Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Karen Robinson – Festive Friday
Today I have a Christmas version of my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 7 project to share with you. I’m really pleased with how these turned out and think they might be replacing the usual crackers on our table this year.
I made the boxes using Very Vanilla and Basic Black cardstock this time to coordinate with the This Christmas DSP that the rosettes are made of. The words from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits and stars from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits were both die cut from Gold Glimmer Paper and a little bit of Gold Metallic Thread and embossed belly band finish them off.
I’ve seen oval rosettes before and decided to try it for myself as I have as bit of a soft spot for them and didn’t think a round one would look right on this box. To make the oval shape I used the second smallest oval from the Ovals Collection Framelits (retired) and assembled the rosette inside it as usual – the edges of the framelit are just high enough to help keep your paper in the desired position. The size of the framelit I used was 1-11/16 x 2-9/16″ and you’ll need to cut your paper to a little under half the width for it to fit inside so I cut mine to 11-3/4 x 3/4″ and scored it every 1/4″. (Note: The paper will fill the width of the oval but not the length.) I used the Large Oval Punch (retired) to punch out the tops of the rosette that keep it all together.
You will be able to make an oval rosette using the new Layering Ovals Framelits, I don’t have them yet so just used what I had.
The Christmas Greetings Thinlits only has three words, Merry, Peace and Jolly, the FaLaLa is from a set from last years’ holiday catalogue, the font is the same and it just seemed a shame to leave it out 🙂 I found that the mini stars fitted perfectly over the embossed ones so that determined their placement on the band and then I added one under each sentiment.
As I’d used the DSP for the decoration I made the belly bands from the contrasting cardstock and added some texture using the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. I cut them a bit smaller this time (4.5 x 5.5″) to fit perfectly in the folder. I scored them at 1, 2-5/8 & 4-3/16″ and folded and burnished before embossing so the raised design wouldn’t get squashed. I found that if I wanted the band to slide on and off easily I had to have the 1″ score at the front bottom, just double-check before you adhere the edges.
One final tip, I found I had to notch in on the tabs to help the box close easily and sometimes I had the trim a sliver off the top of the triangle tab as well.
I think these would make a great alternative to crackers, there’s loads you could put inside and their shape means that they wouldn’t roll off the table – that seems to happen every year at our place 🙂 I hope you like this version and that you’ll come back soon to see what else I’ve been creating.
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Extra dimensions for this project:
DSP: 3/4 x 11-3/4″
Score every 1/4″
Assemble as usual inside an oval framelit to achieve shape
Cardstock: 4.5 x 5.5″
Score @ 1, 2-5/8 & 4-3/16″
Score, fold and burnish before embossing
Festive Friday Supplies
Basic Black cardstock // 121688
Gold Glimmer Paper // 133719
This Christmas Specialty DSP // 141628
Very Vanilla cardstock // 106550
Christmas Greetings Thinlits // 139659
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits // 137547
Gold Metallic Thread // 138401
Lucky Stars Embossing Folder // 135817
Other Product (Retired)
Large Oval Punch (rosette)
Ovals Collection Framelits (2nd smallest, rosette)
Seasonal Frame Thinlits (FaLaLa)