Gift Tag Box Tutorial

Hand-stamped Christmas Gift TagsMany of you asked for a tutorial for this box when I posted it on the Holiday Blog Tour.  Your wish has been granted!    I hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and see how this fun box is made!

Serene Snowflake Stamp SetYou will need the following

  • (1) 9″ square piece of cardstock (mine is embossed with the Serene Snowflake Stamp set.)  Score in 1″ on each of 4 sides
  • (1) 3.5″ x just short of 7″ piece of cardstock – score lengthwise at .75″, 1.75″ and 2.75″
  • (2) 3.5″ square piece of cardstock – score at .75″, 1.75″ and 2.75″ from one side
  • (1) 8.5″ square of Window Sheet – score just shy of .75″ in on each of 4 sides
  • Sticky Strip

Night of Navy Stampin' Up! CardstockFold on the scored lines of your 9″ square piece of cardstock.  See the squares that are in each corner after you fold it?  Cut in to the scored line on just one side on each of the four corners.  You’ll want Sticky Strip on those little corners.  Put the Sticky Strip on the “good side’ of your paper.


Stamped Gift Box Tutorial

Adhere the corners tucking in the little tabs like this to make the base of your box.




Gift box tutorialFold your 3.5″x7″ and 3.5″x3.5″ pieces of cardstock on the scored marks accordion style making  a W shape.  Use some adhesive to close the middle fold making the dividers into upside down T shapes.




box tutorial with Stampin' Up! suppliesAfter the fold is adhered shut put adhesive on the top of the T’s so you can then place these in the box for dividers.



divided box tutorial

You’re going to divide the side of the box into 4 sections.  To do so, you need to have one of the short pieces close at hand so you can adhere the long piece first and in the right spot.  The short piece is to insure you’re putting the long piece in the right place but don’t adhere it first.  If you don’t get the long piece placed correctly the other two pieces won’t fit correctly.

Divided Gift Box with Stampin' Up! CardstockHere’s what it looks like with the dividers.






Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Becky Jensen

If you are planning to put tags in one or two of the spaces, you may wish to build a platform to make the space more shallow so it doesn’t take as many tags to fill it.  You can make the spacer with a 4″ square piece of cardstock scored at 1/2″ on all 4 sides.  Form it just like the bottom of the box but then turn up like this and place in Stamping Gift Box Tutorialthe square you wish to adjust.

For a clear lid you’ll need a piece of Window Sheet (or an overhead transparency which I used here from a Office Supply Store.)  Score the ends just shy of .75″ on each side.  Cut and fold the edges to shape the lid just as you did the box.  Use Sticky Strip to adhere it.

Gift Tag Box TutorialIf the lid is too tight to fit over the box, you may need to tuck it into the box.  I used Brocade Blue Wide Grosgrain Ribbon to tie up the box after placing in the contents.  In my box you’ll notice I have placed 12 3″x3″ cards (6 each of the 2 designs) and 20 tags (10 each of the 2 designs).

You know, making a tutorial is always easier said than done.  I hope this makes sense.  If not, please leave a comment with your questions!  If you do that, I’ll be able to answer your questions and then everyone can see both question and answer.  If you have found this tutorial helpful, I hope you’ll leave a comment to that effect as well!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a Christmas card made with the Holy Family stamp set!

Stampin' Up! Heat and Stick Powder Tutorial

I have had two people contact me this week about Heat and Stick powder.  If it wasn’t for the fact that they’re from different states, I’d think they were working together!  Here’s a quick tutorial for you.  I’m sorry I don’t have a completed project using Heat and Stick Powder to show you at the moment but hopefully this will answer your questions.

Heat and Stick step 1Use a Versamark ink pad (or even a craft ink pad if you want a certain color behind the glitter) to stamp the image you want  glittery.  (As with embossing powder, an embossing buddy or dryer sheet rubbed across your cardstock before stamping can help  take away static and decrease stray bits of powder.)


Heat and stick step 2Pour Heat and Stick powder over the stamped image.  (It is always helpful to use a powder pal under you cardstock to catch the access powder.  With its easy open spout it’s simple to pour the powder right back into the container.) 


Heat and stick step 3Tap off the access powder and even feel free to give the back of your cardstock a little flick to make sure it’s off.  You will want to be sure to empty your powder pal before the next step.

Heat and stick step 4Use your heat tool to heat the Heat and Stick Powder.  You want to heat it until the powder turns liquid looking.  You’ll need to continue to the next step rather quickly so read ahead. 





Heat and stick step 5Pour your Dazzling Diamonds or other glitter onto the image while the Heat and Stick powder is still warm.






Heat and Stick step 6You’ll want to heat the image once again to get a firm hold on the glitter.  This should not take more than a couple seconds.  If you hold the heat on there too long the glitter will scorch and it will be visible.





Heat and stick step 7The Dazzling Diamonds tends to be very static charged.  You may want to use a tissue to gently rub across the image to wipe away access glitter.





Heat and stick step 8Here’s a glimpse of what the image looks like in the end.  It’s hard to capture the sparkle of the glitter but hopefully you get the idea.  Use the image as you wish in your project.

The trend right now tends to be toward a lot of sparkle and glitz.  When you have a bold image that you would like to see sparkle, then Heat and Stick Powder is the way to go.

Tutorial for the baby onesie

handmade baby shower invitationKim contacted me and asked how to make the onesie card like I posted a little while back.  I thought perhaps others would like to know as well.  It really is a fairly easy card to make and everyone loves it!






onesie card tutorialThe first step is to cut a piece of cardstock in half long way.  The cardstock should measure 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Fold it in half.







onesie card tutorial step two

You want to use a 1 3/8″ circle punch (item #119860) to cut the neck out of the folded end of the cardstock.  Cut just a half circle.









onesie tutorialUse that same circle punch to punch out the leg holes (bottom corners of the card).










handmade card tutorialFor the arms, measure down from the fold approx. 1 1/4″ and cut straight into the card about an inch.  Be sure you are cutting through both the top and bottom of the card.  From there, cut diagonally down to the corner where you punched the leg hole.  For the second arm I like to take the piece cut away from the first side and trace it on the second side to make sure they are the same size.



onesie laceTo make the lace around the arm and leg holes you’ll need to once again use that circle punch.  Punch a circle out of the white cardstock making sure there is plenty of cardstock on all sides of the hole.





scallop laceForget about the circle you punched out, you need the cardstock that you punched the circle out of.  Turn your 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle punch (item #119854) upside down so you can position the circle in the middle of the scallop and punch.





lace on the onesie card

Position the lace around the neck and leg holes and adhere.  For the arms you can use the Scallop edge punch (item #119882) on some white cardstock and glue to the arms.  Stamp and decorate your card as you like.

I hope this has helped you.  If you have questions please feel free to leave them under the comments and I will answer them ASAP.  Thank you Kim for asking – I’m happy to be able to help you out!

You can purchase any of the punches, cardstock or accessories needed for these onesies online at or you can purchase ready made Handmade Onesie Shaped Baby Inivtation Cards in my Etsy Store.

I wish I could give credit to the person who originally came up with this idea but I’m afraid I don’t know who that was as there are many variations out there.