Summer Window Box

Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a tutorial for a Summer Window Box project, perfect for a summer gift. You can tuck a gift card or little gift inside one of the boxes for the recipient to find a fun surprise.
The window was made with Eileen Hull's new Picket Fence Window Box Scoreboards die.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Window Box by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
The techniques in this tutorial can be used on all kinds of different projects, other 3-D creations, cards and scrapbook layouts. Let's begin:
Start by die cutting two windows from mat board, or chipboard. This is an XL die so you need the Extended Cutting Pads. Cover with texture paste to create an interesting texture - on one side of each window (only one window is shown on the photo). I used a Ranger Craft Scraper to apply the paste, but a palette knife will work too. Don't cover it at the base, since that will make it harder to adhere the box.
When the paste is dry, dry brush cream paint here and there, using a small sponge or paint brush. Don't use the dabber top of the paint, since the rough texture might damage it. My Antique Linen Distress Paint was hiding somewhere on my desk when I made this, so I used another paint instead, but Distress Paint will work just as well. Repeat on the second window.
Rub a little bit of Aqua paint on the windows (or Tumbled Glass Distress Paint).

I thought I had added a bit too much paint and toned them down with white paint, but you can skip this step if you want to.

Stamp a piece of acetate with a flourish stamp and Stazon Cotton White ink.
Sandwich the acetate between the two windows.
White emboss a woodgrain stamp on the two boxes. Don't emboss the flaps where the adhesive will go, since that will make it harder to adhere. Adhesive doesn't stick well to heat embossed areas. Just cover that part up with a sticky note when you stamp.
Paint the boxes with Aqua paint. Before it is completely dry, wipe the paint off from the embossing with a cloth. Sometimes it is easier to add just a tiny bit of water to the cloth.
Add just a touch of cream around the edges.
Die cut flowers, leaves, plant markers and 'bloom' from white or cream mat board (or use a heavy cardstock).
Ink the flowers and leaves with Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet. Stamp with two different text stamps, using the same inks, for a tone-on-tone effect. I also die cut a vine from green cardstock and stamped with a text stamp.
Assembly is very easy, since the die both cuts and scores the material. Apply a strong adhesive (I used Wonder Tape) and assemble the boxes. Then use the same adhesive to adhere the boxes to the window. You can make this window with just one box too, but I liked having one on each side to embellish.
I crumpled up some Tim Holtz tissue paper to fill out the boxes and have somewhere to tuck the flowers and leaves in. The plant marker was inked with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and stamped with a sentiment stamp. I used hot glue to glue the shapes into the box. A stamped little cat is peeking through the window.
'Bloom' was coated with Glossy Accents and left to dry, before gluing it to the box. Love this sweet sentiment, for another example, check out this layout of mine.

A window needs curtains and I cut some from tulle. They were bound with heart ribbons and adhered to the box by adding a string of hot glue at the top (be careful not to burn yourself). I glued a piece of lace trim at the top to cover up the glue.

All done! Change the colours and you will have a whole different window.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin

 

sizzix die cutting supplies

Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Wallpaper & Wood, Curiosities, Going Somewhere, Tiny Textures; Hero Arts: Anytime Messages CL129, Halloween Moon CG369
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Bundled Sage, Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass; Tsukinko Stazon Cotton White
Paint: Ranger Adirondack: Aqua, Snow Cap; Jenni Bowlin: Malted Milk
Embossing Powder: Rangers Seafoam White
Embellishments: tulle; lace trim; ribbon
Medium: Golden Artist Colors Molding Paste
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Wonder Tape; hot glue
ToolsSizzix Big Shot; Ranger Craft Scraper

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