My project today is a pretty violet gift box featuring a Sizzix die by designer Eileen Hull and Sweet Sentiments papers by Graphic 45. Two weeks ago my blog post featured this die too – at that time I made some very quick, “plain jane” cupcake boxes. The violet gift box is the “dressed up” version – still easy peasy, but what a nice result! (I’ve included a link below to the cupcake box post).
This Sizzix die, like many of the Bigz dies, is specially designed to cut through heavier materials like chipboard, etc. This time I wanted a sturdy box that would stand the test of time, so I selected 50pt. chipboard as the base material. This cuts so easily on my Sizzix Big Kick! It is really no different than cutting through a layer of cardstock. I love being able to use a wider variety of materials without worrying about whether the machine can “handle it”. The Big Kick (or Big Shot – pretty much the same machine, just a slightly different design) certainly can! The square box die also scores as it cuts (no special mats, etc. needed for this), so that is also a time-saving step. I just needed to cut 2 of the 3-panel pieces, and I was ready to start assembling.
Assembly for the more dressed up box includes a couple of additional steps. The first is to paint certain areas of the chipboard in a coordinating color so that at the seams and folds where it might show, the chipboard looks less like chipboard and more like an extension of the paper covering it. I like to use the dabber-top paints for this purpose. The paint that I used on my box was a Jenni Bowlin paint by Ranger, but the Tim Holtz Distress Paints would also work very well for this purpose. I selected the paint to coordinate with my paper for the outside (the violets). The liner paper is also okay with the ivory, so there is no need to change the paints between the sides (if you do find this necessary, paint only the inside seams with the liner color). Chipboard soaks in a lot of paint, so I did find it necessary to do a second coat on everything. I painted the seams or folds on both the inside and outside of the box panel (including the seam at the flap), and all the way around the outside of the box piece. The dabber paints dry very quickly, so you can quickly move on with the project.
I chose to line this box so it would be pretty inside and out. The first step in lining is to line the flaps. The focus here is only on the inside flaps (the outside flaps are the ones that are covered with Scor-Tape and hold the box together). In addition to the inner flaps, you’ll have to cover the top flap of the box (the only one that is not used to make the box structure). To cover the flaps, I start with a piece of paper 3.25” x 1”. I place this against the flap, and fold it accordingly (you’ll fold the paper differently for the outside of the top flap than you will for the inner flaps). Once you have the fold line in place, remove the paper, crease it well, and use Scor-Tape to adhere it to the chipboard. You’ll notice that the flap coverings have square corners, where the box itself has slightly rounded corners. It is very easy to use your good paper cutting scissors to trim that edge along the appropriate curve, using the chipboard as a guide. As an alternative, you could cut these flap liners with the die, but I’m a little concerned that the scoring might be too much for them.
Once the appropriate flaps are covered (the 4 inside flaps, and the top outside flap), it is time to line the inside of the box. I selected a paper from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection that coordinated with the violets to do this. Often it is helpful to pick a small overall pattern, such as a polka dot, since the joins, etc. won’t show or become offensive in the confined space inside the box. You’ll need six panels that measure just under 3-1/4” x 3-1/4” (cut them about 1/16” shorter to allow some additional room when the chipboard folds). If you cut exactly at 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, the lining paper may buckle or fold at the seams and cause problems later on in the process. I used ¼” Scor-Tape to attach the paper to the chipboard.
When the lining is in place, it is time to assemble the box. To assemble, fold the panels and the tabs along the score lines. Add ½” Scor-Tape to the two tabs at the end of one of the panels, and just one of the tabs on the other panel (the one that is already covered with paper on the outside should not be covered with Scor-Tape). Remove the Scor-Tape liner from the panel that has only the one piece of Scor-Tape, and then placed that tab in the center of the other box panel. It is important to take your time for this step, making sure to get the tab and the panel lined up properly (the Scor-Tape sticks pretty hard and won’t easily adjust if your alignment isn’t correct). Then, one at a time, remove the liner from the two remaining tabs. Fold the panel up along side it, carefully trying to line up the box side and the tab. Repeat for the other side. That’s it . . . the box is assembled.
Now it’s time to cover the box with the patterned paper. I cut six panels, 3-1/4” square. Carefully adhere these to each side of the box with 1-4” Scor-Tape. By adding the paper this way, you can control the overall appearance of the box, making sure that directional patterns, etc. are all going in the right way. The violet paper that I chose is from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection, is pretty much an overall pattern, and doesn’t really need much matching. If you have a paper that does need to be matched, then you’ll need to cut the squares carefully so that they line up when added to the box. The alternative to covering the box this way is to cover the chipboard before you cut the box. If you do it that way, you’ll need to think through how the patterned paper needs to be placed in order to achieve a good finished appearance. The overall appearance of the box is pretty much the same regardless of your method for attaching the patterned paper. Please see the short video for additional information about the box assembly.
To finish the box, I first added the “feet”. I used crystal AB glass beads that measure 8mm x 12mm. They are not perfectly round – rather they look a little flatter on the top and bottom. The slightly flatter surface will allow the box to stand more normally. I sat the box on the side of a table with the flap hanging over in order to properly place the beads. I used a significant amount of Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive so they would be securely attached. I had plenty of time and so I left the box to dry completely for 4-5 hours. If you’re in more of a hurry, you may want to use a hot glue gun, etc. to attach the beads.
Next I selected one of the Tim Holtz idea-ology Curio Knobs for the top. I punched a hole in the center of the top of the box to place the knob using my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite. (I found the center of my box top using my Tim Holtz ruler – the centering ruler side of this makes it an essential tool for your craft room.) The curio knobs are attached in the same way that you would attach a drawer pull – a screw comes up from the back and threads into the knob.
The last step is decorating the box. Here you’ll want to take your time and do something that makes the box unique and special. It should make you smile. There are so many options – charms or other metal sayings, etc. that can be strung on ribbon, flowers (pre-made or ones that you make), ribbons, laces, doilies, etc. I chose a 7/8” wide purple silk ribbon and some pre-made flowers by Petaloo. This made the project quick and easy. I used a couple of glue dots to attach the ribbon to the box so that it would not move. I chose to wrap the box with ribbon, and to tie the bow separately so both could look their best. I attached the bow with a little Scor-Tape, and used some Glue Dots to “fluff” the ribbon and force it in the shape that I wanted. The flowers are pre-made, so I only needed to use a few glue dots to adhere them to the lid.
Here are a couple of additional pictures of the box –
bead placement on the bottom
Sizzix/Eileen Hull die – box, square (658058)
Chipboard (I used 50pt chipboard)
Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – I used ½” and ¼”
Other adhesives — Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive and small Glue Dots
Assorted patterned papers – I used two papers from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection – Violet Bouquet and Perfect Petals (the reverse side)
Paint – I used one of the Jenni Bowlin by Ranger dabber top paints called “Malted Milk” (one of the Tim Holtz distress paints would also be a good choice)
Ribbon – I used a 7/8” wide purple silk ribbon
Embellishments – I used purple, ivory and green flowers by Petaloo
Tim Holtz idea-ology Curio Knobs
Crop-A-Dile Big Bite
Paper crafting scissors
This is a link to my prior post using this die – Valentine Cupcake Boxes
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!