Sunday, June 3, 2012


Hello everybody! Welcome to another week of Simon Says Stamp and Show's Challenge.  This week...Simon Says Show Some Texture!  Check out the wonderful creations that my Design Teammies have made for you by clicking the link above.  They are so talented and work hard every week to bring original ideas to you.

Texture can come from anywhere....netting, combs, the edges of plastic cards, stencils...anywhere.  So, when you are creating with texture, think outside of the box!

I have created a texture rich trinket box.  I started out with just a simple little unfinished wooden box.  I first covered the top of the box with Claudine Hellmuth's White Gesso as my base.  When dry, I began to build two or three layers using the Gesso and Dyan Reaveley's wonderful 5x8 stencils:  Luscious Leaves, Letter Jumble, Dotted Flowers and Diamond Of A Border.  I also used a little piece of Punchinella for the honey comb effect in the center.  Finally, what looks like loose netting is actually little pieces of plastic garden weed netting that I stuck into the Gesso.

Here is my box before I embellished the top.

These leaves are from Dyan Reaveley's Luscious Leaves Stencil with Gesso scraped over the top of it.  After the Gesso dried, I painted the entire box with a light pink acrylic paint then washed it (antiqued it) with Raw Sienna Acrylic paint and water.  Then, using a small paint brush, I painted in the leaves using Italian Sage Acrylic Paint followed by some Juniper Paint Dabber.  Your can see the really defined honeycomb pattern achieved by scraping Gesso over a piece of Punchinella.

The garden netting added some neat texture as did Dyan's Diamond Of A Border and Letter Jumble Stencils.  The small polka dots at the bottom are from Dyan's Dotted Flowers Stencil.  I then lightly wiped a bit of Italian Sage Acrylic Paint over some of the raised areas using my finger followed by a touch of Juniper Paint Dabber.

Here is the top of the finished box before I added any embellishments.  You can see the sides of the box that are also textured using Metal Foil Sheets that are dry embossed.  I measured the length and width of the side of the unfinished wooden box and cut strips of metal foil.  Then I embossed them using my Vagabond and embossing folders.  I used a couple of Cuddlebug folders and the Tim Holtz Postcard Texture Fade for the front.  The sheet metal is adhesive on the back, so once I cut the strips to fit the box, it was easy to adhere them into place.

Here is the postcard front.  It is silver sheet metal that was washed with Raw Sienna Acrylic Paint and then given the patina look using the Juniper Paint Dabber.  The metal hardware was originally a shiny gold finish.  It was also given a patina finish courtesy of the Juniper Paint Dabber.

Both of the sides are embossed buttons embossed from a Cuddlebug embossing border and then antiqued in the same method at the front.

Here is the back.  The metal and the metal findings were also finished in the same way as the front and sides of the box.

The top of the box was then embellished with some metal buttons and some delicate little flowers that I dipped into melted Clear UTEE and made to look like porcelain flowers.  I added a little Hug Snug "distressed" seam tape for ribbon and some little green wire curls for added texture and interest.

Open the box to reveal four small compartments...perfect size for ATCs to be stored.  I just finished off the interior using a sheet of Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden paper that I had left over.  I popped some of the embellishments with pop dots or by using Glossy Accents.

Here is a closer look at the top portion of the box.

Here is the bottom portion of the box.  The bird's nest is heat embossed with Rust Antiquities and a touch of Copper Embossing Powder.  The eggs are colored with a Pool Paint Dabber and then coated with Glossy Accents to make them appear more dimensional.

Working with it!  Now it's YOUR turn to create something with texture and post it to Simon Says Stamp and Show. You could be our lucky randomly chosen winner of a very generous ...

... and you could also be chosen as one of our TOP THREE entries of the week!  Considering the amazing talent that part of our weekly challenges, that is quite a feat!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week and take time to PLAY!


  1. Wow, wow and a hundred times wow, this is stunningly gorgeous, what great techniques you have used and the end result is - well - beautiful. I am now addicted to the metal foil but garden netting? It looks better on the box than in the never cease to amaze me with your wonderful creations.......Anne x

  2. **thud** That was me, swooning, cos I tell you what Miss Candy, you just keep on bringing more and more totesamazeballs arty pieces to show us. The amount of detail is the thing that always strikes me with your creations, your unique ideas and total talent is just perfection.... btw, I kinda like this one.... erm... a VERY lot!!! xxx

  3. How fabulous, Candy! I really love the way you did the sides with the foil tape, and the box top is just gorgeous with all that texture. Love the theme this week!

  4. Stunning! What a lot of love and effort you have put into this beauty. I am amazed at all the eye candy. Texture is one of my loves. I think my favorite is all that patina washed metal on the sides. I am so going to try this awesome technique. You are always an inspiration!

  5. I love this box, I bought one a couple weeks ago wondering if ATC's would fit in it. Thanks for the inspiration as always!

  6. Hi Candy...........this is gorgeous. I love the texture and metal foil embossing. Will have to give this a go..........once I finish all my other half finished projects of course !!!!

    Wishes Annie :)

  7. Loving your fabulous altered box and can see you had great fun with all the textures. Loving the inside of the box as well. You certainly rocked the challenge Candy. Hugs Annette x

  8. Fabulous textural trinket box Candy. The texture from the Gesso through the leaf stencil is amazing. Love the netting too, add so much interest. Could just reach out and touch this piece. The metal is a lovely touch as are those stunning flowers. Beautiful. Tracy x

  9. After three workshops i'm able so say your box is STUNNING!! I really love the metal outsides and of course your color washes (:o)

  10. Gorgeous Candy, and way cool texture! Love it!

  11. The texture on the top of this box is amazing! Love the use of stencils with these heavier products...just awesome! This is art!!!

  12. Wow Candy your box is amazing ! Love how you've created the texture using Gesso, will have to give that a go ! The embossed metal is just stunning ! Sue C x

  13. Gorgeous box with OH SO MUCH texture! I've really been a fan of chicken wire the flowers too!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. this box is sóoooo beautiful, love it

  15. This is so awesome! Now I will be obsessed with getting that postcard folder! You did an incredible job!

  16. This is absolutely the best thing Ive seen all week. Simply stunning. Cant get enough of it. do take care, gerri

  17. Another stunning piece. I love your altered box things and the way you get so much gorgeous detail in there. Fabulous!


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