Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Day 3 – Shimmer Sheetz Patchwork Card Box

November 9, 2014

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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Shimmer Sheetz Patchwork Card Box

By Els van de Burgt

HH-Els Box-A

How about this combination for Handmade Holidays gift giving: Decks of vintage playing cards nestled in a handsome box with Shimmer Sheetz Patchwork on the top! The divided box would also make a nice present for someone who collects Artist Trading Cards, or with the addition of some adhesive backed Velvet Sheets on the interior, it’s just right for jewelry.

To make the box exactly as I did use bronze acrylic paint, Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz, three small allover pattern nature-theme embossing folders plus alcohol inks in pumpkin, light brown, and gold. Switch to a different palette and other embossing folders to suit the décor and taste of the person who will receive the box. (Shimmer Sheetz comes in a wide variety of colors, as do alcohol inks.)

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1. Basecoat the box with bronze acrylic paint. When dry, add a second coat of paint. Allow to dry.

2. Cut a 5” x 12” piece of Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz into three 4” x 5” pieces.

3. Emboss each of the pieces with a different embossing folder. As shown, all three folders have leafy patterns. Tip: Substitute any trio you want!

4. Alter the three embossed rectangles by lightly sanding and adding alcohol inks. One side of the pattern will have raised designs; the other side will have de-bossed designs. Alter some of each. Tip: Use a damp paper towel to wipe Shimmer Sheetz after sanding.

5. Cut each of the three 4” x 5” pieces into TWO 2” x 5” strips. Cut each 2” x 5” strip into FOUR pieces: TWO 2” x 1.5” pieces, TWO 2” x 1” pieces.

6. Trace the size of the lid of the box onto paper. Arrange pieces as shown or as you prefer, filling the space. Tip: Keep leftover pieces for other projects.

HH-Els Box-B

7. Cut a rectangular piece of Transparent Adhesive Sheet to cover the top (flat) portion of the lid of the box. Expose the adhesive and, working one piece at a time, move the Shimmer Sheetz patchwork pieces onto the adhesive.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs –

SS0218 Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal Gemstone (or color of choice)

502 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheets

E122 Ginkgo Embossing Folder*

E118 Spring Leaves Embossing Folder*

E119 Swirly Curves Embossing Folder* (*or 3 folders of choice)

Walnut Hollow – Basswood Card Box 1704OP

Other – Bronze acrylic paint, 1” flat paint brush; Alcohol inks in pumpkin/orange, light brown, gold; Ink applicator tool; sanding block

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!



Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Ellison Educational Equipment

ICE Resin

Neat and Tangled

Therm O Web

Walnut Hollow

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Rowland Technologies

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry 

Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason

Meagan – The Charming Farmer

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman

Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey

Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright 

The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson

It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎

Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton 

L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez

Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho

Charity Wings

ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen

Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly

Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins

RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington

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  • Ann Custer November 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful box, love the Ginko embossing folder.

  • Debby Lewis November 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I really like this. I think embossing makes this just perfect.

  • Shawn Mosch November 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I am in LOVE with the color, texture and depth in those sheets!!!

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  • Carmen Olson November 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Oh wow! So elegant looking. I think it would make such a lovely gift.

  • Denise November 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you so much, Els!

  • clickityklak November 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Love this box ! Can’t wait to try, but a tutorial would be fantastic help ! How have I missed that Ginkgo embossing folder ? I have a ginkgo tree, now I have to place another order. Els & Joset your breaking me !

  • linda fontanella November 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    what a beautiful present that would make for anyone. great idea.

  • judi kauffman November 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Great project, Els! I do like the idea of lining it with something like Velvet Adhesive Sheets to use for jewelry. So many possibilities for the patchwork and endless options for color palette and embossing folders. I agree with Denise: Tutorial, tutorial, tutorial…get out that video camera!

  • Linda Storey November 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Very nice, looks very elegant. Love the shimmer. TFS!

  • Denise November 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This is gorgeous! Any chance of a video tutorial?

    • Els van de Burgt November 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Denise, I don’t have a YouTube about this technique but I do have this one about Shimmer Sheetz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOYoTibAc54
      With the box I use the Ranger alcohol inks first before I emboss the Shimmer Sheetz. Rest is the same so emboss and use StazOn on top but in different colors.

  • catloverarctic November 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

    great hop love card box and shimmersheetz!

  • Raquel Mason November 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Love the card box, what a great idea!

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