This is what my original garage sale purchase looked like when I bought it. It is a wooden box covered in a vintage style map and forest scene with a handle. It can be used for storage or as a purse. I had no preconceived idea in mind when I bought it, except I had thought I would probably be starting from scratch and painting over it. You can use any type of box for your project, new or used.
To begin with, I used Susan's adorable "What's Up Gnomey?" stamp set and mini POP ink in Mystery. I stamped out two complete sets, plus additional stamps to complete the sides of the box. I colored in the pieces with markers. I made the figures different colors to give it more variety.
Next, I cut out all pieces. Using the Cocoa mini POP ink, I edged all pieces to add depth. I also stained the edges of some mini fabric flowers with the Cocoa ink.
Next, I glued on all the cut out pieces with Decou-page with an old paintbrush. I used white glue to add the tiny flowers. Be sure to use an xacto knife to cut apart any pieces that cross over the lid.
I had colored the gnome for the back side in different colorings then the front. I glued all pieces with the gnome on the back with the Decou-page, and also glued mushrooms and flowers on the sides.
I stamped the verse with Mystery, colored in the background with markers, tore it out by hand, edged it in Cocoa, then added dots with a marker. I stained some large and medium flowers with the Cocoa and glued them on to the top of the lid with white glue.
After all the pieces dried, I went over all the pieces with the Decou-Page. Spray with Matte acrylic spray if desired for extra durability.
I hope you enjoyed this project I created, and if you explore your backyard, you just might spot some Gnomes like I did!
Joyce Shaulis Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member
Susan K. Weckesser products:
https://www.unitystampco.com/ What's Up Gnomey?
https://www.clearsnap.com/ mini POP inks in Mystery and Cocoa
https://Kuretakezig.us Zig memory systems pen
https://decoart.com/ Decou-page matte. Americana matte acrylic spray
assorted fabric, paper, burlap flowers