Monday, October 6, 2008

Faux Carved and Gilded Jewelry Box Tutorial

I am as excited about this project as anything I have ever made! To see it in real life it looks like I carved the Cuttlebug "Leafy Branch" into the top by hand (but it's a white piece of watercolor paper, colored and wet and dry embossed!)
You need:

"A Year of Flowers"
Gold Embossing Powder and heat gun
Peerless Watercolors (I love, LOVE these!!)
Holiday Metallic rub on paste
Gold brads
Fancy Corner Punch (I ADORE this new punch!!)
Cardstock (Here SU! Old Olive, Brushed Gold, watercolor paper 5" X 7")
Cuttlebug Leafy Branch Folder (I seriously flipped out when I first saw this folder and knew my flower stamps would be coming out shortly after: oh, the possibilities!!)
Wooden box (this milk-washed box measures 6" x 8" ) These are SO inexpensive at craft stores!
Optional: wooden medallion(or chipboard), Large Flourish Punch for monogram

1. Rub all edges of the box and its feet with the gold Metallic Rub on paste, using your pointer finger. It's okay to have it more smeary in some places, looks shabby chic!
2. Stamp roses at random in Versamark on your white or vanilla CS or paper and emboss with gold EP. Paint with Peerless Watercolors and a brush or Aquapainter. I used the Flesh Tint, Geranium Pink, and Brilliant Yellow sheets from the Peerless book, doing a light wash over the whole flower, then adding darker areas to the petals, see this post. (I am lovin that flesh tint with the pink, it looks so delicate!)
3. Run the paper through your CB with the Leafy Branch folder. You'll have to do one half, then move the folder to do the other to get the whole sheet covered with branches. (This was an experiment, I wasn't sure if it would "break up" my gold embossed images when I ran it didn't!!! :)
4. Watercolor the embossed leaves and branches with the Peerless Light Green and Dark Green pages, just tracing over the embossed parts with your brush. (I 'd never tried hand coloring the embossed CB areas either before, but it works like a dream!!)
5. Time to distress the page and darken that background! I sponged on Close to Cocoa and So Saffron all over making sure I got down into those little niches, and getting it darker around the edges, lighter in the middle of the page.
6. Highlight the embossed leaves and branches and the flat background around them with more rub on paste, then smear the edges as you did the box. Rub more gold on your Old Olive mat.

7. Punch out 4 fancy corners (you'll have four left over for another project since this is a double punch), and poke a hole into each corner. Insert your brad. Slide them into the corners of your embossed CS, then adhere the whole thing to the green mat. Glue (I used Mono Multi) to the top of the box.
8. Emboss your letter onto the Medallion (here PT Trajan) with Versamark and gold EP, rub gold paste around edges and adhere to on top of 2 punched flourishes. Adhere all to side of lid.
It now has a special place in my room! (They match the flowers in the vase, which match the flowers on my duvet...) Wouldn't these be amazing (and inexpensive!) Christmas gifts? I swear it took less time to complete than lots of cards I make LOL!! (Did you know you can add your own little music box element to it, too? I've seen them in a few shops around town... A box like this could also be a keepsake box for cards and photos) :)

I just realized I've shown roses three days in a row, oops! (Can you tell I like roses?) OK, no roses tomorrow, I promise! Have a great day!


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! Itlooks so expensive too. Thanks!

  2. Oh, Melanie..that's just gorgeous! This set it truly spectacular!

  3. This is such a beautifully finished project. Love the corners, the gorgeous coloring, and the way you used the flourish punch.

  4. Absolutely beautiful box, Melanie. Great tip on using the embossing folder and stamps on the same paper--thanks so much!
    I do have a question--the Peerless watercolors. You mention sheets and a book the last few posts. When I saw the picture of the "ink pad" as I thought, that must have been a sheet. Do you take them apart? Once you've touched your aqua pen or water brush to the sheet, is the ink then gone from that area? I guess I need some info on them---I'm from a small town and have never seen these before.
    Gail S.

  5. WOW Melanie! This is so beautiful, and opens up a whole new use for your new flower stamps! This certainly would make a wonderful gift! Thanks so much for sharing your never ending talent!

  6. WOW this is just priceless. I love the soft look to it and what a wonderful and creative job you did. You are always so inspiring to me.

  7. Melanie, this is such a beautiful box! I think I will have to tackle some for my own gift giving! Thanks!

  8. Yowza, Wowza and Lollapalowza!!!! LOL Okay, but seriously, you just have to know how AMAZING this box is!!!

  9. This is so, so, so GORGEOUS!!! Wow, it looks like something very expensive. Great gift idea for the holidays.

  10. This is so beautiful. What an ingenious project.

  11. This is so gorgous and amazing! I can't believe you created something so beautiful out of an plain wooden box. You are so creative!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous. Your creativity is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  13. You are amazing! That is so gorgeous. I clicked up close and my jaw dropped. It DOES look hand carved. WOWZA! I love how it matches the roses and your distressing on it is masterful. You might have used roses three days in a row, but I didn't even realize 'cause they have such unique looks. Lovely!!! :O)

  14. Ooooooh! This is sooooo pretty. And it's just the sort of thing that I really prefer doing as to card making or scrapbooking. What a great idea using the embossing! It's one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments, because I love altering cigar boxes for everyone.

    Thank you for adding to my far too long list of to-do's. lol I need another me to help out!

  15. This has to be my absolute favorite thing you have ever made! This is so elegant, gorgeous, stunning...ALL of them! LOVE this Mel!

  16. Your jewelry box is absolutely gorgeous, Melanie!!

  17. Oh my goodness...this is amazing! Just beautiful!!!

  18. I love them too so it all works out! I love the jewelry box you made & now MUST get that cb embossing folder (but it's probably hard to find now!) Lovely next to the vase of roses

  19. This is just amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to create the tutuorial. I'm definitely going to make some of these for Christmas gifts. Your blog is just wonderful. :-)


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