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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Making Gift Boxes for Christmas

Well, here at The Warren, there has been a bustle of crafting with several classes on Making Gift Boxes in the run up to Christmas. Personally, I had always shied away from making my own gift boxes, prefering papier mache blanks, that I decorated, but then I found Sam, of Pootles Papercraft, and her large selection of box making utube videos. The mystery of box making was unlocked, and in the main, they are just SO easy, so long as you have the right tools for the job ... there are not many needed at all and once purchased, will last for many years.

Making your own gift boxes can transform a simple gift into a beautiful gift and is made that much more special by the time and love it has taken for you to make that box for someone you care about.

I can see Santa having a large request list for Stampin Up gifts this year!!! So here is what Santa really needs to know about ....

The first two tools are the most essential part of your kit, and these are:

The Simply Scored Tool

Item Number 122334 £25.95

I know the trimmer comes with a scoring blade, but there is something cathartic about using the Simply Scored Tool and if looked you look after it, it should last many, many years. This is an absolute must if you are going to make more than just a couple of gift boxes/bags. There are additional plates you can purchase that fit onto the Simply Scored Base including:

  • Simply Scored Metric Scoring Plate (item number 127531 £10.95)
  • Simply Scored Diagonal Plate for making envelopes etc (item number 125586 £10.95)
  • And the Simply Scored Borders Plate (for fab finishes on envelopes, boxes and cards) (Item Number 125586 (10.95)
If you lose your stylus, then you can easily replace it for a mere £3.95, but so long as you always place the stylus back in it's holder on the Simply Scored Tool, you should be fine

And the Stampin Trimmer
(with or without the rotary extension)

Item Number 129722 £25.95

I just love my Stampin Trimmer, and you can purchase additional replacement blades and cutting mats to ensure your trimmer lasts for yonks! It comes with both Imperial and Metric measurements and has an extension bar that allows you to use 12" x 12" cardstock easily.

Then you need 

a selection of cardstock for making the boxes
Stampin Up have a huge range of co-ordinated cardstock with prices starting at £6.25 for a pack of A4 card (24 sheets). If you go for a particular colour collection, you can purchase selection packs wthat contain a couple of sheets of each of the colours in the collection. There are 5 collections in all 
  • Subtles
  • Brights
  • Regals
  • Neutrals 
  • In Colours
These colour collections are co-ordinated throughout their range of cardstock, ink pads, Designer Series Papers, Ribbons & Trims, Buttons, Brads, Stampin Write Pens. Begin with just one colour collection and build up your stash over time,

Next you need some Craft Scissors (Item Number 108360 £24.95) and a pair of Paper Snips (Item Number 103579 £8.95)

To make nice crisp folds for that professional finish to your box, you absolutely must have a bone folder (Item Number 102300 £5.75.) It will last you a lifetime, so well worth the cost outlay.

Next you need some Designer Series Papers (DSP) to decorate your gift bags and boxes. Alternatively you could have just one colour card (e.g. Whisper White or Very Vanilla) and stamp images onto the card to create the background.

Afternoon Picnic (Item number 131390 £9.95)

Gingham Garden (Item Number 129310 £9.95)

 Polka Dot Parade (Item Number 126902 £9.95)

Venetian Romance (Item Number 130144 £9.95)

There are also Designer Series Paper Stacks that co-ordinate with each of the colour collections. Check out my Demonstrator Inline Shop to view all of the DSP's. There will be something for everyone!

Now we need to have some sticky stuff to glue your gift boxes together, and here are my favourites:

Sticky Strip
Item Number104294 £5.50 per roll (9.1m)

Great for when you need a heavier weight adhesive. Fab for 3D embellishements

Next comes my mainstay for sticking cardstock together, Good
 old Multi-purpose Liquid Glue (Tombow)
Item Number 110755 £3.25

This is a really fast drying permanent glue. It may look like PVA glue, but it is way more adhesive then that!! A little goes a long way. It also allows for a little movement when you first bring the edges together for making fine adjustments when you bring the edges of boxes together.

And we finish with
 SNAIL Adhesive
Item  Number 104332 £5.50 & Refils item number 104331 £3.75)

Perfect for sticking the Designer Series Papers (DSP) onto your gift box. Suitable for lightweight items only. If you want something a little stronger, then mini glue dots would be idea Item Number (103683 £3.95)

And here is the really fun biit, playing with 
Ribbons & Trims

Stampin Up has a huge range of ribbons, trims and bakers twine, in many colours that co-ordinate with their cardstock, DSP, ink pads and embellishments. Stock with one colour collection to begin with and build your stash over time
Prices start at £2.50

And that is pretty much all the essentials, apart from rubber stamps and ink pads. 

Here are some I made earlier 

As Always, if you would like to have a chat, book a class (including online classes), or place an order, please contact me by:

Telephone: 08432896848 or 07759587004

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