The Wonderful World of Boxes

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I love making boxes and books! It's so satisfying to be able to design something from scratch, build it, and have a finished product that is well-made, sturdy, and attractive. And, it sure is nice to be able to decorate a box without once having to consider how heavy or thick an embellishment is!
I made this box to hold a card set that I made last year. I did make a box for the set when I first made the cards, however, it wasn't really deep enough, and envelopes wouldn't fit inside with the cards--not very convenient for a card set! This time, I get the measurements perfect. 

I used the May 2015 Week 1 Viva la Verve sketch to decorate the top of my box. The sentiment is stamped onto a piece of canvas that was left over from the box spine fabric, and it is distressed with distress ink, stamps, and a little water. I also stamped a few distressed spots in Pumice Stone Distress Ink in several places.
A side view.

I made this clay embellishment a couple of years ago. It started off as white, but I colored it with Inka Gold. I started with a base of Champagne Inka Gold, then to get the green into the crevasses, I added a tiny bit of water to some Green-Yellow Inka Gold and painted with it. The Copper was rubbed on dry. 
The spine of the box has a strip of the same cardstock that covers the top and bottom of the box.

This is the inside of the box. 
I added glass marble feet to the bottom of the box, then because these are a little slippery on furniture, I used a standard hole punch to punch small circles of craft foam, then glued them to the glass marbles. The foam dots also help with uneven marbles--no more wobbly boxes!

That's all for now. Have a Wonderful Week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Viva la Verve May 2015 Sketch Challenge: Week 1
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge #122: Anything Goes w/Optional Feminine
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #262: Anything but a Card
TCP Tuesday #289 Inspiration Challenge
Paper Issues: Chalk One Up With Your Own Style


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Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful work Cheryl, love the colors and the old world feel it has, how wonderful to get this as a gift and filled with cards will be a wonderful bonus to whomever is lucky enough to receive this!!

Maria said...

What a lovely box, Cheryl! Love the sentiment and the wonderful embellishments! The recipient of this box will treasure it!:-)

Heather said...

A gorgeous box - beautifully coloured and lined....your sentiment panel is fabulous and stunning elements!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Deborah Anton said...

SO so amazing! You do some beautiful work with altered art... LOVE!

Leslie Miller said...

A beautiful box, superbly crafted! And it will be treasured long after the cards are gone. What a wonderful gift! And, yes, boxes are a great way to enjoy those chunky embellishments. A++, Cheryl!

Caryn said...

This is a gorgeous project - love this idea.
Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp this week.
Caryn xxx

Nancy Thomas said...

Beautiful and so creative! Thank you for joining The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

This box is just exquisite! Thanks for playing along with Viva la Verve!

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