Mini Christmas gift boxes!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a fun and fairly easy way to up your “gift giving game” with the Mini Pizza and Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes for Christmas! Whether it’s tasty goodies, a gift card, or any other smaller items, the Mini Pizza and Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes are great ways to package your gift! During Halloween, I showed you how to decorate a Mini Pizza Box with DSP and now I will show you how I inked and decorated a Mini Pizza and Mini Paper Pumpkin Box for these super cute Christmas packaging!

Before I begin, let me share with you my inking “journey” with both of these boxes. There are several ink blending tools on the market, Stampin’ Up! offers Sponge Brayers, Sponge Daubers, and Stampin’ Sponges (and a blending brush that will be available in the 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalog) and there are also other types of blending brushes on the market, which I do have and also used for my experiment to see which way was the best and/or easiest to use. To make a long story short, any coloring sponge or brush will work, it really is just a matter of preference. Before you begin, make sure that the color ink pad you are using is inked up and just in case, have your ink refill bottle close at hand. I used Pacific Point ink since it not only coordinated with the DSP, but it has always been a “well inked” pad since I bought it and it’s not a color that I used a lot of. YOUR FINGERS WILL GET INKY, so if this is an issue, disposable gloves may work best for you and if you do not have any, you can also use a tissue when you are working with an inked area of the box. For the most part, I used a Sponge Brayer and then went back over with a Stampin’ Sponge to blend the ink into the box a little bit better and remove any excess ink, your fingertips will leave a smudge, which I used the sponge to blend away. If you get any ink on the shiny inside part of the boxes, this will easily wipe off and after you assemble the box you may find some parts that need a little touch up, which you can use either a dauber or sponge with ink to do:

Starting with the Mini Pizza Box:

1. Cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheet at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, place a piece of Adhesive Sheet on the back, and use the large detailed snowflake die to die-cut out.

2. Stamp the large snowflake in Pacific Point ink on Whisper White cardstock and die-cut out with the coordinating die.

3. Use the other outline snowflake die to die-cut out of Vellum cardstock.

4. Use the medium sized detailed snowflake die to die-cut out of Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper.

The die-cut snowflakes are layered on top of the die-cut Silver Foil Sheet, starting with the Pacific Point snowflake, Vellum snowflake, and the Balmy Blue Glimmer snowflake, using a Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere in the middle. I then placed a 6mm light Blue Adhesive-Backed Gem in the middle:

I removed the adhesive backing from the back of the Silver Foil Sheet and adhered to the lid of the Mini Pizza Box:

For the sides:

1. Stamp the smallest snowflake in Pacific Point ink on Whisper White cardstock six times and die-cut out with the coordinating die. I used the same die and die-cut out six pieces from Vellum cardstock, which will be layered off-set under the stamped snowflakes. I used the small single snowflake from the Christmas Layers Dies to die-cut out of Silver Foil Sheet, which has some of the adhesive sheet on the back:

I used glue dots to adhere the layered snowflake pieces together, placed a 4mm light Blue Adhesive-Backed Gem in the middle, and used another glue dot to adhere to the side of the box, two on each side. I then removed the adhesive backing from the silver foil snowflake and placed one on each side, in between the other two snowflakes:

On a ½” x 3 ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock, I used the squared side of the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch on each end, and used the To/From stamp from Itty Bitty Christmas in Pacific Point ink. You can either place in on the front side of the box or along the bottom:

For the Mini Paper Pumpkin Box, I first used the small snowflake stamp along all four sides in Versamark ink and heat set in White Emboss Powder. Of course, I only did one side at a time and it wasn’t hard to do with the box put together first:

For the top of the box, I used this design from the Snowflake Splendor DSP, cut at 3 ½” x 5 3/8”, and used the label die from So Many Snowflakes Dies to die-cut out. I used three of the 4mm dark Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems as shown:

For the sentiment, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 ½” x 5 3/8”, layered the DSP and cardstock on my Stamparatus to line up the sentiment in the middle, and then stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point ink. I then used two of the snowflake stamps in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight ink, stamping off twice first, to fill in the background. The DSP layer is adhered on top:

For the tag, I used the 2” Circle Punch to punch out of Pacific Point cardstock, used the larger detailed snowflake die to die-cut out of Silver Foil Sheet, which is adhered to the circle punch. I used the 1 ½’ Circle Punch to punch out of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the To/From in Pacific Point ink:

I adhered the Whisper White circle punch over the snowflake/circle punch layer and cut about 8” of Linen Thread to tie into a knot thru the hole punch:

I thought the easiest way to attach the tag was to use some of the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon, which I attached a strip across the DSP with glue dots, adhered the ends to the back, and used enough ribbon to tie into a small bow, which I used two glue dots to attach to the ribbon with the linen thread tied into a knot at the end:

This completed piece is adhered to the lid of the Mini Paper Pumpkin Box:

Aren’t these boxes super cute?? I also included pictures with a gift card inside to give you an idea how big the inside of each box is. No matter how simple or detailed you decorate these boxes, they are great ways for gift giving all year long!!

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