Monday, January 9, 2017

Tutorials: Texture Paste-Covered Box with Infusions Colored Stain

"Be Square" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I revamped a square box using texture paste and Infusions colored stain.  It has the mantra of "Good, better, best" which is to remind me of my new year's goal, which is simply to use my time and energy on what is most important. 


To make this project, I started with a 4x4 cardboard box that had a lid.  I took three of the lid's sides off and left one on so the box front could swing open like a door instead of having a lid.  I covered the whole thing with white texture paste and applied it with a plastic serrated knife to leave ridges in the texture.


Once the paste dried, I smeared Dina Wakley acrylic paint on it with my fingers.  I used Turquoise and Lime.


I added brown paint next. 


I added Infusions color stain by tapping small amounts on the powder onto my box surface, then spritzing the powder with a Mini Mister.  If you add too much water to the powder, you'll get a muddy mess in a hurry.  I've learned that less is more when it comes to water and Infusions colored stain.  On my box I used A Bit Jaded and Emerald Isle stains.  I used a heat gun to speed up the drying process since this box is cardboard and I didn't want to leave it wet any longer than needed.


I wanted to make some butterflies to add, so I cut them out of coffee filters using a butterfly die, then dripped alcohol ink on them.  I added Distress Ink to the areas that didn't get covered by the alcohol ink, then added Infusions colored stain (Royal Blood) and spritzed them with water.


To finish off the front of the box, I cut some houses (Tim Holtz die) and inked them and stamped text on them.  I used blended Distress Inks for the color and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink for the text.

   
I glued everything to the front of my box (including the "Good, better, best" sentiment, which I found in an old textbook).  

And now for the inside of the box!


  
I continued on with my new year's sentiment by spelling out "Prove what is most important."  The word "prove" is die-cut with Tim Holtz's Typo lowercase alphabet.


The other side has a background made with rolls of colored silks and another one of my favorite sentiments, "carpe diem."

  
I'm not one for making specific new year's resolutions because I usually break them all by mid-January, but I figured if I could stick to the one idea of proving what I value most in life through my actions, then that would be a worthwhile pursuit.

Here are the supplies I used on my box, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


I'm excited to see how you'll "be square" this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

18 comments:

  1. I love this inspiration box Andrea, the colours and whole design of this is gorgeous and I am sure whenever you look at it you will be reminded of what is most important, a great inspirational project! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. You do like to get messy! But the end result is fabulous!! Loving all the colours!

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  3. I really like this, and those silk scraps inside are so pretty.

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  4. I love the texture of your background, Andrea! This is such a sweet little box filled with inspiration. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

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  5. Wonderful texture and sentiment!

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  6. New fave? What a great post... your process-pictures are terrific. You've used coffee filters before, but I can't remember the alcohol ink. I'll have to try that! Love all of that silk, too! Just very cool. Okay... so what old textbook?

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  7. Love your approach to resolutions Andrea! and what a fabulous little reminder box! I really like the letters and silks you have placed inside the box, but of course the cover is wonderfully textured and lusciously colorful!

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  8. Wonderful project and love the colors. I always love boxes and this is awesome.

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  9. Gorgeous project, Andrea! I love the multi colored houses :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  10. Such a fun and fantastic creation, Andrea. Love the cute houses and beautiful texture. :)

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  11. Wonderful box and wonderful goal!!!!!!!!!

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  12. WoW what a great project! I love the texture the most!!! the colors are fantastic and Infusions gave a great touch. Lovely houses too! The inside of the box is absolutely a surprise! What an explosion of colors and such a great idea to include fabrics inside! Love your ideas! Hugs, Marzena

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  13. Only you could think of using Tim's die in this way! I love how you colored your little houses !!! Love so much the background you created for the box!!!!! Barbara

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  14. wowzers Andrea...what an amazing inspiration box and you are rocking those Infusions sister...hugs kath xxx

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  15. This is FANTASTIC!!!!! I love everything about it!!!! and the inside is so creative! It would be such an awesome gift!!! hugs xxx

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  16. LOVED the mantra and adored all the texture and colour...this is fabulous Andrea and another wonderful inspiring piece of art! :)

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  17. Fantastic project Andrea!! And as always you use such great words and sentiments. Love the textured background and of course the houses.

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  18. This is fabulous, Andrea! Love it! The infusions are so fun! Amazing storage box for sure! Hugs, Sandra

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