Saturday, September 3, 2016

Gelli Printed Doily Pillow Box

Ahhh, something a little different from me today :) I was recently a winner of the Challenge Up Your Life challenge with a suitcase box I made and today I am a very honoured to be a Guest Designer for their new challenge 'Doily'

I have so fallen in love with Gelli Printing and could not resist using this technique to make yet another box, this time a Pillow Box.

I started by making my background for both the box and accessories I wanted to use.  I first placed a layer of pearl paint which does not really show here but has a lovely sheen (where you are seeing the white areas).  Next I used turquoise paint and doilies and then the final layer was mauve paint which I sprayed with water to thin and dabbed some off before adding a wavy pattern.  I had thought I would use the left over small doilies but in the end gave up on that idea hahaha.
Next I used the Pillow Box pattern and cut out with my die cutter.  I am finding it great Gelli Printing my backgrounds on card and then using this with my die cutters, saves getting messy backgrounds :).  Using the spare background I made I cut a doily using a Sizzix die.  Onto the sentiment which is from Fiskars Make A Wish and a Spellbinder Triple Tear Doily die.  The sentiment was attached to the Sizzix doily with double layers of foam tape.  Still with background paper to spare I used the the Creative Expressions die to make my bow and the ribbon.  I coloured the back of the bow with gold paint and mounted the ribbon section on gold paper.  Finally I added some gold Mica chips on the right hand side of the box.
Now every wee box should have a gift in it so I raked out my cold enamelling kit and a copper heart blank.  Using colours to match my box I set to work.  The finishing touch was a silver flower I made from silver metal clay ages ago and was a bit of a disaster so sat around doing nothing.  The silver did not go with my box so I coloured it with gold paint.
And there we have it, my box and pendant and lots of fun this afternoon.  Thank you Challenge Up Your Life for the change be part of your DT this week :)

items used:-
  • gelli plate
  • Folk Art acrylic paints
  • light weight card
  • Dies :- Sizzix Doily, Spellbinders Triple Tear Doily and Creative Expressions Bow
  • Fiskars sentiment stamp 'Make A Wish' set
  • gold paper and pen
  • paper cake doilies
  • brads
  • copper heart blank
  • cold enamelling powders
  • silver metal clay

I am entering this project into the following challenges


  1. Very creative an full of lovely 'shine', I love pillow boxes! Thank you for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle for our monthly challenge.
    Diane SNS DT

  2. I agree this is very creative indeed with lovely bright colours. Such a fun sentiment too!
    Thank you for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Aud Sentiments,
    Hugz Tinz DT

  3. Beautiful card Mimi. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  4. Very original and beutiful card! It´s full of color and one of my favourite combo. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs. We would love to see you again Hugs Beatriz DT

  5. It looks like you had some wonderfully messy fun! I love the colors you used and there is so much texture in this project!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Lots of Layers challenge.

  6. Wow lots of colour and texture. Looks fantastic
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    Debbie Dt

  7. This is really original and imaginative, I love the colours and the little details you have included.It would be fantastic if you shared this creation at Anything goes September link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  8. Lots of work in this project. Looks great! Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog and hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs, Sandy DT

  9. Very pretty box. Thanks for sharing it with the Creative atiste mixed media challenge. Janet DT x


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