Saturday, May 14, 2011


Top Note Gift Box Tutorial

Today I'm sharing with you the tutorial for the Top Note Gift Box that I made for my Mom's Mother's Day gift. I hope you like it! Click HERE to see the one I made for her.

For this box you will need: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Paper Snips, Ribbon, 1 sheet of cardstock (Baja Breeze in this case), Marker coordinating with the DSP color, Two patterns of DSP, Sticky Strip, Large Buttons, cardboard. For the cardboard I just used the cardboard that comes in the package of DSP.

1. Cut two pieces of cardboard 4" x 5" and cut four pieces of DSP 4" x 5".

2. Adhere one piece of DSP to each side of both of the cardboard pieces.

3. Run each cardboard piece through the Big Shot with the Top Note die.

4. Color the edge of each top note with the coordinating marker. This makes the cardboard edge blend in with your DSP.

5. Cut a piece of cardstock 6 1/2" x 8". On the long side score at 2 1/2", 4", and 6 1/2".

6. On the short side score at 1 1/2" and 5". Please disregard the actual score line at 1". That was my mistake. It really does need to be at 1 1/2".

7. Cut on the score lines and remove the pieces as shown.

8. Fold on all of the score lines. Cut two pieces of DSP at 1 1/4" x 3 1/4" and adhere to the longer sides. Cut two pieces of DSP at 1 1/4" x 2 1/4" and adhere to the shorter sides. Cut two pieces of DSP 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and adhere to the center and to the extended flap. I forgot to add the other largest piece of DSP on the extending flap. You can do it later, but it's easier to add it now.

9. Add sticky strip in the locations shown. Then remove the liner and fold the flaps in one at a time. The seam of your flaps will be on the outside of the box. 

10. Now your box will look like this, except it will have DSP on the top flap already.

11. Now flip your box over and add sticky strip as shown to the bottom and the top of the box.

12. Remove the liner from the sticky strip on the bottom of your box and carefully place it in the center of one of your top note.

13. Remove the liner from the sticky strip on the top of the box and carefully adhere the top note to your box.

14. For the sides cut two pieces of Whisper White 1 1/4" x 3 1/4" and two pieces of DSP 1 1/8" x 3 1/8". Adhere the DSP to the Whipser White and then adhere this to the long sides of the box. Cut two more pieces of Whisper White 1 1/4" x 2 1/4" and two pieces of DSP 1 1/8" x 2 1/8". Adhere the DSP to the Whisper White and then adhere this to the short sides of the box.

15. Add your ribbon around the box and tie it into a bow and trim the ends. I used a little bit of Snail Adhesive to stick the ribbon to the back and sides of the box so it would stay centered and then tied the bow.

16. For the big butterfly you will need: Beautiful Butterflies Die, Big Shot, Stazon ink, Stamp Set (Elements of Style), Markers (Optional, I used Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzaz, and Old Olive), Basic Pearls Jewel Accents, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Plastic Wrap, Container, Baja Breeze cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Vellum, Sticky Strip, inks for sponging (I used Crumb Cake and Early Espresso), paper towel.

17. Cut a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, and Vellum 3 1/2" x 5". Score each one at 2 1/2". Fold on the score line and stack the folded cardstock together with the vellum in the middle. Place your cardstock onto your Beautiful Butterflies die and run it through the Big Shot. Set aside the colored cardstock and the vellum.

18. Stamp the desired image onto the Whisper White butterfly in Stazon ink and color in as desired.

19. Shake up your Frost White Shimmer Paint and add one drop into the bottom of a container or on a paper plate.

20. Dab your balled up plastic wrap into the shimmer paint to pick up the paint.

21. Dab the paint all over your butterfly.

Now your butterfly will look like this.

22. After the shimmer paint has dried (which only takes a minute or two) sponge the desired color all over the butterfly. Here is used Crumb Cake. After your finished sponging wipe the ink off the shimmer paint with a paper towel.

23. I added some Early Espresso sponging around the edges of the butterfly. Use a small piece of sticky strip in the center of the butterfly to adhere the Vellum to the Baja Breeze butterfly, then use another small piece of sticky strip to adhere your stamped butterfly to the Vellum. Curl the wings of the butterfly by rolling them around a marker or using your bone folder. Add some pearls to the center to create the butterfly body. 

22. Add sticky strip to the back of the butterfly to adhere it to the top of your box.

I also stamped the butterfly from Thanks for Caring in Baja Breeze ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, then stamped the greeting in Basic Black ink and punched out the greeting with the Decorative Label punch. This I adhered to the top of the box with some glue stick.

Here is the finished outside of the box.

And the inside. If you folded your score lines good enough you will have no problem keeping the lid shut. If the lid does not want to stay closed all of the way add some ribbon to a button and adhere the button to the inside of the box lid with some sticky strip. This is just enough weight to keep the lid of the box closed. It also makes it look prettier on the inside.