Sunday, 27 March 2016

"Boxes Of All Sorts"

Hi, and A Very Happy Easter to you all. Today I finally got around to finishing my entry for Crafty Individuals March Challenge titled "Boxes of All Sorts".

I really don't know where this month has gone but it's certainly flown by --- to view the other beautiful entries and the fantastic DT samples click on the link here.

To begin with I started off with 2 basic components ;

an empty box of chocolates measuring 10cm x 10cm and a pack of Twiddleybitz inches.

The box was given a coat of black gesso all over and the inches were cut to size. 
The frame of the inches and the squares were given a coat of white gesso and then the frame was painted with fresco chalk paint in Slate. Once dry a layer of Americana weathered wood was applied, then a coat of Fresco Chalk paint in Stone. the inches were painted in Fresco Chalk paint in Evergreen, Lake Wanaka, Mermaid, Beach Hut and Inky Pool with a brayer.

The inches were stamped using CI 184 and white embossed and the frame had touches of Treasure Gold in Olive Bronze added to the edges.

A small black card tag was white embossed using 'For You' from CI 438.

I then attached some fancy thread to the edges from the back and tied some bakers twine through the tag.

The box had grunge paste applied through CI mask which once dry was coloured with DI in Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. A piece of scrap paper was placed in the centre of the mask so as not to colour the centre of the box.

Once this was dry Olive Bronze Treasure Gold was added to the foliage and dots of Liquid Pearls in Pewter were added to the centre of the flowers.

Some CI text ribbon was attached to the sides of the lid and the inches and frame were glued to the top.

I shall probably use this box as a present filled with homemade chocolate truffles.

Well I hope you enjoy what is left of the Easter break, and hopefully your weather is much better than what we have had here in Kent today. Take Care and have fun, Jane x.


  1. Fabulous boxy make Jane, very professional looking and beautiful, and what a great present it will make with truffles. Thanks for joining in our Challenge this month. Jean x

  2. Super Box Jane. Beautifully decorated. Loooove how you have used the CI mask!! Such a great effect. Thank you for playing along with the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
    Flo x

  3. Wow! Fantastic box Jane!!!!it looks perfect!!!
    Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individuals challenge this month!!

  4. Oh Jane... This is such a delight, your box is magnificent!!!!!
    I cannot help pinning this one once again on my Crafty Individuals Inspirational board...
    Thank you for joining in our CI challenge this month, sorry to have not been able to visit you earlier I'm very busy.
    Hope you have had a great Easter with yours!
    Hugs, Coco xx

  5. Hi Jane! This altered box is just so cool! I love that you showed a before and after and your steps along the way. It makes me appreciate your art that much more. Amazing transformation! Love the birds and the grid on the top. I also wanted to thank you for your super sweet comment you left on my blog. ❤️

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  7. Take 2.....this is simply stunning! I have not heard of most of these products before, certainly not black gesso! Wonderful techniques, beautiful box...what an excuse to keep filling it up with chocolates!

  8. Hi Anne, many thanks for your kind comment, black gesso is a base acrylic paint which I used to cover up the original design on the box, I'm sure black paint would work just the same but I didn't have any! X

  9. Beautiful box! Loving all details.

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous, beautiful use of the CI stamp.
    Thank you for joining the Crafty Individuals challenge.

  11. Such a breathtaking box, it's just wonderful and a great inspiration!! Thanks for the explanation on how you did it!
    Love very much how you used the mask!

  12. Hi Jane. Just a short note to thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments! They are much appreciated! I still LOVE this box you made! Just gorgeous!