Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Seaside Gift Boxes with Eileen Hull Designs Stacking Drawers

Hi everyone and welcome to another Saturday Showcase, the Design Team's chance to share tutorials and products available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique with you and kick start your creative weekend. With Father's Day happening tomorrow and our current challenge 'Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims' still running through to next Tuesday, it seemed the perfect opportunity to create some little gift boxes suitable for someone special. These are all cut using Eileen Hull's Stacking Drawers Scoreboards Die.

Here's how one is made; begin by cutting a piece of white matboard 12 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Dilute Dina Wakley's 'Sand' Acrylic Paint (one part paint to one part water) and cover both sides of the board using long brush strokes. An uneven finish is good as it adds to the 'grain' effect'.

Dilute Dina's 'Mineral' Acrylic Paint in the same way and use an old bristle brush to apply streaks across the board (again on both sides).

Dilute Dina's 'Aloe' Acrylic Paint by the same 1:1 ratio and use a smaller brush to add thin stripes across both sides.

Returning to the bristle brush and using Dina's 'Umber' Acrylic Paint add the lightest of brush strokes across the board to replicate wood grain.

Finally use the bristle brush to dry brush the board with White Gesso.

Use the Eileen Hull Designs Scoreboards 'Stacking Drawers' die to cut the three pieces that make up  the box from the painted board.

Assemble the drawer and it's cover using the tabs and score lines created by the die (as shown below).

Once the glue has dried ink all the edges with Acorn Archival Ink. It's also a good idea to rub a clear wax candle over the surfaces and edges to ensure the painted board box pieces glide even more easily.

Cut branch and leaf pieces using Tim Holtz 'Large Funky Floral' Thinlits dies. Paint the branch with the 'Sand' and the leaf with the 'Aloe' and 'Mineral' Acrylic Paints.

To add a little shimmer and shine to a shell add dots of Distress Collage Medium, sprinkle with Eileen Hull's 'Golden Rod' Molten Dimensions Embossing Powder and heat until melted.

Enabler alert; if you don't have shells to hand (and even if you do!) Linda has the Prima Marketing Finnabair Mould 'Seashore Treasures' currently in stock HERE so you can create your own over and over again.

Add trims, the altered shell, the die cut leaf and branch, some of the seaside charms stocked in The Funkie Junkie Boutique (tied together with burlap string) and a self adhesive pearl to the top of the box and fill with your choice of wrapped candies.

I had a few of these to make ready for this coming Sunday. Here are more photos (click on each one for a closer look at the details);

Thanks for visiting to catch today's Saturday Showcase tutorial. Don't forget there's still time to enter the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Embellishments, Trinkets and TrimsHERE.

Jenny xxx

Links to the products used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique;


  1. Beautiful boxes of found treasures! Love the effect of the sand on the shells! Fantastic tutorial!

  2. You are such a master at creating faux wood finishes. This look for all the world like salt-sprayed, sun bleached weathered wood at the beach. I love the cluster of beachy treasures and foliage. Fabulous, Jenny! xo

  3. Wonderful little gift boxes with that weathered wood effect and gorgeous 'sandy' shells! Love the trinkets you've chosen to embellish each one! Great tutorial, tempting me to pick up several of the featured products.