Technique Thursday – Berry Basket

By | March 19, 2015

Today is Technique Thursday.  Each Thursday, I provide step by step instructions to teach techniques so you can re-create my projects.  I try to cover a variety of techniques, including stamping, embossing, die cutting, gifting, and digital designing.

Today, I’m teaching how to assemble this darling berry basket created from the Berry Basket BigZ L Die.  This basket is perfect for Easter or special gifts.  I just love it, and the more I work with it, the more possibilities I see.  This particular basket is one I made as a door prize for my Stamp Club last week.

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The Berry Basket BigZ L die provides one basket base piece, one straight edge strip, and one scallop edge strip.  You have a choice of making the top border of the basket with the scallop edge or the straight edge.  Since I made mine with the scallop edge, and I also wanted to decorate my basket with some designer paper, I ran my paper through the Big Shot four times:  twice out of Mossy Meadow card stock for the two base pieces, two scallop edge pieces, and one straight edge piece for the handle; and then twice out of Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (which I cut into four pieces measuring 3″ X 4″) for the four sides.

I made my basket base out of card stock, because it’s sturdier than designer series paper.  You could also place a piece of Coaster Board in the bottom of the basket to make it stronger.


Next, I attached all four of the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper pieces to the card stock with SNAIL.


I folded the sides of the basket at the score lines provided by the die cut, and trimmed off any excess designer series paper, so the designer series paper was flush with the bottom.


Next, I adhered the two basket base pieces together with SNAIL.


To create the top edge border, I used a bone folder to score the scallop edge strips on the score lines provided by the die cut.

For my handle, I used a bone folder to curl the paper.


I placed by basket upside down and lowered the scallop edge border around the sides.


I carefully picked up one side, centered the side with the scallop edge border and stapled it.  I proceeded to do the same thing for the opposite side, and then the other two sides.  The basket top is flush with the scallop edge border.  It’s that easy!

To attach my handle, I used a 1/8″ Circle punch to punch a hole in center of two opposite sides of the basket, as well as the ends of the handle.  Then, I attached the handle with mini silver brads.


To decorate my basket, I used the Bow Builder Punch to create a small bow out of some Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  Then, I used the Painted Petals stamp set for the rest.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the flowers directly onto the stamp, and then lightly spritzed them with water before stamping for a watercolored look.

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I created my own banner with stamps from the Painted Petals stamp set, and lastly, I added a button from the new Sale-a-Bration In Color Accessory Pack.

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Supplies used on my project:

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If you prefer learning with videos,  Stampin’ Up!,  has a great one.  I’ve also seen lots of ways to decorate this cute basket, including stamping or using textured impression embossing folders on the sides.
Let me know what you think of this project, and if there’s a technique you’d like to see me feature in the future.

Tami Hewlett



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