Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pillow Talk!

Hi,it's challenge time over on the Amuse Studio Challenge blog, and this week I'm the hostess - the theme this week is to make treats for friends, co-workers, class-mates etc, I do hope you will pop over and join us - I'm giving away a free copy of the new Amuse Studio catalog and a selection of the new Venetian papers to one lucky winner.

Some of you may remember how I made Halloween pillow treats using a circle punch, well for some time I've been thinking about applying the principle to a bigger box, and Valentines day and a cute picture on this months spotlight proved the right incentive.

The new A Muse Studio catalog has some wonderful dies for making treat boxes and I can't wait to get my hands on them, but in the mean time this was actually quite easy to make - you just need scissors, a plate, an embossing tool and a printer - for full instructions and a template see below.  Actually, I have to make 45 of this for my daughters teammates - so far I have 8!

Now I've worked out how, they are really easy to make.  I've included a template at the end of this post - computer generated especially for you  (I'm so proud of myself!), but as it is easier and neater to score round a plate, I'm going to explain how to generate your own - you can change up the sizes too then if you wish, mine fits two to a sheet of letter paper.

1) With the paper landscape, and using the template for reference, draw a vertical line at 3/4" and 4 3/4", draw horizontal lines at 4" and 8".

2) Using a 8 1/2" plate, draw 8 arcs as shown below.

3) Draw a small line to cut of the corners at the bottom flap.

And that's your template.  If you are only making the one you could do this straight on the back of your card - I'm making lots so I made my template onto an ordinary sheet of paper and used my printer to copy it onto the back of the patterned card stock, I then re-fed the card into the printer so that the image printed at the other end.

I used the ready printed sweetheart and heartbreaker papers, they are landscape which is perfect for this project as you can get two to a sheet.

Once you have two images to a sheet, cut along the solid lines, score the straight dotted lines and then line up the plate with the curved dotted line and score, - I did try to score freehand along the line, but using the plate resulted in a cleaner crisper box.

Fold along the straight score lines and apply strong double side tape along the 1/2" tab, attach to top edge.  Gently press in curved sections - no need to stick they will hold together.

For the labels, I first stamped (or heat embossed) the outline of the label from the vintage labels set, cut it out using the coordinating die and then added the central image from the quick and cute valentines and love conquers all sets, two holes for the thread and a double thickness of cherry bakers twine and I was done - if I can get a morning to myself next week I should get the rest done, no problem!

The two valentine themed sets are featured in the current spotlight which finishes Tuesday, so if you know you want them and you want to pay the reduced price you have to act fast - I would be happy to help you with your order.

I hope you are inspired to have a go and that you will join us in the challenge over at the challenge blog

All the supplies for this project are from Amuse Studio and are available here

stamps: love conquers all, quick and cute valentines, vintage labels
paper: heartbreaker
ink: grapefruit, versamark
misc: cherry bakers twine, white embossing powder, label dies

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Karen, those are so adorable! And how clever to have created that box template yourself! Thank you for sharing this very sweet valentine project...

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