Hello friends…welcome! I know its been a bit since I posted…I’m still here, just doing a lot of behind the scenes making and we have now jumped into another making year! Yay! Bring on the new goodies to play and create with!
I am back today to share the first of my Sizzix makes that were created for today’s LIVE featuring the new Sizzix Everyday Line. Tim hosted a youtube LIVE which featured so many AWESOME makers and their creations! It always amazes me how a piece of paper cut in a shape can be transformed into a project or card!
If you missed it, you can CLICK HERE to watch Tim and the replay on YouTube.
Today, my project features the new True Love Colorize Set. The sweet, heart shaped candy box is perfect for all sorts of Valentine and Love themed makes, or even can be made into an actual box!
Yep, that’s right…I turned a flat valentine box into a 3D one that can be used for gift giving, or as I used it here, a feature on a vignette!
Vintage Valentines and boxes have always been a fun collection of mine and hold a special place in my heart. My mom was born on February 15th and loved collecting vintage heart boxes (and if you look close, you can see one in the photo on the right side) so as soon as I saw this set, I knew exactly what I needed to try…making a mini box like all those I remember hunting for when I was out on the vintage junk hunt with her.
Today, I’ll share all the details on how to create the box, then I’ll be back soon with the rest of the tutorial and show you how the project came together. So, be sure to check back soon or subscribe to my blog to be alerted when I release Part 2 of the project.
For now, let’s get to making the box…
I started by creating the stamped red metallic paper.
The paper is from the Tim Holtz Kraft Stock either the older 8×8 pad or the new 6×9 collections, this was made using the red from the 8×8 Jewels pack.
I lightly inked up my Batik stamp (Botanical & Batik CMS327) using Distress Embossing Ink, then stamped onto the jewel tone paper, sprinkled it with a light dusting of Gold Embossing Powder and Embossed it with my heat tool. This was done very randomly to give the paper a worn look.
I cut all the pieces from the True Love set using the embossed paper and the Champagne tone Metallic Paper, then using a sanding block and sandpaper, scuffed up the papers to create a good distressed look.
I also cut out 2 additional Large Hearts in chipboard that were used to create more stability when sandwiched in the top and bottom portions of the box, simply glue the metallic paper to the chipboard with the metallic paper pieces. (these are not pictured)
I trimmed a scrap of vintage lace to fit on the top (lid) of the box. This was adhered to the underside of the top heart using collage medium. Then, I covered the raw edges of the lace with another heart cut from metallic paper…your basically covering the chipboard areas throughout the project with the pieces of metallic papers. This makes the piece look like a true vintage candy box.
I built up the layers of the bottom of the box as you normally would to build the shape, but I included a couple sandwiched chipboard pieces. I used collage medium to adhere them in-between layers, then I started to make the edge of the box.
I cut 4 strips of paper that included 2 strips of Distress Kraft Heavy Stock and 2 strips of the Champagne Metallic Paper.
The 2 Kraft Heavystock paper strips were approximately 1/2″ x 7″ long, and the Champagne Gold approximately 1/4″ x 7″…this is all approximate sizes because I just eyeballed it and went with it.
Next, I ran the paper strips through my Fiskars Paper Crimper.
(this is completely old school… in fact, I don’t think they make this particular paper crimper anymore, and I think my version is at least 20 years old… but, there are a few others that are available at Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com, you’ll find those options down below in the products used list.)
Using collage medium, I glued the two sets of the Kraft and Champagne crimped strips together longways, then set them aside to dry. Once dry, I stapled the strips together to form the top of the heart with the metallic paper facing the outside of the box, then placed the heart down onto the bottom portion of the box to get an approximate size.
I eyeballed approximately where I needed the bottom of the heart to end and, leaving approximately 1/4″ at the ends to fold over to glue and create the point at the bottom of the heart.
I adhered the heart edging to the built up bottom of the box by using collage medium, then set it aside to dry for several hours, to make sure that the edge was completely dry. Once it was set, I rubbed the raw edges of the box with some Vintage Photo Distress Crayon, then rubbed on some Statue Foundry Wax, and set that with my heat tool.
Then, I went back to finishing the top of the heart box.
After the lace was adhered, I added a single stitch around the edge using my sewing machine, this isn’t a must, I just thought that it gave the box a nice finished edge. Using one of the fine line heart shapes, I edged the box top. This really finished the look, but you’ll notice that this heart is slightly larger then what the heart is (Because this piece is really meant to be used for the colorization of the non 3D box) so I just snipped the bottom, and adhered it to the cover, then trimmed off the additional area at the bottom.
You can see what the finished top looks like in the photo below.
I colored a piece of ribbon using Barn Door Distress Spray, dried it using my heat tool, then tied it onto the top of the box and added a bow.
NOTE: If you’re wanting to know more about the ribbon I use on a lot of my projects, you can click here to check out a tutorial for how I create them CLICK HERE.
With that, my little chocolate box was complete.
Be sure to stop back to see how the rest of the project came together…I just love how it turned out and will be sharing very soon! Have a fabulous weekend and thank you, as always, for supporting me with all your kind comments and love!
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Michelle Nettleton says
I can see why Tim went gah gah. This is so full of dimension. This make is so intriguing. Yes, I still have several crimpers. Yay me! Going to try this for my husband’s valentine! Thank you for your fab creativity 👍🏼♥️
Debbie F says
The makes on the live were great — as usual (and yet ya’ll keep outdoing yourselves!). This is such a beautiful box! Like so many other people commented, I had a crimper at one point and got rid of it. It was exciting to me to see you take out an oldie (tool) and bring it back to life. Thanks so much for sharing how you made the box and I look forward to seeing how the rest of this project came together. Thank you, Stacy
Apologies, I know there is a part 2 coming, but where is the red “ribbon” from? I have been looking for something similar near my house and have been unable to locate anything even close. Thanks in advance
Hello Sara! The ribbon is called hug snug Sean binding ribbon. You can find it online and it is colored using distress spray stain. Here is a link to my tutorial sharing how I create it! Thanks so much! ♥️
Jenny B. says
Your makes are always beautiful and your creativity is stunning. How do you get your chipboard to cut with the thin cuts? I’ve been working on a colorize piece and ended up gluing 4-5 layers of individual cut cardstock pieces for stability, so a lot of die cutting and gluing. Is there a certain chipboard and cutting machine sandwich you use to get a good cut? I’m worried about breaking my machine and the chipboard not cutting completely with thin cuts.
Hello Jenny! Thanks so much! ♥️ The chipboard I use to cut with my thinlets is a lightweight chipboard. I’m not sure of the weight of it, but it is recycled from backs of notebooks and paper pads. Sometimes I do glue a few together to create more stability too. Hope that helps.
Jenny B. says
Is there a certain “sandwich” and/ or machine to get a good cut? I’m worried about breaking my machine. I have an old Sizzix manual hand crank and the new Sizzix electronic machine. Thanks!
I use a Sizzix Foldaway machine and just cut it with a sandwich like I do normally for thinlets. I’ve never had a problem. 🙂 But again, I use lightweight chipboard, and if I need layers of it, I cut them individually.
Kathleen T. says
This is amazing & so STUNNING!! Your details are so over the top – I’m in awe.
With your fantastic step by step I’m going to attempt this, fingers crossed. And I also have that
same crimper, so yay!
Erica H says
This is fabulous!! I used to love constructing out of chipboard and made a various holiday displays years ago. These die cuts make the job so much easier! I LOVE the gold embossing. Makes it really look like a vintage Valentine. Looking forward to part 2!
Jan Francis says
Simply…A M A Z I N G !
Michelle Mead says
Absolutely stunning project! Your creativity is so inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing! I am definitely going to give this a go!
I just love this project. Thanks for sharing your awesome makes with us!!!
Paula Vescovo says
Amazing make! I love it.
Genius make Stacy. Lovely to see all the process and close up photos. I love inta but you cant beat a blog! Thanks for all you share on yours. xox