I shared a few projects using Spellbinders’ Steel Rule dies on my blog before (3D Christmas Trees out of Triangle Boxes and Easy Holiday Mittens) and I was happy to see that you enjoyed them quite a bit. So today I’d like to share one of my favorite projects to date – travel-themed gift boxes using Travel Much Steel Rule Die.
Unlike thin dies, thick steel rule dies can cut things that are a lot thicker, like several layers of cardstock or fabric, thick fun foam etc so they make it very easy to create dimensional home decor items.
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I have a video tutorial to show you how to put the box together (this video is a part of a series I do for Spellbinders where I show how to assemble all sorts of their box dies). The video doesn’t show how to decorate the box. Watch video here or on Spellbinders Youtube Channel.
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Let me start by saying that you can make these boxes any way you like. You can-die cut them out of plain cardstock or fancy patterned paper and have a blast decorating them. They don’t have to be just gift boxes, you can use these as a little home decor item and proudly display on a shelf next to your travel photos.
I used First Edition Travel Notes papers to create boxes I am sharing today. I love this brand of paper (and you’ve probably seen me use it a million times for my Spellbinders cards) because of its “special effects”. This paper comes in large pads in 6×6, 8×8 and 12×12 sizes. Half the sheets in each pad are single-sided with “special effects” like embossing, gloss, fabric texture, no-shed glitter etc and other half is double-sided. Truly fabulous papers for die cutting projects and more.
I picked a few different sheets – some regular, some with glossy finish and adhered those onto brown cardstock. I didn’t want to die-cut my boxes just out of patterned papers as I needed them to be a bit more sturdy. I used Distress inks in various colors to darken the edges of the boxes and make them look a bit worn-out. To decorate these I picked all sorts of metal trinkets and pieces (keys, plates, brads, chains, corners etc), colored some using alcohol inks and adhered or attached onto boxes before putting them together.
I love the way these turned out and had I had more time – I would have made probably 20 more of these (I did make more 5 just for fun).
I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!
Spellbinders Travel Much Steel Rule Die
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Spellbinders Crease Plate
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Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
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Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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First Edition Premium Travel Notes Paper Pad