Today I’m sharing with you a keepsake box and a birthday card that I made to go with it.
I used a round paper mache box; 4 inch round and 4 inch in height. I started by giving it a couple of coats of cream acrylic paint letting the first dry before painting on the second coat. It is important for the paint to be applied in a thin layer. Its more even this way and dries very quickly.
I decide to use some Prima ‘Vines’ to build a wreath on the lid top. I used hot glue to stick the vine in place. Next I used a large blue flower from the Prima Free Spirit Funky Flowers pack as a focal point and then added more flowers and leaves to go round the wreath. I stamped some butterflies on pale yellow dotted cardstock with the new Watering Can archival ink. I love this color because it is not harsh like black but is dark enough and so it can be used on soft compositions like this one. I added a chipboard piece saying ‘Share, Smile, Giggle, play, Hug often’. The background of this piece was a stark white so I smudged the edges a bit with the cream acrylic paint so it ties in with the rest of the composition.
I tied a jute trim around the lid edge and adhered some small resin roses in a few places over the trim which help keep it in place.
For the main body of the box I wrapped round some adhesive fabric tape and a cream trim on which I added some flat back pearls.I painted the inside of the box in cream and lined the inside bottom with a felt circle in case someone decides to put delicate items inside the box.
For the card I took a 6×6 Off White card and cut a window in the front using a spellbinders die from the Nestabilities Circles set.
Again I used a Flower Vine to line the window partly. I used a yellow funky flower for my focal point and added leaves and flowers to fill in the gaps. I stamped the sentiment ‘Have a Fabulous Birthday’ with the water can archival ink on the circle piece resulting from cutting the window. I sponged a bit of Scattered Straw distress ink around the edges of the circle, lined it with the window and adhered it to the inside of the card. I added two stamped butterflies to the circle. Lastly I stamped another sentiment ‘Sending you smiles on yellow dotted cardstock and adhered it to the bottom left corner of the card.