Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Other Creations: Transparent Party Favor Box

The theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "transparent."  I went right for these clear plastic pillow boxes to see what I could do with them.  I decided to decorate them and fill them with crafty goodies for my friends who enjoy creating wonderful works of art. 

These boxes are completely different styles and that's because my artsy friends all lean toward a different aesthetic.  So I experimented with a couple of diverse looks.

For the pink box, I stamped a Wendy Vecchi image onto the front with embossing ink, added white embossing powder, then shot it with my heat tool.  

Caution!  We all know that heat and plastic don't mix unless you're trying to do something melty!!  This was a risky maneuver.  My plastic box was milliseconds away from being a deformed transparent blob.  I don't know if you ever get adrenalin rushes from crafting, but this was one for me!  Will I or won't I destroy this plastic box??  But I survived and so did my project...this time.  So if you do try and heat emboss onto plastic, my only advice would be to keep your heat tool moving around fast-- like warp speed!  If you heat up one spot for too long, disaster will surely ensue.

I topped off my box with some pink and white yarn and some Tim Holtz "Tattered Florals" daisy shapes that I cut out of used dryer sheets.

And for you extra inquisitive folks, here's a peek of what I put inside the box:

For the grungier box, I went a safer route and stamped directly onto the plastic with StazOn inks (no heat involved).  I used a polka dot stamp for the teal dots, then I used a sponge to dab brown around all the edges.

After that, I added some Washi tape and fussy cut around some stamped images, which I glued to the box.  I filled this one up with vintage dictionary pages, ticket stubs and other paper ephemera.

The great thing about these pillow boxes is that they are so incredibly versatile!  And they come flat, which makes them easy to stamp on and decorate.

I was able to create these boxes using the following supplies from Simon Says Stamp:

So what transparent masterpieces will you create this week?  Please do share your creations with us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  As always, you will inspire us and you will enter yourself in a random drawing to win $50 in Simon Says Stamp store credit. 50dollar_voucher_600px 


  1. Hi Andrea, I adore your transparent favour boxes, such a lovely gift idea. I love how you can see a hint of the gifts inside making it all the more exciting to delve in there and open. Love the bird too. Great design. Tracy x

  2. Beautiful gift boxes. I've tryed your embossing technique on acetate and i still have to practice my warp speed (:o) You're always showing cool techniques! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  3. I am laughing so hard- when I saw your EMBOSSED box I got a rush just thinking about how closely that must have come to destruction. hee hee. This is a fantastic idea and use of the challenge - and I'm sure those artsy friends will simply LOVE their goodies.

  4. How risky of you to heat emboss the plastic pillow box, Andrea! You are one risky lady LOL. I can imagine the rush! But you did it! Love both boxes! So completely different, but both so beautiful! Hugs, Sandra

  5. these are adorable.
    you have 2 very lucky friends!

  6. Cool party favor boxes, Andrea! I really like how different they are! Makes a great personalized gift!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Stunning projects Andrea! I am amazed you embossed that image with out making melt art! Both are fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Wow... Andrea, these boxes are so cute and fabulous! Love the beautiful stamping and embossing. Very sweet gift idea. :)

  9. These are both gorgeous! I have have walked that thin line and ended up with the blobs and with some wins but it gave me a chuckle to see your warning! I love the pretty pink case but the second one which manages to distress acetate is my favorite! FYI just saw your pages in Stampers Sampler! Congrats and fantastic projects!

  10. Stunning boxes Andrea and so glad the first box didn't turn out to be a deformed transparent blob, lol!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and I'm sure your friends are going to me very happy with their gifts!! :)

  11. Andrea...these little gift boxes are so stinkin' cute! I would have had a heck of a time coming up with a transparent project for this theme! But you have done it and in your own special way! I love the colors! I love the whimsical stamping and bird on the one box. That washi tape and Wendy's "Make Art' license plates are so perfect for that box! I also like the other one just embossed with the white Wendy Busy Bee label. They are both darling! <3 Candy

  12. I absolutely love them both! I already told you that I love your style, the colors you use and how you manage to harmonize the different elements in your work! wonderful project! BArbarayaya

  13. You are a brave, brave soul. When I saw the embossed pillow box, my very first thought was, "How did she do that?" I am in awe of your wizardry with an embossing gun. (This from a woman who accidentally charred the carpet with her embossing gun. Seriously. The smell was horrible.)

    You did a fabulous job with this challenge. I love both of the boxes. They're true treasures that reflect that unique, whimsical style of yours. A style that I adore.

  14. These are both gorgeous Andrea and such a fun idea!! Love both of them and the way they look with all the little things you placed inside them.