Monday, 7 January 2013

A Box of Dreams




I thought I would share one of my Christmas present makes today - a decorated hexagonal box for my friend Marion. 

I bought the paper mache box from Hobbycraft and it needed a good coat of gesso before I could start decorating it.  After the gesso dried I inked all the edges and corners with Vintage Photo Distress Inks and then set about cutting the papers. 
 
 
I used these gorgeous Pion Design Lilly of the Valley papers (Marion loves anything green!)  After carefully drawing out the correct size hexagon I realised that all six sides were unequal and therefore had to resort to drawing around the box and adjusting everything as best I could!
 
 
 
I had great fun decorating the top.  I used Distress Crackle Paint on the Tim Holtz Birdcage Die and made the white flower from handmade paper and a mixture of Donna Salazar flower dies. 
The green flower is from a Prima Woodland set which I have had for ages and didn't like.  I bunched a couple together and added a few stamens and glued it well and it kept it's shape.  I shall certainly be using these up now!
 
And the inside ...........
 
 
 

And a small card to go with it .....
 
 
She loved it!
 
 
And her hubby got a steampunk bookmark! This is the first time I have laminated a number of layers for a bookmark and it worked well, although I had to put it through the laminator a few times.
 
Thanks for visiting and I hope this first Monday back to normal after the Christmas and New Year break is not too difficult!  It really is great being retired!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

2 comments:

chrissies said...

The box is very pretty and what a lovely idea to make a book mark for her husband as well-great steam punk images and colours on that.

Love Chrissie xx

Margaret said...

Your gift box is so beautiful! I love the Lily of the Valley paper and the top is lovely! The bookmark is fabulous! I never tried laminating my hand made bookmarks...I think I need to try this next time!