Today I would like to share with you a wooden box I decorated using paint and rubber stamps.
I had so much fun making this. I think probably because I am more in my comfort zone stamping onto to wood…easier to cover up the mistakes!
I am being really truthful here, I didn’t measure anything out I just went for it where the stamping was concerned and it turned out ok. Having said that, it is a good size box with lots of room to manoeuvre.
If, you do want to be more precise, just measure the box and your stamp image size. You will then be able to calculate how many times you can stamp the image and how much space to allow between the stamped images.
We have a £10/11Euro limit on Christmas presents in our house and this project comes within that limit including the homemade jam. I made this for my friend who loves to quilt so l used scrap squares of gingham instead of circles of fabric on the jars so that they could be used again. I used pieces of 85 cm long pieces of string, deliberately leaving the string pieces long so that she could recycle them and use them in the garden etc.
Remove all hinges and fastenings and sand the box lightly.
Base coat the box inside and out with 2 coats of Gesso and 2 -3 coats of white craft paint.
Put a small amount of blue paint onto a plate or plastic container lid and dilute it with some water to a think milk consistency.
Dip your finger in the diluted paint and rub it around the outside edges of the lid and all of the outside edges of the box. Tip: If you apply too much paint or you are not happy with it, just gently remove the paint with a wet wipe, leave it to dry or dry with a craft heat gun and then repeat.
Mix equal parts of blue craft paint with DecoArts Stamping Medium. Start off with small amounts say, a teaspoon full of each part and mix more as and when required.
Apply the paint mix to your stamp using a bathroom sponge.
Start stamping the images onto the lid of the box and on to the base of the box where desired, washing the stamp in clean soapy water every other stamping. Tip: If you miss-stamp or if you are not happy with the stamped image, remove immediately with a wet wipe, leave to dry or dry with a craft heat gun and stamp again.
When all of the stamped images are dry, paint the leaves using some diluted paint as mentioned above. (optional).
When you are completely happy with all of the stamping you can then apply finishing mediums of your choice.
On the box above I had a happy accident. I grabbed a bottle of Weathered Wood Crackle medium by mistake and applied one coat to the box with a paint brush. I left this to dry completely, realised my mistake, and then applied, using a paint brush, a coat of One Step Crackle Medium (which was the one I had intended to use on it’s own on my project) and left this to dry. I then placed some blue paint onto a plate and picked some of it up on my finger and rubbed it all over the surface and took off any excess using pieces of kitchen roll and wet wipes. I quite liked the effect made, using both mediums, because it gave me both white and blue crackles.
I then applied two coats of Gel Medium over the painted and decorated surfaces of my box. This gave a nice smooth finish over the crackled areas. As I had used both mediums the crackles were quite deep but the Gel Medium was perfect for the job.
An alternative method of sealing the project would have been to just varnish the box. As I had used water based craft paint, the varnish would not have affected the stamping as it can do when using ink. I have used varnish on lots of projects over the years and it gives a nice aged look if you use a tinted varnish.
To finish my box I just re-attached the hinges and fasteners….job done.
I did have a thought over the weekend. This is quite a large box. A smaller box with with one jar of jam and say, some breakfast tea bag would look nice as a gift.
Thank you for looking.
Always great to have your company.