Maybe you’ve heard of the most simple formula to create a little container out of one sheet of cardstock? If you haven’t ever used the 2-4-6-8 method, I’d like to share it with you today. It’s quick and easy, simple to mass produce and fun to make all your own with stamping and embellishments!
To start, cut a piece of cardstock to 6″ x 8 1/2″. Save the section you trim off because you can use that for your tag or other additions. I used Basis Natural for this entire project. It’s on sale this month and there are so many colors to choose from.
I actually dry embossed my cardstock to add some texture. You can do this before or after you score your lines. I used a wood texture embossing folder; lining it up on one of the score lines so I could run it through twice to cover the entire surface.
It’s easy to then create a rectangular “tube”, using the flap with adhesive to hold it all together. I fold all the bottom flaps on top of each other to create a sturdy bottom. And bingo… it’s as easy as that.
I gently guided the sides in and hole punched the top to give me a way to keep it closed with some rustic twine.
Using the leftover cardstock, I die cut a couple of shapes and then ink blended on some color to achieve the masculine look I was going for. The Basis cardstock took the blended Distress inks really nicely!
I thought a little message on the bottom of the tag would finish this off nicely. So I used my trusty MISTI to ensure my stamping was straight… I’m not really skilled at doing that on my own 🙂
And that’s all there is to it. I learned this technique many years ago when I first started stamping, and it seems to be one I return to often. When I want to dress up a little gift or something special to stuff a little cash in, this seems to be my “go-to”. It’s easy to mass produce, so I think it would be great for wedding, shower or party favors!
Thanks for stopping by, and take some time to get crafty today….. Amber