I love making little gifts for everyone going back to school and I had so much fun with this one! I used a file from the Silhouette Design Store and coupled that with the amazing cardstocks from Cut Cardstock to make this adorable pencil box (that I put pens in!). It is just a little something to encourage the students that we love to have a great start to the school year.

When I cut files like this with multiple pieces in different colors, I try to get as many different pieces onto the mat at a time so I have fewer runs to do on the machine. I use the grids on the screen to help line up the right colors for the pieces with the grid on my mat.

Once I have all the pieces cut, I line them all up so I can see what I have to work with and make sure I have all the pieces cut. The cardstock I used are as follows, from left to right: Neenah Esse Pearlized Textured Latte, Basis Teal, Pop-Tone Banana Split, Pop-Tone Orange Fizz, Basis Pink, DCS Natural White 100#, Silver Glitter cardstock, and Basis Gray (oops that one got cut off in the picture! It is the lead on the pencil).

I like to use double sided adhesive for my 3D projects, because it grips on right away and holds tight. I also like it because I don’t have to worry about liquid glue squishing out and gluing things that I don’t want glued.

I like to use stamps, stencils and ink to add a little texture and interest to my cut pieces. For this piece, which is the outer cover of the box, I used a background stamp with white pigment ink over the entire piece.

For the pencil itself, I wanted to make the wood part of the pencil tip brown, so I used a post it note as a mask to prevent ink from going on the body of the pencil.

How cute is that pencil?!

I also used the same background stamp on the background label piece.

I added a piece of twine around the pencil, and glued the pencil onto the cover before I assembled the box cover, because it was easier than trying to put the pencil on after the cover was glued together.

I think this project turned out super cute and I would love to see all of your Back to School creations!

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Jessica V

Jessica started her papercrafting journey about 20 years ago when introduced to stamping by her aunt. Since then, it has become a passion of hers, and she loves creating all different types of papercrafting projects. She loves die cutting as well as using her Silhouette Cameo to personalize handcrafted items for friends and family. You can find her on social media @purple_puppy_papercrafting