Make a Holiday Gift Box Using Vertigo Translucent Sheets

By Neva Cole –

Vertigo is a beautiful translucent material to use in creating projects, in today’s tutorial, I am sharing tips and hints to make your project shine!  The perfect ink for this box is StazOn,  as it is the only ink that will dry on Vertigo and other plastics. 

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1 hour

Directions:

Step1:

Vertigo can be cut with scissors OR with a simple die.  Complex dies do not work well with most plastics, Vertigo included.
This particular box needed 8.5” by 5” section of Vertigo, 12” x 12” sheets can be purchased directly from Imagine Crafts website.  Recycled packaging may be substituted for Vertigo, however the results will not have the stunning effect the the patterns that Vertigo provides. The Pebbles pattern of Vertigo was used for my box.

Step 2:

Place a few drops ink from StazOn Blazing Red inker on a plastic surface to use as a palette. 
On the INSIDE  of the box use a cotton swab to color each of the pebbles from the center out. 
A little goes a long way with the translucent colors. 

Step 3:

Metallic StazOn ink is slightly less translucent than the other colors. 
To capture more shimmer, apply a drop or two of StazOn Metallic Gold on the INSIDE of the box
and move the ink with a cotton swab to color around the pebbles.

Step 4:

Continue to add StazOn Metallic Gold ink to cover the remaining areas of the inside of the box. 
Set aside to dry, as the Metallic ink is a bit thicker and takes a longer to dry. 

Step 5:

Using StazOn Jet Black, stamp the “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the OUTSIDE of the box.
This keeps the interior of the box ink from lifting and to have the correct orientation. 

Step 6:

Tear It! tape is perfect to hold the bottom of this gift box together. 
Assemble box and determine the best placement for the Tear It! tape. 
Unfold box and add Tear It! tape, my project called for five sections to hold the box in shape.

Remove Tear It! Tape liner and assemble gift box. 

Decorate with matching ribbon and fibers to close the top and keep your gift secure.

Art Supplies

Imagine:

Vertigo–Pebbles 12” x 12” sheet

StazOn Inkers–Blazing Red and Metallic Gold

StazOn Jet Black

 Tear It! Tape

Other:

Bakery Gift box die–Lifestyle Crafts

Cotton Swabs 

Sentiment–Christmas Blessings Taylored Expressions

Misc:  Gold Ric Rac and red fibers

DIY Wedding Favor Gift Boxes

by Nadine Carlier

DIY Wedding Favor Gift Boxes with silver embossing

Sometimes you want to leave your guests a little something as a thank you for attending your wedding. These DIY wedding favor gift boxes are super easy to make. They can be made in many different sizes and colors to fit your style and needs. They would also be great for party favors for a baby shower too.
Watch my video below for details on how to make these cute little boxes.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 10 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Faux Bois means false wood and is commonly employed to make something that’s not wood (or something made of a lesser quality wood) look more high-class. I decided to see if I could achieve a similar effect by layering carefully placed stamps and mediums onto cardstock. The result was a pretty good imitation of a lacquered trinket box—perfect for gift giving or miniature applications!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Craft paper
  • Sizzix – Gift Box die
  • Die cut machine
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool
  • Woodgrain stencil
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450 adhesive
  • Purse findings

Create a Dragon Necklace & Matching Fairy Gift Box

purple dragon necklace

Ink Blended Dragon Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

The mystical and powerful energy of a dragon is difficult to refute. Perhaps that is why we have always been so attracted to movies and shows with fire breathing dragons as a major feature—much like today’s current obsession for many, HBO’s Game of Thrones. What better way to boost your style and personal mojo than with a handmade dragon necklace.

Using StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple with sponge daubers, I blended these two ink colors on a SHEET Metal ATC, creating a cloudy sunset effect on the metallic background. StazOn is a solvent ink and will stay on the metal once dry. After it is dry, divide the  ATC into 3 pieces of large, medium and small lengths with all corners being round punched and sanded. Next decorate the pieces with the dragon & branch stamp by stamping with VersaMark, coating with black embossing powder and heat set. I also did a second layer of stamping and embossing with silver. After the inking and stamping are complete, add a layer of GlazOn for an extra layer of protection for the art.

Finish the necklace by attaching the pieces together in a cascading order from large to small. Punch holes to attach all the pieces together with jump rings. Your dragon spirit will show well!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Artemio – Oriental Elements stamp
  • Silver beads
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry cord
  • Pliers
  • Round corner punch
  • Piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Heat gun

mystical fairy decor box gate

Behind the Fairy Gate Decoupaged Treasure Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you build a special spot for them in your garden or look for them in a ring of toadstools, fairies are elusive creatures that have fascinated children and adults for ages. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to get a visit from a fairy, you’ll need a place to store any gifts she might leave behind. This tissue-decoupaged box is embellished with a fairy-sized gate and greenery to look like a nighttime garden that is sure to attract some sort of magic.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Papier Mache box
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint brush
  • Darice – heat tool
  • Studio Calico – Greenhouse stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Faux Greenery
  • Awl
  • Wire cutters
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Fairy Charm

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