While I don’t mind making my own boxes and have posted videos on my YouTube channel showing different styles, I quite like that Stampin’ Up! gives us some instant box options. In the January to June 2021 Mini Catalogue there’s the drawer-style Love You Always Treat Boxes. Sadly this box is being retired and now only available while stocks last. But we don’t lose one box without gaining another, and that’s what I have for you today. In the 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue one of the new packaging options is the Scalloped Kraft Treat Box. This box is covered in gold foil polka dots and measures 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ when assembled. The scalloped part of the name refers to the edge of the separate lid, and it was this that received all my attention today.
SCALLOPED EDGE BOX
As I mentioned, the box comes in two parts and goes together without any adhesive. What’s different however is the very large tabs on each part. These are designed to be folded in first to strengthen the bottom of the box and the top of the lid. Then the final section folds over and is held in place by a narrow tab that tucks in. Once both sections are assembled the lid just slides over the base. You don’t even need to use adhesive if you don’t want to.
Today I wanted to decorate the box so that it could be opened without having to untie ribbon etc. So I set the two pieces aside while I got on with the layers.
First I cut a 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen Card and a 3″ x 3″ piece of Bumblebee Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed them together, before gluing them to the box lid.
Next I cut about 8″ of the Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave Ribbon. I began by securing it down the centre of my card layers using a little Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then I flipped the lid over and brought one end of the ribbon up and over the edge. After making sure it was fairly tight, I secured the ribbon end to the inside of the lid with more Tear & Tape. Finally I repeated this process with the other end of the ribbon before sliding the lid onto the box base.
BIRTHDAY DOILY LAYER
Up until now the box looked unremarkable, except for the pretty gold polka dots, so now I needed something fancy. For this I reached for one of my favourite die sets from the 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue, Encircled in Beauty. This set of dies cuts beautiful doily-style pieces in a variety of sizes, and today I chose #3 (counting from the smallest upwards). Then using my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine I used it to cut a piece of Basic White Card.
For my sentiment I turned to the Pansy Patch Stamp Set and a simple but pretty “happy birthday”. Using Evening Evergreen ink I stamped it in the centre of my ‘doily’ close to the top. Then I put Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the doily and attached it over the ribbon on the box lid.
All I wanted now was a little floral decoration and so I went back to the Pansy Patch Stamp Set.
Using Fresh Freesia ink I began by stamping the larger of the two pansy flowers on Basic White Card. First I inked up the more solid part of the flower and ‘stamped-off’ onto scrap paper. This removed a little of the ink, and then I stamped the image onto some Basic White Card. With that done I continued to add the other three layers of the flower image in turn. Once the petals were complete I finished with the tiny centre using Pale Papaya ink.
After that, I created the leaves in much the same way, using Soft Succulent ink. This time with only two layers I once again ‘stamped-off’ the more solid image. Then I added the second partial layer using Soft Succulent ink at full strength. In fact the stamp set contains two different leaf shapes so I ended up stamping two of one and one of the other.
Finally I cut out the stamped images using coordinating dies from the Pansy Dies set. Then I layered the leaves and pansy with liquid glue before attaching them to the doily layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. With that my box lid decoration was finished.
I love how this turned out and the box is quite a good size too. Plus, by tucking the ribbon inside the scalloped lid I can remove it without disturbing the decoration. Now to fill it with goodies…
For a reminder of the retiring Love You Always Treat Boxes, see my earlier blog post Simple technique for a different paper look.
UPDATE: Sadly the following products have retired and are no longer available to buy from Stampin’ Up!
- Bumblebee Cardstock
- Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon
- Encircled In Beauty Dies
- Encircled In Friendship Bundle
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Encircled in Beauty Dies in a bundle with the Encircled in Friendship Stamp Set (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option. I’ve also included both options for the Pansy Patch Stamp Set and coordinating Pansy Dies.