Yesterday we introduced the new challenge on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges Blog and I promised to show how I made my Faux Metallic Shaker Box. I used a fun technique to get the metallic look that I think you will enjoy.
Dies and Punches
Micro Glass Beads
When making a box you first need to determine the size you want. For the bottom of the box, you will add the size of the box to 2 times the height you want. For the top you will take the same box size, add 1/8”, and then add 2 times the height you want the lid.
For my box I used the following:
Bottom – 3 ¾” box + (1 ¾” sides x 2) = 7 1/4” square
Top – 3 ¾” box + 1/8” = 3 7/8” + (¾” sides x 2) = 4 5/8” square
Take each piece and score it on each side using the side measurement. I scored 1 ¾” from the edges on all four sides of the bottom and ¾” from the edge on all four sides of the top. Fold on the scored lines.
Cut on the score lines on two opposite sides up to the first vertical score line for both pieces.
They should look like this.
Now for the fun technique. You will fold in all the sides and flaps so that only the side section you are working on will show. Use a scrap of cardstock to mask that section and add VersaMark ink.
Add embossing powder and heat set. Repeat this step 3-4 times until you have a nice thick coating. You will do this for every side section on the top and bottom pieces. On the top piece you will want to extend the embossing at least ½” onto the top section as these edges will show around the shaker window.
Working quickly, add ink to the feather image, heat one area at a time until the embossing becomes molten, and stamp into the molten EP firmly. Allow it to cool before removing the stamp gently. Repeat this, stamping feathers on all the sides of both the top and bottom pieces.
Add adhesive to the four corners of each piece and tape them to the inside to assemble the box. The actual box is now complete. (Note that I sponged a little ink on the side flaps on the inside of the box to make the inside look a little nicer).
You can add a punched border strip around the edges of the top, if you desire.
Now it is time to work on the “shaker window” for the top of the box. You can actually purchase shaker pouches but I have found that many of the products we buy come enclosed in dimensional plastic packaging that works great. That is what I used.
Using square dies, cut a window from a piece of cardstock slightly larger than the raised section of the plastic packaging. Use the next larger size square die to cut this into a frame and add a thick layer of embossing powder, using the same technique as the box. Adhere around the plastic packaging.
Punch around a 3 ¾” square of white cardstock and stamp with the image or sentiment you want in the window. Add this to the top of your box.
Run "Tear-ific" tape around all four sides of the framed plastic “window”, making sure add edges and corners are covered so no glass beads can leak out. Remove the protective layer on three sides and adhere to the top of the box. Tuck the end of the funnel under the open side and pour in the beads. Remove the funnel and the remaining protective layer and press edge down firmly to the box top.
This little box can be used as a decorative piece or as a great gift box. Have a wonderful week and come back next Tuesday for another technique!!
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