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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Making Mockup Products as Gifts

I'm so use to making digital mock-up products to showcase my art that I decided that it was time to make some REAL mock-ups as gifts for friends. That way I could give them a sample of my art on a product assembled by me.

I purchased some blank cardboard boxes at a local independent hobby store. The boxes I purchased were 3-1/4 by 2-1/4 by 1-1/2 inches with a snap on the lid but of course any size or shape can be used.

I created art to fit the top of the box and used double-sided tape to adhere it to the lid. White glue or even decoupage glue can also be use. To give the box a little pizzazz, I glued a ribbon and jewel on the bell. My boxes were decorated very simply but you can go much further to make them really standout. Craft stores carry so many embellishments for scrap booking that there is an endless assortment to choose from.

The final touch is to fill the box with wrapped candy. Potpourri, a candle, or anything else could also be placed inside the box. And once the candy has been consumed, the box can be used for other things or placed on a shelf as a reminder that it was received from a friend.

Have a wonderful holiday!