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Rubber Stamping Project by Carolyn Hasenfratz
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  • Introduction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Make the Templates
  • Make the Pillow Box
  • Make the Tags
  • Assemble the Pillow Box
  • Resources


It's fun to make a gift for someone then make a matching box to present it in. I made pillow boxes like the one you see here as gift boxes for some of my handmade lavender soap bars. In this project I provide templates you can download for two sizes of pillow box that you can easily make from 8.5" x 11" card stock. Decorate them as I've shown here or use your own ideas for embellishment.

And if you would like to try making some soap, I have posted some melt and pour soap recipes here.

Tools and Materials

Pillow Box and Tag Templates (links to download below)
Self-sticking laminating sheets
Hole puncher
Light color cardstock
Metal ruler
Clear acetate sheets
ColorBox Stylus Handle
ColorBox square Stylus Tip
Rubber stamps - links to specific stamps used in my sample are throughout the article and in the resources section
Rubber stamp ink - dye based
Small sponge
Circle template
Scoring tool
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Make the Templates
  1. Download the pillow box template. I have two sizes you can choose from:

  2. Print out the template, laminate it with clear self-sticking laminating sheets, and cut it out.

  3. Download the template for the gift tags. Three sizes of gift tag are included on the Treat Bag Template.

  4. Print out the treat bag template, then laminate the tag or tags that you would like to use. Cut the tag template out, then punch out the hole with a hole puncher.

Make the Pillow Box
    Backround Texture

    First we'll apply a background texture to two pieces 8.5" x 11" cardstock at a time. You can put the first layer of decoration on up to four pillow boxes at a time, since two boxes made from the large template will fit on one piece of cardstock. If you don't need that many pillow boxes, save the extra decorated cardstock for other projects.

    1. Using the template as a guide, trace the outlines of the number of pillow boxes you want to make on the back of the cardstock pieces with pencil. Draw a line in pencil where the fold for the glue flap will go.

    2. Make a couple of loops with scotch tape with the sticky side out, and press them lightly against your clothing to pick up lint and reduce their stickiness. You want the tape pieces to be a little sticky but not so sticky that your cardstock pieces get damaged. Use the loops to tape the penciled sides of the cardstock together, plain sides facing out.

    3. Using a piece of Scotch tape like a hinge, tape two pieces of acetate together along one edge. Temporarily tape this arrangement down on your work surface, leaving the top piece free to be lifted up and and down.

    4. Lift the upper piece of acetate, and drip a few drops of rubber stamp ink onto lower inside surface of the acetate. For my sample, I used Ancient Page colors Melon, Flamingo, and Saffron. Using your brayer, spread the ink out, then lower the upper piece of acetate down onto the inked surface. Rub the top then pull the acetate pieces apart. Repeat a few times to make interesting textures and add more ink if needed.

    5. Put your cardstock sandwich between the acetate pieces and press to get a pattern on both sides. Repeat until you are satisfied with the background.

    6. What I have just described is known in the rubber stamp world as Fossil Stone Monoprinting.

    Cut and Stamp Box

    1. Gently pull apart the two pieces of cardstock, and remove the tape loops. Cut out the pillow boxes along the pencil lines you traced earlier. You will have some small scraps of cardstock left over, save these for making the tags.

    2. Rubber Stamped Pillow Box Fold along the straight fold lines, using the metal ruler as an aid in folding. The image at right shows a flat, cut and folded box from what will be the inside, and next to it one from the outside. The plain side will remain unstamped and will become the inside of the box, the side with ink on it will become the outside of the box.

    3. Insert the square stylus tip into the stylus handle, and heat the tip for 20 seconds with a 75 watt light bulb. Press it for 10 seconds onto the Antique Pattern rubber stamp.

    4. Rubber Stamped Pillow Box Take a cut and folded box, place it inked side up, and use the molded stylus tip to stamp squares in light brown and lavender ink along the center fold. See the image at right for guidance on where to place the stamps.

    5. Stamp the word LAVENDER in light brown ink.

    6. Stamp the word BATH in lavender ink.

    7. Stamp border stripe in lavender and brown.

    An area in the middle of each side of the box has been left unstamped on purpose to help accent the raffia that will be wrapped around it when the box is assembled.

Make the Tags
  1. Take the scraps of cardstock left over from when you cut out the pillow boxes, and trace the tag template in pencil on the plain side.

  2. Rubber Stamped Pillow Box Cut out the tags, and punch a hole in the tab end.

  3. Erase the pencil lines on the back.

  4. Sponge light brown ink around the front edges of the tags.

  5. Stamp Antique Pattern Small in lavender ink on the edges of the front of the tags.

  6. Stamp "To" and "From" on the front and back.

Assemble the Pillow Box
  1. Plug in the hot glue gun. Hot glue safety tip: Whenever I use hot glue, I keep a stick handy so that if I get an unexpected run or drip, I have something I can grab immediately to push the glue around, that keeps me from being tempted to use a finger in a careless moment.

  2. Make curved folds for the ends of the boxes. I used a Creative Memories circle cutting template and a scoring tool to score the curved lines.

  3. Fold in one end, and seal the long fold seam along the side with the hot glue. Unplug glue gun.

  4. When the glue is sufficiently hardened to handle the box safely, place your gift item in the box, and fold over the other end.

  5. Wrap raffia around the box, and tie on the tag.


Here are some sources for specific products mentioned.

    Rubber stamps used in this sample project:

    The ColorBox Stylus handle and tips and the Ancient Page inks are made by Clearsnap and are for sale in my catalog. I have ColorToolBox Stylus Trays, handles, and moldable foam tips for sale in my Supplies and Accessories section, and Ancient Page inks are in the Rubber Stamp Ink - Dye Based section.

    Read more about monoprinting with Ancient Page inks in the book "Monoprinting Techniques: A step-by-step guide to creative success" by Toybox Rubber Stamps, available from Clearsnap.

    Here is a link to the Creative Memories Circle Patterns that I used to help make the curved folds.

    The scoring tool I used for this project is a wood tool with a semi-sharp point, kind of like a pencil without the lead. I don't remember exactly where I got it or why, but I think it might have been sold originally as a tool for foil embossing. If you don't have a favorite scoring tool already, you can find one where book arts and paper crafting tools are sold. A set of combined folding and scoring tools would be a handy thing to have in your toolkit if you enjoy paper crafts.

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