Friday, 20 May 2016

Embossed Butterfly Pillow Box

WELCOME to my new blog and my first project are these gorgeous embossed pillow boxes.  I hope you like them!

To make the pillow box I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up cardstock in Dapper Denim (which is a newly released ‘in colour’ for 2016-2018) to 5.5” wide by the full length of A4.  This is 14cm x 29.5cm if you prefer metric measurements.  This leaves very little waste.

The first box that I made I stamped the card first which worked fine, but I stamped the second one after I had die cut – it makes no difference whether you do this before or after if you are using small designs but obviously if you are using a big design you might want to place it in a certain way.

To die cut set up your Stampin’ Up  Big Shot ‘sandwich’ using the correct adapter for Thinlets, placed the card on the bottom plate, the Thinlets die on the top of the card with the cutting side facing down and then the top plate on top of everything.  Run it through the Big Shot and then reposition the die to cut the second piece.  

Place your clear block on one of the die cuts and position the stamps onto the block in an attractive manner.

Wipe down the card with an ‘Embossing Buddy’ which prevents embossing powder from sticking to the card in the wrong place and ruining your design then apply Versamark to the stamps and stamp away…

Here you can see the versamarked images and embossing powder being applied.  Tip off the excess embossing powder and return it to the pot.  Now gently blow away any random specs of powder or use a soft paint or fine make up brush to remove stubborn bits as otherwise they will emboss too. I love watching the transformation from embossing powder to the wonderfully shiny finish when using the heat gun.

Apply double sided tape to the flapped sides of both die cuts.  Use a bone folder to press the flap to the reverse then gently but firmly ease the curved score lines at both ends of the die cuts to form the pillow shaping.

Now just place the two pieces together by removing the paper backing from the double sided tape and placing one piece with the pattern down towards your table.  As you have used the bone folder to get a nice crease the glued edge will be lying flat enabling you to see exactly where to place the second piece with the pattern facing toward you carefully in place matching the curved edges.  Do the same to the other side.  Decide which is the more attractive side and fold the curves in and away from what is now the top side of your box.  You are done unless you want to add further embellishments to your box.

I used the ‘You Are Loved A Lot’ and also the trio of flowers stamp from the Grateful Bunch set and the Blossom Punch to make my embellishments.

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  1. Fabulous blog Linda and a super first post. Love, love anything showcasing Butterflies and your box is gorgeous. I am following you on your blog journey. We are both lucky to have Linda Parker helping us out.
    Hugs Christine xxx

  2. Well done Linda - See it wasn't a bit scarey !! Love your Pillow Box x