An Upcycled Gift Box – Mixed media tutorial

A mixed media project by Monalisa Dutta.

Hello everyone,
Monalisa here and I am in the blog to share another pictorial with you all. Today I am sharing a step by step pictorial of creating a beautiful gift box with lots of embellishments on current month’s challenge i.e. ‘Festive Projects’. I hope you are all having a great day.

Before explaining about my work, I want to highlight the challenge of November month’s “FESTIVE PROJECTS”. Please do participate on our monthly blog challenge by clicking on the link and do visit to our blog to see awesome inspiration projects of our design team members.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 1

I have created an upcycled gift box as an inspiration project for this month’s challenge. We give our loved ones lots of gifts and sweets for celebrating festivals but we know that handmade gifts are way better because there is some personal touch and emotion. So, I have altered a gift box with my personal touch.

Here is the details step by step tutorial on the same. Please have a look:

STEP 1. I primed the entire box with white gesso and then colored the upper lid with poppy red acrylic paint and acrylic soft gel. I went for bright red colour to give my project a bit of festive look.

mixed media

STEP 2. Then I added scrapbook paper from ‘Colors of India’ 6”/6” paper pack. I chose two pages in contrast colors. I did some fussy cutting from second paper so that I can decorate accordingly. I covered transparent cover by red pattered paper and used big mandala cut outs on opposite corner.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 2

STEP 3. Then I added few chipboards from my stash. First, I primed all chipboards with charcoal gesso then applied CrafTangles sapphire wax and mint coloured wax from my stash to give peacock colour on chipboards. I added big frame to cover the central paper’s border and added few chipboards on border. I embossed one flower chipboard with golden tinsel embossing powder and applied in the middle of the upper lid. I used Cadence 3d golden colour paint to decorate few portions of mandalas and flowers to give a little minakari looks.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 3

STEP 4. I did some die cuts and used white cardstock from CrafTangles and embossed all die cuts.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 4

STEP 5. I painted the border of upper lid with golden acrylic paint and did some stamping with red distressed ink and on top added few flowers and pearls along with die cuts.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 5

STEP 6. On lower lid I added simple tissue paper roughly with glue and water to create texture.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 6

STEP 7. I primed entire lower lid with charcoal gesso and after drying, applied sapphire and gorgeous gold wax to highlight textures.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 7

STEP 8. I took out square portion from white cardstock of CrafTangles and painted with Indian yellow acrylic paint. Then applied red distressed oxide with damask stencil and added smaller mandala fussy cuts on opposite sides.

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 8

Let’s look into the complete project:

An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 9
An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 10
An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 11
An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 12
An Upcycled Gift Box - Mixed media tutorial 13

Supplies used from CrafTangles for this project are:

CrafTangles mixed media essentials – White Gesso (120ml).
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Acrylic Soft Gel- Gloss (Gel medium)120ml.
CrafTangles 6”/6” stencil – Damask Basics.
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Art Waxes – Sapphire (50ml).
CrafTangles Srapbook paper pack – Colours Of India (6”/6”).
Strings of Pearls – Cream.
Fabric flowers with pollens – Shimmery Red.
Fabric Flowers – Light yellow.
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Charcoal Gesso (120ml).
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Art Waxes – Gorgeous Gold.
CrafTangles cardstock 12”/12” 300gsm (set of 10 sheets) – Dual textured white.

For more inspirations don’t forget to subscribe to our channel
Follow our blog for latest inspirations
Follow HNDMD on Facebook and Instagram
Follow CrafTangles on Facebook and Instagram

Get in touch with me on Facebook and Instagram

Hope you enjoyed todays tutorial. Do comment below to share your feedback.

Thank you

Monalisa Dutta

nv-author-image

Monalisa Dutta

Known as 'Lisa's FairyCraft' in Social Media. She loves to play with colours and textures while creating mixed media art. She is an avid altered art enthusiast and loves to experiment with styles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *