Friday 25 May 2012

Friday - it's Die Day!

Hello didn't think I would abandon you on a Friday Die Day did you??
I know this is proving popular so before I jetted off to Turkey I scheduled a post.
I had a request to feature Square Bracket Edge Box....
I had no hesitation seeing as it is ranked it my top ten dies!

So here it is - this is one of the 'Grand' dies so a little more expensive but I have to say you get tons of use out of it..hence this very long blog post!  
You receive the box template - base and lid, (the lid features the classic shape of Labels One around the edge) and you also receive six little decorative flower templates.

 The beauty of your Grand Calibur base plate - it's large enough to cut/emboss a whole box.
 This is how the box looks cut/embossed - I've chosen a patterned base and a plain cream lid.
You can see the embossing creates your fold lines, use a bone folder to define these.
 Use adhesive on the little flaps, lift, insert, adhere and your box begins to take shape.
 Now a little idea for those decorative floral templates - how about some reverse stencilling...
select a flower and an ink pad..
 Liberally dab with ink, put a piece of scrap paper underneath.
 Transfer this on to your base plate, I just slide it off the paper so my fingers do not get quite so messy!
I'm using the smaller base plate here because I'm only cutting one little itty bitty die! 
 Cut/emboss and look how it turns out...the ink is transferred onto the cardstock, such a great technique and...
 also looks great in red!
 Clean the ink off your die template with a baby wipe or a damp cloth.
 I've just layered the flowers up with foam pads and popped them on the box lid. 
It is so simple!
Did I mention how much I like this die seems I've used it quite a bit...
here using Core'dinations and Anemone Flower Topper ...
Recently a pretty Spring time box...
Creating quite a few to make a Christmas advent box...
Add ribbon, twine and more...
And it works in felt too...!
I hope you enjoy this box feature today...
as usual please mention/drop me an email if you have a certain die that you wish me to feature.
I will be flying home tomorrow and back to everyday posting very soon.
Take care friends.


Ali W said...

The boxes are all lovely, wouldn't know which to choose! In felt looks brill too. I particularly like the anemone die too, its so versatile and pretty,it seems to work on anything, I have used part of it on my daughters wedding invitations. Take care Alison :)

Unknown said...

Hi Christine I haves these dies and after seeing your Christmas box am attempting to make a few for family this Christmas. The boxes are easy to make and you can use your imagination to decorate. love them.


Lynn said...

Hi Christine, Hope you're having a great time in Turkey, I've not seen these dies, going to have to search them out - they look amazing thank you Lynn xx

Missmizog said...

Hi Christine
This is such a brilliant idea. Love it.

Jenny Marples said...

The Christmas boxes are gorgeous, and your idea for inking up the dies to print, cut, emboss is genius. Thanks for sharing so much with us. Enjoy Turkey. Hugs, Buttons x

baconbits said...

Morning Christine,
So glad this is Friday - Dieday. I purchased this die after seeing your advent calendar on C&C.
All yourideas are fab.
Enjoy your holiday.
Amanda x

nattyboots said...

Morning Christine, do you know i havent seen these dies before { dont know where iv been im sure } but it looks like it beats my old ruler and craft knife not to mention the time it takes me when making a box, so thanks for this lol Elaine H X

Elizabeth said...

Hello Christine, what a LOVELY surprise to see your post today. This is a lovely set of dies and so effective. Love the inking too, clever idea and must try it out.
Enjoy the rest of your time in Turkey and safe journey home - bet Bella will be pleased to see her Mummy...
Elizabeth x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Christine - I have this one and I love it! I did all the table favours with it at Christmas and it did look pretty. I love your idea of the reverse inking on it and am going to try that! Hope you are having a fab time hugs Susan x

nmty said...

hi christine, hope the hol is going well. they fly over too quickly. Thanks for the post, loving it. I have been toying with the idea of getting these dies, since i recently purchased the GC. I will definately have to put them on my list and invest before xmas. I just love the advent idea, and the inking of the flower dies before cutting. Will defineatly have to have a go with this one. The technique gives a stunning result. Safe journey back.
lv norma

Lucycat said...

Really nice to see you back for Friday D Day , this is a great tutorial.Have a safe journey home. I bet Bella will be pleased to see you. x.

Lydia Jordan said...

Hi Christine,
Another great die day thank you, lovely projects you have shown us.

Hope you are enjoying your holiday.

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, hope you are enjoying your hols! Another great die-day...I love this box! I have the square petal top die and use it a came in very useful for table treats at Christmas & Easter and I'm working in some Jubilee ones for next weekend! Carole Z X

Craftychris said...

ooh wow I adore this box, its leapt to the top of my wish list. I love the reverse stencilling technique, thank you for your inspiration as always and I hope you are enjoying your holiday xx

hazel young said...

Beautiful dies. wondered how big the made up boxes are. loving all your box designs and the flowers are a bonus to use with other flowers you have xx hazel

Sue Yorkshire said...

Fantastic boxes Christine. I havent seen these dies before but they look really useful. I love how you have inked the flowers before cutting and not after it gives a totally different look to the die

Hope you have enjoyed your holiday and have a safe journey home

Sue xxx

Disco Queen said...

Hi Christine, I hope you are having a lovely time in Turkey. I love the felt box. Did you stiffen the felt to keep it upright? I have seen a dahlia bowl made over a drink's can with felt but this was wet with a pva & water mix before forming & leaving to set.

Maggie J said...

Fabulous post today Christine, lots of inspiration there. Hope you are enjoying your trip to Turkey and it's great that you are still managing to keep in touch - the wonders of modern technology!

Maggie J

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, WOW! These dies are fab!...I love the shape of the lid, and love the colour combinations you have used on different boxes. I've heard about reverse stencilling but didn't know how to do it, so am really pleased you've explained it here...Will definitely use this idea with the flower dies I've already got..:)..Safe journey home...xx

loftylass said...

Hi Christine - love the boxes - (must get these dies!!!) Great tutorial and will certainly be colouring the flower dies first. Thanks. Enjoy the rest of your hols.

Cinders said...

Hi Christine,
What a great demo, I've fallen in love with this die now and will have to add it to the top of my wish list. Love the advent idea and the reverse inking, will be trying this with some of the dies that I already own.
Hope that your holiday is going well and that your nice and refreshed when you come back, enjoy the rest of your break
best wishes
Caz x

alex said...

This is wonderful, I have literally just come in from shopping and guess what I bought, yep the square bracket edged die, is this fate or what, thank you so much for an amazing tutorial

Redanne said...

Thanks so much for doing a die day whilst you are on hols, hope you are enjoying it and thanks for sending some nice weather to us too. Love this die but don't think it would fit in my Big Shot so I shall just to admire from afar. Love the way you have inked the die on the flower, it looks amazing. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine
love ALL your boxes (may just have to buy this lovely die).Hope you have enjoyed your holiday in Turkey.
Sandra (craftynan)

kelly said...

Hi Christine. I love this box and it's on my list especially to do the advent calendar.
Can I ask did you buy the wooden box to put all the boxes in or did you make it?
Well I hope when you return we still have this glorious weather.
Take care,kelly

Janice said...

Like everyone else Christine, I just love this box.....think it's going to go on my shopping list!
Reverse stencilling? Had never heard of it until now, but love the effect it gives, something I'll deffo be trying soon!
Thank you so much for a great Friday tut, and for thinking of us all whilst you've been away relaxing!
Janice x

Janice said...

Like everyone else Christine, I just love this box.....think it's going to go on my shopping list!
Reverse stencilling? Had never heard of it until now, but love the effect it gives, something I'll deffo be trying soon!
Thank you so much for a great Friday tut, and for thinking of us all whilst you've been away relaxing!
Janice x

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hi Christine,
This is one set of dies I really want but cannot afford at the moment. I would love to make the advent calender boxes for Christmas for my grandchildren and one definitely for myself too.
Thanks for the ideas. Hugs Linda

Rach83 said...

Hi Christine,

I just bought this die last week. I've had my eye on it for ages though. Great inspiration and I love your idea to make a felt box. Super for Christmas.

Thanks for sharing.

Rachel x

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