Grandparent's Day is this Sunday, so I created a little gift box to house a surprise for my mom - my kids' Grandma. I'm using Lockhart Stamp Company's Apples in Chintz Bowl.
Let's talk about omitting, and how to quickly cover a box!
Omitting - this is when you have a stamp but don't want the whole image - just part of it. I've seen techniques where you ink up the image, then take a cotton swab and remove ink from the undesired spots - as long as the rubber is really clean after swabbing it. But, by the time I get this done the ink on the rubber stamp where I do want it has dried! So here is the Scotch Tape method I use instead:
Clean your stamp really well. Then dry it out completely by pressing it on a clean piece of scrap paper over and over to remove any oils from your cleaning solvent. Next, place a piece of clear tape over the area you want to omit. Here I want to omit the word 'apples'.
Next, ink up the stamp, then remove the piece of clear tape. Put it right into your trash can cuz that ink stays wet and gets on your white shirts (long story...). My inked image is now ready to stamp, without the word 'apples'.
Image stamped onto white cardstock - word omitted - ready to color! The base is a Nestabilities Oval die.
I opted not to color the bowl. Takes too long. Instead, I stamped the image onto a scrap of Memory Box Hyacinth cardstock.
Colored the dots, flower centers and bowl rim with Ranger's white gel pen, then cut it out. Ranger's white gel pen makes creating perfect dots super easy.
To color the apples, I started with three shades of green marker: light, medium and dark, a brown for the stems, and BV31to shadow. I added a horizon with a Copic Multiliner, and started by coloring the stems brown, shadowing the image with BV31 (you can do this last if you like too) and the leaves with the darkest green.
Next I colored in all the apples using the lightest green marker, then used a white gel pen mark the highlight on each apple. Next, added in the medium green marker.
Added in just a hint of the darkest green marker.
Blending. Using the medium green marker swiped onto craft mat (or you can use a CD or anything plastic if you don't have a craft mat) and a blender pen, I blended all the greens in the apples together. I had not yet blended the two apples on the ground to show you comparison.
Adhere bowl cut out and mat onto a Nestablility Scallop Oval from Memory Box Hyacinth cardstock. Set aside. Let's make the box! (naked box shown)
Using Laura Ashley paper from EK Success, I cut a square to cover the box bottom and two strips 3/4" more than the height of the box.
(view: box bottom) Lined up the patterned paper strips with the lip of the box, allowing the overhang to extend toward the box bottom. Run adhesive along the edges of the box bottom, and neatly fold the edges of the paper in like you are wrapping a gift.
Cover box bottom with a square piece of patterned paper. Let's work on the lid!
Using the same procedure as covering the box bottom, adhere strips of patterned paper to the lid sides. Keep the patterned paper edges flush with the box lid scallops, and allow about a 3/4" overhang toward the box lid top.
Just like with the box bottom, apply adhesive to the edges of the lid top and fold patterned paper overhang in neatly, like you are wrapping a gift, then add a square of pattened paper to cover the box lid top.
To trim the scallops, you are gonna laugh at how easy it is! Working over your apron or trash can, use an emery file (Wal-Mart - $0.89 for 12) and file away the paper around the box lid scallops. It's best (so not to tear the paper) to sand in one direction only - away from you.
Add a dot of white, clear-drying glue behind each scallop, using a baby wipe to clean your fingers after pressing the excess glue out.
Please note: Covering a box this way works well for thin, single sided patterned papers, and not so well for cardstock quality patterned paper. If you must use the thicker, cardstock quality paper, try covering each side of the box individually versus wrapping the paper.
Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share this altered box gift idea!
supplies: Lockhart Stamp Company - their entire line plus new images!, white gel pen, Copic markers including their Multiliner selection, Memory Box cardstocks and patterned papers - Ellen Hutson
ribbon, craft mat, white gel pen - StarLitStudio