I don’t know about you but I’m a huge tea drinker. HUGE. I have a few friends who are too. I also like giving gifts to my friends from time to time. Just to show that I appreciate them.
Today, I combined my love of tea with my love of giving little gifts and I created this little house shaped gift box.
It doesn’t take much time at all to make and even though the box is paper mache ( You can purchase the PAPER MACHE HOUSE here) and is usually prone to bubbling and warping when painted with water colors I’ll show you a little trick that makes it do-able.
And then after the project I’ll tell you about a little giveaway I have going on.
The trick, and first step, is to coat the box with gesso.
Let the gesso dry completely (which doesn’t take long at all) and then you can use watercolors on the box.
The next thing to do is to stamp on the box with Saddle Brown StazOn Ink. The stamp I used is from Stampers Anonymous.
Now, the house is kind of flexible so it can be hard to get a good, clear image so I took the top off and put my free hand inside to push against the stamp from the inside in order to help the image come out a little clearer.
For the color on the house I used The Art Grip Aquarelle #163. I just kind of colored in around all of the edges and then used a wet paintbrush to wash color over the house.
Even though I used the gesso, I only watercolored one side of the house at a time and used a heat gun to dry it so that water didn’t sit on it overly long.
Once the watercolor was dry I used the gold Gelato around the edges of the house and just rubbed it in with my finger.
While the base colors are drying the rest of the way I created the two embellishments for the front.
For the tea cup I used a stamp from mystampbox.com and stamped it on a piece of watercolor paper. I then colored around the edges of the design with Aquarelles in pink and tan and then used a damp brush to spread the color around. Let dry.
The bottle cap embellishment takes a few steps but is still easy to make. First, cut a strip of fabric approximately 2 inches by 5 inches and using a bit of thread run a stitch along the bottom. Gather, tie a knot and set aside.
For the TEA in the center I stamped with one of the mixed media stamps on a bit of watercolor paper using the PITT artist pen big brush in May Green.
Color the center of the design with the same aquarelle used on the box. Just a touch of color.
The word TEA is stamped with Black StazOn and then the design is punched out using a 1″ paper punch. An acrylic dome is placed over the stamped paper and then glued into the center of the bottle cap.
Glue the gathered fabric, in a flat circle, to the back of the bottle cap and then to the box.
Use a decorative pin to accent.
Glue the dried tea cup to the box and embellish with washi tape.
Embellish the box with washi tape in just a couple of places.
And there you have it, a great mixed media gift box. Perfect for giving, full of tea of course, to your tea loving friends.
And now for the giveaway portion of our program…
Faber-Castell is kind enough to offer one of YOU this goodie package of products.
All hand picked by me for YOU. (House shaped gift box not included) I chose those particular elements with Christmas and Winter Holidays in mind.
How to enter:
Leave a comment on this post.
I will choose a winner via Random.org on 9/26 sometime in the afternoon and I will email the lucky winner for his/her address. If I don’t get a reply with address by Friday 9/28 I’ll choose again.