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Mon 22

Gifts Wrapped in Memory Box Style

On a recent trip to Portland (Maine) I took a detour to South Portland to the One Stop Party Shoppe.  I found some great white candy boxes in the perfect size (small) at $ .40 each that I thought I could use for holiday gifts. I seldom bake anything but I know where to buy the best holiday cookies, fudge and candies to tuck into these boxes!  My first thought was to stamp directly on the boxes, but I had done that in previous years. Could I paper the boxes?

I pulled out the 12X12 Memory Box papers I had left--Crystalline, Poinsettia Fields, and First Snowfall.  I found that I could easily trace the boxes onto the backs of the papers. Once I cut them out, I only needed some double-sided tape to attach the papers to the pre-scored boxes before folding them into shape. Three boxes done in no time!  The next step was to get out my Memory Box stamps and inks and choose coordinating images to stamp on plain white tissue paper for lining each box.

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For the Crystalline box (left), I used Ancient Page Aegean Blue to stamp both sizes of snowflakes from Sprinkles B1158 on the white tissue paper and on a plain white tag.  To the tag I added Fred P. Bear C1409 stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I colored his scarf with a blue marker and added a lighter blue shadow on one side.  I then edged the tag with Ancient Page Pine Green and sponged on more of the Aegean Blue before using a glue pen and white glitter for snow under the bear and in the center of each snowflake.  I wrapped a white satin ribbon around the box and tied on the tag before making the bow. 

I then made three more designs on plain white tissue paper using Ancient Page Pine Green Ink and these stamps:  Holly Sprig B1416; Pine Branch D1417; and Cedar Sprig D1415.  Any of these coordinate well to line the boxes I covered with the other two Memory Box papers.  (And I made more than I needed for this project, so I have tissue paper for use in white handled bags I will stamp and embellish later.)

The Poinsettia Fields box (center) was tied with a piece of white velvet ribbon.  The stamped and watercolored image is Scripted Holly Bird D1406.  I mounted it on two scraps from the 6X6 holiday collections and pop-dotted it on top of the ribbon.

For the First Snowfall box (right) I used a wide white grosgrain ribbon.  The attached ATC features a watercolored Poinsettia Outline D1396, accented with three small gold beads and a red/white gingham bow, double-mounted on more of the First Snowfall and Double Fudge papers.

I can see how I could easily reuse/recycle other boxes and gift bags using Memory Box papers and stamps to create unique packaging for this holiday season.  You can do this, too!

Happy Stamping!

Comments

Anne: Very clever. You make me want to hang out in my craft room more. Connie

These boxes are stunning! The boxes are the gift. -kk

These are darling! You've added your own artistic touch and made these boxes really special.

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