Friday, June 15

Pretty Packaging!

When you're making a stack of greeting cards for a gift, it's always nice to have pretty packaging.  Here's a quick lesson on how Mickey Roberts makes hers.... and just love how simple it is to make.  Three greeting cards and envelopes easily fit inside.
Begin with an 11" x 11" piece of Island Indigo Textured Cardstock. The cardstock is placed textured side up on the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate with the cardstock snugged up against the top and left edges of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Score the cardstock diagonally at 3 1/2" and 5 1/2", then turn the cardstock 180 degrees and score the cardstock diagonally again at 3 1/2" and 5 1/2". (I'm showing you the box made with Whisper White cardstock so that you can see the score lines more easily.)
Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score the cardstock at 4 1/2" and 6 1/2", then turn the cardstock 180 degrees and score the cardstock again at 4 1/2" and 6 1/2".
Using Paper Snips (or a square punch), clip away the small triangles at the outside edges of the cardstock.
Using Paper Snips, clip the areas indicated with a double red line as indicated on the photo below.
Fold the cardstock at all the score lines to create the basic box shape. Apply adhesive sparingly along the squiggly lines indicated in the photo below. Bring the bottom flap up to the side flaps and press the two pieces of cardstock together with your fingertips ensuring that the corners are square. It's a whole lot easier to manipulate adhering the box if you adhere one side at a time.
Use Mini Clothespins to hold the bottom flap in place until the adhesive sets.

Fold the top flap down and make a small dot where the point of the top flap meets the bottom flap. Use the Paper Piercing Tool to made a hole through the small dot.

To make the flower for the front of the box, stamp the daisy looking flower from the Mixed Bunch stamp set on Whisper White cardstock using Real Red ink. Insert the cardstock into the Blossom punch ensuring that the stamped image is centered in the punch window. Punch out the flower and use a bone folder to gently roll the petals of the flower up. Punch a second flower from a piece of Old Olive cardstock. Use a bone folder to gently roll the petals of the Old Olive flower down. Using Island Indigo ink, stamp the dotted flower center on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punch out the flower center using the 1" circle punch. Stack all the flower pieces together on the foam pad and self-healing mat (Mat Pack) and use the Paper Piercing Tool to pierce a hole through the center of all three pieces. Insert a Clear Rhinestone brad through the center of the flower pieces and then through the hole pierced through the front of the box. Open the brad legs inside the box.

Place the greeting cards inside the box and slide the tip of the top box flap behind the flower to close the box. The Simply Scored Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored Scoring Tool makes creating this box so easy!

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