Saturday, September 11, 2010

Father's Day

{June 13, 2010}

by Eileen Hull

Wondering what to give your dad for Father's Day? I recommend something made by hand with love.

I decided to make my dad a business card holder. I've had this cool wood paper from Creative Imaginations for months and have been dying to use it. Father's Day is the perfect chance! My dad loves nothing better to sink his teeth into a new project. So I am going to give him a couple of gift cards for Father's Day and his birthday, which comes in early July, that he can use for a new tool or supplies. After, he can use the box for his business cards. I am going to add a Velcro closure inside the box in addition to the ribbon slide closure that says "dad." Another good alternative would be to include another wood slide section that has his initials spelled out in brads. You could also stain over a stencil on the wood, creating a cool background pattern. Stay tuned on that ...

You will need:

  • Big Shot Machine
  • ScoreBoards Business Card Box die
  • Light blue mat board 6" x 12"
  • Real Wood by Creative Imaginations (birch) 6" x 12"
  • Wood stain
  • Spray adhesive
  • Craft knife
  • 1/16" hole punch
  • Brads – metal for assembly and blue with letters for decoration
  • Ribbon
  • Strong double-sided tape

Instructions:

  1. Coat back of wood paper with spray adhesive. Adhere to back of light blue mat board piece. Before cutting the wood paper, make sure the grain is running in the direction you want in your finished product. Run wood/mat board piece through Big Shot with the wood side facing the die. Although the wood is very thin, I found this project to be thicker than usual, so I rolled it through twice to make sure all cuts were clean. I also did some additional scoring at all folds to ensure clean edges. To do this, just run your craft knife along all of the scored lines. When section bends easily, you have cut enough. Step away with the knife! If you do cut through, just use some invisible tape to on the inside of the box to reinforce the area, and no one will ever know. :-)
  2. Because it's pretty tight to work in this box, I add the bottom brads to the project before folding so they are on the outside and not actually used to hold the box together. Add heavy-duty double-sided tape down the tabs on both sides to make sure the box will stand up to lots of use. Once box is taped, insert brads with prongs slightly open. Use bone folder or knife to spread apart and flatten inside box.
  3. Stain label piece of die-cut in a darker color (I used oak) on wood side. Punch holes where letter brads are desired and insert. Thread length of ribbon through and tie on one end. When box needs to be opened, just slide ribbon and label down.
  4. Add gift cards to box and present to Dad!


Happy Flag Day!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week!

From my (red, white and blue) studio to yours,

Eileen

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