Shimmer Sheetz Boxes – Last-Minute Gifts
by Judi Kauffman
There’s still time to make a few last-minute holiday surprises for friends and family. If you’re lucky enough to have finished all of your holiday gift making, bookmark this idea to use for birthdays, anniversaries, and many other occasions!
Decorating boxes with Shimmer Sheetz is fast and easy. You can start with any kind of box that has a flat lid or flat sides, be it brand new or something in need of a facelift!
The first box is a tin that’s been given a makeover with torn paper collage, paint, and embossed Shimmer Sheetz cut to fit the top. As shown, the lid combines one large piece and three narrow strips in contrasting colors (same embossing folder for all pieces).
The second and third boxes held a cross stitch design in their first incarnation. Now they’ve taken on a whole new look with a piece of embossed Shimmer Sheetz in the spot that used to be occupied by stitchery. Insert-ready boxes are available from a variety of companies; Sudberry House and Framecraft are notable among them.
For all boxes, the Shimmer Sheetz was altered with alcohol inks after embossing to add more richness to the surface. Skip the alcohol inks and lightly sand the surface to slightly tone down the sparkle and reveal the core color if you prefer. That makes the project even faster! (Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz has a silver core, Iridescent has a white core, Metallic is transparent so skip the sanding and stick with the alcohol inks if you’re using Metallic.)
Big Shot or other machine used with embossing folders
Alcohol inks in colors of choice
Metallic Mixatives in Gold
Ink applicator tool
Paint, torn paper or other collage materials
Tins with flat lids and/or sides
Boxes with insert-ready lids