Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Gift Card Box

This weekend we're going to a surprise birthday party for a friend. Jeannene just ran a marathon (!) so I decided to give her a gift card to a local running store. The only thing about gift cards is they are somewhat impersonal, so I like to make fun holders for them. I found some really pretty autumn paper by BoBunny that I decided to use for this project.

Here's my tip for the quickest way to cover matboard with paper- spray adhesive.

Cut a sheet of 12" x 12" paper in half. Lay it face down in a well ventilated area or inside a spray box. Coat the wrong sides of the paper with spray adhesive. Position the paper on top of a piece of matboard and press in place. The pressure of running it through the die cut machine fuses the paper and matboard together. So cool!

Paper may be added to both sides of the matboard if desired. Sometimes when I add two pieces of thick cardstock, the score lines are a little stiff since this is a bit thicker than what the die was designed to score. Just take your craft knife and trace over the scoring lines with light pressure. That should make the matboard easier to bend. Then fold each score line over 180 degrees. This breaks the paper fibers and makes it easier to work with.

Here's how I made this project:

Cover one sheet of matboard with paper on front and back.
Die cut the matboard from the Box with Scalloped Flap ScoreBoard die. Add strong double sided tape to front middle flaps.
Ink in brown around all edges of the box.
Punch 1/16" holes on either side of the top of the box to thread the handle through.
Peel off adhesive liner and assemble box.
Add handle by stringing beads on gold wire measuring about 20" long. Fold wire in half. Add beads one by one and then twist the wire around one before adding another. Thread handle through the punched holes and twist wire inside box to secure.
Decorate using Fringed Flower and Leaves dies cut from various stash items.
Add a Velcro circles for a closure.

Since fall is only with us for a little while, thought you might enjoy seeing a pretty autumn pillow that my designer friend Niki Meiners made using the Fringed Flower die for Crafts 'n Things. That's right, she cut leather!

Thanks for stopping by... Hope you all are enjoying the crisp fall air!

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  1. This is awesome Eileen! Love the paper you used and great idea about the spray adhesive, I tend to forget about spray adhesive. Love the pillow!

    1. Thanks Anna-Karin. The spray adhesive works great but the smell is strong- have to use it outside... I love that paper too!

  2. Ooohhh Another die I need to buy.... ooohhh

    1. The list never ends, does it? :-) Thanks for your kind comment.

  3. this is just beautiful gift box you have shared...i wish to use it when design Gift Card envelopes.

  4. cute project and I love the pillow!

  5. FAb cushion - also love the handbag and thanks for the instructions


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