Friday, September 2, 2011

Day Six of the Hop Across the Pond and Back!

It's tough to follow so many creative people!

When we were all bouncing the idea of a blog hop with Woodware UK, I immediately thought they were a "wood" crafting distributor. That was the wrong idea. I went to their website (hope you all have too) and found they carry LOTS of fun embellishments. Unfortunately for me, I already had wood in my mind.

So.......since I have never done anything with stencils and wood, I decided to give it a try. I must say, it may not look as polished as many of the other projects, but I LOVED doing it! I just happened to have a set of boxes that fit the bill. I started with the next to smallest size.

When I first got the boxes I had in my mind to paint them in some sort of distressed look. I kept this idea by first painting the box with green acrylic paint. Then painted over the green finish with a fairly dry sponge brush and brown paint.

Now that I had the paint finish like I wanted it, the challenge was which stencils to use and how to do them. I love the large flourish LJ 896 Large flourish. I wanted a rough or distressed look to the stenciled image so I sponged acrylic paint through the stencil directly onto the box. I found that acrylic paint, wet or dry, washes off the stencils very easily.

The flourish looked a bit lonely on my box....this is when I decided to add the butterflies. They were sponged onto the box with acrylic paint also.

Once they dried I thought they looked a bit flat, so I stenciled some gold pigment ink onto the bodies and wings. This made them "pop".

To finish, the dots on the stenciled flourish were highlighted with yellow gold dimensional paint.

Only 5 more boxes to go!!
I really enjoyed participating and hope you all enjoyed the fun ideas everyone came up with. Until next time...............


  1. I hadn't considered using my stencils for anything besides cards, but that conviction has changed after seeing some of the posts this week. Your lovely box is another one that is making me reconsider. I enjoyed reading through the process of making your box. I like the bit of gold you added to the butterflies, and the dots of yellow along the flourishes add so much interest.

  2. I think this week has been amazing for all the different ideas! If this is your first time using the stencils on wood ...then you have done a pretty good job!! It's amazing how those dots just make the whole thing come together .. it's definately in the detail!

  3. I'm so glad you stuck with your original plan to stencil on wood. You did a great job on this box. The colors are beautiful. And, as you say, "only five more to go!"

  4. Wow - brave you doing this project but it turned out great.

  5. Have really enjoyed this week with all the fab ideas you lovely talented girls have been giving us !! Your box is really lovely Terrece!!

    hugs Diane xx

  6. Great box Terrece! You did an amazing job stenciling on that curve. That could be the name of a stenciling class..."Stenciling on the Curve".

  7. Beautiful box -- love the little extra butterflies over the flourishes -- just seems to finish it off. I have picked up some great ideas over the past week and have enjoyed all of the postings.

  8. I'm with Lynell, the first thing I noticed was the stencil around the curved edge. You handled that really well! Your first box turned out great, can't wait to see the rest.