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It’s that time of year again, you know where you haven’t a clue what to get someone and every time you turn on the TV you are reminded just how close Christmas/the Holidays are now. If you have hoarded lots of cardstock over the years or want to make your gift wrapping really personal then these gift boxes will be ideal for you. They are quick to make, make a pile and let the glue set up over night and you will soon have pressies like they have on TV.

Billie's Tall Milk carton Gift Box

Billie’s Tall Milk carton Gift Box

You Will Need

  • A4 Card stock 220 gsm for strength and stability. (Centura pearl looks nice)
  • Scoring board
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scoring tool
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • PVA glue

Method

For detailed instructions on how to assemble the box, please check out my earlier tutorial; Small Gift Box. It includes a couple of videos that show the entire process all the way through.

This box is a standard milk carton construction and here are the dimensions you need for your cardstock and where to place your score lines.

Billie's Tall Milk carton Gift Box: Scoring Instructions

Billie’s Tall Milk carton Gift Box: Scoring Instructions

Options/Added Extras

  • Why not use your favorite stamps to decorate your cardstock before you score. Use pigment ink though, to ensure the wet glue won’t make the inks run.
  • How about making panels from printed toppers from your favorite Crafting CDs or create your own designs and background papers in programmes like Photoshop and Craft Artist.
  • Add your favorite ribbons and co-ordinate with your Christmas card for a really professional look.

Links

Video tutorial of how to score and assemble your gift box.

Mini Gift Box

If you are giving some one a gift card or even a cheque this holiday, why not add a few sweets in a gift box like this, so they still have a gift they can open and enjoy on the day. If you are really counting the costs, these gift boxes also make one of those big sweetie tins go a long way to share between more than one family and still look a personal gift.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Are you fed up with cheap n nasty chocolate in cheesy cartoon styles for the children? Like something a bit more grown up, personal, more elegant for a grown up advent calendar perhaps? Look no further, here is a quick n simple way to create the kind of calendar that suits your tastes and Holiday colour scheme too.

Advent Calendar Boxes

Advent Calendar Boxes

If you are short on card and storage space, you can just make 3 boxes and then simply change the numbers on those. A great way to use up small scraps of cardstock that we all hoard. Also a great use of those little pegs we all bought a few years ago and haven’t quite figured out what to do with ;) I’ve hidden mine in the photo as they were blue, but I found double-sided foam pads stick the numbers to them very well.

Advent Calendar Boxes

Advent Calendar Boxes

If you have more time and storage space, make a box for every day and string them along a cord for an impressive Holiday decoration. Why not dig out your favorite Christmas/Holiday CDs and print decorative papers or panels for your boxes.

Method

The boxes are a standard milk carton design and I’ve included photos of the scoring lines below.

Start with A5 cardstock, about 200 gsm or above to keep the boxes sturdy. Place the short edge of the A5 card up to the scoring line on your scoring board and make the following scoring lines. Each line is measured from the previous score-line. If you get stuck please check out the video tutorial I posted last friday.

Billie's Advent Calendar Boxes

Billie’s Advent Calendar Boxes

Cut off the end panel that is shown hatched in the picture, then rotate your card 90 degrees. Keep the narrower score line of 2.5cm at the top of your scoring board then score as follows.

Billie's Advent Calendar Boxes

Billie’s Advent Calendar Boxes

  • The number panels are created using sturdy card and a scalloped edge circular Spellbinders die, a plain circle Spellbinders die was used on paler card, to layer onto it. I then used number stamps to stamp on the dates.
  • You can attach the number panels directly to your boxes if you wish, but because I’m short on storage space, I just made three boxes, and then all the number tiles are attached onto mini pegs and can be swapped between the boxes each time.
  • For a more detailed description of how to make these boxes, look out for my ‘Holiday Gift Box video tutorial’ which was shown last friday.
Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Hope you give these a try, they are super easy to make.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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If you have ever wanted to create a vintage crackle effect for your projects, then you have come to the right place. In today’s video tutorial I’ll show you a really quick and easy way to create a crackle with a vintage look and feel. Here’s the kind of look you can achieve with this technique.

Vintage Gold Crackle. Paint Effect

Vintage Gold Crackle. Paint Effect

You Will Need

  • Jar of water
  • Black mount board or chip board painted black
  • Palette Knife
  • Piece of rag or cloth for cleaning tools
  • Small pot or lid from plastic milk bottle to mix in
  • Palette to mix colour
  • Winsor & Newton: Galeria; Modelling Paste
  • Daler Rowney Interference colour: Shimmering Gold

Method

It’s easiest to understand with the video tutorial, but given the global nature of the internet, I’ll put written instructions in as well so if English isn’t the language you use, click on the translator tab at the side of the blog for translation.

Put some modelling paste into bottle top

Mix some Shimmering gold into the modelling paste, a little at a time

Apply the modelling paset onto the mount board using the palette knife (then put the knife into water so the paste doesn’t dry on to it)

Press another piece of black or dark coloured mountboard on to the paste, move the boards around a little to create more texture.

Peel the boards appart while the paste is still wet.

Set boards aside to dry. The gold colour will be more obvious once the paste has dried. Less paste will show more colour.

Options/Added Extras

Another way to add texture is using a scrunched up plastic bag. Apply layer of paste to the board, then while the paste is still wet, dab into it using the bag. As you lift the bag off it will leave texture on the board in the paste.

You will get different effects depending on

  • How much paste you apply to the boards
  • How long you wait before applying the board/bag
  • Experiment and see what effects you can create and which you like.

Links

For links to suppliers of modelling paste and acrylic paint, please check out the Art tab at the top of the blog.

You can also use the techniques I showed previously in my earlier films, to add different texture effects to your paste

  • Faux Crackle
  • Embossed Stone Texture

Hope you give this technique a try, it would be great to add small areas of texture to projects or as surface decoration to boxes and cards. Would love to see what you create using the technique, do let me know what you create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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As part of the Adventures in Acrylics online workshop series, I’d like to share a way to spice up your existing colour palette. This time with the help of metallic colours. If you are a colour magpie like me, and would love all your favourite colours as metallic or interference colours, there is an affordable way to do this. In today’s tutorial I’ll share another way to achieve this.

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Earlier in the series, I showed how to use interference paint to take a regular palette of colours and give them a mica flip.

This is another option to take your colours and transform them into metallic colours of any hue.

You Will Need

  • Jar of water
  • Non stick craft sheet (for easy clean up)
  • Palette knife
  • Plate to mix on
  • Winsor & Newton Galleria acrylic paint. Options: Silver, Gold and Copper

Method

  • Put a small amount of gold paint onto your palette
  • Put a small amount of colour paint onto your pallet in a different area
  • Mix a small amount of metallic paint into your chosen colour.
  • Mix using the palette knife

If the colour you are mixing into is opaque and over powering the metallic, work in the other direction. Starting with the metallic colour and adding just a touch of your straight paint colour until you get the depth of colour you like.

The metallic colour shows up best on or over darker colours and surfaces.

Options/Added Extras

Experiment applying thin washes of metallic colour over surfaces painted in dark colours.

Try painting your surface in the metallic colour and adding a thin watery wash of colour to it. This will produce a more matt effect, but the metallic will show through more transparent colours.

Links

For suppliers and manufacturers, check out the Art – Supplies tab at the top of the blog

Hope you enjoy this tutorial and give it a try. Its fun to experiment mixing your supplies together. By varying the amounts of metallic and colour you can get a huge amount of options from just a few colours. :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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Earlier in the week, I gave you a selection of cards to help you gather supplies for your own custom-made creative retreat. In today’s episode; Follow your Dreams.

I know not all dreams are possible, but some ARE. Take one small step toward your dreams and it could change your life. Dreams are important, follow your dreams, the small ones, the achievable ones. The ones that will lead you to the bigger ones you never thought possible.

Print out the next set of cards to help you find your dreams. Write them down and you will then see the smaller steps that take you towards them.

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 3; Follow your Dreams

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 3; Follow your Dreams

How to Use

  • Click on the Download image you want to print, to open the picture to full size.
  • Right Click with your mouse and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • Once it is on your machine, you can print it as, is or open a Word Processing programme and insert the image. This will give you more control of the final size of the page.

Options

  • You can of course use the retreat concept for any kind of creative style not just art.
  • Print out the new page and gather your dreams for S.T.A.R.

Hope you are playing along with STAR, what are your dreams?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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If like me you are staying at home this year, how about treating yourself to a creative retreat? Even better when its free. In the last episode we gathered our supplies, today lets explore Where to find Inspiration.You can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places and where you least expect to. Where do you find your inspiration?

Print out the next set of cards to help you find inspiration, useful when your mojo is a no-show ;)

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 2; Finding Inspiration

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 2; Finding Inspiration

How to Use

  • Click on the Download image you want to print, to open the picture to full size.
  • Right Click with your mouse and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • Once it is on your machine, you can print it as, is or open a Word Processing programme and insert the image. This will give you more control of the final size of the page.

Options

  • You can of course use the retreat concept for any kind of creative style not just art.
  • Print out the new page and gather your inspiration for S.T.A.R.

Hope you are playing along with STAR, where do you find your inspiration, what inspires you? Join me in Part three for Following your Dreams.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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I was looking at Surface Treatment workshop book by Darlene Mc Elroy and Sandra Duran Wilson and they had a technique called pulled paper. In their technique, they were leaving traces of paper behind on a surface to make it look aged, but it gave me an idea for creating dimensional texture with texture paste.

This is a really simple technique but gives a pretty result that is random and interesting, I think it looks a little like that feathered kind of pattern you used to see on marbled paper. Perfect if you are new to texture paste.

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney Texture Paste
  • Acrylic colour of your choice I’m using Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic paint as it has a flow formula
  • Plain Paper  or plastic food bag (like you put sandwiches in)
  • Mount board
  • Flat Palette knife; I’m using Langnickel K4

Method

I’m including written instructions so that if you struggle with English, do use the Translate this site to have the instructions in your chosen language :)

  • Apply a thick layer of texture paste to the mount board, using the palette knife
  • Allow the paste to sit for a moment or two, just till the first sheen goes off it.
  • Lay a piece of paper over the texture paste and smooth over GENTLY just to make sure the paper is in full contact with the whole surface of the board.
  • Carefully peel the paper off the board, in one direction and preferably in a single take.
  • Tis will leave a feather like texture in the paste
  • Allow this to dry fully and then paint over with your chosen colours.

Options/Added Extras

  • As an alternative to pressing paper into the paste, try using a plastic bag. Smooth it on and peel it back, this one can be used repeatedly.
  • Try scrunching up your paper before you apply it to the paste for a different effect
  • Vary how long you leave the paste before you apply the paper.
  • Try scrunching the bag up while it’s on the paste before you remove it for another look again
  • For a coloured background, mix your chosen colour of paint into the paste before you apply it to the board. This will lighten your colours as the texture paste is opaque.

Have fun and experiment, it’s often through ‘happy accidents’ that you find new techniques :) Here’s a few that I found while experimenting with texture paste for the first time.

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Links

Where to buy materials list

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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