from ArtistTradingBlock to envelope ^.^ tutorial

Hello everyone ^.^ yesterday I posted some cute envelopes I made using Eileen Hull block dies.You can see the envelopes here. As I promised in the previous post here is the tutorial on how you can make these envelopes yourself ^.^ I tried to make it as short as possible ^.^  

 here is where you add an adhesive

if you are using a card stock a lot much thicker than patterned paper then you should trim the both pieces about 2 mm (0,078 inch) from one edge, before doing anything else ^.^

here are some of the envelopes I made (you can see more of them here)

Note: in order to score (and not only to cut) a thinner paper and card stock with these dies you'll need to experiment a little bit with a "sandwich" you make for die cutting. Except of a pair of cutting pads and a die I use a solo shim (usually it goes together with a solo platform for die cutting). This way the "sandwich" is thick enough to cut and to score a thinner paper or a card stock ^.^

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from ArtistTradingBlock to envelope ^.^

these days I've been playing a lot with Eileen Hull block dies and I've discovered that if you need a small, cute envelopes you definitely should try these dies
Here's what I came up with ^.^

Tomorrow I'll have a bit more time to blog, so I will post a tutorial about how you can make these little cuties. It is really easy so drop by if you are interested ^.^

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P.S. here you can find a tutorial


exploding artist trading block!!! ^.^

Today is my first project as a designer for the Artists on the Block and it is all about my favorite things: mail, coffee and creativity ^.^  Please welcome exploding Artist Trading Block! I made it to hold cards of some of my favorite coffee recipes

so to begin with, I covered some pieces of Sizzix mat board with packing paper and then cut it with   Eileen Hull/ Sizzix XL Scoreboard Die.

then, in order to make the box "exploding", you need to cut one of 2 pieces into 3 smaller ones. I cut exactly along the scoring lines, for now we need just the sides (save the middle piece of the mat board, you are going to use it later for the box lid).

next I glued down the cut pieces to the main one and then trimmed them twice the thickness of a mat board so all the sides would be even

now let's make the card holders. I found it very convenient to use Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Blocks/Cubes, 3-D ,the size of the biggest block is almost like coordinating with our box ^.^
I simply repeated the second step (need just the edges not the middle piece). Trim them and embellish as you like ^.^

 before doing anything else I glued down the first 4 card holders, they go exactly before the scoring lines of the bottom of the box

the next step is embellishing the inside of the box, when you are done you add the rest of the card holders 

as for the lid : I measured the block, then I cut the strip (2,5 inch wide) with an an overlap of about an inch and a half. Glue it together, cover the top , then cover the whole with paper and in the end cover the bottom of the lid with the spare piece that was left from the second step

P.S. following the same steps you can make a photo album from the exploding Artist Trading Block or just make an "exploding" gift box ^.^

And finally, here some close-ups of the inside of the block. I used real coffee beans and cinnamon sticks ^.^ so every time the block is "exploding" it smells so niiiiiiceeee ^.^

without cards

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