September 6, 2012

SWAN GIFT BOX TUTORIAL (WITH CUT FILES)

Hello, friends!  It's Audrey and again it's that time of the month for me to happily be here with another DT project/tutorial.   As always thanks to Sheila for having me, and to you for visiting.  My project is a swan gift box:

 
I used my swan box as a towel holder and topper to a box of soap roses -- but, of course, it can be used separately for other small gifts.  I made the cutfile for this box using the Art Noveau and George cartridges (required for cutting files), and I've provided the .cut and gypsy file downloads at the end of this post below, if you're interested.
 
With that said, I began this box by cutting out the file:
 
 
Once cut, there is the box and 2 wings:
 
 
Please excuse my lines not being straight, however I wanted to provide you a picture schematic of the box folds which are indicated by the black lines:
 
 
These pictures show how the tabs (1) and swans (2) folds will look when bone folded:
 
                                                                                1
 
                                                                                 2
 
Now it's time to glue the box together by gluing the side tabs on each end to the inside body of the swans:
 

 
Once glued, the box will look like the first picture below and the next picture will show where to place the wings (I used pop dots on my box so that the wings would have a 3-D effect):
 

 
The box is now basically done -- just needs to be decorated and filled as desired!
 
For my box, I glued the heads on each side of the box together, and the tails, to give it the look of being one swan; for texture and to give the appearance of feathers, I added dimensional paint.  I finished the effects by adding eyes and highlighting the box with Stickles. Click on the picture for a close-up of these effects: 
 
 
 
My final embellishing was to add a ribbon bow and silk roses at the bottom of the box to complement the rose soaps
 
I hope you like my project, and that you'll have as much fun as I did putting yours together!!!  Now, don't forget to grab your cut file below!  LOL!!!
 
As always, thank you so much for stopping by, hugs, and...
 
I'll be seeing you!
 
 
Project Cut Files:
 
 
http://dc592.4shared.com/download/sEM2FnO8/swan_boxx.gypsy
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