Thursday, 19 November 2015

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas....

This week I have been playing with the Tiny Treat boxes that have been sitting on my craft desk for weeks. I absolutely love these adorable little boxes, and used them last year to make an advent calendar. This year I wanted to do something slightly different.

I love all the beautiful Nordic Christmas decorations you see at Christmas markets, so decided to use them as my inspiration. I had lots of Winter Wonderland Vellum leftover, and also lots of Sleigh Ride cut outs I had saved when experimenting with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits to make cards.  I hate waste, and the materials aren't cheap so, I gathered as much as I could, trimmed them down to 2" to fit the boxes and then started to play around. 

I had in my mind a tiny "lantern" effect. I thought the vellum with the cute cut outs of houses, trees and sleigh with horse would look beautiful with a warm light behind. 

I used the 1 3/4" circle framelit to cut out a tiny window on one side of the box. I then stuck a 2" x 2" square of vellum to the inside of the box. Once that was in place, I chose a sleigh ride image and used the circle framelit again to trim it down so it would fit in the little circular window. I unfolded the box so it was flat, made sure the glue from sticking the vellum was dry, and then stuck the image to the front of the vellum. I soon realised that the sleigh with horse cut out wasn't going to fit inside the circle, and so decided to simple stick it to the outside.  

Once I was happy with the tiny window effect, I set about decorating the box. I predominantly used white and gold card, as that was my theme, and so cut the pieces down to 2" x 2" and then ran one of the squares through the big shot with the circle framelit, this was for the front of the box with the tiny window. The other squares around the box were simply stuck on. 

I added a bit more vellum to some boxes for that extra bit of Christmas magic (the tree box above had double gold snow falling vellum in behind and in front of the box). Top tip: when glueing vellum, always add the glue to the card first, wipe with your finger so you don't have "blobs" of glue, leave it for 20-30 seconds and then stick the vellum. That way you don't get any unsightly blobs of glue outlines through the vellum! 

I finished the boxes with gold metallic thread wrapped around the lid. That way you can get in and out of the boxes easily, to put an LED candle in, or even tiny treats if you're giving them as a Christmas stocking filler. Or you can stack them in Tag a Bag Gift Boxes like in the image below.

I got some cute gold glitter flickering LED candles from our local £1 shop, and had all my boxes lit up on the shelf the other night. As the song goes, "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". 

Why not have a go yourself? Don't have all the materials and equipment? Go to my online shop and get all you need to make these. Supplies are listed below and link to my Stampin' Up shop is on the right.  Use Hostess Code EE6YCCKA and receive a free gift with any order over £45.

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