Showing posts with label DT Khushbo Gandhi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DT Khushbo Gandhi. Show all posts

Friday, 29 September 2017

Quick and Easy Chipboard Box Tutorial by DT Khushboo

Good morning Crafters!

Hope you're having a good day so far. Khushboo here with a new tutorial post at the blog today.

In our field of work, boxes play as important a part as our projects. But finding a box that fits our project is a mammoth task - and an impossible one at that! To solve that problem, today I'll teach you how to make a chipboard box from scratch! With this technique, you'll be able to make a box of any size - according to your project! So let's get on with this tutorial where I list out how to make a 4x4x2 inches chipboard box.


Step 1:Take a 900gsm chipboard and cut out these sizes - one 4x4 inches piece (for the base) and four 4x2 inches pieces (for the sides).


Step 2: For the lid, cut these sizes: one 4.25x4.25 inches piece + four 4.25x1 inches pieces (ignore the sizes on the pieces below).


Step 3:For the lid, cut a cardstock measuring 7.5x7.5 inches and stick the chipboard pieces cut for the lid as shown in the pic below. Always leave a gap of 1/8th of an inch between all the pieces around your base piece (4.25x4.25 inches).


Step 4:

Now this is a slightly tricky part, but once you get the hang of it, it gets really easy. Make a slit along the corners of the cardstock - next to the chipboard that covers the sides (as shown below). Make sure that all the slits follow a clockwise direction. Next, trim these slits at an angle from both the sides - the way you do when you want to make a cover for your scrapbook album.

Step 5:

Apply your double-sided tape or glue (whatever you're comfortable with) as shown below.

Step 6:

Now, start first by folding the cardstock onto your side chipboard pieces (as shown below).
Step 7:

Now what you're left with are the long slits that you made. Every long slit will be wrapped outside the side chipboard piece as shown in the pic below.

Step 8:

Wrap all the long slits along the outside of the side chipboard pieces and you should get a box that looks like this:

And the top looks like this:

Step 9:

For the base of the box, follow the same steps - from step 3 to 8. The cardstock that you'll need for the base measures 9.25x9.25 inches. Your box now should look like this:

Step 10:

Now we advance to making our box more secure and clean. For this, we need hinges or structure strips, call it whatever you want. These will go at the base of your box, the lid, and the corners. You will need to cut your cardstock in these sizes: four 4.25x1 inches pieces + four 1x1 inches pieces - for the lid. For the base, you'll need: four 4x1 inches pieces + four 2x1 inches pieces. 

Step 11:

Score them at half an inch and add double-sided tape on them (as shown in the above pics). Next, cut these strips at an angle as well (as shown below) - the way you would do for your hinges in your scrapbook album.

Step 12:

Start by sticking these at the horizontal corner as shown in the pic below.

Your small hinges run along the vertical corners as can be seen in the pics below.

This was the final step in making your box. Now you can get to decorating it - by adding pattern papers. Always remember, to cut your pattern 1/8th of an inch less in size from all the sides than your box. For e.g.: for your 4x4 base - you will need to cut your paper that measures 3.75x3.75 inches in size. And for the sides - you will need to cut it at 1.75x1.75 inches.

And Voila! My finished project looks something like this!!!

Since you guys are already well-versed with how to decorate and embellish a project, I will briefly take you through how I did mine. I cut my pattern papers 1/8th inch less (from all sides) than my chipboard sizes. I stuck the papers all over - the top, the insides, the base, the sides. Then I collected some coordinating flowers and embellishes. I stuck my cycle die-cut first; and then kind of 'droppingly' placed my flowers. The prominent red roses that you see on my projects are from the Rainbow Craftykari Store and trust me guys, these are to die for!!! They look so darn yumm and gorgeous - I just HAD to use them in my project!
I then took some sentiments and designed pieces and randomly stuck them on the sides of the lid - I felt that gave quite a whimsical character to my box. I then balanced out the empty space with some pearls - without overdoing it! Hope you guys enjoy these close-up pictures of my finished project!


Materials used:

  • Chipboard 900 gsm
  • Cardstock
  • Pattern Paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue
  • Flowers
  • Fillers
  • Die-cuts
  • Pearls
  • Sentiments

Hope you guys enjoyed my creations and the tutorial. Can't wait to see how you add your own twist to this!

Above mentioned products are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store OR you can pre-order the products by sending email at

That's it from me, folks!

Signing out,
Khushboo R. Gandhi

Friday, 8 September 2017

Art Tiles by DT Khushboo

Good morning crafters!

How are you today? This is Khushboo here, back with another round of Inspiration Post at Rainbow Craftykari.

Often times we strive to create our projects that look different from others. All in an attempt to maintain uniqueness. But with a pre-defined set of embellishments available in the market, our projects end up with similar elements. What fun it would be if we could create our own embellishments?

This post is all about creating your own 'Art Tiles' that are not limited by colours, styles or materials!

Let's take a look at some of the art tiles that I created, and then move on to a brief on how I made them!


Brief Steps for creating 'Art Tiles':

Take your medium weight chipboard and cut it into a square (1x1 inch) and rectangle pieces (1.5x1 inch). Gesso some of the pieces with white and/or black gesso.Cut and stick some pattern paper of the same size as your chipboard pieces - these will be your base before you start stamping.

Collect a variety of intricate stamps and start stamping randomly on your pieces. It could be any motif - butterflies, scripts, flowers, etc. Don't forget to stamp sentiments on some of your tiles too! 

Take some coordinating distress inks and ink up the hell outa these tiles! Throw in some color, make the stamps pop!

To add some mystery and class, distress the sides of the tile with Black Soot Distress Ink or Black Archival Ink. It absolutely brings out the beauty of every element on your tile!

You can leave some tiles plain, or you can add rhinestones, flowers and glitters on some - like I've done.

Now comes the fun part - Glossy Accents! Lay your tile on a flat surface and cover it entirely with Glossy Accents. Don't be a miser! Use the GA luxuriously - coz once it dries, it'll give a glassy/raised/embossed effect to the whole tile.

Let it dry completely for a few hours - and voila! Your tiles are set to be added to your projects!

Materials used:

  • Chipboard
  • Gesso
  • Glossy Accents
  • Acetate
  • Stamps
  • Sentiment stamps
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Distress Ink
  • Rhinestones
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Pattern Paper
  • Chain
  • Glue

Hope you guys enjoyed my creations. Can't wait to see how you add your own twist to this!

Above mentioned products are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store OR you can pre-order the products by sending email at

Don't forget to participate in our ongoing challenge. Link your projects here

That's it from me, folks!

Signing out,
Khushboo R. Gandhi

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Elegantly Chic Shadow Box by DT Khushboo

Bonjour Crafters!

This is Khushboo here, back with an Inspiration Post this time. I often do colorful projects and work with color schemes. But for my latest project, I chose a different route. I've created a gorgeous 'Elegantly Chic Shadow Box' in a purely Black-and-Red relationship.

Setting up a shadow box, and further yet, creatively embellishing it is a lot of fun! It brings out the kid in me if nothing else. To arrange every single box/space is very cool! You can spin a different story in every space and yet make it all very cohesive on the whole.

My inspiration for this Shadow Box was Papericious' beautiful paper pack called 'Mi Estilio' - very stylish and extremely elegant. So once I knew what my central theme for the shadow box would be, I started collecting all my related embellishments and creative ideas. The result is as follows:

A Brief for creating this 'Elegantly Chic Shadow Box':

Shadow boxes come in different shapes and sizes, and with randomly sized inside spaces too. Select the one that appeals to you and get started.Cover the entire shadow box with 2 coats of black gesso (since I'm going with a black-and-red theme). Let it dry thoroughly between and after every coat.


Now color the whole box with black acrylic paint and let it dry completely.
Measure the inside box length and width and cut up your pattern paper accordingly.
Ink up the edges of the pattern paper with black and/or red distress inks and start gluing them down however you find them the most complementing.
Don't forget the sides of the shadow box. I've cut strips of pattern paper with random lengths and stuck them. They look dreamy!

Since my theme is 'Elegant and chic', I've embellished my shadow box with all royal-looking stuff like a chair, chandelier, photo frames, etc.
Papericious paper pack also has some beautiful shapes and motifs related to the theme like nail paint bottles, quotes, compact, lipstick, mascara, etc. I've used some of them here - on the front panel.

Finally, I've added glitter stickers like hearts and arrows on the floor of every space so as to not make it gaudy and yet maintain the elan. 

Materials used:

  • Shadow Box 
  • Black gesso 
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Papericious Paper Pack
  • Black cardstock
  • Metal embellishments
  • Resin embellishments
  • Papericious clock embellishments
  • Glitter stickers
  • Metal chain
  • Paper flowers
  • Flower pot
  • Fillers

Hope you guys enjoyed my creations and the tutorial. Can't wait to see how you add your own twist to this!

Don't forget to participate in our ongoing challenge Rainbow Friendship. Link your projects here.

Above mentioned products are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store OR you can pre-order the products by sending email at

That's it from me, folks!