Saturday, May 9, 2015

A box for my coloured images

Morning folks.  Just thought I would share something I made for me lol, not something I do very often.  Recently I seem to have coloured in quite a few images and not used them.  The other day I wanted one of them for a card and blow me, could I find them.  They were not where I thought I had left them.  After an hour or two of hunting I did find them with great relief.  Anyway, after the experience I scrapped the idea of making a card and decided to make something to store my coloured images in.  I do have another plan to make an art journal and have been hunting for ways to make the actual journal to put the art work into to, book binding etc.  One of the way I saw was to make a concertina base and then the pages can be attached to each of the slots.  So . . . . . as a practice run I have used this idea to make the insert of a wooden box I have and this will be used to store my loose coloured images.

So much fun and a almost full day project :) :) :)

I started off making the concertina base to fit inside my box

I then added A5 sheets of very stiff card to each groove and then added another layer of card to base so it would glue firmly inside my box.

Talk about working back to front as it was at this point I decided to decorate the box and make it pretty instead of just functional hahahaha.

The box was painted with Gesso and then airbrushed with yellow, green and orange Promarkers to match the image I was going to used and had coloured previously. Next I raked out a sunflower rubber stamp and a couple of quote stamps and embossed with old gold embossing powder.  The same was done for the front piece of card.
To finish off I added ribbon (you can't see it but is is under the lace), lace and pearls.  I do love hidden elements, the sort that don't jump out at you but every now and again, you know they are there but they are confident enough not to have to be in your face so to speak.
A small section of lace was added under the image and a string of pearls too.  I die cut the text 'Coloured Images' which I heat embossed with Old Gold embossing powder. I then sandpapered this to distress it and then added a bit more heat embossing powder, this time Gold Tinsel.  Finally two metal hears were added, one by the image and the other on the front of the box.

I had such a hard time not adding some hand made paper flowers as I so love them but this box needed to be strong and put up with lots of use so I felt adding embellishments that were not flat would end up making it look tatty in no time at all.  Wonder how long it will be before I change my mind and relent hahahaha.


  • Image used - Keep The Faith by Ching Chou Kuik available from Sweet Pea Stamps as a rubber stamp.
  • Colour Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos for the image and Promarkers for the background and box
  • From my stash - old wooden box, rubber sunflower stamp and sentiment stamps, lace, pearls, ribbon, embossing powders and metal hearts.
I am entering this box in the following challenges:-


  1. WoWza !! That is sooo gorgeous and a brilliant idea :-D

    IKE xx

  2. WOW! Awesome idea and it's just beautiful! Well done Mimi! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Monochromatic’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  3. Hi Jane! this project is just fabulous! I am just popping over from LOC as you've added your link to the 'DT CALL' linky rather than the 'Challenge' linky on this week's post... If you pop over and put it in the challenge linky I'll get it removed from the DT Call... that said, if you're applying, let me know! :D mo xxx

  4. wow Mimi! Love that you are so organised & the colouring of your gorgeous image. Thanks so much for joining us at Left of Center Creative Challenges for Challenge 77 Bling It Up. I hope you will consider applying for the DT call if you have the time. I just love all your creations. AEL x

  5. Gorgeous box and a wonderful idea. Thanks for showing us how. I know I will make one of these! Thanks for sharing! I added myself to your group of followers, love your work! hugs, Elizabeth

  6. This is beautiful Jane. That image is lovely and the box is going to be so useful for you.

    I keep my coloured images in a slot in flip photo book but this is a lot prettier :)

    Love Mandy xxx

  7. What a gorgeous creation! The design is so creative and I love the color! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  8. So cute project. I love colors. Thanks for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy challenge.

  9. Beautiful creation! Thanks for joining in with a Gem of a Challenge this time!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  10. Wow! Amazing project! So inspiring. Thank you for playing along with us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges!
    ~ Bonnie (DT)

  11. SPRING HAS SPRUNG as your beautiful card portrays for our current challenge, thanks for sharing this lovely aNNie...
    {Chocolate Coffee and Cards DT Member}

  12. Wonderful project. Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar this week for our "Layers" challenge

  13. Great project and fantastic tutorial too. Thank you for joining the challenge over at The Paper Shelter this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    The Paper Shelter DT

  14. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing at CIO for our Anything Goes Challenge. Lisa DT

  15. Beautiful creation Mimi. Such a perfect image to go with our theme this week. Thanks for joining us at PFP. Hugs, Denise x

  16. Fab idea and love design. Thanks for playing at I Love Promarkers
    Liz x

  17. What a great project and so useful too.You've coloured the image beautifully and added some wonderful details to the box.Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x GDT

  18. Very lovely and a great idea. Looks fabby. The sun flowers are smashing! Thanks for joining us over at the Paper Shelter.
    Love n hugs

  19. wooow gorgeous creation.. love the colour... Thank you for joining our challenge #31 at Art by Mi Ran blog.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. Good luck at the draw.. ;)


  20. What a wonderfull idea! I love the pritty colors you have used too. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. Bianca XX

  21. Awesome project. Well done! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

  22. Gorgeous creation... Thanks for playing along with us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge this fortnight.
    Wendy xx

  23. A super project, thank you for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.


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