With festival season around the corner, I thought it would be fun to spend some time doing candy boxes to pack with chocolates, sweets or mithai. I honestly feel that candies become even sweeter when the presentation is top notch which is why I wanted to go all out to make the box and coordinating card as grand as possible. I also feel that candy and sweet boxes should have a 'peek-a-boo' window for a sneak peak at the goodies inside so that that's what I included in my creation.
For the base of the box I kept it simple with a black card as I was planning to go a bit insane for the lid. I started with some bright orange card stock on which I stamped this pretty damask design using a Kaisercraft stamp from Itsy Bitsy with versamark ink. Then I dusted some black WOW embossing powder all over the inked design and once I dusted off the excess, I used my heat tool to melt the powder and create this pretty glazed finish. Here's a close up of the embossing. For a detailed view of how the heat embossing, be sure to catch the tutorial video at the end of this post.
Then I got to work creating the see-through-portion of the lid which I accomplished using some Scallop Rectangle Dies from Itsy Bitsy coupled with transparency sheets. The next step was embellishing the lid and here I decided to make my own flowers. Using the Sizzix Sizzlets 3 pack flower die, I created the corner flower embellishments and added a flourish on either side for a little drama. Pearls and doilies on the edge finished off the box.
For a detailed account on how I heat embossed the lid and created the see through window, watch my video tutorial below.
At the end of my project, I realised that the colours I chose made the set appear to be more appropriate Halloween than a happy Festival so if I could do it over, I think I would have replaced the orange with gold or silver or even a rich red. That said, I was really kicked with my black flowers and the heat embossing.
How do you like my project and the tutorial? Would love your frank feedback. Leave a comment and let me know!