Friday, 7 February 2014

Milk carton style gift box

I've had a change from making cards today. I made a milk carton style gift box instead.

I started with an A4 sheet of white card, and gathered together a selection of foliage stamps and a mixture of dye and Distress ink pads in shades of green and brown.

Then I chose the largest, most open stamps and stamped them at random over the card in various colours.

Next I used smaller, bolder stamps and darker shades to stamp over the background, building up a random pattern all over.

I scored the card into 7cm squares, which leaves a 1.5 cm (approx. - A4 isn't a stamdard metric measurement) at one end, then used an ink pad to define all the score lines.

Then I cut through the vertical score lines in the top and bottom panels, and cut away the narrow end strip of the top and bottom panels. I brought the narrow flap of the central panel around to sit underneath the opposite end, and glued it in place,  then glued the bottom four panels over each other one at a time to give a firm base. At the top, I folded two opposite panels down to form the lid then scored 1cm from the top of the other two panels and punched holes for ribbon to tie it closed.

I finished it with an embellishment stamped with one of the leaves I used in the design.

The stamp I used for the embellishment was one of the first stamps I ever bought, about 15 years ago (if you've read my previous post today you'll know I'm having a bit of a nostalgia fest) and has been my most loved, most useful and most used stamp ever since. The writing has worn off the label but I think it was a Personal impressions one.

I'm joining in with:

Addicted to Stamps and More #81 - Anything Goes

Make My Monday - Anything But A Card

Floral Fantasies 5th Bloggaversary Celebration where there is great candy on offer for sharing a project made with your favourite crafting item (see the photo in my sidebar for what's on offer)


  1. Hello Jane,

    Your box is beautiful and ticks all he boxes (excuse the pun) with me. I love working with leaves and trees and could happily craft with Autumnal colours year round so as you will guess I really do like your piece of artwork.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and joining in my blog celebration, good luck with the prize draws.

    B x

  2. Wow. Love your stamped leaves pattern. Great little box. I still have some of my first stamps, it's good to get them out to play! Thanks for joining us again at ATSM. Monika

  3. Wow. Beautiful stamping and a wonderful box. Terrific idea. Thanks for joining us again this week at ATS&M.

  4. A fabulous creation. Thanks for joining in with my MMM Anything But A Card challenge and hope to see you again.
    Fliss x


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