13 November 2018

A Thanksgiving Gift for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm back today with a new project for Eileen Hull Designs. With Autumn leaves falling here in the UK and the Thanksgiving preparations well under way in the US I have created a little box ideal for storing treats and gifts.

The Tutorial

Eileen's dies are very simple to put together so I figured you'd like to see the ingredients used for decorating this box. As you'll see from the photo below I ran a piece of die packaging through my Big Shot with the Sizzix Bigz Die - Leaves, Spring to cut a stencil. Taking an A4 piece of white card I blended Eileen's Colorbox Blends inks through the stencil, drying each layer before moving on to the next colour and overlapping the leaves. First came Sunshine, then Leaf, then Nutmeg, then Melon and finally Stop. To bring the colours together and fill in any gaps I blended the Golden version over the whole lot to give that warm glow. Cutting the card in half, I ran it through with the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame to cut out the various pieces needed to decorate the box. Once applied to the box I gave each piece a coat of clear gloss varnish.

The box itself was cut from mount board using the same die and after being assembled with strong wet glue I painted it with white gesso. After applying the leaf patterned paper I gently swiped the Nutmeg Colorbox Blends ink onto the edges and some of the white surfaces to create a faux whitewashed wood effect. With the box assembled I cut leaves from white Paper Leather using the same larger Spring Leaves die and the smaller leaves from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves set. Some were coloured with the Nutmeg ink and others edges with it. They were layered onto the top of the box with some ribbon pieces and a little thank you tag.

The Close Ups

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this and feel inspired to create your own trinket boxes. Make sure to check out the other creations from Eileen's Inspiration Team on her blog this month - as ever they have lots to share with you too.

I'll be back tomorrow with something else which celebrates gratitude and thankfulness. For now take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx


  1. Gorgeous Fall Trinket Gift Box, love your leaves!!!

  2. Just WOW Jenny. All of the different layers really pack a color punch! This is beautiful...

  3. WOW...love all the layered leaves and how well the colors blended. So cool to make the box from it too.


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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