Today I'm sharing a box that I made for my daughter to store her 'stuff'. When your daughter asks you to make her a box for 'stuff'... you make one LOL. This large mache box is made by DCC, but you can find similar ones in any craft store.
Here are the basic steps to making this box. I didn't take step-by-step photos, but you can get the idea by looking at the finished project. It's simple!
To begin, I painted a thin, uneven coat of white gesso to the outside surface of the box. This helps give the box a distressed look and the ink colors stay true to color because the box is naturally a kraft brown. Once the gesso dried I adhered a few strips of tissue tape around the edge of the lid. Using Ceramic Stucco by Liquitex, my favorite medium for adding texture, I created a harlequin pattern in random areas with the help of a stencil by the Crafters Workshop.
Next comes the chipboard! For the bottom border of the box I used two packs of the French Flourish Border (DA0275) by the Dusty Attic. The chipboard words used for this project all come in one pack - DA1170 Live Beautifully and can be purchased HERE. Because the box is round, here's a tip on how to adhere the chipboard to the sides. Lay each piece flat and spritz a very light mist of water onto each chippie. Allow the water to soak in a few seconds. This will soften the chipboard enough for you to conform it to the curves of the box. Do not let the bottom of the chipboard get wet or it may be difficult for the glue to adhere. After the glue dries, brush a thin, dry layer of gesso to each chipboard piece the same way we did to the surface of the box. The goal is to have almost no product on your brush otherwise it will seep into the gaps of the chipboard designs.
Once the Ceramic Stucco is nearly dry, it's time to ink it up! Choose your favorite spray inks and go crazy! Well, artistically crazy LOL. There's really no method that I use for this. I randomly spray the colors in different areas to my liking.
Finally, once the ink was completely dry, I used the Reflections stamp by Stampers Anonymous and lightly stamped the pattern all around.
Below are a few more close-ups of the side of the box.
The lid was really fun to make! Most of the flowers were hand-made with the exception of the dark purple and hot pink mulberry flowers and the white flowers by Prima.
The round lid of the box was the perfect match for this Skeleton Clock Face (DA0430) design. I used the same process as I did with the side of the box. The purple chipboard design that was used to accent my flowers is called Wattle Blossoms (DA0752).
The flowers that have a script pattern on them were made by hand. They were cut from Donna Salazar's Bitty Blossoms and Rose Creations dies by Spellbinders. Below is a tip on how I added the script to my flowers.
I generally like to use watercolor paper to make my flowers when I don't have any patterned paper that matches my color theme. To add an interesting touch, I adhered strips of patterned tissue tape to the watercolor paper like this.
Then spray your favorite ink colors to the paper. Spritzing water on top of the ink will give it a nice gradient effect.
Let it dry and then cut your flower layers!
I love how these turned out!
My daughter LOVES her box and keeps asking me to make her another one. :o)
You can purchase Dusty Attic chipboard HERE, and if the design you are looking for happens to be out of stock, you can place a special order HERE.
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