Friday, November 20, 2015

Gina's Designs - Christmas Composition Box

To see my Canvas Corp Christmas Bag, click HERE.

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am back again with a project for Gina's Designs (Precision Laser Cuts for Crafters). I missed posting last week because I was traveling for a family emergency. I managed to get last week's project finished for this week, so here we go!

This is my FIRST EVER configuration/composition box! I have created trays and shadow boxes before, but this is my first compo box!

I used the Composition Box - 25, which is 9 1/4" x 6 3/4". The kit comes with three smaller boxes which fit inside the main box, plus a key and the number "25." I created a Christmas scene with lots of bits and bobs from my stash!

As you can see, the box pieces are all notched for easy assembly! I started out by wiping each piece with a baby wipe to remove any dust. I then painted the edges with white acrylic paint.

I painted the "25" and the key with Ranger Gold ink to give the pieces an aged appearance. I painted the metal feet with white paint and then dabbed them with the gold ink. (Please forgive my messy craft mat! I was in a hurry and forgot to use a white background!)

I labeled each box piece with the size of paper I needed, just to save time with measuring. I sponged all the paper edges with Frayed Burlap Distress  Ink.

All the paper is attached to the box with a multi medium. I simply "painted" the paper with the medium and attached it to the box pieces BEFORE assembly.

I used Ranger Glossy Accents to assemble the boxes, and to attach the small boxes, the metal feet, and the tree to the large box. The boxes are very sturdy and fit together beautifully. Those of you who know me, understand that I do not care for 3-D projects because they are often a pain to put together. I am here to tell you, that THIS project went together so quickly and easily! I was stunned! 

I made sure to cover the back of the box as well. I had thought to use washi tape to cover the edges, but decided I liked the white box showing through, almost as if it was an old crate! 

I covered the sides of the box with contrasting paper. Each small box is covered with coordinating paper as well.

Once I had the boxes assembled, it was time to decorate! I used some snowflakes from the Snowflake Shape Set to add accents to the top corners of the large box. I sprayed the large snowflakes with gold mist and the smaller snowflakes with silver. I added a gem for extra sparkle!

I went through my holiday hoard, looking for fun embellishments to use for my project. This was a great way to use leftover bits of this and that! Each item is glued to the box with either Glossy Accents or hot glue. I filled some glass bottles with glitter and tiny bells to give some Christmas glitz to the box!

I sprayed the tree with mist and then added some splatters of white paint prior to adding the gems. I sprayed "Joy" from the Words and Phrases I Set with mist and glued it to the tree.

I created lots of little vignettes to give the boxes interest and texture. I tried to make everything gold, silver, or white, along with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.

I hope that you enjoyed my project today! I cannot wait to display this on a table in my living room! 

Come back next week to see with chipboard! Hop on over to the Gina's Designs Blog for more inspiration!

ETA: The reason for my travel last week was to visit my mom who has been very ill. Since I typed this post, I am so sorry to tell you that my mom passed away on November 19th. She became ill in August with what turned out to be pancreatic cancer, which had spread to her stomach. She left this world quietly, at a Hospice Home in North Carolina. She was much loved and will be missed. I want to thank everyone who has already written notes to me on FaceBook. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me during this time. 

Gina's Designs Laser Cut Chipboard:
Composition Box - 25
Snowflake Shape Set
Words and Phrases I Set 

Other Products:
Paint:Plaid Folk Art Wicker White, Ranger Adirondack Mixatives Gold 
Ink: Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap
Multi medium: Liquitex
Mist: Tattered Angels Gold, Tattered Angels Chalk Chalkboard Mist Paint, Deco Art Shimmer White, Lindy's Stamp Gang Cape Cod Coral, Twinkling Tinsel, Frozen Jack Frost
Paper: Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol, Twelve Days of Christmas, Nutcracker Sweet, Christmas Past
Metal feet, charm, star, large tree, glass bottles, flash card: Tim Holtz
Small tree: hobby shop
Metal hook, mini clothes pin: Canvas Corp
Floral: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts, misc. floral sprays
Gems, bells, ornaments, clips, dove: stash
Glitter: German Glass Glitter
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue


  1. So sorry to hear about your Mom! My grandmother passed away on November 19, 2014 of Pancreatic cancer also. Such a nasty disease!!! Sending comforting thoughts and prayers your way!!!
    LOVE your configurations box! It is so lovely!! TFS!

  2. So sorry for your loss. Your box is beautiful!