Hello! It's Shelly with you today. I don't know about you, but I find it almost impossible to get rid of anything that seems useful (you should see the jar collection under my sink!). If you've seen or purchased any of Brenda Walton's wonderful dies and embossing folders, you know that her packaging is so beautiful that it would be a shame to throw it away. When the design team started receiving her dies and folders, our team leader, Tammy Tutterow, suggested we think of ways of repurposing the boxes and envelopes they came in. Of course, that suggestion lodged in my brain...waiting for the perfect time to spring forth!
Last month, I got Brenda's 'Elegant Set' Textured Impressions embossing folders and, of course, saved the packaging. I spotted the box while I was tidying up my studio a few weeks ago and had big plans to make a cute little Halloween shadow box. Time ran out before I had a chance to work on it and I set it aside. I'm so glad I did! When I got the new Victorian Carolers die by Tim Holtz, I knew the silhouettes would be perfect inside the box, with snow at their feet. It's a look that's reminiscent of the bubble glass silhouette pictures from the 30s and 40s, which I adore. Follow along to see how I made mine!
Begin by peeling off the inner paper at the top of the box and removing the ribbon hanger. Discard (if you're wasteful), or save for a future project (if you're a hoarder). Remove the stickers from the box and the lid. These are very sticky stickers, so you'll need something to remove the residue from the lid. I used rubbing alcohol which worked like a charm.
Next, cover the box with patterned paper, making sure to wrap around the lip and down the inside edge. Just before I adhered the sides, I added an idea-ology Ring Fastener to the top outside edge. This will act as a hanger for the piece.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to fit the bottom of the box. Using Tim Holtz's Seasonal Reflections music stamp, stamp directly onto the inside of the top of the folder with brown ink. Quickly insert the paper, close the folder carefully, and emboss. When you emboss the stamped folder, it will transfer the image to the paper.
Remove the embossed paper (how cool is that transferred image?!) and apply snowflake rub-ons to the paper in a random fashion. Apply brown ink to the embossed paper using an inking tool.
Die cut the carolers from medium weight chipboard using Tim Holtz's Victorian Carolers die. Paint with black acrylic paint and let dry thoroughly.
To give the carolers some dimension, cut 1/4" slices of foam using a craft knife (I used the foam blocks that come in the Alterations Texture Fades packaging). Color the edges with a black marker and glue to back of die cuts.
To assemble the box, adhere the embossed cardstock to the bottom of the box. Glue the carolers into place, along with a bottle brush wreath. Insert the bottom of the lid, leaving the top raised up just enough to add the fake snow. Carefully add the snow and push the lid all the way down. Note: these lids fit very tightly. If the paper makes the fit so tight that the plastic buckles, you can cut a couple little notches in the edges of the lid, allowing it to fit without bending.
To complete the shadow box, trim the edges with Idea-ology metal trim stickers. Carefully apply the white rub-on to the lower part of the lid. Finally, tie a length of ribbon through the ring fasteners, to create a hanger.
How easy was that? I'm sure you're already imagining all the different little scenes you could create - I know I am! I have another box I've been saving that would look gorgeous decorated with an icy winter scene with deer and trees. I hope you've been inspired to look at your packaging in a whole new way!
Until next time,
Paper: My Mind's Eye - Holly Jolly; White Cardstock; Chipboard |Stamps: Stampers Anonymous - Seasonal Reflections |Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Border Stickers, Woodlands Wreath, Crinkle Ribbon, Ring Fasteners, Christmastime Remnant Rubs | Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot | Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy; Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil |Adhesive: Beacon - 3-in-1; Scotch - Tape Runner | Misc: Decorative Snow; Foam Pieces