Guess who's super excited? I am! I'm the guest designer in Top Tip Tuesday. So cool! Theme is Birthday Gifts, ie - gifts, wrapping/box/bag, or image of a gift. I decided to make something I've never done before - a little 7x7x7 box for all kind of sweet things... like chocolate candies :) I also got a super adorable digi image to play with. It's from one of the challenge sponsors - Meljens Designs and it is called Cupcake Mouse. There is one more sponsor - Stamp and Create.com. So you totally have to join in the challenge. You have two weeks to make your project.
Box base is made of one A4 sheet of watercolor paper. I like that this paper looks bit shabby and worn so I can aloud myself a little imperfections :o) I stamped the paper with Viva Decor Letters and Embellishments background stamp and Memento Pear Dart dye ink. I also inked all paper with same in, just to add some color (which you barely see on my photos). Edges of the box and all pieces are inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. On the lid you see some purple stripes. They are stamped with Folia Varioustamp Summerbreeze. For the ink I just used regular water base felt tip marker..
This cute Cupcake Mouse is colored with ProMarkers and so are the matting papers. I added some Glossy Accents on the frosting and some liquid pearls after it was tried. I have only white pearls, so I colored them over with marker :o) Design paper is from Prima Botanical collection (I think this is my favorite paper stack). On one side of the box is a little pocket for the tag. Other side of the tag is empty to write a personal message. Ribbon was originally light pink so I colored it with my marker to match with papers. To make a cupcake and frosting a bit more dimensional I printed two images and cuted one of them apart. I rolled them with stylus (a rounded tip of gel pen in my case) and popped them up with foam tape. I like to use a stylus before instead of just popping them up because it gives much nicer rounded look.
After all delicious goodies are eaten from the box you see a little surprise - another mouse is peeking out of the box. And you can say that you didn't eat all the candy up, it was this little chocolate-loving mouse :o)
That is it for me Today! I didn't had any new tips for you but shortly what I mentioned on this post: Use watercolor paper to get shabby look; Color your ribbon and (liquid) pearls with alcohol base markers; Color your own matting papers with markers; Make your cut out images you want to pop up a bit more dimensional with rubbing it from back side with stylus; If you don't have stylus, use a rounded tip pen. Oh, one more thing: clear plastic window is cut from embossing folder package :o)
Here is also an easy template to make this box (click on it to make it larger):
Papers: Heavy weight watercolor paper, white paper, Prima - Botanical
Stamps: Meljen's Designs - Cupcake Mouse, Viva Decor - Letters and Embellishments, Folia - Varioustamp Summerbreeze
Inks: Memento - Pear Dart, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vntage Photo, Printer, Water base felt markers
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilites - Standard Circles Larges and Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Nellie's Multi frames - Border 2
Embellishments: Ribbon from my stash (colored with Promarker - Plum), Stanger Pearl Paste (colored with ProMarker Leaf Green), Acetate (recycled from embossing folder package), Ranger - Glossy Accents, Green heart trinket from my stash, Green embroiding threde from my stash.
Sentiment: Computer generated
I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Card Makin Mamas - Something new
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Challenge 37 - Recycle something
Crafts 4 Eternity - Challenge 86 - Food for thoughts
Allsorts Challenge - Week 169 - It's a gift
Patties Creation's Challenge - Challenge 51 - Birthday
Thanks for looking!
Hugs & smiles,