Hi there! So when Amber told us that our theme for the month of August was "Mosaic", my brain started spinning. That's usually a good thing. I started with a scrapbook layout but then I was out shopping and found this cool wooden box that had an inset lid. I had to buy it and make it pretty. So here we go!
CC Products Used:
4 sheets of paper from FP The Daily Grind, I got them in an assortment from CC
Making Memories Paper Reverie Sienne gems & brads
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Barn Door, Forest Moss & Tumbled Glass
Non CC Products Used:
Wooden Box- I got it from a craft store
Step 1: Measure all sides of the box you want to cover with paper(don't forget to write them down, it comes in handy if you have to re-cut something!). Now start cutting down all your papers. For my scalloped strips I cut them at 1.25 inches, punched the edge with a border punch and then once I was ready to apply them to the box, I cut them to size. I'm not going to give you all the measurements, just because every box is a little different in size so it would really help you much. The polka dots are the reverse of the paper with the 2 flowers. I fussy cut those 2 flowers and then flipped it and used the dots for everything else.
Step 2: I recommend starting to adhere pieces with the inset. I glued down the 2 border pieces(inside and inside edge going up) and let dry. Next up, remove all hardware from the box and set that aside. Then I adhered all of the blue down. Now, I wish I could tell you that I used the glue in the picture(I made my own mod podge with it) but it wasn't quite strong enough so I used Liquid Glass for the entire project. Glossy Accents would work too, or regular store bought Mod Podge. Once that was dry, I trimmed off anything that needed it, and inked all the edges. I used Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. Add your scalloped trim pieces around the top of the bottom piece of the box. I adhered my strips down, and then cut off the excess, just to make sure the scallops lined up the way I wanted them too.
Step 3: Now I originally started with half inch squares in red and green and was going to lay them out but I had problems getting them to stay straight so here's my "plan B". I cut a 6" x 6" square from the green paper, and using my scoreboard, scored it every half inch on both edges. I then inked the edges with a little Distress Ink in Forest Moss. Then I took my red half inch squares, inked them with Distress Ink in Barn Door, and using my Liquid Glass adhered them in an alternating pattern to the green paper. Once it dried I applied more Liquid Glass to the back and centering it in the inset, adhered it down. Let everything dry before you move on.
Step 4: I cut 2 strips each of red and green paper just wide enough to cover the top edge. I glued them down, and then cut each end at an angel so it would match the orignally pieces of the box. Ink each strip with the appropriate color(Barn Door & Forest Moss), you have to be really careful if you do it when the strips are already glued down, but it does work. Let it all dry again. So now I took some Distress Stain in Peeled Paint and stained the inside of the box. I did all surfaces inside. I did have to use a paint brush to get the joints of the box, it was too smaller for the dauber top to fit into. I just squeezed some of the stain onto my desk top and then used a paint brush from there. Now wait for it to dry & then re-attach all hardware that was taken off in Step 2.
Step 5: The absolute last things I did was attach the flowers(I added a rhinestone brad from the Making Memories Paper Reverie Sienne line to each flower) and then once that was dry I added some rhinestone flourishes using rhinestones also from the Making Memories Paper Reverie Sienne line.
I hope you like my project. I had a blast making it, it was fun and it's colorful. I love the flowers with the rhinestone centers. It will make a great gift for birthdays & holidays so I may have to make a couple more. Stay sweet, and I'll be back next month with another fun project for you.