Thursday, February 16, 2017

Heartfelt Creations - Flowering Dogwood Box

The flowering dogwood collection arrived recently and I was looking forward to trying it out. I used it on this box to create an elegant gift, even before adding the contents to the box.

Sadly, the shimmer of the papers I used did not show up as well as I'd hoped it would in these photos.

Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamp Set: HCPC - 3773
Flowering Dogwood Die: HCD1 - 7129
Flowering Dogwood and Doves Cling Stamp Set: HCPC - 3775
Flowering Dogwood and Doves Die: HCD1 - 7131
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: HCST1 - 401 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive: 159723
Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles: 352854

Other Materials
pop-dots: regular size and micro (the teeny-tiny ones!); cardstock: gold shimmer, brown, and marbleized white; vellum: gold and gold confetti; embossing heat tool; Colorbox Pigment Ink in Frost White; Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink in Galaxy Gold; Recollections Pearl Embossing Powder in Snow; Cricut; Sizzex Big Kick; paper cutter; scissors; and a MISTI

Watch this video to learn how to shape the flowering dogwood. For these particular vellum flowers, I found they looked best just using the flower shaping tool in the center to pop the petals up.

The box template is from the Cricut Design Space; search for Pentagonal Prism Box, #M934E1. If you like 3-D puzzles, this box will be fun! I was unable to find folding instructions but could assemble it based on the score lines. However, it might be frustrating for someone who doesn't like 3-D puzzles. In the Design Space, enlarge the template of the box so that the bottom is as large as will fit on a 12" by 12" piece of paper, with the lid enlarged proportionally. This will give you approximately the size of the box I used. My finished box measures 3" tall and each side of the five sides is about 3" wide. At its widest point, the box is 5".

Cut the box lid from the gold shimmer paper and the box bottom from the brown paper. With the box template in hand, measure the sides of the bottom of the box. Subtract about 1/8" from one side measurement and 1/4" from the other. Use the resulting size to cut five pieces of the confetti vellum, one for each of the five sides of the box. Glue these on with small dabs of glue only under the confetti pieces; this keeps the glue from showing through the vellum. Assemble the box and its lid as per the score lines.

From the Flowering Dogwood set, you will need two of each of the five sizes of dogwood blossom. Stamp these on the gold vellum with the Frost White ink. Add the embossing powder and use the heat tool to set. Die cut these out. From the Flowering Dogwood and Doves set, you need one of each dove and two hanging branches. Stamp the doves on the marbleized white paper with the gold ink; use the heat tool to set. Stamp the branch on the brown paper using the gold ink and on the gold vellum using the white ink. Heat set both of these and die cut all of these pieces with their matching dies.

Take the brown hanging branch and crop to the size of the box's side. Glue to the lip of the lid over one side of the box. Fussy cut the flowers from the gold vellum hanging branch and glue to their respective flowers on the brown branch. Save the extra gold vellum branch to use on the lid of the box. Place it partially under the tallest dove and glue both to the center of the box lid. This will give the look of the dove sitting on a flowering branch.

Use pop dots to adhere the remaining pieces to the box. The doves go on the panels adjacent to the hanging branch. Each needs a couple pop dots for the body and some micro pop dots for the tails. I used one of each size of flower on the two side panels remaining. The tiniest flower went on the lip of the lid, and the four larger flowers on the side panels. With the flowers, match the size of the pop dot to the center and use one pop dot for each flower center. I found this had the effect of removing some of the pop effect in the center of the flower that came from using the flower shaping tools. Gently press each of the flowers in the center with the tool once they are adhered. This will return them to their dimensional shape. Enjoy your completed box!

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