Some of my favorite projects are ones I make using paper. I love turning something from “nothing”, and making a beautiful keepsake out of it. Today I was lucky to work with the beautiful Graphic 45 “Twas the Night Before Christmas” paper collection. This paper is great to make a box with. When you score it, and fold it, the paper does not crack. I have made a Christmas gift box.
With the use of some beautiful papers, a couple of die cuts, and a few embellishments, you have a one of a kind gift box to give a loved one.
In order to make a box identical to this, I used two 12×12 pieces of Graphic 45 paper, one for the box bottom, the other for the lid. For the bottom of the box, I left it at 12×12, and scored in 4″ on all 4 sides. Once you’ve scored them, you will cut each corner. You want to cut the first score mark, from the bottom of the paper up to the next score line, but not going over it. Turn your paper 90°, skipping a score mark, then do the same, continuing around the paper. Once all your cuts are made, fold on all your score marks, giving it a good crease with your bone folder. When you fold up your tabs, you will start to see the shape of your box. You want to fold in all your tabs, making sure all your corners line up nicely. I like to use a wet glue to do so, but you can use whatever you’re comfortable with. This will give you a 4x4x4 box.
To make the lid, you want the lid to be a little bit larger, giving it room to fit on top of the box easily. I allow another 1/8″ to the top. I also want each side to have 1″ to fit nicely over the box. I took the size of the bottom of my box, which is 4, added 1″ on both sides, plus the 1/8″…that makes it 6 1/8″ that I need to cut my paper to. Once I have that cut to size, I then want to score my lid on all 4 sides at 1″. Once I am done with the scoring, I then need to cut the tabs of my box. To do so, I will cut on the score marks on two of the sides (same side) up to the score line, but not over, cutting at a slight angle which will help cut down on the bulk, once it’s adhered. I then want to turn my paper to the opposite side, and do the same thing to the opposite side. I do have a video, showing in detail how I have done that, if you’d like to see, the video is below. This then gives you a perfect fitting lid to your box.
I then cut two strips of coordinating paper 12×1, adhering them together, by overlapping them about 1/2 inch. Then fold them around your box, cutting off the extra paper, and adhering the strips together, this will give you a belly band to go around your box.
I cut a tag from the paper collection, inked the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage photo. I added that to the belly band.
I used the new Die-Namites “Floral Deer” die, and cut that from some light weight chipboard, using my Sizzix Big Shot. I then added some Versamark Ink to the entire die, and dipped it in Ultra thick embossing enamel in gold. This gives it such a beautiful look. I did one application, but you can add several coats to give it a thicker look. Just dip it back into the embossing powder while still hot, or if you’ve let it cool, you just need to re-apply the Versamark Ink. I also did the same technique, using the new Tim Holtz Holidays Words Script, and added both to the tag.
Die-Namites Die “Floral Deer”: SKU: DN-1219
Tim Holtz Holiday words Script dies: SKU: 660058
Graphic 45 12×12 paper “Twas the Night Before Christmas”: SKU:4500996
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Products from my stash: crochet twine, Ultra thick embossing enamel (gold), flowers & spray, bone folder, wet glue.
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Thanks for watching! Hope you’ve enjoyed! ~Corene