8 January 2020

Tic Tac Toe for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. We are kicking things off over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog for 2020 with a new challenge. Cec is our host and she's getting us playing  a game of 'Tic Tack Toe'.

"Let's play a game of Tic Tac Toe for this first challenge of the year. Choose any vertical, horizontal or diagonal line from the graphic below and create a vintage or shabby chic project using all three items on your chosen line. In addition to using all three items you must include a copy of the graphic in your post and tell us which line you chose."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and the next three will receive Top 3 Badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

For my DT project I have chosen the line 'Layers, Bling, Die Cuts' and played using Eileen Hull's brand new Gift Box.

Being as this is a new die, and wanting to show how I've used layers, bling and die cuts in my project I've put together a tutorial for you.

Start by using the die to cut two box sides with a lid flap and smaller scalloped piece. You also get a plaque piece that I didn't end up using on this project. Rather than paint both inside and outside of the box with Black Gesso I decided to cheat by placing the black side of the mount board face up when die cutting so that the inside was 'pre-coloured'. Alternatively you could use black chipboard to cut the pieces.

I assembled the box by gluing together the base and sides with wet glue.

After painting the outside of the box with Black Gesso stick lace trim around the bottom.

Glue together the lid flap and smaller scalloped piece, then paint with more Black Gesso.

Apply glue to one side of the lid piece (you can use strong tape if preferred).

Stick the lid piece onto the top of the box as shown below: you need to ensure that the scalloped piece fits on the outside of the box when the inner part tucks inside the box.

Cut flowers and leaves using the dies from the Tim Holtz 'Funky Floral, Large' set , layer them up and stick over the lace to add extra layers/pattern. Paint over the die cuts and lace with more Black Gesso.

Now to start with the paint layers - lightly brush first 'Marine', then 'Ocean' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint over the raised areas. Ensure each layer is dry before applying a new colour and use less of the second than of the first.

Continue this process using the lighter shades of blue/green paint in Dina's range in increasingly smaller amounts, starting with 'Peacock', then 'Sky', then 'Turquoise' and finally 'White' to add the final highlights.

I applied Glossy Accents onto some of the lace before sprinkling Glass Glitter over it. As an alternative I would suggest using Distress Medium with Pam Bray's Rock Candy Embossing Powder as an alternative as when the medium is dry and the embossing powder has been heated it has a beautiful shine. I also added a few gems from my stash for some more 'bling' and coloured the centres of the flowers with a white pen.

Finally stamp moths from Tim Holtz 'Entomology' set from contrasting paper (I used some that had been printed using a Gel Press Plate and more of Dina Wakley's paints and backed it with black card). Cut out and bend into shape before gluing onto the sides and top of the box.

Here are a few more photos of the finished Gift Box from different angles so you can see how it looks all the way round;

That's my take on the theme 'Tic, Tac, Toe' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My fantastic team mates have opted for a number of the lines on the board for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check out their beautiful creations HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that's up for grabs.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create this Holiday themed Pocket Notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps - Entomology


  1. Your gift box is absolutely stunning Jenny x I adore the layers of lace/die cut flowers/leaves/moths. The shades of blue are amazing then the moths with their stunning shades sit atop x Thank You for sharing x

    Happy New Year

    Annie xx

  2. Oh my gosh! The layering and texture is just gorgeous and the black background makes those colors pop even more! Beautiful Jenny!

  3. Love your project Jenny. The flowers & butterflies look like their glowing against the dark background. Beautiful! Love the addition of glass glitter too. 💖

  4. Squeal! Jenny, I loved this when I first saw it on the post, but now that I see the close-ups and your detailed tutorial, my eyes are about to pop right out of my head! I love that glittery lace and I would never have recognized those amazing TH Funky Floral die cuts as you have painted them. This is over the top stunning! Happy 2020!

  5. Absolutely stunning and a fabulous tutorial!

  6. Gosh that is some box Jenny! The colours are just fabulous and I love all the flowers and butterflowers over the lace. Brilliant use of the double scallops !! Jennie x

  7. This is absolutely beautiful!!

  8. Lovely box! I would never had guessed that lovely lace was how you created that effect. Bold beautiful colors and a wonderful keepsake!

  9. There's something very exotic about this - that dark black sky I suppose - it seems like a tropical jungle at night to me. Gorgeous textures and subtle sparkle - it's fabulous.
    Alison x

  10. WOW! This is an amazing box. Love dimensional on it and your coloring. Thanks for great tutorial.


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

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