Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring Basket (Design Team Project)

by Kris Hankins

Spring Basket

Thank goodness spring is upon us. It has been a long, cold winter for most of us. But, the snow has now melted, the plants are blooming, and the birds are chirping. It is time to enjoy spring. This little gift basket is perfect for giving a small gift to someone, or even using for Easter treats. For mine I used paper and card-stock from the "Hello Luscious" collection from Basic Gray, May Arts polka-dotted ribbon, Prima watercolor roses, and Tim Holtz's Caged Bird Die. Basic Grey collections are the perfect papers for this type of project (and many others). Since the papers are all double sided it gives you great variety and versatility; you can mix and match so easily! Plus, you don’t have to worry when the backside of the cardstock is visible, like the scalloped edges of this basket.

Cut a 10 ¼” x 4” strip from Blissful paper. Cut two scalloped rectangles from the Raspberry Syrup cardstock using the largest Nestabilities classic scalloped rectangle die. Cut a 2 3/4” x 3 5/8” piece of Inviting paper. Lastly, cut the bird from the Succulent cardstock using the Caged Bird Die.

Score the strip of Raspberry Syrup cardstock 3/4” in from each side (lengthwise). Score across 3 3/4” in from each end. Snip the 3/4” folds as shown in the sample below. 

To finish making the basket, add an adhesive to the outside of folded-in flaps. Attach the scalloped rectangles to the front and back of your basket (the scalloped edges should extend over edge of basket). On the front, attach the cut piece of Inviting and embellish. Be sure to give the bird a personality with a crystal eye. Attach the wing with a 3D foam square to add some dimension to the bird. 

For the handle, knot a piece of the sheer polka dotted ribbon in the center. Attach the ends to the inner sides of the basket using a strip of adhesive and a pink flocked brad.

You are now done with your colorful Spring Basket. Fill it full of cheerful goodies!

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