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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Vintage trinket box

Hi everyone, Debs here with a project using some beautiful new WOW! stamps and Foils to decorate a cute little papier mache box in vintage style! If you want to take a look at any of my other projects, take a look at my blog here.

This is the finished trinket box, which started life as a basic little papier mache box bought for about 50p! If you want to jump to the end of the post there is a shopping list of what you will need - or if you can't wait you can jump straight to the WOW! website here!.

I started by giving the box a coat of diluted PVA glue to seal it and give a nice surface to paint on. I mixed about 50/50 PVA to water - you need to stir for a while to get a smooth consistency. Once you're happy with it, use a good paintbrush to give the box a coat inside and out, then leave to dry on a craft mat (I did this out in the sunshine so it took less than half an hour to dry while I enjoyed sunning myself :-)

Once the PVA is dry, give the box a couple of coats of emulsion - leaving it to dry between coats (I bought a little tester pot in an off white shade with an eggshell finish). Now you can start to decorate!

The first thing I did was to randomly stamp the box all over using Antique Linen Distress ink and the script stamp from the Funky Border Strips stamp set. You don't need to use an acrylic block -the best way to stamp a 3D shape like this box is to ink up the stamp and then mould it around the shape using your fingers to press it into place. The nice thing about making a 'vintage' style project is that you don't need to worry too much if the stamping isn't perfect cos it adds to the effect! I then randomly overstamped the box using the same script stamp but with Brushed Corduroy distress ink, stamping off the first generation of ink before stamping onto the box.  I used an ink duster brush and the Antique Linen ink to apply some colour around the edges and corners of the box to give it a more aged look.

I made the embellishments from a separate sheet of card stock. First I used Versamark to stamp the Rose from the 'Simply Amazing' stamp set 4 times, sprinkled with Amber Rose embossing powder and used a heat gun to set. Amber Rose is the most amazing colour with an iridescent finish, which looks different depending on how it catches the light! I don't think my photos have done it justice, but you can just about see the sheen at the bottom of the main image in the photo.

Cut out all of the roses, and snip in between the petals towards the centre. Use an embossing tool and a foam pad to shape the flowers. Don't worry about cracking the embossing powder when you cut out or shape your embellishments - other brands might crack, but WOW! powder is very robust!!! Layer up your shaped roses, poke a hole through the centre and secure with a brad.

The next step is to punch 3 leafy branches from card, press them into your Versamark ink pad, then sprinkle with Verdigris powder and heat emboss - this gives a lovely variegated effect. 

Use Versamark to stamp the frame from the Simply Amazing set, then sprinkle with WOW! Bonding Powder and use a Heat gun to set - then rub the gold Fab Foil over the top using a bone folder or embossing tool to burnish, lift off and hey presto! Antique Gold Frame! Use Versamark again to ink up the cameo stamp from the set, and stamp it centrally inside the frame. Heat emboss using Ebony embossing powder. Leave it a minute or so to cool down, then stamp all over the cameo with the Script stamp and Antique Linen Distress ink and cut out.

Use glue gel to fix your cameo to the box lid, and add your shaped rose and leaves. Fix organza ribbon around the main body of the box using double sided tape, and add a bow. Pop some tissue paper inside the box and you're done!

If you want to try this for yourself, here is the list of products used:

WOW! Stamps:

WOW! Embossing Powders and Foils:

I hope you've enjoyed this project, and we would love to hear from you if you make your own version or adapt it to suit your own style!

Debs x Pin It Now!


  1. Beautiful and an easy to follow tutorial - great stuff :)

  2. That´s a wonderfull box Debs! The tudorial is fab too. This makes the flower and leafs realy something spezial.