It’s the weekend. Yesterday’s lovely spring weather is a distant memory as another storm is making its way across Nova Scotia. Still, while we’re due for copious amounts of rain we’re thankful it’s not snow. Spring is definitely on the way though and I’m eagerly watching for our brown lawn to show signs of new life. After the greening comes a swathe of dandelions, followed by the daisies I love. So that thought prompted me to grab a daisy punch as I prepared to decorate a little gift box.
I love Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes. They’re food safe and really easy to assemble. Plus the plain white surface is perfect for lots of different decorating options.
Of course with the daisy idea in my head I began by looking for some leaves to go with it. There are a few punches (and even more dies) that would cut these out, but I wanted something a bit different. So I started by cutting a 2-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Garden Green Card. Then I pulled out the Stitched Greenery Die and placed it on top of the card before running it through my Cut & Emboss Machine.
Although the Stitched Greenery Die is used just like a standard thin die, it doesn’t cut out a shape. Instead the 4-3/4″ x 6″ solid plate adds a really interesting stitched leaf design over the whole surface of the card. It really makes an unusual background that doesn’t overpower other elements put on top of it.
With the now background ready I cut a 3/4″ x 4-1/2″ strip of Bumblebee Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the strip onto the background about 1/2″ from the bottom edge. Over the top of that I wrapped some Highland Heather 1/2″ Grosgrain Ribbon, and secured it on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
This project was all about the daisy decoration and I had a couple of daisy punches to choose from. In the end I decided that the Daisy Punch was a little bigger than I wanted, so instead chose the Medium Daisy Punch.
To create the daisy embellishment I used the Medium Daisy Punch to punch out two flowers from Shimmery White Card. Then I glued the two daisies on top of each other with the lower petals peeking between the upper ones. For the centre of the flower I chose Bumblebee ink, and first pressed down on the lid of the closed ink pad. Then after opening it up I used a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush to pick up some of the ink deposited on the inside of the lid. Finally I ‘painted’ the ink onto the centre of the flower, making one side darker than the other.
For my sentiment I grabbed the Celebrating You Stamp Set. This sentiment only set has 16 good-sized sentiments for a wide variety of occasions. I chose “Just for you” and stamped it onto a piece of Shimmery White Card with Garden Green ink. Then I punched out the sentiment using the Label Me Fancy Punch.
Finishing off this sweet box was quick and easy. First, using a Stampin’ Dimensional I fixed the completed daisy to the bottom left corner of the background layer. Then with liquid glue on the back of the sentiment I tucked the bottom edge under the ribbon towards the right-hand end. Finally I put Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the background and attached it to the top of the box. Job done.
I really love the clean and fresh look of this box design. What do you think?