Wednesday 25 June 2014

Keepsake Box For Stampendous And DecoArt

Today is Day Three for the Stampendous, DecoArt and Princeton Brush Co. Blog Hop. (If you've missed the first two days click HERE for Monday and HERE for Tuesday.)


Here's what Stampendous have to say:

WELCOME - to our weeklong blog collaboration with DecoArt Paints, Princeton Artist Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe. If you missed Monday's excitement, here's the LINK.

DecoArt creates so many fantastic paint products, our team was excited to try so many! We know you'll be stunned when you see what these great products add to your stamping! When you combine them with Princeton Artist Brushes and Catalyst Wedges used on the Stampendous Creative Palette, well WOW!

To take part all you have to do is:

  • Visit each blog and leave a comment
  • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook!
  • Repin our projects onto your Pinterest boards and tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe) we'll be tracking!

What's in it for you: 

  • Stampendous will choose three blog posts from all the designer posts this week and then choose a winner from each to receive a prize package - Princeton Artist Brushes, through Willow Wolfe, is sending a Select 3750 Brush Set and a Catalyst Wedge, and we'll be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette so you can use all the new techniques you'll learn here this week.  (America and Canada only)
  • Bonus goodies are on offer for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins.
  • For International commenters: DecoArt has agreed to mail out three fab Media Paint sample packages to international bloggers as well. YAY! 

And if that's not enough:
Would you like to own this little beauty designed and made by the amazingly talented Andy Skinner using DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paints and mediums?

Just leave a comment on each blog in the hop and the winner will be announced on Friday. 

And finally, here's what I made for today's hop, hope you like it!

A tiny little matchbox sized keepsake box. I found this really challenging because the piece is so small and I wanted to pack it full of techniques - well, some techniques at least!

These are the products I used from Stampendous and DecoArt to create my little box - for some reason, I forgot to take photos as I went along this time!
I used the bottom two stamps from the pack for my box - that means I have one more to play with! If you look carefully, you can also see the free stencil in the pack - still with dried paint on I'm afraid!

The box is diecut using a piece of card which has a monoprint added from the Stampendous plate. The monoprint was made using DecoArt Media range acrylics (as previously shown).
Top and back view shown.
This side view shows the box closure mechanism made from thick jute string with rusty wire I wrapped around it. You simply pull out the lid flap to open the box.
The white lines on the design are where the stamp was applied to the Creative Palette - so clever!
The opened box reveals the inside which has the same altered monoprint on the base. Sorry about the fingers on view - it wouldn't stay open for the camera!
The monoprint was made by adding colour to the plate with a brayer then stamping my chosen stamps into the surface. The paper is then laid on top, smoothed out and hey presto - you have a monoprint ready for to be altered.
The mono print can clearly be seen here in the background. The circles were altered using either a black pencil or some DecoArt Media range Quinacridone Gold paint. Machine stitching was added around the larger circles. Finally a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze to finish.
The tiny flowers are punched from scraps of the print, crackle glazed then rubbed with carbon black paint. Tiny black gems complete the flowers.
The free stencil was again put to good use for applying the embossing powder. Versamark ink was applied through the stencil followed by the embossing powder. Gently heated from below then a final coat of crackle glaze was applied as before.
The jute string was tied in a knot at the front of the box. The rusty wire extends from the ends of the sting and some curl was added to them to complete the look.
 What would you keep in your little keepsake box? 

Now it's your turn to hop around part of the world and look at the fabulous inspiration on display. Here's your list, let's get started:

DecoArt Blog

Stampendous Blog

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Julie Robertson (UK)

Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei (Canada)

Tamiko McCurry (Illinois, USA)

The Official Rules are here. Please take a moment to read them. Broken links will be corrected during the day so do call back. If a link doesn't show the post, try clicking on the blog heading.

Thanks again for your visit and your comment. It's always good to know someone is having a look!


  1. Oh my, Julia! This is so wonderful! So many fantastic techniques packed into such a little bit of amazing! Would never have thought to put crackle glaze on embossing powder! That's really an interesting technique!!! Love all the little details like the flowers and the wire! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. Lovely texture! It looks like ceramic with the cracks and the beautiful shellac effect! Beautiful!

  3. This is so gorgeous that it is a keepsake on it's own and it wouldn't need a little treasure inside. The detail is amazing and I love the colors.

  4. this color (you had better wash your stencil fantastic piece of art!!!

  5. WOW! It is hard to believe that you crammed so many techniques into this wonderful little keepsake box! I love the flowers and the circles are awesome!! The colors are another wonderful element to this fabulous piece! From the looks of that goodie pile you have hours and hours of fun left to try out these techniques and more to share with us!!! I would love to have a goodie box like that show up on MY doorstep!! Fingers crossed that I am one of the lucky three USA winners! Thanks for sharing your talent and techniques with me!

  6. This is beautiful! The colors are fantastic.

  7. Such a pretty color for the box and the remaining colors look so nice with it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Gosh, Julia! How do you manage to make a matchbox sized box sooo gigantic?! It's utterly beautiful!!!! And what a keepsake this is! LOVE it!
    Claudia x

  9. Beautiful teal colours. Wow such work using a small box lovely

  10. oh my, There is so much detail on this. This is such a huge project for such a tiny box!!! BEautiful.

  11. Your colour treatment is just stunning and the twine and rusty wire are a genius touch! Love it! (:o)

  12. Gosh working with such a small piece yet incorporating all that detail. You are truly fantastic.

  13. Oh My this is Lovely! I adore it, well done you. x

  14. Really beautiful piece you've created!

  15. Hi Julie :) So many fantastic techniques packed into such a little box. Pretty clever of you to put crackle glaze on embossing powder! That's an interesting technique! Great details like the flowers and the wire.

  16. Beautiful! I love the many layers

  17. Another beautiful creation, Love all the techniques you used and I think the crackle glaze just gives it that final touch. It gives it that vintage look and I LOVE vintage. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful art work with us.

  18. Great colors and texture.

  19. Great project. Thanks for sharing.

  20. That is gorgeous! I love the crackled look too. It's just a wonderful piece.

  21. WoW! Love everything about this.

  22. Very pretty! Thanks for all the detail photos . . . loved seeing them.

  23. It's fabulous, Julia - the circle motif is wonderful layered through from the monoprint to those gilded dimensional splodges, and I love the crackle over the lid and the flowers. The jute/wire fastening is beyond cool - fabulous work as always!
    Alison xx

  24. The box is gorgeous. Love all that texture.

  25. Very clever! I love your colours! Erin xx

  26. I never fail to be amazed by the work you produce Julia. This is a positive feast for sore eyes with strong bold complimentary colours and tons of texture. LOVE it. Jenny x

  27. This is totally out of the box and so GORGEOUS. I'm a big fan of your Art for long! All your pieces are really amazing, this one does not escape to the rule, it's just wonderful!!! Crafty hugs, Coco xx

  28. This looks so rich, I really like it x

  29. Fabulous ideas for using the products! Thanks for sharing!

    Carol B

  30. This is amazing love the colours too

  31. For a small box you did accomplish your goal. There are quite a few techniques.
    Thanks for sharing.

  32. What beautiful colors your picked and I like the texture you gave to your box. It is very beautiful. thank you for sharing it :) -con

  33. Good things do come in small packages !!!

  34. Mmmmmm.....crackle!!!! Love the stitching to!!

  35. The crackle does it for me every time. Love Love, Love this. Yummy.

  36. I just can't believe that this is matchbox size, the level of detail is fantastic..... you crammed so much into such a cute little project

  37. Oh my, I must go find matchboxes! This is wonderful!

  38. Fabulous little box! The tiny flowers you've added are so neat!

  39. This is absolutely gorgeous!


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax