Friday 11 October 2013

Tonic Butterflies Chocolate Slip Wrapper Step-by-Step Tutorial

Mmm, are you like me and partial to the odd bar of chocolate?  If so, perhaps you'll also like this pretty Chocolate Slip Wrapper which turns a large bar of chocolate into a very pretty hostess gift.

Chocolate Slip Wrapper

Project Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Butterflies and Blooms Monarch Arch and Ringlet Rest Dies, Tonic Doily Border Punch, Grand Calibur
Colouring Mediums:  Peebles Inc Chalk
Paper and Card: Textured A4 cardstock, First Edition Glittered cardstock
Embellishments: Lace, Double Satin Ribbon, Organza Polka Dot Ribbon, rhinestone crystals, flatback pearls.

Step 1 - Cut cardstock and patterned paper to size

Trim a sheet of mid-weight ivory cardstock to 19.7cm wide by 27cm long.  Use a pencil to mark the center point along the top and 7.9cms down from the top (sorry to be this exact, but if you go to 8cm with this die, it will cut right out!). Score along the length of the sheet at 1.5cm in from the left and right edges, but don't fold those scored lines yet. Trim your patterned paper into two oblongs, 16.5cm x 9.5cm and 16.5cm x 5.8cm.

Step 2 - Die-cutting "off" the mat.

Align the Tonic Studios Monarch Arch Die to the centre top of ivory cardstock (as pictured) so that the die ends just below your 7.9 cm pencil marks.  Tape securely into place with masking tape.  Place on your cutting mat so that the die is on the cutting mat but that the very bottom of it extends beyond the edge of the mat (use the 7.9cm pencil marks to help with the lining up).  You can tape this in place to with low tack tape if you struggle to keep this alignment in place.  Cover with the base mat, hold your sandwich together very firmly so that it doesn't slip and feed through your die cutting machine.  Remove the cutting mat (and any low tack tape adhering the sheet to the cutting mat only) and carefully move the cardstock up the base mat, then use the embossing sandwich relevant to your machine.

Once embossed but before removing the die, I chalked through the die with  a pretty pastel pink chalk, to highlight the embossing detail, but this is optional but remember to remove any low tack tape before doing this.  Remove the die, you will see that you have cut through the card but it is still attached to the sheet. Run your fingers around the die cutting to remove any loose pieces, but don't worry about any small pieces that are still attached at the base, we'll be dealing with those. 

Using a craft knife and aligning the metal edge ruler to the 7.9cm pencil marks, trim away excess cardstock from either edge to the first die-cut edge (as pictured).  

You will still have a land-locked central section and this bit needs a little bit of care, so go slowly but it is easy enough to deal with.  Align your metal ruler to the cut edges and then cut away between die-cut edges (leaving the die cut still attached to the card).  I find it easiest to cut away the central section first and then decide what other sections need to be trimmed after I've done this bit.  

You will now have an oblong of cardstock with your Monarch Arch attached to the top.
  Step 3 - Creating the Wrapper

From the bottom of the cardstock, measure up 7.5cm and score across the width and at 9cm, again at this stage don't fold the score lines.  Use a Border punch to create a decorative edge at the bottom.  Chalk the edge but on the back of the cardstock as once folded the back edge will become the front (optional). 

Now fold and burnish with a bone folder the four score lines. On each side, cut up to the vertical score lines from the edge along the two horizontal score lines.  Trim away a small v-shaped wedge as shown below. I found it easier to attach the patterned card before final assembly but take care, you need to stick the small oblong to the back of the project and the wrong way up if your pattern has a top and bottom so sure the pattern top is aligned against the punched border edge.  This is because at the moment, your bottom piece is upside down and back to front - again, look at the picture and what I mean should be clearer! 

To construct the wrapper, first glue the tabs to the longer edge, you may need to just hold the tabs in place for a few seconds until the glue fully "grabs".  Then apply your glue to the shorter edge and stick in place.  You now have your basic wrapper shape to decorate as you please!

I've created a PDF download of this step-by-step of this Chocolate Slip Wrapper - please use and enjoy, but please link into this blogpost if you blog a project using this tutorial!

Here's few more shots of the finished project (have to confess that the chocolate didn't last much longer after the photos were completed!).

Here you can see some of the butterflies, flatback pearls, crystals, satin ribbon and lace that I used to embellish the wrapper.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and happy crafting!

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  1. Beautiful gift and great tutorial love the dies
    Carol x

  2. This is so pretty, I am always impressed with your tutorials and this one is so clear.

  3. fabulous what a great way to wrap a treat xx

  4. That's a great idea for a hostess gift dips, and a fabulous tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration, Maddy xxx

  5. wow who does not like chocolate lol ... absolutely fabby tut ... hope all ok ... thank you for your continued support in blog land ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  6. Stunning piece of work!! - Yummy too

  7. Beautiful work and a great idea for a present x

  8. So pretty and really great gift! Thanks for playing with us at Papertake Weekly :)

  9. Very pretty and great idea! TFS! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  10. Beautiful gift with all those layers...thanks for sharing with us at Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

  11. So creative and beautiful!


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