Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sweet Succulent Vignette

Hello, Crafty Friends!!
I'm so excited to finally get to play with one of Eileen Hull's newest releases from Sizzix... the Book & Pages, Trinket Box, & Frame. It is 3 dies in 1! It makes a mini book (including pages) and a 3-dimensional trinket box, and frame. But really can do so much more!!

For my project, I transformed the box and frame components into a shadowbox vignette!

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull's Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame- COMING SOON
(Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - 662360)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase Succulents 2D & 3D (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Wildflowers (Sizzix)
Little Sizzles Matboard (Sizzix)
Cardstock- Assorted shades of green
Tim Holtz Word Bands (Advantus)
Finnabair Mechanicals- Grungy Butterflies (Prima Marketing)
Wooden knobs & finials (Darice)
White Acrylic Paint
Texture Powder (Prima Marketing)
Mixed Media Glue (Beacon)
VersaMagic- Purple Hydrangea (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Pebeo Gilding Wax (Crafter's Companion)
Crinkle Ribbon

Like most of my Eileen Hull projects, I start by cutting my materials down to a di-cuttable size. Usually about 6"x 12". Then I run my papers through my Xyron Creative Station and adhere them to the matboard. Making sure to apply my patterned paper to both sides.

Once the matboard is covered, I die cut it face down (the pattern I want on the top of the cover should be touching/making contact with the foam and blade). And presto, double-sided matboard cutouts!

I creased and folded the tabs and flaps of the 2 side panels. I used mixed media glue to adhere the little tabs to the other panel to form the sides of the box.

I added more mixed media glue to the under flaps and attached the ornately shaped back panel. Once that was secured in place I added more glue to the inner flaps and attached the back plate onto the inside of the box. Then I set it aside to dry.

While I was waiting for my glue to set, I mixed white acrylic paint with texture powder and applied the mixture onto wooden ball pulls and a wooden finial.

After the paint dried, I applied gilding wax over the raised texture areas. Then used more mixed media glue to adhere the 4 ball pulls to the bottom of the box for feet.

Once dried, I attached the wooden finial to the top center.

I attached moss to the inside bottom of the box with, yet again, more mixed media glue.

While the glue was setting I die-cut assorted shades of green cardstock using Lynda Kanase's Succulents dies. 

How many petals I used for each succulent
Large- 6 Lrg petals, 2 medium, & 2 small
Medium- 2 medium & 2 small
Small- 3 small

I shaded all the edges with Purple Hydrangea chalk ink before piecing them together to form my succulents.

Then, glued my succulents to the inside of my box. 

I ran glue along the edge of the box and attached the frame piece over top to create a shadow box.

Once the glue was totally set, I added metal embellishments. I love this inspiring phrase on the Tim Holtz Word Band and centered it over top. Then positioned a couple of Prima Metal Butterflies surrounding the oval opening.

I added a couple of wildflower cut-outs I die cut from white cardstock using Tim Holtz's Wildflowers dies and positioned them behind the succulents. 

Then for a bit of interest and more texture and added a little piece of glitter tulle into the arrangement.

I wanted the succulents to look like they grew out of the box, so I pulled the moss and succulents partially out of the box and had them "trail" out.

Then lastly I tied a bow made from crinkle ribbon to the wooden finial at the top.

And here is my finished project...
I really love how this project turned out! There's something about all the different hues of greens that make me feel so tranquil when I look at it.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are looking forward to more of Eileen Hull's new releases like I am!

Stay tuned because I have more to come!

Until then...

~ Mitsy

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  1. This is an incredible project! Love! Hugs, Autumn

  2. Stunning!! wow great tutorial too love this project

  3. absolutely love it!!!!! i am so glad you used this combo!! i too have that die and have been scared to attempt anything! you have done a great tutorial on this ..... xox