Time’s ticking away and I’ve another quick Christmas project for you, snack-size sweet treat packages. These would be great for stocking stuffers, table favors, or a token gift to give out to anyone you meet.
My favourite is the York Peppermint Patty, but I’m aware that some people prefer Reeses Pieces. So I’ve created two versions of my treat packages, one for a York Patty, and the other for the slightly larger Reeses.
ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD
Both sweet treat packages were created using the Envelope Punch Board and paper from the Under The Mistletoe 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack.
For the York patty I cut the red plaid DSP to 4″ x 4″. On the Envelope Punch Board I made my first score line at 2-1/8″ and punched. Next I rotated the DSP to the left and lined up the scored line with the pointer on the board. Then I scored and punched again. I repeated this process twice more and then shaped the corners of the DSP using the reverse punch on the board.
The Reeses Pieces patty is slightly thicker than the York patty so I had to made a slight adjustment to the size of the DSP. So for this treat package I cut the green plaid DSP to 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. Then I punched and scored the DSP exactly as before, starting with the first scored line at 2-1/8″. The slight increase in the size of the DSP was all that was needed to accommodate the extra bulk of this patty.
QUICK AND EASY STAMPING
I decided to keep the assembly of the treat packages simple and use belly bands wrapped around the middle. With the two treat packages being slightly different sizes I needed two sizes of belly bands too.
For the York patty I took a 1″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Whisper White Card. Next using Old Olive Ink I stamped one of the small holly images from the Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set randomly over the card. Then using the other small holly image I stamped between the first set of images, but this time stamped off onto scrap paper first. I now had a lovely two-tone design over the strip.
For the larger Reeses patty I needed a strip of Whisper White Card 1″ x 6″. Going back to the Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set I chose the flourish image and stamped it over the card strip using Night of Navy Ink.
Finally I chose the ‘enjoy today’ sentiment from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set. I stamped it onto Whisper White Card once with Night of Navy ink and once with Old Olive ink. Then I punched out the two sentiments using a 1″ Circle Punch.
One final element was needed, Gold Glimmer Paper punched with a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.
SIMPLE TREAT PACKAGES
Now that everything was prepared, putting together my treat packages was really simple.
I placed a patty into the centre of the DSP then gently lifted the sides up and over the patty. Then I brought up the bottom flap, followed the by the top one and held it in place with a Mini Glue Dot.
With the Mini Glue Dot acting as a third hand, I wrapped the appropriate belly band around the treat package. I overlapped the ends and glued them together, allowing just a little room for the band to slide easily over the package. I was careful with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) as I didn’t want it to actually stick the belly band to the package.
Once the belly bands were in place I used a little liquid glue to attach the Gold Glimmer Circle to each one. Again making sure that it didn’t stick it to the package. Then with a Stampin’ Dimensional I added the navy sentiment to the smaller treat package and the olive sentiment to the larger one. In no time at all the treat packages were complete.
These treat packages are so simple to make and could be done production-line style. You could even rope in members of the family to help with the assembly. The design is one that would work for lots of different occasions at any time of year.
USING THE ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD
If you’re not familiar with the Envelope Punch Board, or would like a reminder of how to use it, here’s a short video that will help. The video shows a hot chocolate pouch project but the punching and scoring process is the same. Just make sure that you start with the correct size paper and line it up at the 2-1/8″ mark for your first scored line.
If you’re interested in the Hot Chocolate Pouch project you’ll find it in my blog post Hot Chocolate Pouch for a Customer.
UPDATED 2020: Sadly the following products have retired and are no m=longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper
- Gold Glimmer Paper
- Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set
- Eastern Beauty Stamp Set
- Envelope Punch Board
- 1″ Circle Punch
- 1-1/4″ Circle Punch