Are you ready? This is just the cutest box EVER. I must say that I am so pleased with how this turned out. This box was inspired by a card I saw on pg. 92 of the March 2008 Papercrafts magazine called an Easter Surprise Card. Since my theme for this tutorial blitz is Easter Treat Boxes and all the supplies I am using are current Stampin’ Up!, I put on my thinking cap and tried to figure out a way to incorporate the idea in a box format. The challenge of this box was that I wanted to use my new favourite Easter stamp set called A Good Egg, so I had to design a box that was big enough. This is what I came up with: a peek-a-boo gable box. So what’s the surprise? Check out the picture below.
Isn’t the little chick sweet just peeking out from inside the egg? Anyways, I’ve created a template which you can download below, but please remember it is a visual template only – it is NOT meant to printed out onto CS otherwise the dimensions will be all wrong.
- Stamps: A Good Egg
- Ink: Black Staz On, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie Classic Inks, So Saffron WWC
- Paper: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White CS, Berry Bliss DP
- Accessories: 5/8" chocolate grosgrain ribbon, 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter, square and circle rhinestone brads, 1/4" handheld punch (I use a normal handheld one instead of SU’s) 1/16" handheld punch, tab punch, boho blossoms punch, hobby blade & craft mat, paper snips, pencil and ruler, coluzzle cutting system (oval template, mat, blade), sticky strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, acetate
- Treats of course!
* All supplies are Stampin’ Up! except for the 1/4" handheld circle punch.
- Close to Cocoa CS 8 1/2" x 11"
- Pretty in Pink CS 3" x 4 3/4" cut so that you have a piece that is 1 1/2" x 3" and another piece that is 3 1/4" x 3"
- Berry Bliss about 4" x 4"
- Acetate 3 1/2" x 4 7/8"
Step 1: Score your 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of Close to Cocoa CS as shown in the template (with the 11" side butted up against the top of your personal paper trimmer you are going to score at 1 1/2", 4 3/4", 6 1/4" and 9 1/2". Rotate so that the 8 1/2" side is now butted up agains the top of the trimmer and score at 1 1/2" and 6 1/2"). Crease along the score lines and trim out the areas shown in gray on the template.
Step 2: Stamp the small flower stamp in Close to Cocoa ink on what is going to become the box front.
Step 3: Lay your template onto the coluzzle cutting mat. Align your oval template so that the top and bottom of the largest oval is aligned with the top and bottom score line of the box front. The left and right sides of the third oval (counting inwards) should be aligned with the left and right score lines on the box front. Using your coluzzle blade, cut the fourth oval from the center out. Save the oval piece.
Step 4: Flip your template over. Using a pencil and ruler measure in 1/2" from the top left and right corners and 1/2" down from the top score line. Draw a line that is about 1" long. See the picture below.
Step 5: Using your 1/16" handheld punch, punch a small hole at the top and bottom of each 1" line.
Step 6: Using your craft mat, hobby blad and a metal edge ruler, cut a small channel between the two holes making the channel the width of the holes. Set it aside for now.
step 7: Stamp the large egg from A Good Egg stamp set in Chocolate Chip ink onto your Berry Bliss DP. Take your Pretty in Pink 1 1/2" x 3" piece of CS and attach your egg as shown below.
Step 8: Stamp your chick from A Good Egg twice onto a scrap of white CS in Black Staz On ink. Color and cut out one chick (minus the legs) and then simply cut out the other shell. Take your CS with the mounted egg and flip it over. Take the shell piece, flip it upside down, center and align it as shown then trace the jagged edges, bringing them out the edges of the egg as shown in the picture.
Step 9: Lay your egg onto the craft mat, and using the hobby blade, carefully cut along the lines to create your jagged edge.
Step 10: Position your chick behind the bottom portion of the egg (align the jagged edges of the chick’s shell with the jagged edges on the big egg), then center and mount it along the bottom of the box front.
Step 11: Flip your template over. Take your 3 1/8" x 4 7/8" piece of acetate and adhere to the back of the box front. Be sure to add some adhesive to the back of the chick as well so that it is snug against the acetate and doesn’t get caught when you are opening and closing the egg. Take your hobby blade and cut the channels through the acetate.
Step 12: Take your 3" x 3 1/4" piece of CS and carefully match it up with the bottom piece – but DO NOT STICK IT. If you have it you can use Dotto (a temporary adhesive that can be rubbed off) to hold it in place. If you don’t have Dotto, carefully hold it in place and flip it over so that you are looking at the back.
Step 13: Use your pencil and make a mark at the bottom of each channel. Be very careful with this step – before you make your pencil marks BE SURE that your CS has not shifted.
Step 14: Take your 1/16" handheld circle punch and punch a hole over each pencil mark.
Step 15: Stamp Happy Easter in Chocolate Chip ink so that it is centered betweent th two holes you punched. Align the cs with the bottom piece, insert a square rhinestone brad through each hole and open the prongs at the back. Align the top portion of the egg with the bottom portion and stick down. Punch a tab out of the oval piece that you cut from the center of the box.
Step 16: Make sure the prongs of your brad are perpendicular to the channels so that they don’t slip out. Open and close the egg a few times to ensure they are sliding smoothly up and down the channel.
Step 17: First off, let me say that I accidentally went on sticky strip overkill. You only need to place sticky strip on the two large flaps and NOT on the small flaps as well like I did!
Step 18: Remove the backing of the sticky strip from the large flap that is attached to what will become the back of the box. Adhere the two small flaps to it as shown.
Step 19: Remove the backing from the other large flap and adhere to the box base. Lay the box upside down onto your grid paper. Remove the backing from the sticky strip on the side flap, then adhere.
Step 20: Fill your box with treats. Bring the two top ends together – you can use sticky strip to hold them together. Punch two holes with a 1/4" circle punch and insert ribbon as was detailed in steps 10-13 of the Easter Pouch Tutorial. Add some dazzling diamonds glitter using a 2-way glue pen to the egg. Punch a flower using the Boho Blossoms punch out of Pretty in Pink CS. Punch a hole in the center using the 1/16" handheld punch, insert a small circle rhinestone brad (shorten the prongs of the brad with a pair of wire cutters if necessary), add a Stampin’ Dimensional and adhere to the egg.
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