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Funds being over stretched as ever, I wanted a way to present a little gift to neighbours without it costing the earth. So I measured the size of a cake case and designed the box around that. This will also fit standard size individual mince pies so will be ideal for little treats for Christmas too. If you make handmade jewellery or want to give neighbours a few sweets to know they are thought of, these boxes are ideal.

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

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

You Will Need

  • A4 cardstock 260 gsm or above. You can also use 12 x 12″ if you prefer
  • Scoring board, I’m using a Scor It board.
  • Steel Ruler
  • Scoring Tool
  • Cutting Mat
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Brush or scrap of sturdy card (white or pearlised to prevent colour transfer)
  • Decorative ribbon to co-ordinate with your card
  • Topper of you choice (or you can emboss off cut card to decorate the panels of the box)

Method

This is a simple project but it will be much easier to show you how to create it with a video.

Part 1: Card size and Score Lines

Part 2. Assembly and Finishing

Options/Added Extras

In the film I was demonstrating with printer paper for high contrast. For your own box I’d advise cardstock of 250 gsm or above. The boxes look superb made in pearl cardstock such as Centura Pearl available from Crafters Companion.

If you have a cardstock friendly printer, why not design your own background patters with Craft Artist or your favorite crafting CD. For your first box, start with plain card, just to get the hang of where all the folds appear on the box. Once you know your way around use your favorite patterned card.

Christmas Gift Box; great for cupcakes & sweets

Christmas Gift Box; great for cupcakes & sweets

Links

I used Serif; Craft Artist software and the digikit; Season of Giving to design the topper seen on the front of the box. Both are available from Daisy Trail.

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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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

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Texture paste is a fantastic way to add texture and dimension to art projects. Today’s tutorial will combine a variety of textures and colours in a simple but effective way to create a stone like effect. A great way to try texture paste for the first time.

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney: Texture Paste
  • Embossed cardstock (I used 300 gsm card embossed in a Cuttlebug with my favorite folder)
  • Jar of water
  • Rag
  • Sponge
  • Royal Langnickel: K4 Palette knife
  • Heavy weight cardstock
  • Mount board or chip board
  • Palette
  • Winsor & Newton: Galleria Acrylic Paint; Paynes Grey, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber

Method

  • You will need a piece of dark embossed cardstock. I used a piece of 300 gsm card, which I embossed using a Cuttlebug die cutting machine and my favorite embossing folder. You could also use textured wall paper if you wish. (see my other videos for how to emboss cardstock. I’ll add link at the end).
  • Apply a layer of texture paste over the whole of the embossed surface of the card. You don’t need too heavy an application, you still want to be able to see the embossing through it.
  • While the paste is still wet, apply bubble wrap over the card stock and pull it up off the piece, this adds light texture. For a less uniform pattern, you could also use plastic bag to dab on to the surface.
  • Allow the paste to dry overnight. Drying time may be faster if you have a thin application or are in a warm climate. Do not force the paste dry with a heat gun. (Oh ok, just a little but only if you have a gentle one and DON’T over heat it.)
  • Apply paynes grey gently over the high areas of the embossing, this will bring out the pattern and also the texture.
  • Allow each colour to dry before you add the next or they will blend rather than layer
  • In a few places add some Burnt Sienna
  • In a few places add some Raw umber, this is also useful to tone down any overly bright areas.

When you are happy with the look, allow all the layers to dry fully and then glue the finished piece onto sturdy card such as mount board or chip board.

Options/Added Extras

For a more distressed darker look, add extra Raw Umber around the edges of the board.

If you find it gets out of control and you have heavier applications of colours that you don’t like (yes this happened to me! when I tried this on a larger piece). Water down your Paynes Grey on the palette and apply a light colour wash over the piece. Dab into it using the rag, to vary the depth of tone.

Here’s what that does to your piece.

Grunged version of embossed stone

Grunged version of embossed stone

Experiment with different tools to apply your texture paste and different mark making items to vary the textures you get. It’s so much fun to put a layer down and see what you can do with it. The texture paste is quite forgiving as long as you put it onto a sturdy surface. Use it on mountboard to have more ‘fiddle’ time, without the tearing the card apart. I do sometimes experiment till a card gives up (not always intentionally) but that’s a great way to learn.

Here’s the book I made with my panel to store my sketches in.

Embossed stone book

Embossed stone book

Have fun experimenting and I’d love to see what you create with texture paste, do leave me a comment and show me what you have made.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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If you love the texture of crackle but would like a fuss free way to create it, check out this video tutorial for creating texture with gesso. This is a dimensional paint effect so not one to stamp or journal over, but it makes a fantastic tactile finish.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney Gesso; White
  • Broad Palette knife. I’m using Langnickel K4
  • Rag
  • Jar of water
  • Non stick craft sheet
  • Palette
  • Paint colours of your choice

Method

I’ve included a written version of the instructions so those who need to can use the translate this site, to have the instruction in your chosen language.

  • Apply a generous layer of gesso to your mount board using the palette knife.
  • Using the flat face of the knife pat/dab into the gesso, this will leave a texture in the surface. Vary the pressure for different sizes of texture.
  • Continue until you have an effect you like and allow to dry.
  • For a coloured background add a light wash, then use a rag or sponge to apply colour just to the raised areas of the texture.

Options/Added Extras

  • For a coloured background texture, mix your colour into the gesso, bear in mind the colour will appear lighter as gesso is opaque.
  • Put a small amount of gesso in a separate container and add particles of sand or glass beads for a different more textured result.

Links

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, would love to see what you create using the techniques shown.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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This is a technique that I discovered by accident when playing experimenting with my new Interference acrylic colours. This paint works best over dark colours so I created a dark background and was layering the interference colour and really liked the effect. With a little practice you can make it look like brushed metal.

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journalling and surface decoration

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journaling and surface decoration

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
  • Daler Rowney Interference acrylic colour; Shimmering Gold
  • White Mount board
  • Plate to mix colours on
  • Two scraps of rag
  • Palette knife
  • Jar of water

Method

  • Use the palette knife to apply a layer of Burnt Umber over the whole mount board panel, allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag apply interference gold in ‘grain direction’ as seen in the video and previously in the weathered wood tutorial. Allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag, apply some Burnt Sienna in ‘grain direction’ like you did with the gold. Burnt sienna is semi transparent and will let earlier layers show through but this will warm the colours up and tone down any areas that are looking too bright. Allow this layer to dry.
  • Continue to build your layer till you have an effect that you like, if you like a darker tone go back in with some Burnt Umber with the rag to deepen some areas or perhaps create a frame to the piece.

Like with the other techniques, to get the best results it’s all about the blending. Build up the layers gradually for the best results and allow each layer to dry before you apply the next.

Options/Added Extras

Winsor & Newton Galeria is a flow formula acrylic paint, so the finished result will be flat. This makes it ideal for art journals, ATC and pieces you wish to write or stamp over. If you want a more dimensional effect use a heavy bodied acrylic paint such as Daler Rowney Cryla which will add more dimension to the piece.

Experiment with different base colours and mixes for other effects.

Links

Hope you have enjoyed the video and will give the technique a try, do let me know how you get on. I’d love to see what you create using this technique.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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