Saturday, October 5, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Eileen Hull Designs Treasure Box and Molten Dimension Embossing Powders

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. Today's project ties in with the current challenge theme 'Treats Not Tricks!'; I've created a gift box using Eileen Hull's 'Treasure Box' Die from Sizzix with her Molten Dimensions Embossing Powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

Here's how the box came together; after die cutting the two lids from white matboard I went on to cut four lid sides to make a box that's thinner than the regular sized Treasure Box. These pieces were all embossed with Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Botanical.

All the embossed die cut pieces were then heat embossed using Eileen Hull's 'Golden Rod' Molten Dimensions Embossing Powders. Make sure to tap off as much of the excess powder before heating as the finished results are much better if the embossing is uneven. You'll also see I didn't bother to emboss the tabs as these are never seen once the box has been assembled.

Another reason for omitting to emboss the tabs on the lid sections was to make it easier to remove a layer of matboard from each as this removes some of the bulk where the pieces overlap.

After using strong wet glue to stick the lid sides together, the top piece was added to create one side of the box. This process was repeated with the remaining die cut pieces to form two lids.

Once the glue had dried the embossed surfaces on both lids were covered with Dina Wakley Media 'Turquoise' Acrylic Paint.

Before the paint had chance to dry I wiped away the excess with a damp piece of tissue to reveal a lot of the embossed surface underneath. This helped to give the finished box a look of verdigris metal. The edges of each lid were matched to the embossing by adding a little Dina Wakley Media 'Ancient' Acrylic Paint. You can age the edges of the box further by dabbing some brown Archival Ink over them.

Linda has a lot of fantastic metal pieces that work perfectly when constructing boxes, including hinges, corners, handles, latches and feet. I used two Bronze Tone Hinges with some coordinating Long Fasteners to secure the back of the lid pieces together.

On the front I added a Bronze Tone Mini Box Handle again with coordinating Long Fasteners - whilst this is merely a decorative element it also helps to add a little weight to the top of the box and hold it in place.

To cover the insides of the box I die cut pieces of paper from the Stamperia 'Oriental Garden' Paper Pack and glued them in place after inking the edges with the brown ink.

To finish the box a few elements were added to the lid to form a mini collage. These included a die cut Trinket Frame from Metallic Kraft Stock (sanded to give a worn look and with Hardware Heads in the corners) some off cuts of paper, folded, layered and hand stitched together, flowers die cut from the Oriental Garden Paper and a Filigree Metal Butterfly, altered with pens to add some colour. Here are a few close ups to show the details;

Thanks for visiting to catch today's Saturday Showcase tutorial. And don't forget there's still time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'Treats Not Tricks!'

Jenny xxx

Links to the products used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique;

Antiqued Bronze Tone Mini Box Handles - Set of 4


  1. Wow love the idea of using the lid to make a smaller box

  2. Such a cool box! Love the look when you wipe off the paint <3

  3. A fabulous box Jennie and thank you for such a great step by step. Love the patina look you created and the decor on the top. It will hold lots of treats too xx

    Best wishes
    Annie xx

  4. Gorgeous creation, I love all the patina and work you put into this!

  5. Lovely box. The texture created by the embossing folder is further enhanced by the paint treatment.

  6. What a great treat box with a lovely patina and stunning details on the lid and gorgeous lining! Thank you for your fabulous step by step and inspiration!

  7. Elegant design with the rich gold and aged patina! Fabulous tutorial!