I always have some one in mind when I create something. This Valentine basket was inspired by my niece. She loves purses and all things girly.
2 – 12″ x 12″ card stock. I used a double sided paper that is pretty thick but not quite 110#. (If you don’t use double sided paper, use the second piece of paper or a coordinating paper to line the inside of the basket). Leave 1 sheet as a 12″ x 12″. The second sheet, cut 12 strips measuring 1″ x 4 1/4″ (side of box) and 2 strips measuring 1″ x 12″ (handle).
1 – white 12″ x 12″ card stock. Cut 12 strips measuring 1 1/4″ x 4 3/8″ (side of box) and 1 strip measuring 1 1/4″ x 12″ (handle).
Score pal, adhesives (wet & dry), ink for edges, lace, ribbon, flowers, brads, crocodile or pokey tool, I used silver jewel border Dazzles for the handle, beads.
Take your 12″ x 12″ paper and score at 4″ and 8″on the back side of the paper. Rotate your paper 90 degrees and score again at 4″ and 8″. Fold all score lines. Next, cut the bottom left score line on each side 4″(cut up to the score line then stop, rotate and repeat). Please see photo before cutting so you know what I mean. This is the inside of my box.
Next, take your decorative strips and your white strips and ink the edges. I used a pink ink to match my card stock. Then mount the decorative strips onto the white strips. For an extra sassy look, you can use a thin border punch to detail the edges of the white strips. I find it easier to mount the strips onto the box frame now compared to when the box is put together.
On the back side of each of your strips, attach 1/4″ double sided tape across the top and bottom.
Flip your 12″ x 12″ paper over. I used my fingers to gently curve the decorative strips. You can use the edge of a ruler or your bone folder. You want to give a little arc to these strips so they curl away from the main box. When you attach the strips, attach the middle strip first in the middle of the panel, just below the score line. Attach the other two strips evenly on either side. Do this on all sides.
To assemble the box, attach adhesive as seen in the fourth image above. I used double sided tape so I didn’t have to wait for my glue to dry. If you have a plain paper for the base of your card, you can decorate the exposed corners.
For my handle, I attached a decorative strip on both sides of my white strip. I used the small punch side of my crocodile to punch holes in each end of my handle and the sides of the box. I then used brads to attach my handle to the box. I covered the inside part of the brad with a small white flower.
Now that everything is assembled, you can decorate your box. I attached a thin lace to the top and bottom of my box. I placed a satin ribbon over the top of the lace. At the base of each handle, I used Ariana Blooms by Heartfelt Creations and Ariana Lace. I accented the flowers with a little bit of clear Stickles on each petal. I used the silver jewel edge Dazzle for the handle. If you didn’t use a double sided paper, attach decorative 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ panels inside your box. For the finishing touch, I hot glued 4 large clear beads to the bottom of the box as “feet”.
Try this in different colors for different occasions. Great for Birthday gifts, Easter baskets, Christmas cookies, etc. Here’s an example using Heartfelt Creations Paper, dies and stamps.
Italiana Riviera Basket