Making a 2-4-6-8 Gift Box

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Wrapping expert Christina Crawford demonstrates how to make a gift box using a piece of card stock.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    Christina Crawford: Hi, I am Christina, I am a Stampin Up! Demonstrator. I have fun wrapping presents, using different things that you have in your house and different stamps that you may have, different things that we have to feel creative. Right now, in this wrapping segment I am going to show you how to do a 2,4,6,8 box and inside really you can put a lot of different things and I ll give you some ideas with that. A 2,4,6,8 box is very simple and what you need is eight-and-a-half by eleven piece of card stock and this is just the white card stock. This one sheet is going to make two boxes, but I want to decorate that. Of course, it s a clean canvas. So, what I have is a jumbo wheel here, a bunch of snowflakes and I have a turquoise ink inside and guess what; when you are stamping snowflakes, they could be any color. They could be pink if you want and I get that going on a black paper cloth here. You would probably want to use some scrap paper. Now, I think that it s so easy to stamp with the wheel. You could see that my index finger is down and that s going to prevent me from popping a wheelie and also I am right handed. So, I started from the left and I am moving to the right and you can see where you stopped and where you need to start. If you are left handed, you would start on the right and do the same thing. You can see it and have more control. So, I have beautiful turquoise snowflakes all over my eight-and-a-half by eleven piece of card stock.

    Next, you need to take your paper cutter out; open up the arm because you need to cut that at five-and-a-half inches. The cutter is your orange blade. So, measure that, prepare that on the wedge and bring it to five-and-a-half inches and cut that, this will make two boxes. Next, we need to score and this time I am going to take out my cutter blade. Sometimes, I keep it in, but usually if you just bend it, it pops right out and then I am going to just work with just this scoring blade on it and I am going to slide that in with the snowflakes side down at two inches, four inches, six inches and eight. 2, 4, 6, 8; my friend Ingrid (ph) gave me a box years ago and I asked her how you made this, she said, 2, 4, 6, 8, it s very easy to remember. Then I ll turn it to the side, bring it to the two inch mark and score that at two inches. Now, I just need these scissors, I really want to just get rid of this little piece here. Now, if you didn t, it ll be alright, let me get rid of it, you don't need it and it gets in the way and then these, I call them the legs and you need to cut that scored line right up to that two inch horizontal line. Next, I am going to fold that piece in and you can use sticky strip if you want to; you could use some double sticky tape here; this tape runner, its SNAIL Adhesive and I have that handy, so I am going to use that. Usually I prefer using the SNAIL Adhesive with it and that should open and crease both the ways. I mean, you get a nice crease. This is going to make a square bottom and you start by folding in one, just take your SNAIL Adhesive and put some tape and start layering the tape. I am just giving a diagonal line, but the very last one, get some tape on that baby and put that over and push it right down inside.

    Now, with the same technique, taking the eight-and-half by eleven and wheeling on it, I did the same thing. I took Avery labels from an office supply stores and I wheeled my snowflakes on them. This is a great idea, lot of Stampin Up! Demonstrator love this idea. I am glad I can share this with you because this is just so much fun. People like to do this for all kinds of events and parties, but you are going to take Hershey Nuggets and these Avery labels fit right on top of it and guess what, they are not even going to be difficult to open up, because there should never be a challenge when you are opening up chocolate, right? You should be able to do that with ease. Look how fast that is and you can imagine that these are all going to get wrapped in. It s matching chocolate to the box, how often a great favor for wedding, for baby showers, for wedding showers, for parties, for happy New Year celebrations and everybody gets to go home with chocolate and drop those in. You are going to close it almost like an -- like I have an old milk carton. When I was in school and so I think it s old, but milk cartons I am sure it is still done in the same way. Pinch the sides together, take your rectangle punch and what you are creating is a notch. Usually, I got this on the first try of it.

    You are creating a notch because the ribbon is going to go around and you are going to be able to keep that ribbon from sliding up because it s going to stay right there in that notch. Okay and I like to two different color ribbons together because I just think it looks cool. So, I have some matching turquoise ribbon and some white ribbon and I am going to just cut those together, so they are of the same size and I am going to wrap that around the box first and as I get ready to tie it, I ll slow it up until it kind of falls into the notches there. You see, isn t it awesome I ll just hold it right there and then I always like to knot first. It s up to you. You don't want anybody have to struggle here. If you want to, you can just cut off the ends and you are finished, but if you think you re having a good bow making day, you can go ahead and tie a bow into that. I don't think it s a good bow making day for me. I am going to keep it, latch off like this and you know what, I love those ribbon scissors better so let me switch over and boom just like that.

    So, this is the 2, 4, 6, 8 box. It s the mini version, it s the large version, this is the glittery version and this is the version with an open top on it. Lot s you can do great wrappings for small gifts, for chocolates and for gift cards. So, have fun doing your 2, 4, 6, 8 box and next I ll show you how you can take a paint can use that with different kinds of wrappings. Have fun.