4 March 2020

Aquamarine for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Cec is our host and for her theme she is focusing on the colour 'Aquamarine'.

"Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, has a rich color and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. Its mesmerizing color ranges from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the sea." The challenge is to create a shabby chic or vintage project using the colour aquamarine in any of its shades along with one other colour (it could be white or brown or whatever you wish). The definition has lots of other prompts you could also use in your creation but the colour requirement is the main focus."

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 this challenge I was inspired by a photograph of delicate flowers resting on some ageing painted metal and decided to experiment with textures for this aqua coloured box.
Note: Hands up, I confess to not having remembered the only two colour rule for this challenge (aqua plus one) so please if you're entering make sure not to follow my lead!

I began by cutting and gluing together an Eileen Hull Designs 'Gift Box', painting it with a thin layer of 'Sky' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. Initially this looks more blue than aqua but I knew there would be some yellow/brown tones going on top which would alter the final colour.

The first of these layers was one of Seth Apter's 'Vintage Beeswax' Embossing Powder, applied unevenly to the majority of the sides and base of the painted box. I also added some to the scalloped border on the box pull.

For the second layer I painted 'Umber' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint over the embossing, wiping away the excess while it was still damp with a dry cloth. The majority of the paint was resisted but the pitted parts instantly became more noticeable by doing this.

For the top of the box I mixed some Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste with 'Espresso' Alcohol Ink before applying it. It's important to ensure the application is uneven for the next stage to work.

Once the paste had air dried I dry brushed over it, first with some 'Umber' and second with even less 'Olive' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. Then the uneven application of the Grit Paste came into its own as I gently sanded the surface to reveal some of the lighter colour below.

With the surfaces complete I created some embellishments for the lid of the box. Flowers were cut using a die in the Tim Holtz 'Funky Floral Large' die set from thick paper painted on both sides with 'Carnation' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. After shaping them with a ball tool I layered three flower die cuts together, catching the edges with 'Walnut Stain' Distress Oxide Ink. A beautiful druzy cabochon from Linda's store was glued into the centre of each flower.

Using dies from the same 'Funky Floral Large' die set I cut thin card branches painting them with more of the 'Umber' paint, and leaves from thick paper painted with 'Buff' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. Again the edges had the 'Walnut Stain' Distress Oxide Ink applied.

To finish the box the die cut flowers, leaves and branches were clustered together with metal leaves from Linda's shop and some pink glass shards. For a similar effect I would recommend using Pam Bray's new 'Cotton Candy' Rock Candy Embossing Powder.

That's my take on the theme 'Aquamarine'. My hugely talented team mates have also come up with beautiful aquamarine projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out 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 box are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.


  1. This is gorgeous. I love the pretty flower with the textured box. The mixture of metal and paper leaves adds extra dimension and interest.

  2. this is sooooo pretty!!! Love your color scheme Jenny!

  3. This box is just scrumptious! First, your texture is just amazing and incredibly inspiring with the way it ages and gives depth to the blues. Those flowers paired with the metal leaves and shimmery glass and cabochons are so pretty and have me wishing for more spring like days! Wonderful take on the challenge! Big hugs!

  4. That texture is just Yum! The box is so beautiful and the close-up photos and step by steps show how wonderful the effect is! Fabulous box!

  5. Wow, what a stunning transformation! I love the colours and texture that you created - amazing 😁. The flowers finish it beautifully too! Wishing you a happy new week! Hugs, Jo x


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