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Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hi everyone!! It's Anna-Karin here with you today on the blog, with a mixed media tutorial using Eileen Hull's wonderful Cookie Box to make storage boxes for craft supplies.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I love making my own storage boxes and it is a fun to make practical items with your dies. The cute Cookie Box makes a great storage box and you can colour it to fit with your decor if you want to. Make as many as you need and stack them on top of each other so that they take up minimum space. For more ideas on using dies to make storage units check my Blueprint Caddy and Chest of Drawers tutorials.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Start by die cutting the pieces needed to make the containers. I used cream Mat Board, but you can also use chipboard. This is what you need to make one Cookie Box. As you can see on this photo, the Sizzix ScoreBoards dies both cut and score the material.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This is an XL die, so you have to use the Extended Cutting Pads. Sandwich: Extended Cutting Pad, die facing up, mat board, second Extended Cutting Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Tear strips of vintage dictionary paper and glue to the body of the box with matte medium. Add another layer of medium on top of the paper. I didn't add any paper to the lid, but you can if you want to. Let dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Coat with a thin layer of gesso, letting quite a bit of the text show through.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Paint the pieces with acrylic paint. I used DecoArt's Media range of fluid acrylics. Each box was painted with a darker and lighter shade of the same colour. Let dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I planned to stamp a sentiment on each box, and wanted it to stand out from the background. The solution was to paint a strip of white paint, about the same size as my sentiments.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used a fun Hero Arts set by Kelly Purkey, which I thought fit real well for craft supply storage. Stamp with Stazon or Archival Jet Black ink.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hero Art's Overlap Circle Frame stamp was the perfect size for the lids. Don't worry if your stamped impression isn't perfect, it just adds to the look. You can also draw lines with a marker.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

To give the boxes more texture, I used the Falling Snow stencil by Simon Says Stamp and smeared Modeling Paste through it with a palette knife. If your Modeling Paste doesn't dry completely white, mix a tiny bit of white paint into the paste before applying it to your project.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I stamped the lids with three different circle sentiment stamps, and didn't want to have stenciled dots over the text. The images were stamped again on an adhesive masking sheet, cut out and used as a mask.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Apply the paste and then remove the mask.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

To assemble the boxes, apply a strong adhesive on the inside flaps first. I used Ranger's Wonder Tape.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Start at the one side of the flat part of the base and adhere the body all the way around. You can also find instructions for how to assemble the box on the packaging sheet that comes with the die.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Glue to the base scalloped circle and dry brush black paint around the edges and along the score lines. The dictionary paper will tear slightly when the box is rounded, but don't worry since it fits with the look.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Apply adhesive to one side of this rectangular piece, which is scored in the middle. Adhere to the inside where the flat area is.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Then place the lid on top. I put my containers under a heavy book for a while to make sure all the surfaces had adhered well. The blue container holds some of my vintage buttons, within easy reach.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Instead of stamping a sentiment, you could stamp the content of the box with alphabet stamps, or use stickers.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I liked how the stamping of both the outer frame and inner circle worked with the shape of the lid.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The green container holds some wood veneer shapes. Use black paint to cover up the cream edges of the mat board.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's the lid of the green container, with a slightly smaller sentiment stamp.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I wanted to use bright colours on this project, but the containers would look great in more subdued vintage colours too.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The orange container holds Tim Holtz idea-ology pieces.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

And the orange lid looks like this.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

If you want to, you can tie an elastic around the containers so that the lids are completely closed. The boxes would work great as gift boxes too, maybe the the recipient's name stamped on the front.

Sizzix Tutorial | Buttons and Findings Boxes by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
I am planning to keep the three containers stacked on top of each other and it doesn't matter to me if the top lid is a little open.

Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial!

Happy Crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Hero Arts - Overlap Circle Frame K6075, Kelly's Happy Place LP373, Discover the World E5997, My Favorite AC030, Time AC029
  • Stencil: Simon Says Stamp - Falling Snow
  • Ink: Tsukineko - Stazon Jet Black
  • Paint: DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow, Cadmium Orange Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, Phthalo Turquoise, Green Gold, Phthalo Green Yellow, Carbon Black, Titanium White
  • Medium: DecoArt - Matte Medium, Modeling Paste, Gesso
  • Adhesive: Ranger - Wonder Tape; Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper Label Sheets

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