Friday 26 November 2010

Free template - Christmas favour/gift boxes


Favour boxes are increasing in popularity and are a great alternative to Christmas crackers on the festive table.
Unlike crackers, you have complete freedom to choose the contents - anything from small gifts to mints, chocolates or sweets.
I have designed a small tapered box here and there are free templates at the end of this post.
I've included a template for the flower too.

I first saw this flower on Sarita's blog: Little Princess Cards.
Her work is stunning so allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy it!
There is a superb tutorial for this flower here:
Creations with Christina - yet another hugely talented artist.

I used Craft Concepts embossing folder 'Budding Vine' for the textured panels on all of these boxes.
Misted here using Cosmic Shimmer 'Lava Red'.

The leaves were made using X Cut Embossing punch 'Beech Leaf'

 Here I used Cosmic Shimmer 'Peacock Green' to add depth to the embossed panels.

 The flower centre was made using Martha Stewart 'Snowflake' punch.
Punched out in black and glittered with black holographic glitter.

On this box I dabbed lightly over the embossing using a VersaMark ink pad,
then brushed Perfect Pearls 'Heirloom Gold' across the surface.

The flower is misted with Cosmic Shimmer 'Purple Violet'.
 I didn't have a dark gemstone so used a lilac gem and tinted it darker using a purple Promarker.

To make the box:
1) Glue flaps 1 & 2 to the inside front
2) Glue flaps 3 & 4 to the inside sides
3) Fold the front flap in and glue in position
This strengthens the front of the box
and locks flaps '1 & 2' in position.

The made box measurements are:
Top - 68mm square (just over 2.5 inches)
Base - 55mm square (just over 2 inches)
Hieght - 33mm (just over 1.25 inches)
and it only requires one full UK A4 sheet of card

Favour Box download sheet.
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Grunge flower download sheet.
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Oh this has taken me so long to post...
I'm not sure which is slower - my 'old' computer or my 'young' BT Internet connection!
I have cobwebs on my iced-up fingers!!!

Keep warm......

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Free Christmas Pyramage - 'Santa Hugs'

Here's my Christmas pyramage and backing papers.
There are free downloads at the end of this post.
I have only used three layers of the pyramage here: 2, 4 and 6.
You'll find they're all numbered on the sheet.
Each image allows up to six layers.

Before assembling the layers I inked lightly round the edges
using Distress Ink 'Chipped Sapphire'.
It's my new black!
I attached acetate over the back of the card aperture
then fixed the pyramage onto it.

The sentiments are from Inkadinkado clear stamps set,
'Cool Christmas'

Download Sheets
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before saving.
These are large images to ensure a good print quality.

'Santa Hugs' Pyramage sheet

Christmas Backing Papers

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