Thursday, April 17, 2014

Inspire Box

Hey peeps, I wanted to share a box I created based on a tutorial over at the Flying Unicorn by Bex.  This was not the easiest for me to complete, but I'm pretty happy with the way it came out and I can't wait to try it again with different colors! Her tut is in the "challenges" section of the forum and it was from last month.  She is amazing at this kind of work and I was so thrilled that she shared her process on how to make this.  I was thinking of my nephew who likes keys when I created this and I hope he likes it!!

As you can see it started out as a plain wood box I picked up at the thrift store and I glued the keys on the top.

Next I ripped off a large piece of foil, crumpled it, then smoothed it out....then glued it over the whole box cover using mod podge.

Next I used acrylic paint and painted over the cover.

OK then you have to cover the whole box with black paint (MAKE SURE THE BLUE IS DRY FIRST) then wait until its slightly dry.  Then you will use a ton of baby wipes or towel etc. to rub a bunch of the paint off, exposing the blue underneath.

I apologize that I don't have pics of the last steps, I was covered in paint! Once I wiped off some black, I used Rub N Buff to highlight some of the keys and then added back in a little blue paint.  I painted the rest of the box black, then dry brushed some blue all around the sides then glued on the front embellishments.  Here is the result:

I made some mistakes and kept ripping the tin foil, but it was really fun to try something I had never done before and I'm sure with some practice I will get better! Please leave me a comment or link if you try or have tried this technique, I would love to see!
Thanks to Eclectric Paperie for the inspiration to use wood (their month's challenge) and I am also going to enter into the Inspiration Emporium challenge for using your "favorite things" (keys and Silks!)

Have a great day!!


  1. What a wonderful wood project Sarah! Love how the keys look under that foil and all inked up and sanded off! This looks so cool - and will be SO fun to store something in. It will certainly look very 'artsy' sitting out on a shelf or bookcase!! Well done! and thanks for sharing it at the April ePlay challenge!!

  2. Wow, Sarah! This is FANTASTIC! I've never seen this technique before! THX for sharing it with us at the eclectic Paperie ePlay Challenge!

  3. Beautiful box Sarah ! What an amazing technique ! Thanks for joining us at eclectic Paperie ! Sue C x

  4. Holy cow..... this is GORGEOUS. And with aluminum foil..... absolutely awesome. Thanks so much for playing along in our April ePlay challenge.

  5. It turned out beautifully and never seen that technique and will have to give it a go, thanks for sharing.
    Thank you for joining us for the ePlay challenge and good luck.

  6. Very nice Sarah! Thanks so much for joining us this month at Inspiration Journal. =)