Monday, November 7, 2016

Tutorials: Christmas Tree Treat Boxes and Luminaries Using Tim Holtz's Petal Drop Die

It's time to bring the bling with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme of "Shine Bright Like a Diamond."  We're also featuring Tim Holtz products, so I used his Petal Drop Die to make some glittery tree treat boxes and luminaries.

I started by cutting four petal drop panels out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper (it's sturdy enough to create a solid structure) then I glued the four panels onto a lighter-weight card stock.  Why glue the panels onto card stock?  I tried connecting just the panels together first, but there were gaps between the panels.  By gluing them to a background paper, the paper underneath fills in any gaps that may emerge when you fold it together.  It makes it one unified structure instead of four panels with cracks between the seams.  If you're going to be coloring the panels on top, you should also color the background paper where it will show through the seams before gluing the panels down.  Otherwise, they'll show up white when you fold it.  I learned this the hard way and had to color in my seams after it was connected.

These would look cute done with colored paper, too, but I went ahead and inked them up with various colors of Distress Ink, then blended the colors with a little white paint on top. 

Since this die was not made to be a box, you'll need to sketch out a tab on the long straight edge of the panel so you'll have something to fold over and connect this all together at the back.  Cut out your panel shape (along with the tab) and sketch some lines across the bottom of the petals to represent where you'll fold them in at the base.

Using a scoring board, make fold lines on the lines you penciled in, then along all of the cut petal lines.

At this point, I added some more texture by applying texture paste through a stencil, but that is totally optional.

All that was left to do was fill this tree with candy and fold it up!  This is easy to do with the tab in place, which you can glue down.  Ditto with the bottom tabs.  

And the last step?  Decorate!  Enjoy covering your tree with glitter or snowflakes or wrapping it in tinsel or yarn.  I added seasonal sentiments with Tim Holtz's Small Occasions and Big Chat stickers.

Here's another of the same style in a different color palette:

I also made a luminary out of this same shape (using an color-changing candle light instead of an actual candle, of course).  You follow the exact same instructions, but instead of leaving the rounded petal panels, you cut it flat along the bottom so you can just set it over the light.  

I used a die to cut shapes into my panels so that the light would shine through and didn't even punch out all of the die holes.  I liked the randomness of just popping a few of them out.

I inked the outside in just a few places and added glitter and a star to the top.  Here's how it looks with the light inside during the day:

And at night!

These boxes were a lot of fun to make and if you don't have time to ink and paint every one of them, you could easily make them out of colored paper or patterned paper, too.  Just use something nice and sturdy!

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

I'm excited to see how you incorporate some shine this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!


  1. OMGoodness! This is genius!!! I love your gorgeous trees and how you used the petal drop die. Your trees are beautiful with the pretty colors and snowflakes but holy cow, they light up too! Amazing, Andrea!!

    Cathie ♥

  2. Absolutely brilliant!! I am going to have to get this die so I can make some of these!! Very clever and so pretty! LOVE them :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Oh My! These all look amazing! I can imagine a little woodland made from these! Chrisx

  4. Brilliant, just brilliant, Andrea!! Love, love how you turned one into a gorgeous luminary! All the trees are so festive and glittery, what a wonderful trio to put out for the holidays! Maura xx

  5. These are fantastic!!! Love these tree boxes and your luminary- just brilliant!

  6. What a creative pieces of art! I love the idea of making the trees! I absolutely adore your first blending of colors, the violet and blue - what a fantastic shades! LOVE them! The last tree with holes is just stunning! I'm amazed of what goes through your mind each week :-) Hugs, Marzena

  7. This is so fun, Andrea! Love that you made these amazing creative trees! The one with the lights is so cool, what a fabulous idea! Hugs, Sandra

  8. They are so adorable as are your tags in Somerset Studio.

  9. Jesus, Andrea. I am in freaking awe. These are absolutely awesome. They would be a cool topper for xmas cookies or something... XO, you da bomb. Hope all is well.

  10. So these are gorgeous!! I didn't realize I needed that! Very awesome!

  11. These are FANTASTIC! The texture and colors are beautiful and you can light them up! WOW!!! Very creative, very beautiful, very FUN!!!

  12. These little trees are GORGEOUS! I love the illumination!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. These are so gorgeous!! Very fun and creative! I love how you can light them up. Amazing!

  14. Genius! I love how you built your trees! fantastic ! Your palette is absolutely fabulous, love the picture with the light! Barbara

  15. Genius! I love how you built your trees! fantastic ! Your palette is absolutely fabulous, love the picture with the light! Barbara

  16. Wow Andrea...these are so, SO clever and what a great use of the petal die, only you could think of turning it into a luminary and treat box! I just LOVE what you've created here and adore the colour palette ~ gorgeous, inspiring work as always!

  17. are a genius...great idea to use the petal drop die for your treat boxes and turn it into a luminary too...hugs kath xxx

  18. What a fantastic idea to use that die to make trees!! Very clever!! I LOVE how they turned out and the look wonderful shining too. And all that bling!

  19. This is such a gorgeous and fun creation, Andrea. Great tutorial! :)

  20. Love the sparkle on these trees!