December 4, 2010

It's a Wrap!

I love a challenge.  I bought some neat little gifts for friends at a local art fair this past weekend.  My challenge was to wrap these little beauties artistically.  I know, I know - I could buy a bag, box, whatever.   Making things - that's my bag (excuse the pun) - since I hadn't made the gift, it seemed only fitting I make the box it was presented in - it's all about presentation, right?!

I drew a box/bag on paper (several times) - finally got it right - huge sigh of relief!!

Method to my madness:

 Two colors of water soluble oil sticks were randomly drawn on ordinary card stock paper - brushed with water using foam brush.

 Once dry, added squiggly lines with gold Krylon pen.

Scanned the box/bag drawing and printed on the back side of beautifully painted card stock, then cut it out.

 I have a huge collection of tools that I use once in a blue moon.  Today I used a bone folder to score the fold lines and Japanese punch - to punch holes (of course!!)

Before the box was assembled, a decorative edge was cut on the front flap - another wonderful tool in my arsenal.  The one seam was adhered using double-sided tape.  Holes punched on top front, back and front flap for ribbon tie. (Photo taken before holes punched into front flap.)

I made two boxes.  I "goofed" on the first one (left) because the seam ended up on the front.  Not to worry - mistakes happen.  I simply added some dimensional paint and now it looks intentional - cool huh?!   I altered my pattern - the second box (right) is what I had in mind in the beginning - the seam in the back.

You may ask yourself "Was it worth all the trouble?" - to me, yes it was!

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Marydon said...

Pat ~ Now that is precious ... so much more appreciated, I am sure.

Pop by for our (3) giveaways ~
Have a beautiful winter day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Wow! So cute! You're a very talented artist!
I'm the newest follower of your lovely blog and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
Happy PS!

Jan said...

These turned out amazing!

Donnie said...

I'm sure they'll treasure the gift wrap as well as the gift. Lovely.

Nancy said...

Excellent! I love making boxes, bags and envelopes.

I'm still visiting around for Pink Saturday. Have a wonderful week.