Tuesday, May 5, 2009

DCBD 126 ~ Make a project using the big shot ~ how to make a basic box

When I saw what the challenge was this week, I was really excited. I got a new die in the mail because my good friend ((and BFF)) got it, and when I saw what she made with it ~ of course I had to have it! Although, I saw something more!!! I decided to use these colors because I have been playing with the flock together paper all week. I used it for my team meeting swaps, to get my birthday cards in the mail for May, a sympathy card, and now I was thinking that I'm going to need something to wrap my gift for mom with! I am really surprised how far one pack of designer paper goes. Now I'm addicted to these colors!

Have you ever purchased a gift, bring it home, get ready to wrap it and all you have is Christmas paper?? I started making boxes to wrap my gifts about a year ago when I was late on buying wrapping paper for my nephew's birthday.. anyway I'm rambling... To make a basic box, you take a piece of paper and score it equally on 4 sides. So in this case I lined my paper up to the 3" mark and scored it 4 times.

What's AS important as making a box bottom??... Making the top! I want my box top to slide easily over the bottom, so if i'm using the same size paper, the sides need to be a touch shorter and the inside measurement of the box needs to be bigger. So ~ my measurement needs to be shorter on the 4 sides, does that make sense?? So, I scored my next piece of 12 x 12 at 2 15/16" of an inch.. or one line on the paper cutter towards the 2". :)

Next, I cut 2 inches off each side of the box top, making the cover a little less than 1" tall. This makes it much easier to put the box cover on and take it off. Then you have a piece of cardstock that is scored like this picture. I then cut in 4 places (on the red). If you bend the cardstock back and forth for the rest of your box, then add some tombo multipurpose adhesive (or sticky strip) you can stick your box and box top together at this point without much trouble.

I like the tombo glue, but you really have to be careful not to use too much. It can get very messy, very fast!

Here comes the FUN part! I took my new daisy die and cut some of the flock togehter DSP with it. I cut some leaves out of garden green cardstock and layered it across my box base with the tombo adhesive. Then I just alternated colors when it came to building my daisy. I thought about adding some color to the tips of the flower with a sponge, but when I laid it down, I thought the cut cardstock looked so crisp and clean it didnt need it. It did, however, need to "say" something. I took another die that had a bunch of words and cut the word love. It looked a bit distorted, because it's meant to be shown with other words, but I thought it looked almost custom because it frames the flower on the top of the box.
I had a blast making this and hope you'll try making a box and then use some funky embellishments and show me a picture! Check out what some of my girlfriends are doing over at the Diva's Coffee Break Blog and add your submission to Mr. Linky! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

11 comments:

Lisa said...

Love it!! It is gorgeous!

Luv 2 Cre8 With U said...

Cool box! Great job!

Shari Taylor said...

Wow, that is very pretty!

Karen B said...

What a great box - and great instructions. I will definetly be making this one!

Ilse Vargas said...

Very nice! I wouldn't want to open the box :) Greetings.

Dee Tollaksen said...

Great ideas, and beautiful!

Ret said...

This is so, so pretty! I love it. Great job!!

apigonfire said...

Thanks for the directions! :) Gotta love directions!
~Kendra

Christine said...

This is beautiful and a what a great idea.

Laura said...

Very pretty! Love the daisies.

Nicole Tugrul said...

Great box..great directions..you make it so easy!