Thursday, October 2, 2008

Deck the Halls

The Hero Arts blog challenge this week is to create items to use to decorate for the holidays.

This idea was shared by the our dear stamping friend from PCMB and Two Peas , the late dear who moi. Sent to me by Lori on March 9, 2005. The directions are generic in order to accomodate various box sizes.
This simple box cover is constructed from heavy weight white cardstock. Begin with a 7" square to creating the lid. Scoring 1.25 inches in from other edge on all sides. Stamp as you desired. The tissue oval hole is made by using the tissue box as a template. To create the side of the lid cut one scoring seam on each corner and tape the short flap underneath the lid. The base wrap begins with 2- 5x11.5 pieces of cardstock. Wrap each piece on the outside of the box to create 2 side panels and to provide a seam allowance for taping underneath the other sheet's panel to connect all 4 panels together. Cut away excess and leave flat for stamping. Notes- some box panels on the same box are slightly different widths. This pattern does not cover the bottom of the box.

I layered blue distress ink to create a background for the falling snowflakes (CL Classic Christmas borders-new Hero Arts Winter catalogue). I consider the Three Snowy Trees stamps one on my very favorite HA stamps which I have enjoyed each year since 2000. I used liquid applique for the snow. Added lots of glitter on the snowy tree boughs.

I used 12 x12 gold metallic cardstock to make this votive box large enough to enjoy this collage stamp. I scored the paper in 4" blocks and cut away the corner squares all except for a tape allowance stripe broading each of the 4 panels by a 1/4 to 1/2 inch depending on the tape width. I stamped the image onto vellum with Nick Bantock's prussian blue dye ink and embossed in clear. I used metallic dabbers to paint the frame and embellished. The best part of all is I found a battery operated tealight candle-that flickers! this is safe around animals and children. This image is so beautiful on vellum-I need to go play more!


  1. HOLEY BUCKETS Jan! Both of these are gorgeous! I love the candle holder! I need to make some of them so elegant! The tissue box is wonderful!

  2. Ahh Jan. Lori is probably smiling down on you right now with your BEAUTIFUL interpretation of her tissue box template instructions. I love this.

    And the votive holder is wonderful! Oh I love these projects. More fabulous ways to use our stamps.

  3. What beautiful projects Jan. I love that you used the same idea in two different ways. You really are on a roll with the holiday projects this week. Beautiful!

  4. Oh, these are gorgous! I love the snowflake background design you created on the tissue box and that snowy tree stamp is beautiful. I bet that tea light holder looks amazing with the little light turned on after dark.

  5. I just love the tissue box & the votive holder. Sherri and I were thinking about Lori the other day.

  6. These are both wonderful! I really love the snow on the one and then the 3 kings on the other and the background are just lovely!

  7. I was googling Lori's old screen name to find out if anyone was still thinking of her. It's been over 4 years, but to me it feels like yesterday. She would absolutely love your interpretation of the box! Great job :)

    Elizabeth (


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