Monday, 7 September 2015

Treasure Box for Rubber Dance

My make today is a little trinket box - I got the bare box very cheaply but with a little time and effort it looks good enough to give a special gift.

I  made the red flower on the top using Rubber Dance's Bold and Beautiful stamps - I made this at a crop and people kept asking me what die I had used! You don't need a die cutter to make gorgeous flowers - just stamps, ink and a pair of scissors. This stamp set is perfect for layering because many of the flowers come in multiple sizes - how fab is that?

Here's how I made it:

1 Stamp and cut out three large, one medium and one small matching flower from the Rubber Dance Bold and Beautiful set. I stamped them with Red Geranium Archival Ink. Ink the flowers with Barn Door Distress Ink - this gives you a two-tone red bloom. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

2 Cut one petal in a V shape (i.e. going to the middle) out of some flowers as follows: one of the large, the medium and the small. Stick the two petals either side of the cut together - the flower will form a kind of cone shape, Push the base of the 'cone' inwards to the flower will sit flat when layered.

3 Shape the petals on all the layers - I cut into the petals down to the centre to get better shape, rather than just cutting out around the images. Start layering with the two uncut flowers, then add the cut ones in size order. My flower centre uses a Sizzix die cut but you can create the same effect by cutting a fringe into a piece of card and curling it up. Finish with a pearl centre.

4 Stamp the box with Rubber Dance's Flourishes stamp in embossing ink - to stamp the sides place the inked stamp onto the desk face up and roll the box over it in sections, holding in on the inside by spreading out your fingers to fill the space. The lid can be stamped in the normal way. Heat emboss with off-white powder (I used Vanilla White from WOW!). Ink the box edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5 Embellish as you wish - I used some inked leaves, some die cut cogs, a metal shape and a padlock button which I painted with black paint to age it. Around the edge of the box lid is some lace which I dyed using Distress Spray Stains in Barn Door and Walnut Stain.

Isn't that a nice way to make a gift feel extra special? And for very little cost.

See you soon,
Katy x

I used these awesome Rubber Dance stamps:

Bold and Beautiful



  1. Love the color combination strikingly beautiful
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  2. Beautiful. The flower looks amazing and I loved the heart shaped lock as well :)

  3. This is so beautiful! These stamps are amazing, wish they came with the dies! LOVE!

  4. What a great idea to use the flowers stamps make a beautiful flower like this one, Katy!
    The box is very pretty.
    Thank you so much! Always exciting to see how you use my stamps.

  5. The flower looks stunning! I am not great at hand cutting though, you must be!

    Cazzy x

  6. That is so beautiful Katy and it looks really post too, you know, would cost a bomb in one of those classy boutiques. Love it! Karen x