Tuesday 11 March 2014

Crystal Box

     We have a great challenge on Technique Time Tuesday this month called Caught In Crystal. It's really inspired the DT, so much so that we're coming up with lots of tips and variations which can be seen here.
     This little box began as a thin sheet of acetate, being thin made it easy to bend into the box after decorating, although the tissue has made it a little more rigid. I began with an A4 sheet and added my Crystal Laquer with a few drops of alcohol ink in blue and purple. Once the colouring was as I wanted it I lay a crumpled sheet of silver tissue paper over the top and dabbed it down gently.  Leave to dry thoroughly, be patient, I know it's hard but if it's not set you can make a terrible mess of it (I know from experience!) and then you'll have to do it all again, including the waiting!!
     Once completely dry, overnight is best...don't try using a heat gun, it will melt!, you can then mark out your box template. Draw this out on the tissue side in pencil, it's easier and it won't be seen when finished, and cut out. To fix the flaps together I have used the red double sided tape as it's very sticky and works so well on acetate. Being acetate gives it a beautiful sparkle and shine, smooth as glass.
     And as they say 'that's all there is to it'. You can make unique little gift boxes as no two will ever turn out the same. If you wish to hide the crumpled tissue side you could stick a smooth layer of tissue or thin paper over it before assembling the box. Please pop over to Technique Time Tuesday and have a look at the  video tutorial, then come and join us with your creation.

I would like to enter this gift box in the following challenges:
Anything But A Card - #33 Sparkle
Bastel-traum - Gifts/ Boxes


  1. You are really getting stuck (sorry no pun intended) into this caught in crystal technique. Love the finished box. hugs Mrs A.

  2. What a great idea to use this technique to make a lovely box

  3. great box. thanks for playing in ABAC challenge

  4. JUst GOrgeous! What FABulous colours you have created Rocky..
    Well worth waiting for a Beautiful creation.
    ps. Don't plant them to deep lol...the damp will get them not the mice!

  5. OH my gosh, Rocky! This is STUNNING!!! LOVE the fabulous colors you used and I absolutely adore that you made a box! LOVE! HUGS and have a great rest of the week! :) Mynn xx

  6. An amazing idea and a gorgeous box, Rocky! I too find the waiting hard but this is such an unusual technique, if you are patient the effect is stunning, like your gift box!
    Louise xx

  7. Oh, this is so beautiful! Sometimes it's so hard to be patient! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!


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