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MIM #102: Pillow Box Stamping and Assembly

by cbaptista on 02/01/2013

This week’s challenge for PTI’s Make It Monday #102 is stamping on an assembled shape, like a box or a bag.  I chose to work with a pillow box.  I have made many pillow boxes before and use them for packaging these pendants I make.  In the past, I have only stamped or embossed on the box, no embellishments whatsoever.  So, my pillow boxes have been kinda plain.  I have thought about dressing it up a little bit more and this challenge gives me the chance to finally focus on that!

One thing that bugs me about the pillow box is that the flaps pop up a little when they should (in my opinion) remain down when assembled.  They don’t pop up much, but enough to annoy me.  I could tie a ribbon around it to keep it closed, but I wanted something simpler than that.  So, I decided to use washi tape.  What’s simpler than tape?!  Pretty ones, too!  lol  These are the pillow boxes I came up with:

What I did: I used my Sizzix pillow box die to cut out the boxes in kraft cardstock.  I stamped them both in a herringbone pattern- the star pillow box in a kraft colored ink and the flower pillowbox in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

After the pillow boxes were assembled, I wrapped the washi tape around the box, starting from the front and ending on the front.  The focal elements will be adhered on top and will hide the ends of the tape.

For the star pillow box, I stamped a star from Star Prints in a blue ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder, cut it out, then glued it onto a fillable frame stamped with its coordinating image in the same color as the star.  The whole thing is adhered on top of the pillow box with foam tape.

For the flower pillow box, I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Natural Beauties set.  I adhered the smaller flower on top of the larger flower with foam tape.  I finished off the flower element with a little pearl in the center.  The flower element is adhered on top of the pillow box with foam tape as well.

I decided to exclude sentiments because first, I don’t know what occasion I will be using these boxes for yet and doing so will give me that flexibility.  Also, I will most likely give the recipient a card along with the gift so having a sentiment on the gift as well is nice but wouldn’t be necessary.

Here are some photos of the individual pillow boxes I made:

I really like using the washi tape…it’s functional and fun!  lol

Thanks for stopping by!


Paper: Mowhawk VIA Vellum (kraft, 80#), Cougar Digital Paper (natural, 80#)
Stamps: Star Prints (PTI), Fillable Frames #10 (PTI), Natural Beauties (PTI), Interlocking Backdrops (lawn fawn)
Ink: Star Pillow Box: Toffee Crunch (Momento), Majestic Blue (VersaFine)
Flower Pillow Box: Rosebud (Momento), Rocket Red (Brilliance), Pixie Dust (VersaMagic), Toffee Crunch (Momento), VersaMark
Other: Pillow Box Die (Sizzix), Fillable Frames #10 Die (PTI), Clear Embossing Powder (Zing!/American Crafts), Washi Tape (Target), Pearl (Recollections/Michaels)

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