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Thursday, October 6, 2011


Hello, every one!!! Thank you for coming for my DT project that's being presented over at Sheila's today!!!

As for my project today, after spending so much time working on another project I thought was due yesterday but which isn't due until Saturday, I hadn't much time to prepare a design project for today and, for the life of me, my mind went blank leaving me with nothing much exciting to do for you.  Normally, I start planning a week or so in advance for my DT projects but I was unable to do that this time around.  Fortunately, not intending to let you down, I knew I could always do a box if nothing else -- if you know me, you know I love boxes!!!  So, I put together this little treasure box for you (due to the Glossy Accent on the stamp of the woman's face there's a reflective glare, sorry about that):

Here's another view of the box:

This simple and easy little box may not be very exciting and/or what you expected but I hope you like it nevertheless.  It's so simple and, as a crafter, you can probably put one together yourself in a jiffy; however, if not, at the end of this post tutorial you'll find a simple cut.file you can use or copy the pattern from.   I put it together by first cutting out the 2 page cut file (the box and lid/cover, and the decorative paper panels):

Here's what the pattern pieces looked like once they'd cut:

Next I folded and bone-folded all the folds along each fold line on the box as noted in the picture below by the white markings:

Easy, right?!  After all the folds were done, I turned the box over, grabbed the lid/cover and glued the panels on both the box and lid/cover pieces:

To enhance the color-depth of the paper, with a sponge I used Weathered Wood colored Distress Ink (which is a bluish color close in the color of the paper) to rub ink very litely onto the box and lid/cover; following that application, I used the tip end of the box of  black StazOn Ink to distress the paper a bit by litely streaking the paper with the tip end of the inkpad:

Next, using 2 large stamps, I randomly stamped the panels capturing the image of the woman's face on the lid/cover:

After the ink and stamping was applied to both the box and lid/cover, I glued the box together and glued the lid/cover to the back of the box about 1" in:

At this point the box is done.  But, of course, that naked box must be better dressed to impress... right?!!!  So, I decided on my embellishments.  The Tim Holtz keys and locks looked perfect to me; and I grabbed a couple of metal filagree which I cut into pieces to use on the lid and on the box corners:

(To dull and or lessen the sharp color the silver filagrees, I painted them with black paint and then rubbed off the paint.  They then blended in well with the the silver lock and key)

You can see from the picture of the completed box at the top of the post how these pieces all  came together.  To finish it off, I highlighted and gave dimension to the stamped face of the woman on the lid/cover with some Glossy Accents, added small silver beads to the bottom of the box as the feet to raise the box a bit, used black diamond color Stickles to outline the edges of the box and lid/cover, and used a black Viva Pearl Pen to add the black pearls -- all done!!!  To keep my box closed/secure, I simply tucked it behind top of the Tim Holtz lock embellie.

It wasn't what I would have done had I had more time to plan but, overall, for a rush job I'm pretty satisfied with it!  I hope you like it too!

Thanks for joining me; I so much appreciate your taking the time to stop by.

Hugs, and I'll be seeing you!

http://www.4shared.com/file/v4pLI5um/Treasure_Box_-_George.html" target=_blank>Treasure Box - George.cut


jessica said...

cool box! TFS :)

Monique Barr said...

This is just awesome, I love this box

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

wow..... this is sooo pretty and elegant. Love the inking and the metal makes it sooo fancy. Thanks for sharing another amazing project! Love it.

mforquer said...

Wow Audrey - I truly love this! It's so grunged up and perfect! Love the silver accents, your distressing and the stamping! Such a fabulous touch!

Cricut Couple said...

Audrey, This is just incredible! I don't know how you do it! You can see a shape in your mind, power up the gypsy and then recreate the entire 3D element from a thought. I can see a card or LO, but I certainly don't see a handbag or shoes. Must be because I am a dude. Hee! Hee! Not that into handbags. Hee! Hee! Love the project!!! You are AMAZING!!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Audrey, it's GORGEOUS.. and there's nothing simple about this little box... I love the tim holtz hardware on it... you are so creative my friend... I am glad you are feeling better.. AND you listen to Leonard.. if he feels you need to pull back and rest, then you stop and rest my friend.. hugs

Susan said...

Hi Audrey!

I love these types of projects you do and can never get tired of looking at them! Very beautiful job you did on this! I love the Tim Holtz embellishments you added. It really compliments the paper!

Hope your day is going great!


McVic said...

oh my gosh! This is sooo fantastic! love the aged distressed look of it!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

WOWZA...this is one gorgeous box. I love the Tim H. Key. :)

Jean said...

Love this box and I really like the key.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this is such an awesome box, love te design the inking and the coloring of it. Awesome tutorial will enable us all to make these awesome treasure boxes! Thanks for sharing with us today at She's A Sassy Lady!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Love it! The stamp you chose is great. I like it alot. So impressed that you made your own box in DS. I wish I were that talented.

Hope you are doing well!


Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Wow girl! Last minute project? Please this is really, really nice.
I am always amazed what you can whip up.
Thanks for always sharing the steps.

Marlene said...

OH Audrey, you are so talented. This little treasure box is just precious. I love that stamp, is one of my all time fav. Love the lock and key. Thank you Audrey for stoping by my blog with your nice comments.

Nadia said...

How gorgeous! I love this --it is a treasure in itself! How perfect the blending of the choice of paper, ink, and image... and the findings with the key are just perfect!

Always so much fun to see what you have created!

Rhonda Emery said...

this is so beautiful I see your feeling better and it shows. ha. love it love it

Kate said...

Wow Audrey!! This is absolutely STUNNING!! You are so incredibly creative!

- - Sheryl - - said...

ohhhh - love this!!!! and love the key too - my latest craze!

Brenda said...

this is wonderful my friend. you are so creative. I wish I could be in your head for just half a day. Thanks so much for always sharing your tutorials also. You make it look so easy.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

So cute, Audrey! I've recently invested in some Tim Holtz stamps and product and can't wait to find the time to play with it! Love your take on this, especially with the lock and key.

Christine Patton said...

That's quite an impressive 'rush' project, Audrey!! Just lovely, and great tutorial. Thanks so much for the .cut files!

Sandy Ang said...

It looks lovely !

Mary said...

Wish I could pull something together this quickly and still have it look this great, lol. TFS, your friend, Mary