April Bonus 2000
Ying Yang Box with Barn Swallow
Designed By Judi Kauffman

The intersection where the flaps meet in the center of the Ying Yang Box (FIT IT template CD) reminded me of a branch where a bird might perch. Since the Birds of Spring stamps include birds of many kinds, you'll be able to vary the size and shape of your Ying Yang Box and still find one that's just right. I chose to make my box 3" x 3", perfect for the barn swallow.

With apologies to the ornithologists who would prefer realistic colors, I used markers that went with the paper I chose for the box rather than being accurate.


For April Projects

Red Castle FIT IT CD - Ying Yang Box template

Barn Swallow from sheet #42460 Birds of Spring (see below)

Red Castle FIT IT Template CD
Red Castle #42460 Birds of Spring
White card stock
Black pigment ink and embossing powder
Watercolor markers
Handmade paper with fabric bits and threads (All Night Media Stamp Art papers #88EAR/Earth)
Krylon Leafing Pen/Copper
Xyron with adhesive cartridge or double faced adhesive sheet


  1. Print Ying Yang box template on lightweight paper. Put adhesive on the back of the template and affix it to the BACK of the handmade paper (NOTE: this sheet has a distinct right and wrong side, it is too soft to use for a box without the template as a second layer).
  2. Cut out box, score and fold on guidelines.
  3. Use Krylon Leafing Pen/Copper to edge flaps of box.
  4. Glue box together.
  5. Stamp, emboss and color the bird of your choice. Cut close to outlines. Glue in place or raise from surface with a two sided adhesive foam dot.

Print template onto decorative paper instead of computer paper and the "lining" of your box will be in a contrasting print or color.

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(c) Copyright 2000 by Judi Kauffman and Red Castle, Inc.
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