Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wee Snow Hill Gift Box (2 and 5/8" square box)

I love the Sarah Pulls Nicky and Otto stamp all in one piece, but it's such a flexible image because you can get what feels like a completely different image if you mask it or use markers to omit parts. (Makes for a bunch of stamps for the price of one; my fave!) :O)

Even easier than masking or markering (at least for me) is to just cut out parts like this tobogganer. Another way this stamp can easily be altered is by adding hair with one little line of pen...That's how Nicky is suddenly a girl on here; he's in drag ;O) hehehe.
The finished box measures 2 and 5/8" square & the hills wrap all around it.

Template PDFs:


These all come in the Paper Garden Projects Winter Wonderland Kit:


Sarah Pulls Nicky and Otto

One 8.5”x11” sheet of Wedding White Cardstock
Two 8.5”x11” sheets of Bazzill Icy Blue Cardstock


May Arts White Swiss Dot Ribbon
White Puffy Velvet pen

From your stash or Paper Garden Projects:
Tombow Monomulti Adhesive
Oh so Sticky tape
Black Versafine or other waterproof ink
Copic markers or other colouring medium

Snow Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

How-to make the Box:

Step 1) Print template for box & lid on 2 pieces of Bazzill Icy Blue Cardstock (or create templates & trace them to save cardstock)

Step 2) Cut & score the box. (Score on dotted lines, where indicated on the score guide.)

Step 3) If you're using a Scor-Pal, score by lining up the points (A&B) with the groove of the Scor-Pal (C dotted line)

Step 4) Assemble box by adding adhesive to the 4 skinny flaps.

To make the lid
scalloped & embossed:

  1. Print or trace the template for the lid onto the Icy Blue Cardstock.
  2. Cut & score in the same manner as the bottom of the box.
  3. Fold the score lines to make them easier to find later
  4. Scallop using your favourite method. (Mark the depth of the scallops if you like, for consistent measurements)
  5. Run the lid through a cuttlebug or other embossing folder (I've used Snow Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder)
  6. Assemble the lid by adding Oh so Sticky tape to the four tabs
To make the Hills:

Step 1) Print the snowy hills template onto white cardstock

Step 2) Cut along the dotted line (no need to make a straight cut here)

Step 3) To score with a Scor-Pal:
  • Place the template so that the hills look like a horizon (the letters should be right side up)
  • Line up arrows with the groove lines in the Scor-Pal and score (from A to B)
  • Shift in order to line up the next set of arrows & repeat for scoring all 4 lines
(of course you can use another way to score the 4 lines)

Step 4) Cut along the bottom flat line of the hills (so that the black template line and the B arrows are cut off)

Step 5) Cut or tear along the curvy hills (again removing the black template line & arrows)

Step 6) Embellish the snow with the white puffy pen & heat it to puff.

Step 7) Dry fit the hills onto the box & trim so that the hills meet up, if necessary.

Step 8) Adhere the hills to the box. When adhering the smallest flap fits under the last section of hill.

Please note: if you use this snowy hills template, you'll find that the score lines will need to be adjusted to suit how you've put the box together since the measurements will never be consistent. You can try the template on different sides of the box and/or score again on either side of your original score lines & shape how you need it. You may also want to cut the bottom straight line shorter depending on how high you want the hills.

Stamp the images:

Step 1) Stamp Sarah Pulls Nicky and Otto (with Versafine) on a scrap of Wedding White Cardstock. Emboss if desired.

Step 2) Colour & cut out just the sled.

Step 3) To turn Nicky into a girl just add hair by drawing it in:

Permanent marker is a good idea (I cheated and just used a ball point pen since I knew her hair would be dark in Copic marker.)

You can colour any hair colour or style you like. :O)

Step 5) To finely cut the area inside the sled, you can just cut between her mitten & the sled and then trim around. When you stick it down you won't see the cut at all. (Or you can use a craft knife.) Cut Otto the puppy off of the sled (and stick him on the box at the bottom of the hill):

Step 6) Stick the images to the snow hills on the box; (Tombow Monomulti Adhesive is a handy adhesive that I love.)

Step 7) Make a bow with the May Arts Swiss Dot ribbon & wrap it around the box & th-th-that's all folks!

Happy Winter Craftin'! :O)

P.S. Quick Links here:


Elena said...

Very cute box! Love this cutie going down the hill! All of the sparkles and delicate detailed work! Thank you for the tutorial Mel!

Beth said...

Mel you just come up with the coolest projects you are amazing love the little box

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh this is way so cute, I love your coloring, heck i love everything you do. You rock big time girl.

Sandy Knecht said...

Your box is adorable. Thank you for the tutorial.

the whimsical butterfly said...

So cute!

evafromca said...

Mel, this comment is so overdue!!! I love your little box, and all the other projects and wonderful tutorials you so graciously share with us. You are such an inspiration to me!!! Thank you, thank you and have a fabulous day and please don't ever stop creating!!!! Hugs, Eva

Lorraine said...

Love it Mel

mitch1066 said...

simply gorgous!Who cares whats inside ...i want the box:)

E.T said...

I love these stamps! They are just so cute! You use them brilliantly!

Kirsten said...

This is GORGEOUS! Kirsten.

Joy said...

thank you for all your wonderful tutorials...keep up the good work!

Kim Etherington said...

I love this little box and the colouring you've been doing on all of your stamped images and the sparkle I can see on her toque.
Missing talking to you!

Donna said...

ADORABLE!! oh my

Free Spirit said...

This is just darling. Thanks for the easy tutorial. I have got to give it a try when things calm down.

Sonia said...

Love all the project!!!

AnnMarie said...

That little puppy dog cracks me up!! Love the way the snow wraps all the way around the box! Very clever!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Love this fun little box!!! That embossed top is great, and that pup is too cute!!
hugs, Jami

Curt in Carmel said...

BOOK! BOOK! BOOK! I love the images you have been using! They are so cute! This box is amazing as usual. That is what your book title should be "Amazing Paper Crafting: As Usual" LOL You are amazing! Best, Curt

~Michelle~ said...

this is just adorable....I love the embossed cute!

Maria said...

LOL! NIcky in drag! Too funny! Hey why not! It's great that you can interchangebly switch from boy to girl and vice versa!

Your box, Rocks, Mel! I love how the snow hill goes around the box. Such a fabulous idea! Thak you for the tutorial!! One day, I have to spend a month on your blog and try out all your tutorial!!


Tonniece said...

Off the wall cute. my gosh, I love that the snow travels around the box like that, and that top is amazing, the dog.... lol... reminds me of me (when I was young)watching all the kids having fun in the snow while I stood on the sidelines freezing. Being born in London ontario, theeeeee snow belt,you would think I'd like the snow, or at least be used to it, but i hated it then as I hate it now. .AHHHH the memories LOL

Shirley said...

How beautiful and cute too! Really wonderful with that scalloped top, the ribbon and what a cutie pie that little girl and dog are!

kathleenh said...

Such a pretty little box Mel! I love the embossed lid.

Marie-Josée Trudel said...

Very Cute, Mel!

Lori Woodard said...

Mel -
I just found your site through pinterest. LOVE. Love your site. Thanks so much for sharing. Very inspirational.