Today I want to share this fabulous star shaped box made with the Stampin' Up! Stars Framelits and matching 'Bright & Beautiful' stamp set. Stampin' Up! have produced a video showing you the basic process, which you can watch below. Their project shows how to make a 3D star box that you cannot open after it is constructed. This is perfect for decor items (they definitely aren't just for Christmas) or as decorations to hang on your Christmas tree. However, as soon as I saw this video I wanted to make one with a removable lid so that you could put treats or a gift inside without having to destroy the box to get to the contents. This is how my finished star box looks.
I always make my prototype 3D projects in Crumb Cake card stock, but as this turned out pretty well, I decided to add some embellishment. I have white embossed the largest of the 'Bright & Beautiful' star images which adds some pop to the Crumb Cake and Real Red combo. I've added some bling with the smallest of the Stars Framelits used to cut the centre star from Silver foil and the Itty Bitty Accents punch cutting the smallest star from Silver Glimmer paper. It matches the shape of the Stars Framelits perfectly. This next photo shows the lid removed.
I recommend that you watch the Stampin' Up! video first, so that you understand the basic process and then hopefully my tips and comments below will make more sense.
For my star box, I used the largest of the Stars Framelits as I wanted a box that would be sufficiently large to hold treats (eg Lindt balls, homemade rum balls etc) or other gifts. Using the video as a basis, here are my recommendations/measurements.
1. Use heavyweight card stock for your box. Whisper White and Very Vanilla would not produce a sturdy box. The 'Under the Tree' Specialty Designer Series Paper would be suitable as it is card stock weight and has the advantage of having kraft or coloured designs if you wanted to minimise the embellishment.
2. As you are adding the side strips to the star shape, I found 2 star shapes glued together first gave a sturdier base for this process. I did this for the top and bottom of the box.
3. The measurement of the arms on the large star is 1 11/16", which is not a very friendly measurement to work with. I scored the side strips at 1 3/4" and found this worked well, as you lose a tiny bit when you score anyway.
4. I used Tombow Multi Liquid glue instead of sticky strip. It gives you a bit of wriggle room to manoeuvre the points into place. However, if you do use liquid glue, make sure the point is set before going onto the next one, as you may find it will move out of place.
5. For the side strips for the TOP of the box - cut 2 strips from the full length of A4 or 12 x 12 card stock 1 & 1/8" wide. With the short edge at the top of your scoring tool, score at 3/8" down the full length of each strip. With the long side at the top score every 1 3/4". You will find that the last piece of your strip is less than 1 & 3/4", so cut it off at the last score line. These measurements give your lid a finished depth of 3/4". You will need to join the strips as per the process shown in the video.
6. For the side strips for the BOTTOMof the box - cut 2 strips from the full length of A4 or 12 x 12 card stock 1 & 7/8" wide. With the short edge at the top of your scoring tool, score at 3/8" down the full length of each strip. With the long side at the top score every 1 & 3/4". You will find that the last piece of your scored strip is less than 1 & 3/4", so cut it off at the last score line. These measurements give your base a finished depth of 1 & 1/2". You will need to join the strips as per the process shown in the video.
7. In the video you see the side strips being stuck to the underside of the star shape. Use this process for the base of the box, so that you have a completely smooth underside that will be seen. Cut another star shape and adhere it to the inside of the base, to cover the tabs (you can see I used Real Red, as a contrast to the Crumb Cake). You may need to trim the inside angles a little bit for it to fit.
8. To achieve a neatly fitting lid to the box, I adhered the tabs of the side strips onto the top side of the star shape. By bringing the card stock over the top edge of the star shape, it is automatically going to be a tiny bit bigger, allowing it to fit over the base without a problem, but not enough to be sloppy. This leaves the inside lid of your box with a lovely smooth finish (as per the base), but you will need to add a finishing layer to the outside of the lid to cover the tabs. This gives you the opportunity to decorate the top with a contrasting colour card stock or to use the gorgeous 'Bright & Beautiful' stamp set as I have done.
Well, I hope this remotely makes sense, but drop me an email if you have any questions.
|Stamps||Bright & Beautiful|
|Card stock & Papers||Crumb Cake, Real Red, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer paper|
|Accessories||Basic Rhinestones, Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon|
|Tools||Stars Framelits, Big Shot, Simply Scored Board, Tombow Multi liquid glue, Itty Bitty Accents Star punch|
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