Don't you just love it when you find a new way to use a tool? I know I do, and was so excited when I found a video tutorial to make a Christmas Bon Bon using the Envelope Punch Board. I can't find the original link at the moment, but it used a 6-1/2" x 8" piece of DSP, however I wanted to adjust the size so that I could get two from a single sheet of 12"x12" DSP. I have taken some pictures to show how I made the Bon Bon, isn't it cute?
- Take a 6" x 8" piece of DSP and score at 1-3/8", 2-3/4". 4-1/8" and 5-1/2"
- Using a bone folder crease all of the score lines
- Using the Envelope Punch Board, place the 8" side of the DSP against the top and put the end of the DSP at the 2-1/8" mark, punch the first notch.
- The result will look like this
- Fold the DSP on the first score line, place the fold against the top of the board, and punch at the 2-1/8" mark.
- Repeat this for all the folds
- You should have a piece of DSP that looks like this
- Use the Scallop Trim Border Punch on each of the short ends
- Trim off the edge on the small side only, this will be folded in and makes the finished item look neater
- Using the Score Board Score line up the centre of the punch outs with a groove (I have drawn a line down my 6" groove to make it easier to do things like this)
- Score the DSP along this line.
- Score 1/2" either side of this centre line
- These need to be done gently so as not to rip the DSP
- Do this for both ends of the Bon Bon.
- I found it easier to fold along the centre line first.
- Then fold both sides back to create a fold as shown.
- You can use TomBow glue or Sticky Strip along the small folded edge - you will want something that is quite strong.
- I found it easier to line up by lying the Bon Bon flat, so the edge overlaps the glued tab.
- Open the Bon Bon up and gently push the ends in toward the centre to create the Bon Bon shape.
- Decorate as desired and fill with treats!
Following making this one, a fellow demo and friend of mine Cathy, tweaked with the sizing again so that you can get a bon bon out of a 6"x6" piece of DSP (that is 4 from a piece of 12x12). Better still the reduced size is just perfect for two Ferrero Rocher Chocolates! What a perfect Christmas gift for someone special. You could also use a Framelit Die to cut a window in one side of the bon bon and cover on the inside with acetate so you can get a peek of the treat inside.
- Score at 1-3/8", 2-3/4". 4-1/8" and 5-1/2"
- Line up on the Envelope Punch Board at 1-1/4" mark (instead of 2-1/8")
- All other steps are the same