Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 200 – anything but a card

Angela is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Anything But a Card.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, but NOT a card.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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My project for this challenge is a hexagonal gift box that I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

I bought the plain box from the Works for only a couple of pounds, and set about decorating it.

First, I painted on a basecoat of white gesso, and when that was dry, I went over it with cream paint.  The next step was to stencil with a light brown ink through a butterfly stencil.  I also added some text using a darker brown ink on the lid.

The next step was to add some crackle glaze, and when the effect had completed, I went over the whole think with some brown ink to bring out the cracks.  I went over the edges with some gilding wax (pebeo) and finally added some beads on a string all around the edge, applying it with glossy accents.

I decorated the lid with some flowers made using dreamees stamps, and a big bow made with ribbon from my stash, with charms attached.

I didn’t take pictures, but inside I lined the box with self adhesive velvet paper so it looked nicer.

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