Thursday, February 14, 2013

Eileen Hull Valentine Box

Happy Valentine's Day!
Today the Sizzix design team is having a blog hop to celebrating the new collection from Eileen Hull "From the Heart". We had all kinds of fun with Eileen's dies. Be sure to check out everyones projects. They are AMAZING! 

This box is just right for a treat for someone special! It's the perfect size for a cupcake.

First let's work on the flowers. Die cut 6 layers of fabric with the Eileen Hull 3-D Fringed Flower die. The fabric will die cut a little sharper if you use a piece of card stock on top of the fabric.

 Stamp the fabric pieces with a water proof ink. I used Sepia Archival Ink for the flower. The stamp is from the Tim Holtz Attic Treasures set.

Once the ink is dry stack the flowers in a pile. 

Spritz the edge with water. The water will help the Stain soak into the fabric.

Apply some Worn Lipstick Distress Stain directly on your craft sheet. Soak the stain up into the edges of the flowers.

Lay out a single layer of flowers and start to dry with a Heat Tool.

 As the flowers dry scrunch them up.

 Keep drying and scrunching.

 To put the flowers together. Take a long fastener and open the prongs and insert a piece of white string. Close the prongs back together.

 Insert the long fastener or brad into the center of all the flowers. Spread the prong apart at the back of the flower.

 Thread a button on the the string.

 Tie the button on and trim the excess ends off.

 Repeat to make all three flowers. One of each size. I love the dimension and texture the fabric give the flowers. They will be perfect for our box.

Now for the box. Die cut 2 box pieces from Manilla card stock using the Eileen Hull Square Box dieI love the size of this box and the way the die is designed you don't need a extra large machine like the Pro. Not that there is anything wrong with that.The Pro is on my wish list.

We need some masks. 4 to be exact. Die cut the heart from the Movers and Shapers Heart die using Eclipes paper or a Post-it-Note that is sticky all over the back of the note.

Position the heart shape on the panels of the box. Notice the position of the hearts.

Using the same stamp as we used on the flowers create the background. Stamp the image with Tea Dye Distress ink. You will need to stamp several times. As you can see I turn the stamp to make it interesting. The mask will keep the background stamp from appearing in the heart area.

 Ink the box pieces with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and a little Vintage photo around the edges using an Ink Blending tool.

Remove the mask and see the magic. 

Use the outer mask and color the inside of the heart with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink on an Ink Blending tool.

Take a peek to see if you like the color and if the mask was lined up well. If your mask was a little off like mine, just reposition and color the heart again.

With the mask still in place paint the heart area with Glue and Seal (matte finish).

While the glue is still wet, pour Clear Rock Candy Dry Distress Glitter over the heart area. I love the sparkle that it gives.

I also painted a very thin layer of glue on the outer edges of each panel and added Clear Rock Candy Distress Dry Glitter. Shake off the excess glitter.

Assembling the box is easy. Add Red Line tape to the 3 tabs. The top flap will not have adhesive.

 Adhere the box together as shown in the picture above. 

Adhere the 2 remaining tabs to create the box. 

Don't you just love the detail of the heart with the sugar coating.

 Die cut both hearts from the Movers and Shapers Heart die set using Manilla card stock. Color the hearts with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink on an Ink Blending tool. Add some Chit Chat Seasonal words. Don't forget to ink the edges of your words.

Paint the hearts with Glue and Seal and add Clear Rock Candy Distress Dry Glitter over the hearts. Shake off the excess glitter.

Give some shape to the doily by making some folds in it.  

Decorate the top of your box. Start by adhering the doily first, add the flowers, tie a bow with some white ribbon and tuck the bow into the flowers. Then add your hearts.

 Love is in the air! I'm off to give a little something special to my Valentine! 

Hop over to everyones blogs to see what they have created for YOU! 
Here are the links. 

Eileen Hull
Happy Valentine's Day!

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  1. These would make great favor boxes at weddings, showers, birthday parties, etc. Love the romantic side of you!

  2. THIS is a versatile box!! I can see so many uses for it!! And the flowers are now one of my MUST HAVES!!! I love how you added the button. (I always wondered if there was an easier way to do it...and indeed there is!!)

  3. Beautiful Valentine's Box, Richele! Love that flower!

  4. Richele, I love this! I just want to eat it :-) Great tips on inking the flowers- love that. And also how you masked the hearts on the box and made them glitter. And the pretty hearts on tops with the words? Love them. This is a spectacular project. Thanks so much for working with my dies- you are amazing.

  5. Looks fantastically! And from above - a sweet cranberry in sugar. )))))))))))

  6. Your box is so beautiful!

  7. This is brilliant! Love the flowers and the way you made the hearts stand up!

  8. Gorgeous,the flowers are fab and lovethe idea of the masked hearts! Trace x

  9. I really like how you handled the flowers--good info! Beautiful project.

  10. Lovely box. So 'sugary' looking. I am now craving sugar cookies!

  11. This is so gorgeous! All the detail blows me away!

  12. Simply love this, I see creativity coming on

  13. Beautiful! Love, love, love those flowers!

  14. Lovely box! Your topper decoration is fab. Loving the rock candy glitter, too.

  15. never fails - always something amazing here!
    Sandra ltb

  16. Your flowers are awesome! I'll take a cupcake in that beautiful box!!!

  17. Yikes - you have a little bit of a LOT of techniques on this project - fantastic!!!

  18. This is gorgeous! Love the glitter and the hearts added to the sweet box.

  19. Great techniques! Love this box and and fun topper!!!

  20. Thank you for the tip about using cardstock when cutting fabric!! I need to consider fabric more when using my dies. Great tute, thank so much for great ideas with the box die!

  21. Thank you for the tip about using cardstock when cutting fabric!! I need to consider fabric more when using my dies. Great tute, thank so much for great ideas with the box die!

  22. Oh, Richele, this is heavenly!! You've totally sold me on that flower die, and I love the glittered heart mask idea. Beautiful project!!

  23. Thank you, to share it with us! It's amazing!

  24. This is seriously gorgeous!!! Could your box topper get any more beautiful? I think not!!!! GORGEOUS!

  25. Great box- love the gorgeous flowers! What a special valentine!

  26. Love, love, love! You have some serious mad skills!

  27. Love the flowers. Thanks for the tips on cutting and tying the buttons on

  28. AWESOME!! I LOVE your projects!! Such AMAZING details!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

  29. Gorgeous Valentine box Richele! Love the flowers! Awesome project!

  30. Cool technique with the fabric flowers. Thanks for the detailed instructions, and thanks showing off your gorgeous project!