Thursday, September 2, 2010

Glittered Watercolor Box

{March 7, 2010}


by Eileen Hull

I love cool boxes and containers, don't you? Today's project features the ScoreBoards Box w/Lid die, measuring 2 1/2" square. I like the sturdy feel to these mat board boxes and totes, and they are great to to have on hand for small gifts such as jewelry or small treasures. The anticipation of opening a gift in a pretty box never gets old. The soft watercolor effect looks like batik but is actually a very easy technique that I discovered by accident.

You will need:

Instructions:

  1. Cut box from white mat board using ScoreBoards Box w/Lid die and Big Shot Machine.
  2. Adhere filigree-style sticker to box lid and sides, making sure to burnish edges down to lid, creating a mask.
  3. Mix 4 or 5 drops of paint in a small container and add 10 to 12 drops of water. Paint should be creamy.
  4. Draw paint into eyedropper and drip random spots of paint onto box lid. With brush, spread paint to cover surface of lid. Overlap in some areas to get variations in color. Do not add too much paint, or lid may warp.
  5. Assemble box and lid by folding up into box shape and securing with rubber bands to hold in place. Run lines of Zip Dry glue down all corners of box and lid. Let dry. Remove rubber bands.
  6. Take VersaMark pad and blot over top of lid, making sure to cover entire area. Spread a layer of crystal glitter on a flat tray or plate. Press lid in glitter and shake off excess.
  7. Add present and give to lucky recipient.

These are so much fun that I want to make some in every color combination! Wouldn't these be pretty baby or bridal shower favor boxes? Or given as a wedding favor complete with a monogram on top?

From my (non-Oscar winning) studio to yours,

Eileen

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