Stars make me think about winter months when nights are crystal clear; they shine so brilliantly! Winter brings Christmas which segues into gifts presented in beautiful boxes and lovely cards to share news with family and friends. Yesterday brought an opportunity to meet with Pam and Brian and additional members of the InKing Royalty for a shoe box swap. The theme was “Christmas – Anything But a Card!” As I contemplated what I was going to share, I completely forgot about the “anything but a card”. So, I played with a card format that I had seen on Pinterest. After tweaking the card to my liking, I then discovered the important detail about the shoebox swap… anything but a card! Undaunted, I decided to alter the card dimensions to fit the top of the Take Out Box , shown on page 10 of the holiday mini catalog, as a belly band. The result… a gift combo to share.
I love the Take Out Boxes! All you need to do is fold on the score lines, place the tabs into the end and, voila, an assembled box ready to decorate at will. The box bottom measures at 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ with a height of 2-1/2″. Since it is food safe, these boxes would hold all kinds of cookies, sliced fruit/nut breads and candies to share with neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. At 6 boxes per the purchase price of $5.95 (product code 135827), this is certainly an affordable gift giving suggestion.
The card on the right (tone on tone with gold highlights) was my CASE of the card I saw on Pinterest (I thank the original creator for such lovely inspiration). Then I decided to step it up a bit with dry embossing using the Lucky Stars textured impressions embossing folder (Holiday catalog, page 30, product #135817, $7.95) and placing the Whisper White panel on top of Brushed Gold cardstock (Annual catalog, page 193, product # 102935, $7.95/10 sheets).
The stars were cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (Annual catalog, page 193, product #135315, $4.95/2 sheets) using the Stars Framelits (Annual catalog, page 231, product #132172, $26.95/5 layering dies). I love all colors of the Glimmer Paper but Dazzling Diamonds definitely is my favorite.
Basic Instructions for the Belly Band and Card Top
The card layer for the belly pad is slightly smaller than the A2 card. The gold panel measures 4-3/4 x 4″ and the white panel is 4-1/2 x 3-3/4″. Decorate the panel as desired. The belly band (also made from brushed gold cardstock but Kraft cardstock would work just as well) was made from 2 pieces of cardstock, one at 11″ x 1-1/2″ and the second at 3-1/4″ x 1-1/2″. Overlap the two pieces at one end by 1/2″ and adhere using a strong adhesive. Then score the belly band at 7/8″, 3-3/8″, 7″ and 9-1/2″. Fold the belly band around the Take Out box with the open end on top. Overlap and adhere. Then securely adhere the card panel to the top portion of the belly band. It is easier to do so if the belly band is already in position around the Take Out box.
If finishing the card top similar to this project, I have one tip for you…. Add the white panel to the gold panel using stampin’ dimensionals in the middle and on the bottom. Wait to add the dimensionals to the top portion of the panel until your stars are placed within the star cutouts along with the ribbon. Then the ribbon can also be secured with stampin’ dimensionals along the top. This is much easier than trying to place the ribbon under the top layer should you adhere the top portion in place beforehand… trust me!
The neatest thing about the carded belly band is that it can be reused… LOVE it when that happens. Additional pictures…
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this project. I love it and hope you will too! In the meanwhile…
Have fun stamping,