Today I have another fun Sizzix die to show you — the Camera Box die. It is just a perfect size to hold a gift card or other small-sized gift, and perhaps a few treats too.
Like many other Sizzix projects, this one was very fun and easy to create. I started with the Camera Box die. This is a Bigz XL die, so it means that you need to use your Big Shot (or other supported machine) to cut it. You’ll need extended cutting plates and the extended premium crease pad. The crease pad is recommended for this project, and I second that. I tried once to cut it without (I often do this because sometimes you don’t really need the crease pad). The fold lines just weren’t strong enough without use of the crease pad.
First you need to decide on a color scheme. They recommend two colors for the base camera, two different patterned papers to decorate the front, and a little metallic paper for the flash, etc. I went with a classic black and white theme. When I selected my papers, I picked a plaid with a little red in it also, and the red serves as a great accent color. In addition, you’ll need a small piece of vellum or a piece of clear plastic for the camera opening, depending upon which look you like better. This is a Bigz XL die, so you’ll need to use 12×12 paper at least for the main box piece. The other pieces are really accents and, although you could cut out the entire box piece five times, I think it is more economical to just cut the parts of the box that you need.
Once you’ve selected cardstock (two solids, two patterns and one metallic), then its time to cut. I started by cutting a full piece for the main box from my black cardstock. I selected a heavier-weight cardstock because I wanted my box to be stable, and to stand up to a little use (several openings). For the white contrast, I also cut out the entire box piece. Thinking back on it, I should have just used a 6″x6″ piece and cut only the back of the camera (this is the only place where you’ll use the contrast). When I cut the two patterned papers for the front, I cut both 6″x6″, and cut the front of the camera only. The last piece to cut for the main camera is the flash — this is cut from a metallic paper (I used a silver matte metallic). There are three accent pieces that you also need to cut. Two are from a separate die set called “You & Me” — the word “smile” is cut from a contrasting color, and the heart is cut from red paper. The final piece to cut is the ring around the circle opening. You’ll need a standard circle die set for this. Select a die that is as close as possible to the size of the circle opening. If you don’t have one that fits exactly, then select one that is just a little smaller. I used the Sizzix Framelits circle set and found that the second and third dies (counting from the center) are perfect for this project. Again, you are trying to cut a ring to place over the opening (the opening itself will cut when you cut the main box piece).
On the inside of the box, you’ll want to attach a piece of vellum or a piece of clear plastic over the hole in the front of the box. I used vellum for mine, and it was cut approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″. I used plain tape since it was attached on the inside and wouldn’t show. I continued assembling the box by adding the white contrast piece. I attached it to the inside of the back of the black main camera piece. As an alternative, you could cut the back piece off and replace it with the white (you would need to retain some of the tabs, etc. to hold it in place), but I think that the box is more sound the other way. I also attached the small metallic piece representing the flash. I used Scor-Tape for both. The next step is to assemble the box, so you’ll want to fold on all of the fold lines. Add some Scor-Tape to the side flap, and attach the two ends of the box at the side. Then you can fold in the flaps, etc. to see the completed box. I also used Scor-Tape on the bottom flap to hold it securely in place, leaving the only entry into the box through the top. This will keep the box square and the contents secure.
The next step is to decorate the front. I began by trimming the two patterned papers to fit, and layer on, the box front. I attached those layers to the box with Scor-Tape. I used Scor-Tape to attach one end of the ribbon at the center of the edge of the circle opening, and then pulled it all of the way around the box — I attached the other end at the opposite side of the circle also using Scor-Tape. I used “Sticky Dots” to attach the ring to the center front opening, being careful to cover up those ribbon ends. I tied a bow and attached that to the left side of the camera front using Scor-Tape. I added the word “smile” using “Sticky Dots”, and finally I used a little piece of dimensional adhesive to attach the heart to the vellum inside the circle on the front of the camera. All very easy peasy. Please see the short video for additional information on how I cut and assembled the box.
Here are some additional pictures of the completed box. It can be so easily customized to satisfy any member of your family.
This box will be a great gift box, particularly for those holiday gift cards. I also think it is perfect to make and give to a child — it is much safer for their play than a “real” camera, and can be easily replaced if it is damaged.
Sizzix Bigz XL Camera Box Die
Sizzix extended cutting pads
Sizzix extended premium cutting plate
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Framelits circle dies (or other circle set)
Sizzix You & Me die set
assorted cardstock including two solid colors, two coordinating patterned papers and one metallic cardstock. You also need a small piece of vellum or clear plastic to cover the center opening — approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Low Dimensional Adhesive
Plain tape (to attach the vellum inside the box)
Sticky Dots by Therm-o-web
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’