Boxes and Drawers

Hello my fellow crafters.  This week my mojo for card making got lost somewhere watching reruns on TV and praying for something new. So I decided to attend YouTube University for new ideas or techniques and I saw folks making some lovely boxes, easel cards with drawers and all kinds of stuff.  Altered art and textured background...I tell you there was lots to learn.

So I decided to start with a tutorial I saw and thought was relatively easy.  The only thing is I have gotten into the mindset that boxes, drawers and stuff like that should be structured from chipboard or something of similar strength, but definitely not straight from cardstock.  I think this comes from making too many mini albums (thanks Kathy, Jim, Claire, Ginger, and the list goes on and on).

But nonetheless I thought if I made these cute little gift boxes I would figure out how to transform the concept to one that would be great with chipboard, but until I do here is what I have to share.

Two delightful tea light holders made from card stock. From the tutorial if you use the standard tealight you can actually get 12 inside these boxes but I guess I didn't get the standard ones because I could only fit 5 of my tealights...which is plenty as a small gift or stocking stuffer.

Sorry about the lighting but I lost a bulb and don't have a replacement on hand.  Anyway the colors are: left one: black, cream and green and the right one: red/black/cream.  I tried to match the tealight with the mat.

I used my oval nestabilities to create the window, and I had to use a piece of acetate although leaving the window opened allowed the scent to come through. I used Prima Stationer's Desk paper for both boxes.

Here are the two boxes open to show the five tea lights...maybe I'll use the smaller ones next time so I can fit 12 inside.  The tutorial doesn't ask you to mat the inside but I think it gives the box a nicer and cleaner look and since it is all card stock it helps keep the structure from being compromised.

One not attempt to mat your top and then cut the window..too thick unless you're using really thin paper.  Additionally, I had to use a craft knife to add the little thumb notch because again it was to thick for my punch.  I learned a lot of little don'ts doing this project.

Below is the basic template for constructing these little boxes. .

You can find the tutorial here and the video below.

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by and if you could take a minute to leave a comment I would be really pleased.

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vinita jain said...

Wow, what a treasure gift box!!! Gorgeous creation as always.
Thanks for the lovely tutorial and the tip!!!

Maxine D said...

Beautiful boxes Lesia - love that idea and may have to have a go myself - thanks for the inspiration.

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

wow hun awesome job really lovely gifts hugs Judith x

Papercrafting Princess said...

Oh wow they are lovely and will make such nice gifts!!! Thanks for sharing! I'm putting that on my Craft To Do list.

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice - great job as always tfs!!!

Faith A said...

Another great idea and beautifully executed. (don't mean killed - I mean work LOL)

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