Chocolate is good…right?

 
Front of the box
Front of the box

I thought maybe I’d make some little Valentine treat for my kids to give their teachers (they’re still at that age where they LOVE to give stuff to their teachers).  But – I didn’t want it too cost too much.  So I created this little box to fit around one of those big 5 ounce Hershey chocolate bars. 

 I figure teachers can always use chocolate right??

Back of the box

Back of the box

I was trying to make it look somewhat like an envelope – as if it were a Valentine  card. 

I created a printable template and the tutorial.  I’m happy to share the template with you and I’d love to see what you make with it.   If you make something can you leave me a comment with a link so I can check it out?

Picture of template You can find the template by clicking HERE

It is a PDF document and you should be able to print it directly on the back side of your cardstock.  It uses the full width of the cardstock, so you need to make sure your printer is set to print full size.  The cut lines are solid and the score lines are dashed. 

Some people would rather not have the score lines print, so you you can find a version without score lines HERE.

 

The first step is to print the template on the back side of your cardstock.  Cut along the solid lines and score along the dashed lines.   The cut line near the bottom will be where the the box tip will tuck into the box to make the latch. 

Apply adhesive to box sides

Apply adhesive to box sides

Fold all the score lines in, and apply adhesive to the small tabs and the shorter bottom tabs.  I used Oh So Sticky tape.  Then fold up the box with the longest tabs on the outside and adhere.

 

decorative components

decorative components

Now its  time to decorate!

I created the brown elements using the Chocolate Box color core cardstock.  I embossed it with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folderand then sanded it lightly to expose the pink core.  The large matte is 3 1/4″ by 7″ – I just moved the folder over (matching up the dots) and embossed again to cover the long length.  I left the two edges unembossed so I could pierce it and add a row of faux stitching with my Inkessentials pen

The smaller matte is 2 1/2″ by 1 5/8″.  The strip is 1/2″ by 7 1/2″.

I roughed up the edges of all the brown pieces with a paper distresser to show some of the pink core along the edges.

I used the Valentine Stamps Cling Stamp by Impression Obsession for my box.  I stamped it twice and used the whole stamp and then used only one of the images for the back of the box (to “fancy up” the closure). 

Copic Markers used

Copic Markers used

It is colored with Copic markers.  The image is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Here are the colors I used:

The larger panels are adhered to the front, using foam tape to adhere the image to the brown matte.  I adhered the brown strip to the back box flap .  I mounted the trimmed image to the smaller matte and then used foam tape to adhere the image to the point of the box flap – making sure there was enough of the flap to tuck into the slit on the box.

Optional candy wrapper

Optional candy wrapper

I decided to add a decorated candy wrapper – although you wouldn’t have to.  I used copy weight paper and stamped it with images from the Heartlines clear set using Memento inks before wrapping it around the chocolate bar.

Open box

Open box

So there it is.   You could decorate this so many ways.  If you try it I’d love to see what you make!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And… to help you get creative, Paper Garden Projects is having a Valentine Project Sale!

And we still have free shipping on orders  over $60.

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9 thoughts on “Chocolate is good…right?

  1. Tracy Durcan

    This is such a great project!! I love those images!! 🙂

    I got my kit in the mail. 🙂 It’s stunning!! I can’t believe you cut and mounted all those images!!

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  2. becky

    What a cute idea! However, when i tried to open the file to print it out i got a message saying the file was damaged and could not be repaired.

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