Hey guys! I have a fun new toy to share today – I recently upgraded my Sizzix Big Shot to the Big Shot Plus. I can still use all my old dies, but with a 9″ cutting width, I can die-cut and emboss much larger areas than before. Today I’m sharing how easy it is to make up embossed DIY treat boxes from 8.5×11 inch paper – just add a bit of ribbon for an instant gift box that works well for birthdays, weddings, and all kinds of special occasions.
If you’re used to the Sizzix Big Shot already – the Plus works just the same. But check out the size – you can die-cut one box from one sheet of paper with no extra assembly necessary, which is nice – but check out the embossing folder! It’s perfect for embossing larger areas (which, if you’re a paper crafter, you have likely wished for at one point in time or another).
Here’s everything you need to make this quick treat box, including affiliate links for the products I used today. (Don’t forget, if you shop Sizzix.com, you can enter code SZB2015 to get 15% off your order at checkout, just for being a Happy Hour Projects reader!)
- Sizzix Big Shot Plus with Platform & Acrylic Cutting Pads
- Sizzix Bigz Plus Gift Bag Die
- Sizzix Textured Impressions Plus Embossing Folder – Botanical Swirls
- 8.5×11 inch card stock (I used a 65# paper in periwinkle)
- Quick-drying Paper Glue
- Coordinating satin ribbon & gift tag (the Sizzix Framelits labels set is a great choice)
The treat bag die is perfectly sized for 8.5×11 paper – just place the paper on the die, sandwich it between two acrylic cutting pads, and roll it through your machine. (It’s recommended that you use the soon-to-be released Sizzix Plus Crease Pad with this die to help get great score lines, but in a pinch, you can stick with the cutting pads.)
After die-cutting your box, you can emboss the entire thing in the Plus-sized embossing folders. Then, just fold it, add a line of glue along one flap, and assemble the bottom. Fill it with treats, tie it off with a festive ribbon, and you’ve got an instant treat box!
You can, of course, embellish yours in whatever style suits you best. I love the embossing here because aside from waiting for the quick-dry glue, you can die-cut, emboss, and assemble this box in under five minutes, making it a smart option for parties, or any occasion where you need several boxes. Plus, because it uses a paper size you can run through your printer, you can even customize it before cutting (oh, the possibilities)!
As a 2015 Sizzix Design team member, I receive certain Sizzix products free of charge in order to share inspiration projects and tutorials. Select Big Shot Plus accessories were provided to me in order to create this design. My designs and opinions are, of course, all my own.