Easel Box Brayer Embossed Technique Tutorial + Guest DT at TTCRD

Happy Tuesday everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Today's tutorial is how to create a Brayer embossed technique Easel box, perfect to hold note cards as well goodies treats. But first, a happy news to share with you. Because I won a challenge a few weeks ago over at Through The Craft Room Door, I was invited to be their Guest Designer for this week Anything Goes Theme which runs through Monday November 16th. By the way, there is a blog hop going on with amazing prizes from wonderful sponsors to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Cara Malmrose as owner of TTCRD Challenges blog and TTCRD Magazine. I hope you will come join me this week over at TTCRD and increase your chance of winning some amazing prizes by participating in both the challenge as well the blog hop.

For my tutorial demonstration piece, here is my GDT project which I have the joy of working with this beautiful image from the lovely sponsor, Sandi Samples calls Lady Kathleen. This easel box is a "Get-Well" treats gift box for an elderly neighbor of mine, Pam who is recovering from a recent fall. For details behind the inspiration of my design layout, please see below.

January 2016 Edition

I'm going to break the tutorial into two parts. Part 1: Brayer technique and Part 2: Create the easel box.

Part I: Brayered Technique Tutorial

Materials Used:
  • Cardstock - 2 white 4X5 size
  • Embossing folder - Sizzix Lattice 
  • Ink pad: Versa Magic's Pixie Dust 
  • Brayer: Speedball 
  • Cutting tool: paper trimmer 
  • machine: Sizzix Big Shot


Step 1: Open up the embossing folder

Step 2: Ink up the brayer very well.  Then roll onto the back of the folder's COVER until it covered in ink very well.

Step 3: Place a piece of the 4X5 cardstock on the base of the folder.  Carefully close the cover over the cardstock (my little boy is helping me here holding down the folder so I can snap a photo - what a big helper!)

Final Step: Emboss through the Big Shot machine. The end result. Repeat with the 2nd cardstock piece and set aside.  Time to create the box!

Part II: Create The Easel Box

Materials Used:

For the box
White Cardstock - 7X8 size
Black Cardstock - 4.25X11 size
Brayer's Embossed white cardstock - from Part 1 of the tutorial above
Cutting tool: paper trimmer 

For decoration
Die: Sizzix Framelits Die - Fancy Oval 
Adhesive: double side tearable tape, Liquid Applique, tombow liquid glue 
embellishment: StampinUp Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, clear rhinestones


Step 1: Place the 7X8 cardstock onto scoreboard and score at the 1.5-inch mark on all 4 sides. 

Next, score a diagonal line on each of the corners. Result as show in photo, leaving a 4X5 inner rectangle.

 Step 2:Trim off a right triangle from each of the corner.  Fold on all the scored lines.  

Step 3: Adhesive the corners inward. You now got a 4x5x1.5 size box bottom.

Step 4: Take the 4.25x11 black cardstock. Score and fold at 5.25", 6.875" and 9.75" (the easel part). 

This should be your result.  Don't adhesive to the box yet.  

Step 5: Decorate the outer box with the Brayer textured flat card from Part 1 of the tutorial above by cutting it into 2 stripes of 1.5"x5 and 1.5x4".

Step 6: Now adhesive the black cover to the box.  Then, place double-side tape only to the bottom of the lid as show.  This is the easel part of the lid.

Step 7: Trim off a small triangle in the middle on each side of the box to create the slot for the lid to stand in. Decorate the base layer of the lid with the second 4x5 brayer embossed flat card to the 4.25x5.25 black flat card. Then, carefully align the layer over the lid.

Step 8: Adhese the fancy oval frame with the image on. Add embellishments. You're done!

Inspiration behind the design layout

When I first saw the beautiful Lady Kathleen image with her fancy gown and big hat, immediately I thought of actress Audrey Hepburn in the horse racing scene from the "My Fair Lady" movie. I'm a big fan of this movie with "Breakfast At Tiffany" being second. So my design layout were inspired by the two movies.

I hope you enjoy my Brayered technique Easel box tutorial and hopefully it was easy to follow. This is my last "adult" crafting tutorial for this week. Tomorrow I will share an easy fun kids' Veteran's Day craft project that I did with my children. Hope you can come check it out.

I want to thanks Cara and the rest of the DT team for this wonderful opportunity. 

I am entering this Brayer's technique easel gift box of mine into the following challenges below.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your thoughts, comments as well questions with me before you go. It's always a joy knowing you have stop by and I do appreciate the time you take to leave me your comments. 

Wishing you a lovely Tuesday.


Lois Wyche said...

Love this easel box... it is so beautiful and I will save your directions and try this in the future

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christina, this is exquisite in every way! I love the beautiful box and the technique for the box covering. And your tutorial is perfect. I too have pinned this in two places - tutorials and gift ideas. I love it, sweet friend, and I am so delighted that you are enjoying being on the DT. You deserve it! Hugs!

Leanne said...

Very pretty and thanks for sharing the tutorial as well. Awesome. Thanks for entering our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Leanne DT/LPCF

Rannah Romps said...

WOWZA!!!! It's so BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm going to try this box!! Only one problem, I have trouble with numbers like 6.875 Can anyone help me?

Cara Malmrose said...

Christina ... this is just gorgeous and what a thoughtful gift for your neighbor! I imagine this will brighten her day immensely! And Thank YOU for being our Guest Designer this week at Through The Craft Room Door .
(Hugs) Cara
Through The Craft Room Door {Owner}
TTCRD Challenge Blog
My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

Helen Gullett said...

WOW Christina, this is gorgeous box! Great tutorial. Thank you!

Christina Hor said...

Rannah, you can find the 6.875 on the ruler/scoreboard at the half mark between 6.75 and 7. In every quarter (1/4) there is that middle longer, 2nd marking? That's the 0.125 mark. So if you count all those marks in an inch, you'll get 8 of them. For 6.875, it is 6.75 + .0125. Don't hesitate to e-mail me if you still need clarification. Thanks for stopping by friend.

Hugs, Christina

Desire Fourie said...

This is a wonderful creation and perfect for our 21st ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Rae Ann said...

Such a lovely gift idea! Love the brayered technique for an embossing folder. It is a wonderful effect.

Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.

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