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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coat with a thin layer of gesso, letting quite a bit of the text show through.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apply the paste and then remove the mask.
To assemble the boxes, apply a strong adhesive on the inside flaps first. I used Ranger's Wonder Tape.
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.
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.
Apply adhesive to one side of this rectangular piece, which is scored in the middle. Adhere to the inside where the flat area is.
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.
Instead of stamping a sentiment, you could stamp the content of the box with alphabet stamps, or use stickers.
I liked how the stamping of both the outer frame and inner circle worked with the shape of the lid.
The green container holds some wood veneer shapes. Use black paint to cover up the cream edges of the mat board.
Here's the lid of the green container, with a slightly smaller sentiment stamp.
I wanted to use bright colours on this project, but the containers would look great in more subdued vintage colours too.
The orange container holds Tim Holtz idea-ology pieces.
And the orange lid looks like this.
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.
Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial!
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