Starting at the top along the 8.5" side of your white cardstock,
repeatedly stamp the Flourish House with the Vintage Photo stamp
pad. Make sure you stamp right against each previous stamped
image and you're stamping a straight line across. This can be
"fudged" a bit by trimming off a sliver if needed. (A stamp
positioner might be helpful here)
This is one pattern option with the two rows
of patterns masked and the bottom points stamped and becoming
the bottom of the box.
Stamp your next row (see Fig. a). Mask this row and stamp the
points of the house as shown.
Cut out the 6 house pattern created as one strip and keep the
little left over piece attached to join your strip later.
white lines are your score lines
Score along the length of your strip on the picot edge a little
below the point where the houses join - approx 1/5". (See Fig.
b) Fold each section, adhere the flap to the side of the first
house and trim any excess overlaps.
Note: if you score above the point where the houses
join, there will be open gaps. Scoring just below will give
you a large star, scoring below where the dot of the flourish
lands will give you a smaller star and a nicer top. See image
star shape for bottom of box. Inside line is your pencil line,
outside line is your cut line
Cut a 6 sided piece of cardstock to fit inside cover (see templates
Double check that it fits properly. Cover with Sookwang tape,
trim off excess tape. Keep release paper on and place inside
box, mark your star shape, then cut around the star (see Fig.
c) with an x-acto knife without cutting through your cardstock.
Remove the star release paper and sprinkle with gold embossing
powder. Heat set. Let cool then remove the rest of the release
paper and insert in to bottom of box, press down flaps to adhere.
The top is made with one row of stamped houses, cut out as
above. End flap adhered, 6 sided bottom cut out, bottom checked
for size, covered with Sookwang and trimmed. This is where it
changes a bit from the bottom of the box. Remove release paper
and put inside cover, adhering each of the flaps. Press down
well. Careful, don't get the star portion stuck to something...
Sprinkle star shape with glitter and burnish. Dust off any excess
To do the lip that keeps the cover on the box: cut
a strip of cardstock approx 1" h and 8.5"w. On this
box, I used a left over piece of stamped houses, but
on all my other boxes, I just used the white cardstock.
Score at the same vertical points as the bottom of the
box. Place a piece of 3/8" Sookwang tape right along
the edge (bottom portion of strip), remove a bit of
the release paper, and using the top edge of the tape
on the strip align with the top inside edge of the box.
Keep removing release paper and pressing it down till
you get to the overlap piece. Put a bit of glue on that
overlap piece and adhere. Trim if necessary.
PS It's better to make this strip snug rather than
loose or your top won't fit on properly.
Decorate with half pearls. Put a bit of the Glue pen
on the dots of the flourish add add some glitter. Let
dry, then brush off excess glitter. Punch a hole in
the center of the top of the box, adhere the string
for the tassel to the inside of the cover. I also covered
the string ends on the inside of the cover with a decorative
piece of cardstock.
Here is the brown box with some other variations. The box
on the extreme left is a 7 sided box. The other reddish one
is a 5 sided box, all the others are 6 sided. Variations also
happen with the number of rows of houses in the pattern. The
small blue box in front only has 1 row for the top and 1 row
for the bottom. If you look closely at all the boxes, you
can see various patterns created as well.
5 SIDED (Both the width across at the widest points, and
the height from the point to the flat edge is just shy of
6 SIDED (The width across at the widest points is 2.75",
and the height from flat edge to flat edge is 2 3/8")
7 SIDED (Both the width across at the widest points, and
the height from the point to the flat edge is 3")