When I am shopping for dies, I love to choose things that can be used in multiple ways. The more uses I can find, the better the value for my crafting budget. That is why I love dies for basics like boxes, envelopes, and botanicals. I know I will be able to use them again and again.
That is why I love this little gable box. I know that I can use it for small gifts and treats all year long. For this project, I am creating a box to serve double duty as a small gift box and place card for my Thanksgiving place settings.
I wanted to give my box a mixed media look that coordinated with my fall card (which features my Frayed Tab die and Debi Adam’s I’ll Never Leaf You die). To create the watercolor mix of fall colors, I began by scribbling an assortment of Ranger Archival Inks in fall colors on my nonstick craft sheet.
To activate the inks into droplets, I poured rubbing alcohol into a small bowl and then used a splatter brush to pick the alcohol up and splatter it onto the inked surface. (Archival Inks do not react with water so adding water to the surface will not create any puddles of color.)
You will need to use a cardstock that is coated (I used Ranger Ink’s Manila Cardstock) so that it can withstand getting wet with the alcohol without breaking down. Place the cardstock onto the wet ink. Lift it off to see the splattered effect.
When you are finished blotting, set the tag to the side to air dry. Use alcohol on an art rag to clean your craft sheet.
To add a touch of shimmer, mist the cardstock with fall friendly colors of Ranger Ink’s Mica Mists. Blot away any excess mist and dry with a heat tool.
Note- I like to be super safe and put away and clean up any puddles of alcohol from my work area before using my heat tool.
Die cut to box pieces from the cardstock. Adhere the two sections together according to package directions.
Crease along all fold lines. Use an ink blending tool to add brown ink to the folded edges. Continue assembling the box.
Finish the box with a small scrap of pattern paper (mine matches my fall card) to bring in additional color. Die cut a small tag from kraft cardstock. Stamp a name on the card. Add copper adhesive foil to scraps of cardstock to use for additional accents. The copper is a fun accent that adds a fun bit of shine to the project.