Jiji’s Family ! [ Bottle art ]

Hello Hello !

So I finallyfinally finished the custom request from my Etsy ^^ !!
The person wanted Jiji and his family from Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s delivery service,,

I really wanted to replicate him and his family on that ledge with all the ivy and stuff everywhere, but it was really hard to get the bricks and such…
Originally, I thought of not covering the whole base of the bottle like I usually do, and just have this chunk of white in the middle as the ledge. Then  I thought about the scale of Jiji and the other cats and how small I would have to make them…. can’t… do that yet..

So yes ,

Here is what the bottle first looked like :

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Made Jiji and his little black kitten that looks just like him, at this point I didn’t know how to even begin making the other kittens TT

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But here they are… can you see the scale ? Ahahaha, soooo tiny and cute !
As you can see, the face details are pret-ty minimal..  like two dots for the eyes and then this faint pink for their noses

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And here is the whole family completed ! Thank to some fingerprint on my camera, the photos arent very clear… ah,,

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Here is a closer image, ^^ This was taken and sent to the buyer to make sure it was okay, and to let them make any changes hurhur

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And today it was shipped !!

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All my packaging for my creations get sent like this.

  • Gift bag
  • Bubble wrapped creation
  • For bottle art, I give 4 jump rings and and eyepin just in case they want to make it into a pendant . It’s in that little clear bag with my logo on it hurhur
  • And then a little twist gift message thing (?) Idk what its called

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All packaged and ready to go !

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This is why I couldn’t take better pictures… ahahah, it was already bubble wrapped and everything. I didn’t even realise the images were slightly blurry until I started to edit them for this blog. Ah..

So here’s the mini update.
I have a 6 day holiday so I will definitely spend a whole day just making tutorials for you guys.

Hopefully this is the break I need to finally update all my CraftCandies platforms

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Tutorial : Packaging for your clay cakes

Hey guys !

If you ever read my other blog “Cyn’s updates” (it’s on the side), then you’ll know I found my ‘penpal’. She was an international student that I had met wayyy back in 2009, and she found me on FB ! We emailed each other for about 1 1/2 years ? Then lost contact for two…. and she even sent me snail mail ! I thought it was time to send one back, so I made a Cappuccino Cake .

This was a cake from a korean bakery called ” Paris Baguette” ( yes, I did some intense research ahaha)..

Todays’ tutorial will be on how I made the box to hold the cake, 

Here we go !

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Materials

  • Your cake or whatever item you want to package
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Cardboard ( you can use something like a cereal box , or spare book cover)
  • Patterned paper

Making the template

  • First I printed out a template as reference on how it was to be constructed.
  • Measure out your cake. Mine is about.. 5cm ? So that means the middle of the cake will be 5cm x 5cm

Detailed template

  • Blue : This will be the basic shape of the cake. It’s 5cm x 5cm
  • Green: This is the height of the cake. Mine was 2cm . Make sure you have those extra squares, those are the tabs for gluing.
  • Pink: This is the cover/lid (?) of the cake box ? I can’t think of a better word, you’ll see what it is at the end ><
Folding
  • After you cut out your template, crease all the lines.
  • Rub out the pencil lines
  • Glue the flaps with something. I’m using PVA
  • Last image: what the box looks like

Cake base

  • To give the box(base)  more support we’re going to put in a piece of cardboard.
  • Cut out a square from the cardboard and your patterned paper. (In my case, it’s 5cm x 5cm. Use your own measurements)
  • Glue them together

Placing cake

  • Here is what it looks like with the base in.
  • Place your cake on top (or whatever you are packaging)
  • I used Blu-tak to keep the pieces in place.

Finishing touches

  • I had some decoration that make the paper stick up when I folded it so, I cut the flaps shorter.
  • For the longer flaps, I folded the edge, and placed some blu-tak on it.

Completed

  • Hopefully, these images will do my explanations justice >< !
  • The idea is, is for the tops to fold over like a McD happy meal. I printed and glued the logo of Paris Baguette onto it… does it seem out of place ? Ahahah

And there ^^

I hope this tutorial was easy enough. I know the explanations are a bit unclear, so if you do have any questions, just comment below.
It’s quite easy to figure out how to make my template after printing an example out. All I had to do was alter the measurements, and then add the extra ‘flaps’ that would fold over the top.

Just a note…
I got a new computer recently, and I was looking through my posts…. do the images really look that bright ? Too much exposure ?
It looks fine when I edit it on my laptop :/ Idk. I think everything in general is just really HD now..

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Tutorial : Packaging for bread, cookies or in my case, Cheese cake !

Hellloo my reader ^^

Today will be a packaging post. As you know from the previous tutorial, I made a Cheesecake for my friend in Korea ^^
I had to package it somehow, and so I made it out of paper. This type of packaging will be great for breads, and long cakes of the sort, enjoy !!

So here we go !

Materials

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Your clay creation

Template

  • Measure out your creation’s dimensions, and that will be the base shape of the packaging. Mine was about 3cm x 1.5 cm. (Blue outline is the base shape)
  • I didn’t want to add to much height to the packaging , so I think the edge was 0.5 cm ? (From the blue to pink outline )
  • Remember the tabs that will be used for constructing !
  • Cut out + Crease
Putting box together
  • I wanted the edges to have a slight slope so I changed the shape a little bit.
  • Make the base stronger with some cardboard
  • Glue into the box
Completed
  • Here it is completed !
Cheesecake in the packaging

Sorry my explanations weren’t that great ><
If you do have any questions, just leave a comment ^^
My next tutorial will be the box that I used to package my Cappuccino Cake , so be waiting for that !
Cappuccino CakeI haven’t made a tutorial for this cake, but if you do want it, just request it. 
Thanks for reading !
-Cyn

Paper Craft : Gift box tutorial

Hello !

So in this post, I want to show you how I made the gift box for my friend’s present.

The only reason I made it was because I had no cute packaging available for the present. You see, I made some cute mini macaroons and needed some sort of cute way to store it.

I don’t actually make my own packaging often, so this is actually my first time in about a year ? Luckily, I was into scrap booking a long time back and happen to have all this nice patterned paper with me :)

 

So without further ado —

Food box tutorial 

Materials:

Materials neededAs you know, I often make things up along the way so this image  is what I thought I needed.

  • Two types of patterned paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (colour of your choice)
  • Hot glue gun, or craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Paint (colour of your choice)
  • Square sticks ( They’re like matchsticks without the top red part ) OR popsicle sticks
  • Cardboard ( can be cereal boxes or something like that)

Folding the box

  • Decide the size of your base and the height of your edges. My base was 16cm x 16cm and  the edges were the width of my ruler. (The black lines are to show my pencil lines)
  • Fold along the lines you made
  • Tuck the corners in and glue where the places that are in blue ( colour coding :D )

Cardboad pieces

  • On the cardboard, measure out your base. This means I cut out a 16cm x 16cm square.
  • Glue it onto the centre. This is to strengthen the box.
  • Cut out 4 strips that will be stuck on the edges. Mine was the width of my ruler x 16cm

Lining of box

  • Glue the strips onto the edges
  • On the next piece of patterned paper, make the same measurements as your first paper. This is the lining to cover the cardboard.
  • This time, instead of folding in the corners, cut them out (as shown)

Adding the ribbon

  • Glue on that patterned paper over the cardboard.
  • Now, at this point, you’ll see that the edges are really ugly TT___TT (You can trim the edges to make them more even)
  • Use the ribbon and glue it over the edges to hide them.

Matchstick thingsThese are the matchstick things I was talking about. I bought them for some weird reason and never had a use until now.
For the next few steps, you can replace these matchsticks with popsicle sticks. You’ll see what it’s for soon. 

  • If you have these square stick things, just glue and stack them on top of each other. The height will depend on the edges of your box. My edges were about 10 matchsticks tall, so I stacked 8 matchsticks.
  • Make 12 of these stacks.
  • ( Hot glue gun is better for this because it dries faster. If you do have time, craft glue WILL make it look more cleaner. If you can’t see in the image, there are actually blobs of glue that oozed from the edges TT__TT)
Painting
  • Arrange the stacks and glue them together like shown in the image.
  • Paint it with a colour of your choice. Make sure it suits your theme !
  • If you have no time, just use a hairdryer to dry the paint. 

Completed gift boxEnd result

  • Glue the structure of matchstick things onto the paper. Hot glue is better because it will hold.

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Now, from the completed image, you can see the bumps of glue that is sticking out. I didn’t really worry because I actually put mini cupcake liners into each square.

I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of the final present because I finished it off in the morning. Just imagine red and orange mini cupcake liners + mini pink macaroons + the whole thing wrapped in white cellophane with heart prints + the felt bunny !

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I hope the blue on the images didn’t confuse you. It was just there to tell you when to glue things on. Ofc, they are always on the underside and not the top where the blue is XD

Depending on the size of your gift, this can hold muffins, cookies, mini treats and the sort .

 

-I hope you gave you another idea for cute packaging !

 

-Cyn