die cut two sets of this Sizzix Bigz Sewing Room die (two dress forms, two spools, two buttons) from chipboard. Also, die cut two dress forms from patterned paper (I used 7Gypsies' new line, Trousseau here).
Once you have your two sides glued to the strip, front and back, you can gesso it for extra strength, but I usually just glue my die cut paper on top after it has dried. Cut out two strips of patterned paper and glue these along the sides. I then painted the top inside of the dress form with white paint, just where it’s open and an inch down. Sand your edges and ink. Tuck the two end strips on the sides inside.
Using the Sizzix Vintage Lace Sizzlit Strip, I die cut a piece of 7Gypsies tape and applied it to the top of the small box lid all the way around. You can also use paper and glue it but I like the fact that this tape has a backing on it, so it’s easy to die cut and after peeling off the backing, easy to adhere.
Also, I covered the inside edges of the box bottoms with patterned paper. For a little extra touch, I added a scalloped bottom on the big box.
I was really happy to discover that the Sizzix Oval Scalloped Framelits were the perfect size for these boxes. I cut out the biggest one with white cardstock and another one from patterned paper. Glue the two together and adhere to the bottom, patterned paper facing out. Now you are ready to decorate your box!
Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland Sizzlit die for all my flowers. I cut out lots, and use quite a few layers (held together with brads) to give them lots of dimension. Love this die! Ink and shape the petals.
Here’s a tip when making your flowers- I use a foam mat (I have a WRMK one for their stitching tool) and stylus to shape them. Just place your flower on the mat and roll your stylus around each petal. It softly curves the edges on your flowers for more shape. It’s fast and easy with the foam pad and is gentle on your paper!
Place your finished flowers and leaves at the base of your dress form and the side of the small box lid and side of the large bottom box lid. I also glued two of the chipboard spools together and covered the front and back with patterned paper. Wrap some embroidery floss around the center and attach a hat pin. I covered the chipboard buttons with some cut out buttons from the left over embossed metal. Some of these embossed buttons fit perfectly over the chipboard buttons. Sand the raised areas and tie some embroidery floss through the holes. To finish off your box, I used Ranger's Liquid Pearls in Perfect Pink and made tiny dot swirls on the dress form and around the clusters of flowers.
For the small box, I made a tiny book with the small Sizzix Oval Scallop Framelit. The front and back are cardstock, covered with patterned paper and the inside papers are smooth white cardstock. You could put quotes in here, or a message. Attach these together with a ring. I hung a chain made from little buttons and rings, and a mini Maya Road spool from the ring.
And finally, in the big box, I made a pincushion with felt and stuffing. Just cut a oval piece of felt about twice the size of your box, use a gathering stitch around the outside, stuff, and pull up your thread until you have a nice curve, insert into the box. And you're done!!
I hope I’ve inspired some of you to try something different with your dies and create a 3 dimensional project!
Box: Melissa Frances- Stacking Boxes
Patterned Paper: 7 Gypsies- Trousseau
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Tattered Rose, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen
Stain: Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Spun Sugar
Alcohol Ink: Ranger Ink Adirondack Alcohol Ink: Sherbet Pink
Liquid Pearls: Ranger Ink Liquid Pearls: Petal Pink
Adhesive: Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Multi Medium; Sook Wang Tape