Hello Crafty friends, can you believe we are in the middle of March ? I am catching my breath and trying to whittle down my to-do crafting list !
I LOVE decorative boxes of all kinds and always have what-nots to keep in them. Today I would like to share this love by showing you how to create a Faux Metal Keepsake Box. Katelyn Lizardi designs lovely Thinlits Plus Dies and this box used the Floral Swirls.
The Faux Metal sheen of the Prima Metallique Beeswax is so gorgeous !
The word Memories was die cut with the very useful Tim Holtz’s 3/4 Alphnumeric Thinlits which has 121 alphabet and number pieces. You will never ever have the frustration of running out of vowels again ! Small Tattered Florals complete the title and deliver a pop of prettiness.
Charms and trinkets are such wonderful details and add a whimsical appeal.
The Sizzix products I used :
The Big Shot Plus
661341 Katelyn Lizardi Floral Swirls Thinlits Plus Die
661806 Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals Thinlits
660056 Tim Holtz Alphnumeric 3/4 inch Tall Thinlits
656780 Extended Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
Blue Fern paper
Prima Metallic : Wax Rose Gold | Pale Gold
Distress Oxide : Worn Lipstick
Ranger Matte Multi Medium
Any small box you can cover with paper.
Blur Fern Studio papers are a favourite for die-cutting as they are a heavier weight and pop out readily from the Thinlits after die-cutting. The Plus Thinlits die is an A4 size which gives you plenty of room to work with and you can see the beautiful, clean cut details of the Floral Swirls.
Using matte medium, adhere the die cut to another pattern paper.
Smooth down the die-cut gently and make certain every little paper curve is glued down.
The new Prima Metallique Wax is so easy to use, no preps, just straight out of the little tin ! Rub the wax into the paper with your fingers, and you will find the creamy texture glides easily over the paper surface to create a Faux Metal look.
In the next step you need a box smaller than the Floral Swirl die-cut. You can make one or buy from the Dollar store.
After deciding how big the box should be, trim the die-cut to fit the top of the box and glue it down. The strip of pattern paper and metal nail-heads give the box more structure so you can tell which side it opens.
I’ve chosen the title Memories as this box is intended for keeping little notes and photos. The 3/4 Alphanumeric Thinlits have enough vowels and you can create a whole sentence if you like.
I’d like to share a quick trick to die-cutting the word in the negative version.
Step 1) Line up the word or the sentence along a ruler to keep the letters straight
Step 2) Gently lay a low-tack tape over the Thinlits and press down. When you lift the tape, the letters will be stuck with the cutting side facing up
Step 3) Lay the word on cardstock or glitter paper
Step 4) Die-cut using the Magnetic Platform.
I like die-cutting small Thinlits on the Magnetic Platform because it is virtually foolproof. The Platform’s thickness is specially made for wafer thin dies and the easy to remember sandwich from the bottom is : magnetic platform + one cutting pad + the paper + the Thinlits die facing down + the other cutting pad …… and send this sandwich through your Big Shot.
There’s a useful Sizzix video here : Magnetic Platform
Wasn’t that easy ? You can see how straight the word is and you now have one pair of die-cuts ! If you are using the negative image, adhere a pattern paper behind to make the word more obvious.
Trim the glitter paper with the word and adhere to the cover.
Die cut a some small Tattered Florals. At this point I did not know how many I would need and die-cut 12 to 14 pieces.
I ended up using only 8 small flowers just for interest without covering too much of the Faux Metal box cover. The rich, intense metal surface was so pretty and I did not want to hide it with large embellishments.
Metal charms and Trinkets give the box a touch of vintage whimsy that’s always attractive !
This box can be for photos, for a mini book or a decorative piece for your coffee table, so many uses ! I hope you will take ideas form this post and create your own piece, have a wonderful crafting week ahead.