shaped pickles in Lime.  I used a variety of papers to make the pickle outfits, including Moriki Kozo, Metal Momi, Nepalese (available in-store) and solid colour and shimmer card stocks (available in-store).

pickles close-up

I used the Micron Pens (available in-store) in black to draw the jar, lid, and some of the details on the pickles.  I also used watercolours to paint a light brine in the jar.

Jax

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Quick Cards for All Your Holiday Needs

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Wheatgrass pigment on Paper Bag. 

Maybe you’re like me, and it takes you a while to get into the Holiday spirit (or spirits, if that works for you) but you still like the personal touch. Handmade cards can seem daunting, but it can be as simple as picking a few colours, a couple of stamps and switching up those combinations until you have your own personal sets. With two stamps, three pigment inks, and some time to kill, I made my own holiday cards in three colour variations.

Olive pigment on Ivory. 

Using a bone folder to crease and fold our 5×7 cut card stock, I made some holiday-unspecific cards from three of our Waste Not colours, and paired them with 4bar envelopes in the ever-versatile Paper Bag.

Gold on Cobalt (the Cobalt is from our discounted discontinued stock.)

This was incredibly easy and fun. This was the simplest way of going about it, but the possibilities really are endless, you can also use washi tape, punches and paper off-cuts to make the holidays bright and personalized!

For this I used: 5×7″ Cardstock, 4bar Envelopes, Pigment Stamp Pads in wheatgrass, olive and gold, Bone Folder, Stamps in Pine Bloom and Joy.

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Hand Paper-cut Cards

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I’ve been really inspired by some of the beautiful Rob Ryan items around the store lately. I thought that I would undertake some paper-cuts of my own. I free-hand cut the cards carefully with an x-acto knife.

I made a congratulations card for my sister who just had a baby boy from Night cardstock (available in-store).

I also made a wedding card for some friends using the folded cards (sold in sets of 10) and the Carta Varese Bluten u. Beeren 720 Decorative paper (available in-store).  I embellished the envelope with a rubber stamp in Robin’s Egg pigment ink.

Jax

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