Wednesday, 26 August 2015

2015 #16 Circular Boxes {by Julie Ann Lee}

 2015 Topic 16: Circles

Hi everyone! Julie Ann from Magpieheaven here, joining you this evening with a post about decorating an inexpensive box, using Fresco Finish Paints, Waxed Tissue, Satin Glaze and a little Smoothy Card! Tonight my project has had me going around in circles, but not in a bad way! The circle is such an beautiful shape, even when it comes in the form of ridiculously cheap little boxes from 'The Works'! This project took just a few hours to complete and turns a humble item into something that would happily house a precious gift!


Step One: I began by taking a strip of masking tape and fixing it around the edge of  my box. These boxes are a very snug fit and quite delicate, so I've found it's best not to add too many layers of paint: if you do, the lid will be just too tight! I painted over the whole of the box with Vanilla Fresco so that when I removed the tape only the lower part would be covered. I really like the neutral tone of the box appearing between the tissue I've added later, as it has a vintage look.


Step Two: Rather than discard the tape, I stuck it to my craft mat and decorated it with some stencilling through sequin waste using London Bus and Chalk Frescos. 



I then stamped over this without an acrylic block with the beautiful text from HP1505 in Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival .


Step Three: You can see my tape in the middle here. I also painted some Damask tissue on the reverse side with a wash of Nougat then dipped a juice lid into little puddles of Chalk and London Bus Frescos and used it for mark-making on the tissue, before stamping on the poppy heads and text from HP1505. Finally I painted a piece of Smoothy Card with Sherbet and London Bus Frescos and then stamped the poppy from HP1505 onto it in Squid Ink, clear embossing for greater definition.


Step Four: Now it was time to transform this little box! I tore the tissue, attaching it with Satin Glaze randomly. When the first top coat was dry, I edged the box with a little more of the Potting Soil on a piece of Cut 'n Dry Foam and stamped some more of the text in the spaces, before applying another coat of Satin Glaze. A swipe of Classic Treasure Gold completed this half of the project.


Step Five: I added a few last tissue scraps to the lid and then fashioned the 3D poppy. You can see I really did take photos as I went along, as the Glaze hasn't dried in this one!  First I painted the back of my card with Squid Ink Fresco Paint and then cut my stamped images into sections of differing sizes, which I sprayed with a little water before curling them around a pencil. It was then a matter of waiting until they were dry, adding some Treasure Gold to the back and then forming my poppy carefully; sculpting and sticking the petals into place with Glossy Accents. The centre is a tiny pearl painted with Squid Ink with a little Indigo Treasure Gold added.


It took very little time to create a special circle gift box out of an object that cost less than a pound! These stamps are so incredibly versatile that they work equally well whether you use them for 3D projects, canvases or journals. I reach for the Fresco paints so often now that I don't use ink pads nearly so much: I find I can achieve a coordinated project far more easily. And the waxed tissue is a great solution if you need to stamp on a curved surface!

I do hope you will try 'going round in circles' on a project of your own that features circles in some way and link up with the PaperArtsy Circle Challenge. 

Meanwhile, I am Julie Ann (@woletz1) of Magpieheaven, hoping that you continue to have a lovely creative Summer.

What a fun idea Julie Ann! I can really see that a stash of these made now to use for small Christmas Gifts later in the year could be a really good strategy! Love your colour scheme too! Love how the damask tissue pattern is just visible in the BG, adds an interesting detail! Thanks again for such a lovely project, I know how busy you are juggling a lot of late, we really appreciate it ~Leandra

Did you know that you can play along with us on the PaperArtsy blog to share and explore with us how you interpret the current theme: Circles. If you are inspired by any of our contributors on the blog this fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE.

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27 comments:

Helen said...

You'd never guess how that box started out - love it, Julie Ann. It will give people something else to think about for the circles challenge for sure!

Hazel Agnew said...

It does look deliciously vintage and the torn tissue looks great! Thinking out of the box Julie Ann , I would never have thought of decorating a circular box for circles! Poppy looks splendid too! Xx

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely gift box you created - love the touches of red and gold and your beautiful poppy! Julia xx

Craftyfield said...

Great transformation! I have a few round boxes ready for a make over in my recycled stash...

Joi at RR said...

Ahhh - it's lovely Julie Ann... great project! j.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Julie Ann. I love how you have fashioned the poppy on the lid, and how you have used the damask tissue in reverse,

Lucy x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Beautiful lovely box Julie Ann.

Jane Castle said...

Really lovely Julie Ann, love the poppy on the lid x

Sandy said...

Wonderful box - the top is fantastic.
Sandy xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely vintage box Julie, love the red against the natural tone of the box and your paper added around the edges. Lovely stamping and flower on the top of the box . Tracy x x

rachel said...

fabulous idea beautifully executed - love it! Hugs rachel x

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a great way to use waxed tissue. The set of poppy stamps is one of my favourites and works so beautifully on your beautiful project. Lx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Really lovely box! Simply and elegant the box's surface. I adore the poppy and great completion. xxx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow what a transformation looks lovely. I love the design you created it just works so well. I really love this and agree with Leandra gift ideas xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant - looks as though it cost a fortune! Great transformation! Chrisx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Thank you all so much for the kind comments. This was such a fun project and these stamps really do transform a simple box. xxf

sheila 77 said...

What you have done with this box is just astonishing. Thanks for all the details of how you made this, I'll certainly be going back to read it all carefully again. Love how you made the flower too, it's just beautiful.

craftytrog said...

Absolutely stunning! Great tutorial Julie Ann! xx

JackieP Neal said...

Julie Ann!! These are fabulous little boxes! So organic and simple, yet stunning! I really love how you made the flower on top- such a perfect touch! I am such a fan of yours! xoxo

Anneke said...

Love the color combination, awesome gift box!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

A lovely transformation, the flower on top is fab.

Sue C said...

Beautiful little box Julie Anne! What a great transformation! Sue C x

~*~Patty S said...

Such a beautiful transformation of that little box.
Your attention to detail and artistic touches really make it shine Julie Ann!
Perfect stamps and the crowning glory of that lovely flower.
All fabulous!!!
oxo

Ruth said...

Such a pretty box, so lovely! Ruth x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Julie Ann, I have those boxes and it is true, they are a snug fit and have to be considered but excellent value for money, who can resist!
The colours work so well with the natural colour of the box and I love the idea of the one layered flower to adorn the lid with those fabulous little scraps of painted and stamped tissue.
A wonderful tutorial.
Wishes
Lynne

craftimamma said...

This is so feminine and pretty Julie Ann! The only problem would be finding a little gift to put inside that didn't disappoint after being presented in such an elegant box.......it would have to be something expensive ;-)!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Debs Smith said...

Love it Julie Ann! Wonderful idea as usual xx

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