I've made plenty of boxes with the Fancy Favor XL Die before, but I'd never tried the Double Fancy Favor Box, so I thought I'd give it a go! Plus, I thought it would make a fabulous project for my Stamp Club event this Friday night!
With the fantastic striped and checked patterns of the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, this is the perfect project idea for Halloween treats! Or, should I say Toxic Treats!
I love the versatility of this style of box, enabling you to add a little or a lot of goodies! Both of the Two Cool boxes shown above are made the same way...one looks tall than the other, because the lid is not pushed down as far.
The bag is created with two Fancy Favor die-cuts—one as the bottom and one as the lid! The bottom is assembled the traditional way. The lid of the box is made by cutting the bottom flaps off of the Fancy Favor die-cut, adhering the sides like normal, then tying the top together with ribbon.
Faux Bow: I punched two holes in the top, then threaded the 1/2" Black Striped Satin Ribbon through the holes twice for a faux bow. Here's how: Thread each end of the ribbon into a hole starting at front of the project. Cross the ends, then thread each end back through the opposite hole. Pull tight and trim.
The front of my project is decorated with a label image from the Toxic Treats stamp set, stamped in Basic Black onto Very Vanilla, then die-cut with the matching Labels Collection Framelits.
I layered the image onto an Apothecary Accents Framelits die-cut in Tangerine Tango, and another Labels Collection die-cut in Black (cut in half and moved out to the edges). The accent is adhered to the lid of the box with Dimensionals.
You can barely see it on this box, but the Basic Grey bottom is texture embossed with the Stripes Impressions Folder.
You can see the embossing much better here. I used the Spider Web Impressions Folder on this one.
Tips For Texture Embossing The Fancy Favor Box
Texture embossing the Fancy Favor Box die-cut can be a little tricky. If you simply run the back and front panels of the box through the Big Shot like usual, you'll get unsightly texture overages on the sides like I did when I first tried the Spider Web Folder above. Not good!
So, to eliminate those extra textures, I created a shim that was the exact size of the box front and back: 3" x 3-1/2". I cut 7 pieces of the lightweight card board that is found in the Designer Series Paper packages, and adhered them together. This was the perfect thickness for my Big Shot machine, but yours may vary. Be sure to do a test run and add or take away layers as needed.
Use the shim in place of one of the cutting pads in your sandwich, and position it over the panel you want to emboss. The Big Shot only applies pressure to that part of the card stock that has the shim.
The sandwich I used was (from the bottom up):
- Multipurpose Platform opened to Tab 1.
- Impressions Folder with the card stock die-cut sandwiched inside.
- 7-Layer Shim positioned over the panel to be embossed.
- Cutting Pad (remember, you only use one!!!)
See how much better that looks!! Crisp and clean! Too Cool!
- Stamps—Toxic Treats
- Ink—Basic Black Classic Ink
- Paper—Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP; Basic Grey, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla card stock
- Accessories—1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels
- Tools—Fancy Favor Box XL Die, Extended Cutting Pads, Labels Collection Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stripes Impressions Folder (project #1), Spider Web Impressions Folder (project #2), Big Shot, 1/4" Hole Punch, lightweight card board from DSP pack, SNAIL, Dimensionals
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