Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box
Hello, Friends! Today marks the beginning of a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I’ve created this Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box to go along with the Christmas Gifts theme that our hostess, Maggi, has chosen for the challenge. We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s see what she has to say about the challenge guidelines.
Challenge Theme: Tis the Season for Gift Giving!
It’s that time of the year where we’re all thinking about the perfect gift for our friends and families! For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic gift for a special someone in your life. Your gift could be a simple as a handmade card or tag, or an elaborate piece of home decor. Maybe you like to place your gifts in handmade boxes? Your imagination is the only limit on this challenge!
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Inspiration
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Box
I happen to have a love for pretty boxes. So much so that my family saves interesting boxes for me to alter. I have a box full of them in the Closet of Shame. Since so many of us give gift cards for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to create a really beautiful box that could house a gift card. That was my original intent. But when I began digging through the COS, I found a Tim Holtz 6″ x 9″ x 1″ Configurations Box that I’d forgotten all about. All the little boxes inside were missing (what on earth did I do with those???) but the box itself was perfect for my new and improved plan.
Paint the box with Candied Apple Distress Paint. Then add a layer of Distress Crazing Medium. When that has dried, rub on some Black Soot Distress Stain, wiping off with a paper towel after about 10 seconds. Then tap/brush an Embossing Dabber along the edges and sides of the box. Sprinkle on Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture to add that holiday touch of gold.
I adhered a vintage silver plate spoon to the side of the box in lieu of a handle.
And I added more stenciling/inking to the spine.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Paper
Stamperia Winter Botanic is the most gorgeous paper! After distressing/inking the edges, I matted it on some kraft cardstock which I also distressed and inked. Then I stitched around the edges of the paper on my machine. To add some texture and layering to the paper, I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through a Stamperia Stencil. When the paste was dry, I lightly sponged on some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, spritzed lightly with water and heat dried.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: Framed
Can you spot something you rarely see in one of my projects? The answer is that I used just ONE layer of designer paper. To draw the eye to the image of that beautiful winter bird, I decided to top it with a Tim Holtz Vignette Topper Frame. Here’s how I altered it:
- First, place the frame in a shallow box. I like to use the 12″ x 12″ shipping boxes that paper gets shipped in. Placing the frame in a box is not a requirement, but it sure does make cleanup easy!
- Next, spray the frame thoroughly with Ground Espresso Distress Stain Spray.
- Then, while the stain is still wet, spray randomly with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Mica Spray.
- After the frame is dry (I used my heat gun) scrape some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the frame.
- Then apply Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive on a piece of sponge. Squeeze the sponge gently to evenly distribute the adhesive. Then tap the sponge randomly all over the surface of the frame.
- Next, place the frame over a funnel tray or a large piece of paper and sprinkle liberally with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. This gives the frame a frosty appearance and adds subtle sparkle to the “snow”.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Finishing Touches
Wrap the left hand side of the paper panel with burlap string. Tie a knot and add some rusty jingle bells in the upper left corner. Arrange Little Birdie Flowers (Buttermilk Rosalind Roses and Danica Cherry) along the left hand side of the box. Tear out the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from the paper collection, distress, back with dimensionals and add above the frame.
- Alter a Graphic 45 Ornate Door Plate and Knob by painting with black gesso. While the paint is damp, spritz it liberally with the Tim Holtz Mica Spray again. Then heat dry.
- Add mustard seeds and green peppercorns in the corners of the frame.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: A Peek Inside
The interior of the box holds a little Christmas card and photo folio.
This 5″ x 7″ card has a base layer of Stamperia Rice Paper. Apply this with Distress Vintage Collage Medium for a beautiful vintage finish. Stitch on some scraps of designer paper and the beautiful deer image. Then add more stenciling and inking for texture.
Dry brush Picket Fence Distress Paint on a wood slice (my son cut these for me in his shop but you can use the Tim Holtz brand). Add some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the edges, sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and set aside to dry. Color a Tim Holtz Deer with Alcohol Inks. I wanted to add a white bottle brush tree to the wood slice, but it prevented the box from closing. So I colored this pretty silvertone Christmas tree charm with Pesto Alcohol Ink instead. All these elements were joined by some Spanish Moss and some rusty jingle bells.
Here’s a peek at the inside. That’s a handmade crocheted/starched snowflake ornament in the pocket.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Folio
I added more rice paper images to the cover of this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ magnetic folio.
There are 6 panels in all, each decorated with papers from the Winter Botanic and Alchemy Collections. I even managed to fit in another pocket.
And here’s a look at the box with all the goodies removed. This paper is drool worthy! As always, this Stamperia Winter Botanic Box Set is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.
Now It’s YOUR Turn!
You are cordially invited to join this festive challenge. To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic Christmas Gift themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 4th.
The Frilly and Funkie Design team will invite the creator of our favorite project to a special Guest Designer spot on the blog. We will also give Top 3 Badges to 3 additional favorite projects. And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
You can find all the challenge guidelines HERE.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures! If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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My goodness, Kathy! Another stunning and detail laden project! I loved reading your thought process on how you went from gift card holder to this amazing gift! And I see it went FAST in your shop–no surprise! I giggled at the single layer of design paper on the front cover of this lovely box cover. A beautiful paper indeed and made even more droolworthy with that incredible crusty frame and beautifully designed floral cascade. And your card inside is equally detailed and creative! My word, I could sit and stare all day and gush, gush, gush! You are one talented artist and you put so much of your soul into your work! Sending hugs!
Hello Kathy and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Wishing you a wonderful day. What can I say about this gorgeous and wonderful creation. You excel yourself each and every time, you just manage it so well. As always there is so much to see and take in, one visit is never enough. The inside is always a wonderful surprise and full of inspiration. Thank you my friend. We are having a very cold snap at the moment, cold biting winds and lots of frost around today.xx
Stunning paper collection choice!! I am always intrigued by your engineering of the inside of each and every project…always so creative. Beautifully designed! Thanksgiving wishes and family joy to you and your family!
Hi Kathy, awesome an so much loving creation put into the box. You are amazing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. with family an friends…….LOL an big hugs…..
You did a great job, thank you
Thank you so much, Sharon! Merry Christmas!
Kathy this box is so beautifully designed. Your use of the Tim Holtz crazed and amber products adds such a lovely finish to the box…and what’s inside is simply gorgeous. In the days to come I see decorated boxes with crafted goodies inside to give as Christmas gifts on my crafting table. Thanks for such a great idea. You never cease to inspire me.
Oh WOW, Kathy! Your creative spirits are off the chart on this project! If I had to choose one paper company, I think It might be Stamperia. This collection is to die for. and you have used it so beautifully! Your accents like the door frame, bells, and spoon are so clever and, gosh, I wish I could think of things like that! And then the card with the deer and tree accents is just fantastic! This will definitely be at the top of the list on my Pinterest craft inspiration board. Thank you for sharing! Hugs
PS- We have a large warehouse liquor store that sells cigars. I have been collecting their empty boxes for years. NOW I know what to do with them!
awww kathy that winter scene with the bird….soooo sweet..and those papers look good to eat lol they are precious…and as ususl its like a gift your work is…..and i have a box fettish too..if we can have those..i have been saving the tiny raisin boxes….for a rainy..snowy day to create…wish you lived closer….id have a crafting day……hugs to you
Ha Ha only one layer of paper on the top! You made up for it on the paper used inside as well! 🙂 Gorgeous box and I adore the frame with the sweet door handle. Beautiful inside and out! Happy Thanksgiving!
Oh my! How beautiful. Always something unique. You are amazing. Have a happy thanksgiving
Another WOW project Kathy! You can just take anything and make it such a beautiful work of art! WOW! Such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing ….Hugs, Suzy Q
Kathy you truly floor me every time with the level of detail you put into your projects. This one is an absolute stunner – that box, the crackle, the embossing, the shabby chic layers just melt my heart. And then another of your amazing cards that is in itself a gift! I just know I’m going to be revisiting this many times to be re-inspired xx
Loads of yum details here….loving what you do…inky hugs