Monday, August 7, 2017

My Other Creations: Gift Card Boxes featuring Simon Says Stamp's Hydrangea Petal dies

Happy Birthday to Simon Says Stamp!  Since they are celebrating another awesome year, "Happy Birthday" was fittingly chosen as this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme. We're also highlighting some fine Simon Says Stamp exclusive products in our projects.  I decided to decorate a couple of gift card boxes with "Let's Celebrate" as the mantra.  I love making covers for already-made things (like boxes) because it allows me to still personalize a gift when I don't have time to start from scratch.

I started out with white cardboard boxes, about 4" x 4".  I laid my box lids down on Strathmore Mixed Media paper and traced around them to get the right size.  I cut the squares out of my paper, then stamped various images on them using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.

Next I smeared acrylic paint onto the paper using my fingers (so therapeutic)!  I used Dina Wakley's acrylic paints in white, Lapis, Blackberry, Lemon and Lime.

I dabbed some Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers) onto sponges and smudged it onto my paper, then painted over everything with more white paint.

I used a Dina Wakley stencil and more Distress Ink to add some polka dots around the edges of my squares.  I die-cut some hydrangea petals using my Big Shot and some collage scraps that were left over from a previous project.  I outlined the petals with a black Sharpie and glued them to my lids.  I drew some stems for my flowers and stamped "Let's Celebrate" on each box.

Once my squares were decorated, I glued them to the tops of my boxes and filled them with colored tissue paper.  Just perfect for a gift card!

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see how you say Happy Birthday this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your change to win one of TWO $50 vouchers to the Simon Says Stamp store (a bonus voucher from Simon in celebration of their birthday)!


  1. Gorgeous box toppers Andrea!! I love the background stamping and the colours, the whole design of this is fabulous and what a great idea!! LOVE them :-)

    Thanks for being such a great teamie and a wonderful inspiration! It is such a pleasure to be on the team with you!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Crazy as always and so in your uncomparable style. Love the flowers and the stamping on backgrounds. Have a happy week! Hugs, Marzena

  3. Love those toppers Andrea, they are amazing and perfect!!! Hugs xxx

  4. Such a happy look to these. I love the design and colors!

  5. I love, love your gift boxes, Andrea! They're so soft and feminine and pretty. Love the gorgeous colors and design.

    Cathie ♥

  6. It delights me how you start with bold black stamping and vivid colours and arrive at something so light and delicate and ethereal - a lovely way to celebrate!
    Alison x

  7. I love this idea, Andrea! Your box toppers are gorgeous, love how you layer all the letters, then add color and images, sweet! hugs, Maura

  8. Such gorgeous toppers, Andrea! Very artsy and fun and I love the mixture of stamps you used to create the look!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. and who wouldn't want to receive one of these beautiful keepsakes...hugs kath xxx

  10. I love so much the way you use the white to lighten cover the colors to create your background ... I confess that I think I will copy this technique one of these days !!!! wonderful work, a feast for the eyes! Barbara

  11. Beautiful little gift boxes and I can't think of anyone who wouldn't love to receive one of these as they are just gorgeous, Andrea and something that would be treasured forever! :)

  12. This is such a fabulous creation, Andrea. The stamped patterns and colors are fantastic! :)

  13. Beautiful toppers Andrea! And a great idea to embellish a gift box like that. I love the soft colours and all the circles.

  14. These are so cute - love the whimsical feel of them! Thanks so much for sharing the process!!