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1/12/12

Valentine's candy gift box!

Hi, everyone, Kelli here!  Today I have an m&m's gift box to share with you.  First, I'll tell you about the main image and then we will go to the tutorial pics!  I decided to make something that you'd give a guy on Valentine's Day.  My fiancé likes candy (don't we all, haha) so this will be perfect for him.  The little guy on the front is Edward from The Greeting Farm and he is stamped in Memento - Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored him using Copics: E29 and E27 for the darker hair and shoes and E25 and E23 for the few highlights.  E21 and E00 for the skin.  For his vest I used R29, R27 and R24 and for his shirt I used RV25 and RV23.  Last but not least, B34 and B32 for his pants.  I used a white gel pen to draw the little hearts onto his vest so he would have more of a Valentine's feel.  The brown patterned paper I used for the background is actually kinda fuzzy!  It is from the Prima - North Country Mulberry 6x6 Paper Pack.

The sentiment is from the Ultimate Sentiments II set by SP & Company.
Here are the pictures of the finished project followed by the box tutorial!
(Sorry, this picture isn't the greatest because I had to lean the project against the back of my light box.)



I used printer paper to show you where to score so that it would be easier to see.  First start out with 2 pieces of card stock in the color you want your box to be.  One needs to be 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and the other needs to be 6" x 3".

We won't be doing anything else with the smaller piece until it's time for assembly.  You'll want to take the larger piece and score at 1 1/4" on each side.

Then you will want to score at 1/2" on each side, so your score lines will be where I have lined in black.  On the printer paper template I didn't leave any tabs for the lid or bottom flap.  You can choose to do it with or without little tabs, I show you in my finished box where I left the tabs.  If you choose to leave the little tabs, do NOT cut the little squares away that I circled in red.  If you are wondering what I mean about tabs and what the box will look like, it will be like the box a deck of cards comes in.  It has the lid you lift open with the 2 little tabs on the edge.
I used the word 'tabs' a whole bunch of times in that last paragraph, haha!

Here is what you need to cut off if you don't want any tabs.  Like I said in the picture above, just leave the red squares if you want tabs.  You will then put adhesive on both the outer long edges (after you have folded on all the score lines) and then you'll glue them to the edge of the 6"x 3" piece we cut earlier.  The 6" x 3" piece is basically just the back panel of the box.

Here is the assembled template.

Here is what it should look like if you leave the pieces for the tabs.

I actually had to cut them down and angle them quite a bit to get them to slide nicely into the box when I closed the lid.  You can round the corners of the lid to give it a more finished look.  Just fold the tabs in and you should be able to fit it in a corner rounder punch.

Completed!  The perfect fit for a regular sized bag of m&m's!  The completed box measurements are 6" tall x 3" across x 3/4" deep.

I hope that the steps weren't too confusing!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!  :)


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