Hi Gals n Guys,
Boy, have I missed you!!! I was out with a doozy of a migraine. It's mostly gone now. I think it was from a solvent that leaked in our cleaning supplies (WD40 lost it's lid in the move & was spraying out on things under the sink.) Stupido, but kind of funny now that the migraine is passing. LOL.
Hope you like it! :O)
...make a decorated MFT 3x3 gift box:
This uses the MFT template Collection for a 3x3 box
(with a lid) which comes with 10 templates in total:
Box bottom, Box Lid, Bottom & Lid Liners, Lid Panels,
Box bottom Inserts (gift card holder & divider),
and 3x3 Envelopes with their own liners as well.
- MFT Baby Bump 3x3 templates
- MFT clear stamp set Baby Bump
- MFT Spring collection & Summer collection (digital papers)
- Heavy weight white Sweet tooth cardstock
- Text paper (to print digital papers
- Black archival ink, clear embossing powder, heat gun
- Copic Markers (or what have you)
- Black Archival Brilliance ink, clear embossing powder, heat gun
- Paper cutter and-or Scissors, Scoring tools
- Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac, Tombow Monomulti
- Computer & Printer
Step 1) Print the 2 MFT 3x3 templates (bottom & top) on cardstock.
Step 2) Score the box bottom & top templates-- (score along the dotted line.)
Step 3) Roughly cut the templates (This is optional but it makes for easier and neater cuts) If you like, you can mark the top and bottom before cutting for reference when assembling the liner. (The liner will cover the marks later.)
Step 4) Finish finely cutting around the bottom & top templates. Then, cut the tabs (I like to cut the black printer ink off of them.)
Step 5) Crease the folds.
Step 6) Assemble the box bottom and top, adhering the tabs on the inside:
6A) Flip the box over so that the dotted template lines are facing down.
6B) Add adhesive to the 4 smallest tabs in the corners (marked A,B,C, and D here.)
6C) Adhere the larger tabs to the smaller tabs that you've put the adhesive on (with the smaller tabs on the inside. (Align the corners so they are nice & flush)
Before assembling the box, you can add cut outs by marking center & punching out half of a circle (or another shape.) The side that has no tab cuts in it, seems to be the easiest to punch through (it means punching through one layer only.)
Step 1) Print two of your favourite digital papers (or used patterned paper.) For these liners, I printed the MFT Summer Collection digital paper patterns on some white paper that was on the thin side (text weight)
Step 2) Print the two liner templates on the back of the patterned papers. (There are 2 liners included with the template (one that fits just so for each liner: box top & box bottom.)
Step 3) Score along the dotted lines & cut along the solid lines--in whichever order you prefer.
I like to score first since I use a ruler & a paper piercing tool for ultra fine score lines.
Step 4) Cut the liners & Crease along the folds.
Step 5) Dry fit the liner & adhere it.
5A) Put the 2 liners in the top & bottom (with no adhesive on them yet) to see if they need any trimming or turning around, inside the box, to be a perfect fit.
5B) Adhere the 2 liners to the inside of the box bottom & lid.
decorate the lid:
let you decorate the lid in all kinds of ways--
more easily & neatly than trying to decorate the lid itself:
- Stamp a pattern or image(s) with perfection on all 5 panels (or different patterns on each panel for a funky look.)
- Use your favorite patterned papers--or a variety of 5 (great for using up scraps.)
- Add a secure ribbon tie quickly, with no end showing.
- Emboss with a Cuttlebug, Big Shot, or other pressure embossing machine (or by hand.)
- Sew or faux stitch or add beads/brads/eyelets with no mess on the inside of the box at all.
- Use techniques (like vellum or acetate techniques) that might warp the lid, but look great on little panels.
- Make a faux-window or framed look easily by using punches or die cuts.
- Add fabric or felt (just print the panels, glue the felt/fabric on, cut them & adhere.)
Step 2) Cut along all the solid lines to create 5 panels. (Add a little pencil mark to tell you which is the backside, if you like.)
Step 3) Emboss the panels in a Cuttlebug folder (or decorate however you like best)
Step 4) Add colour if you like (I left these panels white.)
Step 5) Add embellishments, if you like. These panels have a line of flowers at the bottom of the four side panels:
(They're stitched on with beads)
Step 6) Adhere the panels to the box sides & top.
Step 1) Stamp the Baby Bump image on an old book page & cut off the bits under the feet. (These pieces are all stamped in black ink & embossed in clear embossing powder.)
Step 3) Print the digital paper (MFT Spring collection) & you can also use the Summer collection paper scraps from lining the box. Stamp the bags from Baby Bump on it & cut them out.
Step 4) Adhere the pieces together & colour the image.
The panel hides the ribbon ends easily:
Step 1) Adhere two pieces of ribbon to the back of the box top panel (one long, approximately 10 inches long & one short, approximately 5 inches long.)
Step 2) Bring the long ribbon around to the front & adhere it there.
Step 3) Adhere the Baby Bump image over the ribbon (using dimensional foam tape, if you like.)
Step 4) Tie the two ribbons into a basic single/double knot.
Step 5) Tie a bow & add a button. (If you like to sew your buttons on, using the panel hides the thread ends easily.)
Step 6) Finally, adhere the image panel to the top of the box...
Hope you're all enjoying the most beautiful day!
P.S. Here's a quick link to the 3x3 template in the MFT shop, in case you might like to try one out. :o)