How to make a Gift Box and paper bow...

Supplies List

Spotted paper like the Dovecraft Bright Spark Collection
White and blue cardstock
Border punch or punch system

  1. Cut a square of white card 20 x 20 cm.  Then score at 6cm on all four sides.
  2. Now at each corner square cut along one of the score lines to where the two folds cross, creating a flap.
  3. Apply glue or tape to the reverse of each corner flap.  Then fold up to form the box base.
  4. Now cut a second square of white card 20.2 cm x 20.2 cm and repeat the steps above to form the box lid. But before adding glue to the flaps cover all 5 panels with yellow spotted paper.
  5. Punch 2 border strips 20 cm long and glue across both sides of the box lid
  6. To make the gift bow

Punch 3 edger strips 20cm in length and 1 strip 10cm long.

Take each of the 20 cm strips, hold in the centre and twist the end creating a loop and secure with glue.

Twist the opposite end in to the centre and secure with glue

Now layer the 3 double loops, adding glue to each layer and finish with the 10 cm loop in the centre.

To create my border strips I used the Woodware Crafty Edger (no longer available), alternatively you could use the Fiskars Advantedge Punch System, a double edged border punch like the Martha Stewart Crafts Double Link Double Edge Punch or a decorative border strip die.

Next week's project is a bear hugs treat card

Geometric Birthday Card...

Supplies List

American Crafts Glitter paper pad 6 x 6"
Stick it die cut adhesive handy sheet
Paper Smooches Birthday Words Die - unavailable but this is a similar one
Square 2" craft punch
Corner Rounder Punch or Corner Chomper

  1. Cover a 15 cm square card blank with brown card
  2. Cut a panel of white card to 14 x 14 cm, round the corners with a punch and stick to the centre of the card front.
  3. Die cut the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from black card, cut around the remaining card and place on the card front.
  4. Make 6 different coloured triangles from glitter paper and stick them around the sentiment as shown.

To make the triangles stick the glitter paper to a double-sided sticky sheet before cutting out a 2" square using a craft punch, then cut the square in half making two triangles.

Next week's make will be this gift box and paper bow.

Easel Card Vintage Style...

Featured in Issue 99 of PaperCrafter
Supplies List

Bo Bunny Soiree 12" x 12” Paper Collection
Bo Bunny Soiree  Sticker Sheet
Ivory cardstock
A6 Ivory card blank
Corrugated Card
Ink pads:  Grey
Hampton Art Sentiment Stamps

  1. Take an A6 (10.5 x 14.8 cm) tent fold card blank and fold the front panel in half.  Now adhere the ‘antique chair’ paper panel to a 10.5 x 14.8cm piece of card and add a stamped greeting and a border sticker near the top edge.
  2. Make three rolled paper flowers and secure them to the card panel together with 2 leaves cut from corrugated card. 
  3. Stick the panel to the bottom section of the folded front of the card blank.  
  4. Cover the inner panel with paper and glue a button/brad in the centre to support the easel.

See my tutorial to make these rolled paper flowers on this page
For more card inspiration using this paper collection check out my home sweet home card here .

Next week we'll be having fun with glitter card with this bright and funky 'scrap buster' card.