Friday 5 November 2021

It's A Gift


     River Of Creativity have a new challenge beginning today, this month the theme is Gift. It could be something you have made for a gift, a bag or box to hold a gift or any other way that you interpret the word Gift. 
     I love making 3D projects so it had to be a gift box for me. This box was made as a sample for John Next Door's new Belgravia Mandala die set show.
     The mandala made me think of Indian decor so I chose to use peacock type colours for the box, making the it up with kraft card.
     The mandala made up the decoration on the lid but I used a few circle dies and the sides of the heart box to make the basic carcass. The bottom circle was slightly larger than the the one that the sides were stuck around, it also helped cover up the tabs on the edge making neater.

     For the lid I used the same size circle but was a little looser with the sides, making sure that the lid would fit over the base.
     I cut the basic full size shape of the mandala in kraft, then cut the outer edge in gold pearl paper. I cut the next layer in turquoise but kept all the little bits that fell out and glued them into the gold layer.
     The next layer was cut in kraft card and set aside while the centre piece was cut in turquoise with a gold pearl layer underneath.
     The centre turquoise was stuck over the gold layer then with foam tape it was stuck onto the kraft layer, making sure to leave a gap in the middle. Then this centre layer was stuck on to the kraft layer with foam tape, again leaving the middle free of tape.    
     I then added a brown tassel to the centre of the lid by poking a whole through both raised layers and securing it firmly before adding this section to the large turquoise layer.
      To finish off the lid I added tiny gems around the mandala. For the box sides I cut a strip of turquoise card, making sure there was a gold pearl layer under the centre and stuck this all the way around the sides, this brings the decoration to the sides to finish it off. 
     I shall be making more of these for Christmas, not looking too seasonal will mean they can be left out on display all year round.
     Please come and join us at River Of Creativity with your projects, they don't have to be paper based, we'd love to see your artwork or mixed media too.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Country View Crafts - Christmas Gifting
Love To Scrap - #151 Anything Goes
Mix It Up - #55 Anything Goes/ option 3D project
C.R.A.F.T. - #616 Gift Bag or Box
Moving Along With The Times - #136 Anything But A Card
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 2.11


  1. Hi Rocky this is gorgeous I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Wonderful project. Thank you for joining in with my challenge over at Country View Crafts Challenges.

  3. Completely get the Indian feel you refer to and the colours are gorgeous. Like you I love 3D projects and or Mixed Media, not to mention boxes. This box is beautiful. xoxo

  4. This is an amazing gift box, love the colour scheme you have used. Thank you for joining in with TTCRD challenge this week, Debbie DT

  5. This is just amazing what a great way to use mandelas!
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  6. Hi,
    what a very lovely box and such a beautiful design too.
    Love the colours chosen and gorgeous tassle.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  7. This is such an elegant box. I love the design and the colors are just perfect. Thanks so much for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week!

  8. Thanks for sharing your lovely project with Moving Along With The Times, your gift box is beautiful.
    Good Luck.
    Diane Louise (DT) xx

  9. Wow, what a beautiful box! I love how delicate and elegant it looks with all the detail amazing detail that you created - stunning 😀. Thanks so much for joining us at Country View Challenges! Hugs Jo x

  10. Your little box is just beautiful, well done xx


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