Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Masculine card and gift box with Chalk Talk

Masculine projects are difficult, I think we all agree – and teenage boys are the hardest of all. And, let’s face it, you’re probably not going to want to spend a lot of time creating something that will likely get thrown away instead of nurtured, cherished and stored away in a keepsake box between layers of tissue paper; the fate we like to imagine for all of the cards we make and send!

But in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue there is a pack of washi tape that will solve your problems. It’s meant for Halloween, but skulls are for life, not just for Halloween, right? So I made another one of these little boxes (click here for Brenda Quintana’s great tutorial) to house a gift card, and a co-ordinating card using some of the same projects. Actually, now that I see them side by side, I could have made more effort with the co-ordination. But then, as I say, it will only get thrown away.

I followed Brenda’s instructions exactly this time but, when I came to placing the pack of Rolos in the box, they didn’t fit. Turns out American Rolos are in shorter packs. So off I went to the local shop with my completed box! I discovered that you can fit in a Twix or a Daim bar in there.
Another stamp which proves so useful in masculine circumstances is the little hand from Morning Post Alphabet. I’ve used the hands far more than the letters so far – must rectify that.

Stamps: Chalk Talk, Morning Post Alphabet
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Paper: Modern Medley
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits, Linen Thread, Naturals Tape, Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape, ¾” circle punch


  1. I had the same issue with the box when I used her directions. Thankfully I had bought rolos and then some Cadbury things a bit like rolos but the were shorter and fitted! Next time I decided I would get the chocolate first!!!

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