In the Craftroom 20th September – A Tonic Advent
We are back to a full house in the craft room this week so its back to the Christmas countdown plan
This week we are making a start on our Advent calendars as we will need these to start from 1st December.
I managed to get hold of one of the new Tonic “Advent Treat” box die sets when they were on Create and Craft.tv a little while ago. This set comes with the main box die and 2 sets of numbers. These little boxes would make lovely little favour boxes too. If you would like a set they have them on pre order at Samueltaylors.co.uk
The die will also fit any size Die cutting machine from Cuttlebug to Grand Calibur.
You can easily get 3 boxes from 1 piece of A4 card and we used card stock ranging from 200gsm to 300gsm with no problems. It really depends what you will be putting inside as to the sturdiness of the box.
If you want to emboss the card stock you are using, you can emboss the whole piece of card first then cut out the boxes – doing it this way you will loose a little of the embossed pattern definition when you put it back through to cut but it still looks ok,
or you can cut the boxes out first then emboss – this way you may loose your score lines but we found that you could quickly put the card piece back in the die and run it back though the machine with the rubber embossing mat to get your creases back.
Once you have cut a few box shapes out you can ink them up, stamp on them etc BEFORE assembly
To assemble the boxes, we found it easier to stick the long side edge first and then the 2 short bottom pieces. If you are wanting ribbon or string hangers you can hold in place when you are sticking the long side flap which could be a bit fiddly, or the way I found easier was after sticking the long side take a pokey tool and poke a little hole in the top through from the inside of the box then take your ribbon/string loop and poke that through, again from the inside, just enough so you can pull the rest through from the outside. Just remember to put a knot in it first.
Once you have stuck the 2 bottom pieces in place you will see that you are left with a slit down the middle. This is so that you can pop in your sweets or other little gifts. Just squeeze at the corners to open
Once you have made a couple you soon get the hang of them
and they look good using all sorts of different card stock and themes, I think you may be able to tell that I am going for a white and gold look.
The rest of the group have all gone for different themes too.
Jackie’s style is with some simple stamping and bold colours
Lisa has gone for more traditional colours with an embossed look
As you can see they still have a little way to go yet, 25 boxes and all to be decorated and numbered, which should keep them busy for a couple of weeks. so watch this space.
Next Saturday Eileen Godwin is in Scarborough for a workshop and most of us will be there, if I am not to busy/engrossed I will try and remember to take some pictures and I will definitely let you know how we get on.We will be playing with Brushos so cannot wait.