Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas chocolate slider

So... here’s the Christmas “card” I sent out to my Virtual Hostesses and gave out to all those who attended my team meeting last weekend. I tell a lie... this is a more elaborate version - I scaled it back a little for mass production. But they were fun to make, and no writing involved! Best of all, they get chocolate!

It’s a chocolate slider box, which means you simply pull on the knot or bow and the chocolate slides out. You can make them to fit any chocolate bar by drawing round the chocolate on grid paper (see how with this old tutorial) but if you want to recreate this one with these measurements you’ll need to head back to Lidl for more chocolate. These little bars come in packs of five and in several flavours. The white one is probably my favourite, which is why nobody received one of those! Oops.

So... I drew round the chocolate on the grid paper, added 1cm for the sides and base, then a back the same size as the front. I like to mix metric and imperial to suit - basically, I just pick the measurement that's easier, so I ended up with a piece of cardstock measuring 3" x 25cm. Starting with this, here's how to make the box:

1. Before scoring, stamp background image over the cardstock, if required.
2. Measure 1cm from each of the long edges and score all the way along.
3. From the short edge, measure 12cm and score along the width of the cardstock. Repeat from the other end. 

4. Snip the shortest score lines but don't cut off the little squares (see picture). 
5. Add tape along two of the long flaps, opposite each other. Sticky Strip is best for this but I've used cheap white tape so you can see it in the photo (and because I'd run out of Sticky Strip – but please note that all the boxes I made with cheap white tape came apart and had to be remade!
6. Holding the box closed, punch a hole in the centre, about 1cm from the open edge.
7. Assemble the box - the chocolate should fit snugly inside.
8. Here's the clever bit. Take a length of ribbon (I needed about 38cm for each of these boxes - extravagant or what?) and feed it through both holes so you have the same amount of ribbon each side. Use the chocolate bar to push the ribbon down to the bottom of the box, then tie a ribbon or knot to secure. 

The design is very simple but here's the recipe:

Stamps: Autumn Days, Serene Snowflakes
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler (main pic), Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Confetti White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (main pic), Riding Hood Red
Tools: Crop-A-Dile, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Old Olive/Early Espresso markers
Accessories: Always Artichoke Seam-binding ribbon

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  1. Love this idea Helen, thank you for the tutorial too... I will be having a go at this over the weekend.
    Have a great Christmas!
    Luv Lynne

  2. Going to do these as place names for our Christmas Lunch. Thanks Helen.

  3. Another fabulous gift idea and more chocolate!!! Wonderful inspiration!


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