It will soon be the second Monday in October, and here in Nova Scotia that means Thanksgiving. Follow that with Halloween and then Christmas and there’s a lot of ‘giving’ on the way. So today I thought I would play with a great box option from the Stampin’ Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue, the Window Box Thinlits.
WINDOW BOX THINLITS
Despite it’s name the box doesn’t look like a window (that’s a reference to the oter dies in the set designed to cut pieces from box. Actually the ‘window box’ is a hexagonal box just slightly under 3-1/4″ from edge to edge (3-3/4″ from point to point).
I chose the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my box as it’s a heavier weight than standard DSP. This meant I wouldn’t need extra card to make the box sturdier.
Using my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform I cut out two pieces using the main die from the Window Box Thinlits. I folded the pieces along the scored lines provided by the dies, then sharpened the creases using my Bone Folder.
I decided to assemble the box with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow), but any strong adhesive would do.
If you’re not familiar with the Window Box Thinlits, Stampin’ Up! created a short video explaining how to put the box together. Unfortunately the Window Shopping Stamp Set also shown in the video is now retired.
I’d already decided that I wanted to create an embellishment that could be taken off the box very simply. I began with a Pearlised Doily and attached it to the centre of the lid with liquid glue. I liked the doily but that there was a little too much of the DSP showing through.
Going back to the Big Shot I cut a piece of Mint Macaron Card using the #4 plain-edge die from the Layering Circles Framelits (counting from the smallest up). While I was there I also cut a piece of Whisper White Card using the #1 scalloped-edge die from the same set.
The Mint Macaron circle was then fixed to the centre of the doily on the box with liquid glue. That was much better.
I found the perfect ‘thank you’ sentiment in the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set. This is a see-through photopolymer set so it was easy to stamp on the Whisper White circle with Rich Razzleberry ink.
As nice as the sentiment was, there was too much of a size difference between the two die-cut circles. I had a plan though.
I used the Tailored Tag Punch to punch out a piece of Tranquil Tide Card. It’s not a true hexagon shape, but it was close enough for what I needed.
I was now ready for the final touches.
I wrapped a length of Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon around the box. Then using a couple of Mini Glue Dots I secured the ribbon to itself. This meant that it could slide on and off as needed. Then I slid the Tranquil Tide piece under the centre of the ribbon and fixed the two together with Mini Glue Dots.
All that was left was the sentiment. I put a Stampin’ Dimensional in the centre of the Tranquil Tide piece either side of the ribbon then fixed it on top.
All-in-all this wasn’t a difficult project and it’s not overly fancy so would be fine for male or female. I do love the way that the Tailored Tag Punch works with the shape of the box. I wonder why I never thought of that before?
CHANGE OF COLOUR?
The Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue has the same 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon in Tranquil Tide. So you could change the colour scheme very easily if you wanted. I’ve included link to the Tranquil Tide Ribbon and ink pad at the end of my product list if you’re interested in this option.