1 October 2020

Eileen Hull Designs Chapter 4 Release Party Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining us for the Eileen Hull Chapter 4 Release Party Blog Hop. Eileen has two new ScoreBoards Dies releases from Sizzix! Are you ready for a new Bigz L 'Teacup, 3-D & Spoon' die? Fill it with teabags and other assorted goodies or use the teacup cut out on the front of a card - so many possibilities. Also new is the Bigz XL 'Box, Post', a fun little box that goes together in 10 seconds and has a slit in the top to tuck a gift card. Throughout October, the team will be sharing tutorials with you and today we start with a launch blog hop. We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.


Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs. A lucky commenter will win the 'Box, Post' Die - there's a list of links for everyone's blogs at the end of this post.

And wait - there’s more - the Release Party continues! You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time (that's 5pm UK time) on Thursday, 1st October. Join the chat - and a random commenter will win the 'Teacup, 3-D & Spoon' Die!!!

Now for my first project with one of these new dies - I chose to use the 'Box, Post' Die to create these two vintage post boxes;


Eileen is right when she says this die goes together in 10 seconds so if you are planning on mass producing them then you are definitely in luck - in fact they took longer to decorate than to make! 

After folding the two die cut boxes along the pre-cut score-lines and gluing them together at the sides I die cut some of the floral arches using Eileen's 'Floral Arch & Words' Thinlits Die Set and some letters from different letter die sets. They were glued onto the boxes and allowed to dry before the whole lot was painted with a coat of black gesso. I then rubbed over the surfaces with a clear wax candle to create a resist. You may notice the inside of each box is also black - to make this even quicker I used mountboard that is black on one side and placed it face up on the die when cutting.


I chose to use some traditional post box colours to paint over the black bases. Of course these two just happen to be translucent colours so I did have to add a few layers of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint. My suggestion for making this more speedy would of course be to use opaque shades. Once air dry I rubbed over the boxes with a clean cloth so that the candle wax resist could work its magic and some of the colour could be removed in areas where there would naturally be wear and tear.


To give the finished boxes a more metallic feel I dry brushed them both with some gold acrylic paint (a gold wax could also be used) concentrating on the raised areas to make them stand out even more. As an alternative I also thought it might look good to paint the whole of the folded lid area in gold.

Thank you for joining me here as part of this Eileen Hull Designs Blog Hop. Here's the full list of blog hop participants - make sure to visit them all and leave a comment on each post to be in with a chance to win a 'Box, Post' Die;

Jenny Marples - you are here

45 comments:

  1. Super ideas love this post box x

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  2. Wow, they are so beautiful!

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  3. Love your idea of gluing the words and decorations on before painting! It gives it such a wonderful dimension!

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  4. Love the post boxes. The red one looks like the big decorative one I have!

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  5. Wow! These are amazing! I LOVE the rustic look!

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  6. What great post boxes Jenny! love the colors, the distress and fun designs on them!

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  7. They're AMAZING, Jenny!!! ❤

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  8. I so want that die,,,,,,love how you did the box!!

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  9. From the pictures, they really look like metal boxes. Great project!

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  10. Jenny- your post boxes are just my style.I love shabby chic and will defintely follow your above instruction to make my version. Also a good opportunity to use alphabet dies again. Just don`t know where to buy mountboard that is black on one side. Thanks a mill for posting european times for the live stream -I always struggle getting it right for german time zone;)

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy. Glad to report CoolKatzCraft Ltd are selling this board in packs on their website; https://www.coolkatzcraft.com/product-page/13-1-2-x-6-x-20-pieces-assorted-colour-mountboard

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  11. Love them 😍 I soooo need that postbox die 🤩 Anita Holte

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  12. AMAZING! The detail on your post boxes are impeccable - it looks Iike real metal.

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  13. These are just gorgeous. Such a lovely design.xx😊😊😊

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  14. This is so good! I adore rustic anything and these are the perfect way for me to use up my chipboard elements! ♥

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  15. I really love these, gives me ideas!

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  16. Jennie, I love the colors of your wonderful postboxes ❣️

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  17. How awesome - just love that vintage look!!

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  18. Love the vintage look of the mailboxes!

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  19. Great style, love the look of these

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  20. I love those! The post boxes look amazing!

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  21. It was so fun watching the live-feed boxing today! Great new items!

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  22. Love the post boxes Jenny! So well done!

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  23. Love the colors you chose.

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  24. I love these vintage post boxes Jenny, so simple but effective. Thank you for the resist technique tip, I will definitely be trying this one. Xxx

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  25. What awesome dies! Love the post boxes you created!

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  26. These are amazing! I love them.

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  27. Fantastic! I just love your mail boxes- thanks for sharing the details- so inspirational!

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  28. Oh my gosh I love your little postboxes!

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  29. These are so cool! I'm dying to try this technique now! They look so rustic.

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  30. Love the way you have decorated the postboxes... and gold flap would look superb too x

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  31. The post boxes look so great! thanks for sharing.

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  32. Thank You for the Tutorial. It looks amazing.

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  33. WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! These look incredible!!!!!!

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  34. Oh goodness do these ever look like metal!WOW! Love these Jenny!

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

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