I know I'm not alone when I profess my love for my Moo MiniCards. If you're not familiar with Moo, you need to click here to check them out. They offer various business card sizes, stickers, and other handy printed necessities for your business. This isn't a sponsored post - just me professing my love not only for my cards but also for the über-handy box that houses them.
|Just a few of my own Moo MiniCards for Pet Scribbles|
|The Moo MiniCards box|
So let's do this!
Acrylic craft paints in Metallic Silver and Black
Stickles glitter glue in Silver and Cotton Candy
Distress Stickles glitter glue in Peeled Paint
Mod Podge for paper (matte)
Mod Podge Sparkle
Craft foam brush
Peanut butter lid -- see why here
Krylon Clear Finish acrylic sealer (matte)
Vintage floral images (optional)
Step One: Using a small part of a sea sponge, cover the outside of the box with silver paint. Let dry, and rinse out your sea sponge while you're at it. Once the box is dry, dip the sea sponge into black paint, dab a few times onto scrap paper, and then apply randomly over the silver paint, keeping the silver showing through. (See image below.) Again, let dry and rinse out the sponge.
|The box at the conclusion of Step One.|
Step Two: Using the sea sponge again, dip it into the silver paint, dab a few times onto scrap paper, and then apply randomly all over the box. This will "mute" the black color. Let dry and - say it with me - rinse out the sponge. You will begin to see a nice texture building up from the paint being applied in this manner.
Step Three: Once dry, it is time to play with glitter! I decided to experiment, and used the sea sponge to apply each layer of glitter. I loved how it worked, as it just added more and more texture to the box.
Squirt some Silver Stickles onto scrap paper . . .
|Squirt out your Stickles...|
Dab the sea sponge into the glitter glue, and apply in a random fashion all over the box.
|Use a sea sponge to apply the Stickles.|
|with silver glitter...|
Here's the box after the pink glitter (Cotton Candy) was applied and left to dry . . .
|with pink glitter...|
Here's the box with the olive glitter (Distress Stickles Peeled Paint) applied and left to dry . . .
|with olive glitter...|
Distress Stickles performs the same way that regular Stickles does. The difference is that the bits of glitter are different sizes, have more of a matte finish, and the colors match the Tim Holtz Distress line of ink pads, crackle paints, stains, etc. While the Distress Stickles gave me even more fabulous texture on this box, my choosing it over regular Stickles was merely because I had it on hand in the shade I wanted.
Step Four: Once the final layer of glitter has dried, spray the box with a light coat of the acrylic sealer.
Step Five: Contemplate the box. Stare at the box. Spend lots of time thinking about what to do with the box. How to alter it further... This step could quite possibly have taken the longest out of the entire project. Hah!
Step Six: I decided the box needed something decoupaged all over it, and chose one of my favorite vintage floral images. I printed it out on 65 lb white paper, sprayed the front and back with acrylic sealer and let it dry. Once dry, I cut out the individual flowers, including some partial flowers to use on the edges of the box. As you can see in the image below, I also began to map out where the flowers would be placed on the box.
|Cut out your images to be Mod Podged.|
|The floral images are ivory, with bits of pink, green and grey.|
Step Eight: Once all flowers are applied, let dry. Once dry, cover the flowers, and then the entire box with a coat of Sparkle Mod Podge. Let dry. Give the entire box a final coat of acrylic sealer.
Voilá! A pretty little treasure box, just waiting for something special to be placed inside!
I love how different the box looks from its original form. And the supplies are all things I used from my own stash, so this special little box didn't cost me a thing to repurpose.
Next time you have some packaging that you're about to toss into the recycle bin, consider repurposing it into something special like this little treasure box!
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