Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Karen Robinson – Country Favours
As I mentioned in my last post I thought this quilted technique would make a lovely (and unusual) wedding card and that got me thinking about weddings and all the little extras that accompany them and how they’re great fun if you’re a paper crafter and after some experimenting I came up with a little favour box.
It’s made using the Gift Box Punch Board (item# 135863) a very under utilised punch board in my craft room for some reason, so I was happy to give it some love. I chose Old Olive for the box because I wanted my flower to really stand out and it popped the most against this colour. That’s the great thing about DIY accessories you can create the perfect colour combination for your event. Anyway, a few measurements and we’ll move onto my favourite part, the flower!
The punch board has a size chart printed on it and I chose the 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 x 1-3/4″ size which I think is a generous for a favour, it requires an 8 x 8″ piece of cardstock which meant I could use A4 cardstock, yay! The punch board has a reverse punch that creates slits to hold your box together, I used this on only two opposite corners as I tend to be a bit heavy-handed and find the top ones a bit tight and I tend to tear them. I did want the other corners rounded however and found that my envelope punch board gave me the same degree of roundness as this punch board and that made happy, ahhh… the simple things 😉
A belly band is holding the box closed and the band part is made from our burlap ribbon, this ribbon is retiring, but not to worry, there is something similar coming in the new catalogue but if you like this wide one, stock up now (hint, hint). I used tear and tape to hold the edges together and reinforced it with a couple of staples that would be hidden by the flower (tip: have the flat part of the staple against the box side so there’s nothing to catch when you slide it on or off)
The flower was made using the same technique as my last post but this time I used the Botanical Builder Framelits (item# 140625), I really wasn’t sure if it would work, but I love it! The smaller leaves are from the same set and I chose just one washi tape per leaf or it would have been too fussy. I originally stamped the sentiment on plain cardstock but wasn’t happy with it and then I had a light bulb moment and remembered that we have archival ink and I could stamp on the washi tape and it would dry, duh! A stamen (cut from the same set) in gold glimmer paper adds some sparkle and everything is attached to the ribbon with a generous amount of glue dots.
The sentiment is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set (item# 139971) and I am so happy that this set and punch are not retiring, it has 8 sentiments and a bunch of images that can be used to build different scenes and I’m ashamed to say I’ve only really started using it in the past few months, I’m lucky to have it for another year.
I think some tiny jars of jam, honey, chutney (or vegemite as one of my sons suggested) would be perfect inside these boxes or you could make this as a tag and attach it to a small basket with some scones, jam and a pat of butter for a morning or afternoon tea occasion, that would look so sweet! If you were making this box for non-foody types (is there such a thing??) some 3″ x 3″ cards and envelopes would fit perfectly and I’ll have some to share with you next time, I hope you’ll come back to see.
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Country Favours Recipe
Old Olive cardstock // 106576
Thick Whisper White cardstock // 140490
Gold Glimmer paper // 133719
Sprinkles of Life stamp set // 139971
Basic Black Archival ink pad // 140931
Gift Box Punch Board // 135863
Botanical Builder Framelits // 140625
Burlap ribbon // 132140 //RETIRING