Today’s project is very simple really. Take a box, wrap it in pretty paper and add a sentiment. Nothing special about that you might think. Well no, except when you add a simple technique for altering the paper it takes on a whole new look…
DRAWER BOX MAGIC
I began by making up the drawer-style box which wasn’t difficult at all. It’s one of the new Love Always Treat Boxes from Stampin’ Up! They come in two parts; the drawer and the sleeve, and assemble without any cutting or sticking. I showed how to do this in this short video.
With the box assembled I then decided to wrap it with a piece from the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.
The paper I chose is a fairly plain Rococo Rose coloured background. I cut it to 4″ x 9″ and wrapped it around the box sleeve as tightly as I could. Then I secured the paper to itself using Tear & Tape Adhesive.
ALTERED PAPER TECHNIQUE
Now the box was prepared, I was ready to start on the more decorative part of the project. For this I cut a 2-3/8″ x 3-5/8″ strip of DSP with the wide hydrangea border and plain centre section.
While I liked the design I decided to alter it just a little with the use of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. Using the marker I simply drew around the individual flowers on the hydrangea head and the outer edge of the leaves and stalks. This wasn’t difficult although it did take a little patience and attention. However I think it was well worth the effort.
Once I’d finished adding the lines, I mounted the paper onto a 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Gorgeous Grape Card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the assembled layer to the top of the wrapped box sleeve.
JUST FOR YOU
That just left the sentiment to do and I chose “just for you” from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set.
Sweet Strawberry is a clear photopolymer stamp set which meant the next step was really easy. I looked through a bag of pieces I’d pre-cut from Thick Whisper White Card using the Messages Die. I was quickly able to see which shapes my chosen sentiment would fit on, and settled on a pretty scalloped oval.
Next, using Gorgeous Grape ink I stamped the sentiment onto the shape, looking through the clear photopolymer to get it perfectly placed. Then I attached the sentiment to the front of the box with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
Finally I chose the Blushing Bride twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack. I tied a small bow and using a Mini Glue Dot attached it to the sentiment. And that was it, my decorated gift box project was complete.
I love how this box turned out, is so sweet and just needs to be filled with a gift. Sometimes the simplest of techniques are the most satisfying. What do you think?
For more projects featuring the Hydrangea Hill DSP see these earlier blog posts:
- Hydrangea Hill for instant colour
- Hydrangea Hill for a special project
- Many Messages for every occasion
- Way to goat with the scraps
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set in a bundle with the Strawberry Builder Punch (not used today). Ordering the coordinating items using the single ‘bundle’ item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying the stamp set and punch separately. I also bought he Messages Dies in a bundle with the Many Messages Stamp Set (not used today). I’ve included links to both bundles below in case you want to explore these options further.