Since I'm also a card maker, I tend to look at everything from both the angle of a card maker and a scrapbooker. Father's Day is just around the corner, so when the latest release for Ellen Hutson came out I loved it for both gift cards and a tiny accordion album for Father's Day. I've noted all my supplies at the end of this post.
The first thing I did was take the new Plaid Maker clear stamp set and create a black and white pattern. I cut an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of 80lb, Neenah Solar White paper in half lengthwise and started stamping.
First I tried using my Mini-Misti tool and it just wouldn't work. If you have the regular sized Misti, it might work for you. However the mini is just too small to maneuver the pattern. So I used a large clear block with a grid on it. I aligned the solid square with the corner of my paper to stamp the first pair of solid squares. Once I had the first two squares stamped I inked up the image again, stood over the clear block and tried to match up the corners of the squares in the stamp set. Sometimes it worked out perfectly, sometimes it was just a pinch off. Overall I was pleased with the outcome. I did the solid squares first and then came back in with the hatched squares. I tried SIX different inks to try to find the one that gave the most full coverage. I found that Archival ink in Jet Black worked the best for me. (TIP: Place the stamp facing up and tap the ink pad on the surface instead of tapping the stamp face down onto the ink pad - this allows you to ensure you get the best coverage.)
Once I had my pattern just right, I placed the Parcel Box die over it and ran it through my die cutter. I used some detail scissors to snip a corner of the tiny box flap and then my teflon bone folder to crease all the score lines left by the die. Then I set it aside to create the accordion insert.
For the accordion insert I printed some photos using a photo template by Paislee Press called Pocket Guide No. 2 and then cut the photos down in size. I kept the height the same, but the width is cut down to 1-7/8" so that it fits nicely on the accordion insert. You can definitely create your own template in photoshop to print your photos, but since I work with Paislee Press often, this was a much easier option for me.
Next I took the other half of the 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of 80lb Neenah Solar White I cut earlier and I cut a strip that was 8"L x 3-3/8"H. Then I used my Scor-Pal and scored the 8"L every 2" to create an accordion fold to insert into the box. I took the photos I trimmed earlier and attached them them with my tape runner to the front side of my accordion album.
Once I was finished with the album, I searched my stash of embellishments and found a wood tree for the front of the box. I used some 1/8" Glue Dots to attach the wood tree and passed some twine under it. The Parcel Box die comes with several options for keeping it closed, but I opted for a simple piece of twine tied in a bow on the front. I wanted this package to have a Pacific Northwest feel to it.
I think it's the perfect Father's Day gift for my father-in-law who loves showing off his grandkids. I'm positive he will love it! Stop by again tomorrow for another project I made using the Plaid Maker stamp set!