It’s always nice to have some hand made gifts stashed away. It’s easy to forget a birthday, need a last minute hostess gift or have someone on your list who says “ you don’t have to buy me anything”
I found this great little suitcase at Hobby Lobby and thought I’d do something with it. It was a great size to put a set of cards in so I got to work.
I used a variety of different greetings stamps but stamped them all in the same color. I dry embossed a border with a brass stencil and cut ¼ from the edge. Added a strip of patterned paper over the top of the verse with enough tan paper to stick over the top about ¼ inch. Layered that over the larger piece of patterned paper from K & Co. I used the Life’s Journey paper pad. and added some gold sticker dots to finish them off.
I used some self-stick black felt for the lining (it’s sold by the sheet) I didn’t really do any formal measuring. I cut a piece for the lid by tracing around the outside of the box.
I took an envelope and marked the back of the felt allowing enough room for clearance, drew a line, then I made 2 lines ½ inch apart. I scored and folded these lines I cut away the backing on these marks to expose the adhesive, then I put a little strip of cardboard down and folded over the other ½ inch section to make a lip. I measured again to the edge of the box and cut off excess. This little section is where a pen will go.
Now to make a section for the postage stamps, Again, I just placed stamps on the back of a piece of felt, allowed a bit for clearance, made a line, made 2 ½ inch lines, scored and folded. Removed the backing paper from just in between these lines, laid down a strip of cardboard, folded over the other ½ inch section to seal. Now I have 2 pieces of felt that each have a lip. These will be attached to the inside of the box after it’s painted.
I painted the box with Plaid acrylic paint in Country Tan. I wanted a subtle look since the cards were fairly light. Surprisingly, the paint was close to the actual color of the box. I covered the painted box with some Distress inks from Ranger in Brushed Corduroy and Frayed Burlap. I applied the ink directly to a non-stick mat, sprayed the ink lightly with water, then applied with Cut N Dry foam. I went in a circular motion than switched in a straight line as it dried. I heat set it to make sure it was dry. Went over it with a quick coat of Mod Podge to give a bit of a leathery sheen.. The ink may smear some but that even coloring is the look you want to achieve.
I added ribbon around the outside adhering with some WonderTape
Hope you find some time for crafting before the Summer ends.
All the best,