Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tiny Treats Box

Welcome to a new month and a new challenge with Dreamweaver Stencils.  For the month of May, the challenge is "Tiny Treats".  The thought is that you can create a small token for teacher appreciation, graduation, party favors and the like.  Here is my take:

Dreamweaver Stencil LX 7017 Stars
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Mercart Metal (One sheet, any color aluminum)
Mercart Teflon Tool (in the Beginning Kit--optional)
Color Solutions Alcohol Ink in Lemoncello, Aquarius, Mojito Green, Iceberg and Cosmo Pink
Double-Sided Mounting Paper
Manual Die Cut Machine
Box (mine was $1 at Michael's)
Black Paint
Paint Brush
Sharp Scissors
Craft Knife

1)  Paint the bottom and inside of the box.
2)  Run the metal with the stencil through the manual die cut machine.  You will be debossing the silver side of the metal.  You also need the Stamping Details Mat.  The sandwich for the Cuttlebug is A plate, stencil face up, metal color side down, rubber embossing mat and two B plates.
3)  Repeat step 2
4)  If desired, use the Mercart Teflon Tool to sharpen and deepen the "wells" you have created by using the stencil.  You can do that by running the tool around the edges of the shapes against the stencil.
5)  Drip Color Solution colors into the wells as desired.  Let dry.
6)  Sand the metal to remove any color that got outside the wells.
7)  Use the scissors to cut the Double Sided Mounting Paper to fit each of the sides of the box.  Be sure to cut out spaces for the hinge and the clasp.
8)  Decide on which portion of the metal pieces you want on the side.
9)  Remove one side of the coating on the paper and adhere to the back of the metal.
10)  Trim the metal to fit the adhesive paper, leaving just a little extra all the way around.
11)  Remove the backing of the adhesive paper and attach the metal to the box.
12)  Rub the slight excess metal around the corners, tuck up next to clasp and trim with scissors or craft knife where necessary.
13)  For the top, select two areas that you would like to feature.
14)  Place mounting paper on the back of the metal parts.
15)  Trim around the stars if desired, always making sure that the metal will cover the top.
16)  Remove backing and place on the top.
I hope you enjoyed this post today.  If you create a "Tiny Treat", be sure to send the picture to and you could win a wonderful prize!  In the meantime, you can find some more inspiration by visiting my fellow teammates.

Dream It up!

Laura Drahozal

Lyn Bernatovich

Pam Hornschu

Heidi Erickson 

Louise Healy

Jessica Griffin

Cyndi Bundy


  1. Wow! Awesome details Laura. Love taking a $1 craft item and turning it into priceless art!!!!

  2. What a stunner! LOVE the cheerfulness of the colors know me I love bright! Whoever receives this is going to be very lucky and appreciative.

  3. Once again Laura, your metal works amazes me! What a gift for someone!

  4. Don't you just love those $1 boxes at Michael's? This is a wonderful little surprise, and perfect for every occasion due to the that stencil design! Love the colors, too.

  5. Your box is beautiful and any one would love to receive a treat or two in this special box!! The bright ink colors on the silver are absolutely beautiful!!

  6. Wow Laura great treat box! No one would guess it started out as a $1.00 box!

  7. I love this post! love the stars and all the fun color! Great Job

  8. Very nice idea for a treat the bright colors...
    will make someone feel very special to receive this.