Friday, February 19, 2010

Just Add... Dimension! JAI #5 Challenge

It's that time again, and we have a brilliant challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink.

Stamp it, colour it, dye it, punch it, stick it on, stand it up - it's up to you!
Your creation can be a card, scrapbooking LO or a 3D project.
The most important thing is to

I'm absolutely thrilled with the response we're getting for Just Add Ink.  We've all worked so hard to make it a great site and we couldn't be prouder.  The Design Team have some phenomenal inspiration pieces for you this week, so make sure you check them out.  Here's mine...

As Bronwyn put it, "A box full of things that add dimension!"  This little box is going to hold all the embellishments that I hand make.  When I'm making an embellishment, I often make a couple of extras to use later.  It can come in really handy.

You can see the centre is stamped with En Francais too.

I started with a Cosmo Cricket Plain Jane Cigar Box (left) and pre-prepared my kraft card stock by stamping it with En Francais in Versamark and trimming it to fit the inside top and side panels.  I then used Mod Podge (right) for the glue and the sealer.  It's fantastic stuff and I really like the matte finish.  I just brushed it on thinly, stuck my cardstock down, then applied another thin coat on top.  Voila!

For the top though, it was a little different.  I trimmed the cardstock to size and removed the centre panel.  Then I stamped the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral using Versamark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I then used clear embossing powder to emboss one of the other flowers (sorry, I can't remember type of flower it is!) to form the background.  I did this flower second so I could mask the rose - that's what makes the roses appear to be in front.

I used Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wonder Crayons in Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip to colour the roses. I literally scribbled Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa on each petal (Creamy Caramel for the edges) and then blended with an aquapainter. Then I used the aquapainter to 'pick up' the colour from the tip of the Chocolate Chip crayon and used that to add depth.  If you've never coloured on kraft card stock before, give it a go.  I think it gives a gorgeous quality to the finished piece.  A word of warning though - it will eventually pill, so go easy!

I hope you like my embellishment box!  Make sure you visit Just Add Ink to check out the rest of our Design Team and their fabulous work.  And have a go at the challenge too!

Stamp Sets - En Francais, Fifth Avenue Floral
Cardstock - Kraft
Inks - Versamark
Accessories - box, Mod Podge, Watercolour Wonder Crayons in Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip, aquapainter, black embossing powder, clear embossing powder, heat tool


Click HERE to visit my Stampin' Up! website.


  1. Danielle, this like totally gorgeous what a terrific idea - an embellishment box!!! Your watercolouring is just super you have really captured the shadows and highlights and blended superbly.... well done!!!

  2. I agree, absolutely gorgeous! I've only just starting using my mod podge I bought months ago and wondered what took me so long! I'll have to put my thinking cap on

  3. Lovely box! What a great way to keep your handmade embelishments together in something you decorated and enjoy seeing! TFS

  4. A gorgeous Box Danielle. I love the cut out in the top, and your colouring is simply beautiful!! Would you make me one for my embellishments?!!

  5. Love the box. Just beautiful.


  6. How stunning, Danielle! You rock the mod podge. LOVE the kraft look. SO classy & all the goodies you added inside the box. WOWzers! Got me droolin' :-D Can't wait to see what you do with a pressure embossing machine (no matter which one you buy.) ;o) Thanks so much for visiting me, so I could see your gorgeous work. :o)

  7. Awesome project Danielle! And I just love all of the flowers inside it!
    And thankyou for your comments on my blog. To answer your question, my best friend is currently living in the US got me this stuff as a belated Christmas present. It was belated because she was waiting until her flatmate had a party when the new US Mini catalogue came out. I know, I am very lucky! I don't know what I'll do when she moves back to Australia later this year! lol

  8. HI Danielle,

    what a lovely idea - the box looks great - very vintagey and the embellishments are just gorgeous. Thanks for visiting.


  9. This is such a fabulous project Danielle and you've finished it so beautifully. What a great gift idea for a fellow crafter!