Monday 14 December 2015

2015 #23 Gifted Box {by Debs Wainwright}

2015 Topic 23: Christmas Gifts and Cards
Hi everyone Debs here, joining you this evening with a post about making your own gift box and tag using card you have decorated. I think it's lovely to give a gift in a box you have made yourself, as it adds that personal touch. My box measures 4x4in and is 21/2 in high. I didn't go for traditional Christmas colours mainly because I associate them with vintage and I didn't want this to have that style. 
Step One: The box was made from Smoothy card on which I had scraped Lake Wanaka Fresco Acrylic. While it was still wet I stencilled the leaves ELB006 using Blue Glass. The sponge I used also had some Lake Wanaka on it, as I picked up what was left. I liked how this mixed with the Blue Glass here and there.
Step Two: Using Archival Ink in Colbot I stamped the flourishes from HPXM03 as well as one of the sentiments.

Step 3: I wanted to add some texture so used the same stencil with Versamark glue and then some sparkly embossing powder from my stash. You cannot see the sparkle on the photo but it looks nice with the White. Like crispy snow!

Step 4: I assembled my box and made a poinsettia by drawing one out and then cutting it out 3 times. I painted them with the same colours and edged it with Treasure Gold in Pewter. I added some bling from my stash. I painted a tag with Lake Wanika and stamped both sides with images from HPXM09. This was also edged with the Pewter.

Here I have shown more of the edge of the box to try and how effective the Treasure Gold is. I had polished this with a soft dry cloth and really shone bright.

I made this box for a small Christmas gift, but you could make them for other reasons too. For example, I like to keep lots of my bellies in separate boxes so I know where to find them. Using the card and painting on top makes them pretty tough and they cost next to nothing. Over on my blog I show you how to make the box. I hope this has inspired to you to have a go. You could make a set all coordinating ones or make a statement with some that clash.

See you all soon, Take Care Debs xx

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I am regularly teaching Journal workshops at Birds In The Barn in Marks Tey Essex, the next one is January 9th. Please see link above for details, how to book, etc.

I love the icy cool tones Debs along with the distressed/aged feel to this gift box. The dimensional textured layers and Pewter adds the ideal finishing touches. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. ~Gillian


Helen said...

oh, Debs, this is gorgeous!! I love the blue/white combination, it gives it a real wintery feel to the box..

Hazel Agnew said...

Wonderful Deborah! Love the markings on the petals...the sparkly snow and the tag is fab! Great post! Xx

Kirsten said...

Really beautiful, Debs. I love the blue tones.

PaperArtsy said...

Helen is right. Gorgeous winters colours. Fab idea debs! Thankyou.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is stunning, debs! I was just watching a programme a moment ago about how gift sets are a waste of money. It would be lovely to make these and fill them ourselves,

Lucy x

Etsuko said...

What a gorgeous gift box and tag. Wonderful idea and techniques, love the flower. xx

SewPaperPaint said...

Such a neat idea, so very pretty!

Lauren Hatwell said...

So pretty. I love the pretty flower and lovely tag. Lx

Julie Lee said...

This is such an elegant and beautiful box and matching tag! I love your choice of non-traditional colours. The blue poinsettia gives a wonderful 3D accent to the project! xx

Unknown said...

I love presenting gifts in boces and bags I've made myself and yours is a stunner Debs. I love the colours and images you used and the flower looks great too!

Lesley Xx

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous blues! xxx

Sarah B said...

Very pretty - love these colours x

Unknown said...

Wow! This one is amazing! My girlfriend would love it, however, I am not sure whether I will be able to complete it just like on the photo:( I will share your blog with my writer from, he will like it!

Words and Pictures said...

Love the soft blues and fabulous stamping - great gift box, Debs!
Alison xx

Sandie said...

Anyone would be thrilled to receive this handmade box Debs.