Hex Ribbon Box – a Pinspired Project

Welcome back to my creative spot!

One of my downline, Anita, pinned instructions for a hexagon ribbon organizer box that was just too cool to pass by.  You been there, right?  Saw a craft project that you just had to make NOW.  That’s pretty much how this happened.

I decided that this would be the perfect thank you gift for the hostess of a Stampin’ Up party this month (without the ribbon, though).  Turns out – I was right.  The party got delayed until the end of the month and I wouldn’t normally post a gift on the blog until after it’s been gifted, but she was over the other day and saw it.  She spied it sitting on a shelf and grabbed it up, asking me about it.  I fessed up that it was her hostess thank you gift for her party and she was delighted.  It’ll make her happy twice – once now and once when she receives it. :)

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The original pattern for this used the Petite Pocket Bigz XL die, but because it’s retired now and I can’t use it for my Stampin’ Up parties or classes, I wanted to modify the box design to eliminate the use of the die.  I measured the pieces from the die and cut cardstock to a similar dimension – 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ plus the side and end flaps.  I used 6 panels in total adhered together with Mono Multi glue, leaving the front flap open so that ribbon rolls can be placed inside.

The ends were covered with cardstock cut using the Circles and Floral Frames framelit collections.  Then to dress them up a little bit, I added a small button with linen thread tied in a bow.

Since the top was so plain, I added a big fancy bow which was cut using the new Gift Bow Bigz XL die and a coordinating pattern from the same Designer Series Paper pack as the panels on the box itself.

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I think the next one I do I’ll make a little differently.  Mostly likely using only 2 or 3 panels, scored and adhered together.  It’ll be less cutting and gluing with more efficient use of cardstock.  Sheesh – does this sound like my years working in the automotive field coming through?

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this project. If you did, please feel free to share it!

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New Blog Look – How It’s Done

Hi!  Welcome to Under the Inkfluence!

I don’t often say anything when I update the look of my blog, which I do a few times a year or so.  I was thinking about that today and decided that I was doing my readers a disservice.  My blog designs are as much a shareable project as anything else I post about and it hit me today that you might be interested in what I use to make them.

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I use Stampin’ Up’s digital paper crafting software, My Digital Studio, along with Stampin’ Up’s digital download elements to create my blog graphics.  Yes – you can do more with My Digital Studio than scrapbook pages and cards!  it’s a fantastic program and the latest version includes some nifty tools that let you do things like place text on a curve, change colors of embellishments, and use multiple colors on digital stamps.

For this blog header, I wanted to make a banner.  I started out with a couple banner-shaped punches.  Actually, I guess they’re tag-shaped punches because they come from the Tags for All Designer Template kit.  I filled the punches with patterns from the Eastern Elegance Designer Series paper kit.  The yellow pattern is the same one I used for the blog background.  I gave each flag a drop shadow to give the illusion of 3 dimensions and making them stand out from the Smoky Slate background.

Banner Flags

The rosettes on the banner flags are from the Designer Rosettes digital download.  Since the rosettes only come in 5 different colors, not the color that I wanted, I used the Recolor tool from the Design Center menu to change a Crumb Cake rosette to Calypso Coral, then copied it to each of the flags.  The Recolor tool is so easy – simply click on the embellishment, then click the Recolor tool icon, then select the new color. Honestly… that’s all it takes.  The only thing that seemed less than intuitive to me is that most of the time it’s best to start with a darker original color.  I find that in general, that gives me the best results.

The string that the flags are “hanging” from is simply a Starter line that I changed to a curve and adjusted until it fit the curve of my banner flags.  I changed the color of the string to white and moved it behind the flags, then added a couple of Baker’s Twine bows to the ends of the banner.  Once again, there was no Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine so I used the Recolor tool to change the bow from Baja Breeze to Calypso Coral.  Love how MDS is smart enough to keep the white and only change the colored areas of the bow.  Similar thing on the rosettes – the shadows/darker areas are retained after recoloring so you don’t end up with a 1 dimensional image.

Baker's Twine Bow

Even placing text on a curve is easy to do.  I copied the line that I used for the banner string since I wanted my text to follow that same curve.  Then I created the “INKFLUENCE” text, set the font to FFF Tusj and the color to Burmuda Bay.  I adjusted the text size after I curved it so that it would fit all the way across the banner.  And the last magic step – select both the text and the line by selecting both objects with the Control key pressed.  Right-click and select “Attach to Shape” from the pop-up menu.  If you don’t want the curved line to show, just set the opacity to zero so that it’s completely transparent.  I know – it seems too easy to be true! :)

Text on a Curve

I copied the resulting curved text and used it to create the tag line underneath the banner, changing the font, text size, and color.  A note on fonts – My Digital Studio doesn’t come with any fonts.  It uses all the fonts that are installed on your computer.  I love fonts and have hundreds on my laptop.  Lots of free fonts are available on the internet – just Google “free fonts”.

The last thing I did was to finish the background.  I’d initially just put a swatch of Smoky Slate behind everything (love the gray with the Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, and Burmuda Bay color combination), but the more I worked on the header, the more blah I thought the background was.  To compensate, I added texture by using the digital stamp image “Basic Black Texture” (I’m not sure if this image comes with My Digital Studio or if it’s part of a digital download kit).  I placed it behind my Smoky Slate background, then set the Opacity of the Smoky Slate to 6o so that the texture stamp was colored a little darker than Smoky Slate.  I love the fabric look that gives without overwhelming anything else.

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I know that today’s post was pretty long and I thank you for sticking through the entire thing.  I hope you enjoyed a look at how I create my blog headers using My Digital Studio.  If you don’t already have it and would like to take it for a spin, you can download and use it for free using the free 30-day trial.  The full version of My Digital Studio is an incredible value at only $19.95 and Stampin’ Up! releases new digital downloads every Tuesday to add to the images already included in the software.

If you have any questions about My Digital Studio or want to share a tip, trick, or project that you’ve made feel free to post a comment here or use the contact form at the top of the page to send me a note!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Strawberries Galore (& a bow tutorial)

Hi!  Welcome to my creative spot!

I have regularly scheduled classes each month and I try very hard to come up with projects that my wonderful stamping friends will love.  For this month’s 3rd Saturday class I was having a hard time coming up with even 1 project, much less the 3 that I wanted to have.  So much so that on the Thursday evening before class I still had no idea what we’d be making!

Well, it was Pinterest to the rescue!  I found an adorable fabric berry basket pinned on Pinterest that evening.  That was all the inspiration I needed to finally get me going.   From that, I came up with this coordinating suite of projects – a berry box with strawberry treat boxes and a matching 3″x3″ card with coordinating envelope.

The card was made with a Whisper White top layer on a Pear Pizzazz cardstock base.  The gingham ring on this sample was stamped with Island Indigo ink using the Kind and Cozy stamp set.  In class we stamped it to match the berries and the bow with Melon Mambo ink.  Also used on the card and the envelope was Gingham Garden DSP, Chalk Talk and Envelope Liner framelit dies, Gingham Garden washi tape, A Round Array stamp set, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, and Melon Mambo inks.

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The berry box was pretty easy to make.  I started with an 8″ x 8″ square of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and scored it at 2 1/2″ on all 4 sides.  I cut each of the corners out, angling in about an 1/8th of an inch so there would be gaps at the corners after the box was assembled.  Each of the side panels was embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder (I think it would look awesome embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder, too) .  The rim around the top was made using 4″ x 1″ pieces of Crumbcake cardstock, scored down the center and folded over the top edge of each side, then adhered together in the corners by inserting the end of one into the end of the other.  I wrapped the yellow gingham pattern from the Gingham Garden washi tape over that to give a finished look.

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The strawberry treat boxes were made out of Melon Mambo DSP and were cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  There are patterns out there that can be printed and then hand cut, but I couldn’t see torturing my stamping friends with that!  I sized the pattern so that I got 6 berries from a 12″ x 12″ sheet of DSP and 15 – 18 sets of leaves from an 8 1/5″ x 11″ sheet of Old Olive cardstock.  They were secured shut with Old Olive Taffet Ribbon.  The berries are the perfect size to hold some jelly beans, 2 or 3 Kisses, or other small treat or gift.

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The bow on the box was so easy to make and is such a neat trick!  Hard to believe, but it’s made from 4 pieces of Gingham Garden DSP punched with the Large Oval punch.  I know there are other tutorials out there, but here are quick directions in both text and graphic….

Using the Large Oval punch, punch 4 ovals from patterned paper.  Cut a 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ strip of the same patterned paper.  Using 1 of the ovals, curl the paper slightly, then adhere one  small end of the oval to the other small end.  Using the other 2 ovals, snip off not quite half of each using either a small square, Full Heart, or a Hexagon punch – this makes the tails of the bow.  Adhere one of the looped ovals onto one of the tails – small end to small end.  Then adhere both of those together in a bow shape.  Wrap the 1/4″ wide strip around the center of the bow to hide the glued ends and glue in place.  That’s pretty much it!  The size of this bow is perfect for a card or in this case, a paper berry basket.

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Thanks for stopping by – hope you enjoyed this fruity project!

Nicole

 

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