Last week, I posted an Easter Basket made from the Berry Basket Bigz™ L Die (137366) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I used Coaster Board (129392) to make a nice, sturdy basket. That worked so well, I made three more for my local family. They’re decorated with ribbon and butterflies according to their preferred colors… I was too lazy to make tags!
While I was making these, I discovered that I had given you misinformation last week. If you die-cut the basket with just both Standard Cutting Pads (113475), you do run the risk of cutting all the way through the score lines. I instead used the Premium Crease Pad (113476) and a Card Stock shim. This gave the Coaster Board enough lift, but not too much so the scoring marks didn’t cut through. The shim is half of an 8-1/2” x 11” sheet of Card Stock – very easy to make and tuck into the package, if you store your Crease Pad in the clear envelope that came with it.
I also just “stamped” the basket by gliding the open Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad (131180) over the basket parts. It’s an easy way to add color without a lot of fuss. I colored the handle separately so I could do both sides. The photo shows the basket parts along with the placement of Sticky Strip (104294).
I found it easier to staple the Basket Frame together (either the scalloped edge or the straight edge pieces) with the Handheld Stapler (135850) and the Silver Mini Staples (135847). You can’t see in the photo again because I covered up the frame with ribbon. The staples are just slightly smaller than standard staples, so they fasten securely. You can easily use the Stapler instead of Sticky Strip to fasten the basket sides to the frame.
To assemble the basket:
- Mark the centers on the frame strips. You can do this either before or after you put it together.
- Adhere both side pieces together, carefully matching the folds.
- Fold in the basket sides to fit easily behind the frame.
- Line the frame side up with the center cut in the basket side and attach.
- Punch a hole for the handle through two opposite sides of the basket, going through both layers.
- Punch a hole in both ends of the handle – about 1/4” to 1/2” from the end. Attach the handle with brads after you’ve wrapped ribbon around the frame. Otherwise, attach it beforehand.
- Finish decorating. If you want to stamp images on the basket – do them before you start putting it together, while the basket is still flat.
Other Supplies Used in Completed Baskets (excluding retired products): Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ Die (118138); Candy Dots Brad Bases (132293); Regals Candy Dots (130932); Brights Candy Dots (130931); Glue Dots (103683)
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