Saving Grace: Hope in a Box Part 2

Hope…Part 2!

Welcome back creatives! It’s time for Part 2 of my “Hope in a Box” series for Saving Grace, Inc.Ā 

You can see “Saving Grace: Boxes of Hope Part 1” Here.

Bold and Simple Box

I spoke a little about this in Part 1, but I wanted to say it again…not EVERY project has to be a long, drawn out, 5 hour project.

Sometimes it’s just fun to go bold and simple like I did on this box. I used a The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil and Testors CreateFX Gold Glitter spray to make my design on my box lid that I had painted red with DecoArt Americana paint. Then to take it up a notch (like a little Emeril “BAM!”) I used DecoArt Fluid Acrylic in Carbon black (my favorite black!) to make the design more bold.

The sides here handpainted just to have fun. šŸ™‚

DecoArt Americana Paint

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Carbon Black and Titanium White

Testors CreateFX Gold Glitter Spray

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil “Jungle Vines”

Illustrated Faith Enamel Puffy Hearts-Oh My Heavens Mix

Big Bling-Marion Smith Designs


I LOVE the whole steampunk genre, so I wanted one of my boxes to at least give a nod to that world.

I started by layering my Design Master Tint it in Teal, Sepia and Gold Shimmer to create a metallic background. Next it was all about layering fun metal embellishments!

Design Master Tint It Sepia, Gold Shimmer & TealĀ 

Embellishemnts: Butterbee Scraps, Joann’s

Tim Holtz Words

E6000 adhesive


Let’s go the complete opposite of steampunk, shall we? šŸ™‚

I took the time to draw and paint a girl on the side of this one and surround her with some of my favorite bright colors: hot pink, yellow and teal!

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint

Illustrated Faith Washi Tape and Stickers


Old World Metal

Making a paper mache box appear to be made of metal is not as hard as you would think.

For this box, I started with applying white gesso to my paper mache box before adding a stripe of white lace around the whole box and a large stenciled image on the top using The Crafter’s Workshop Modeling Paste. I made sure these were completely dry before moving on to the next step. I then added DecoArt Metallics in a light blue and once that was dry, topped it with DecoArt Antiquing Creme in Carbon Black.

The metallic paint peeking through the black paint give the appearance of an aged silver box.

DecoArt Media Antiquing Creme in Carbon BlackĀ 

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Metallic Paint

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil and Modeling Paste

Lace from Hobby Lobby

Gel PressĀ® Box of Hope

Today’s last project was featured on the Gel PressĀ® blog: Gel PressĀ® on a 3-D Object.

Final Thoughts

I hope you have enjoyed this “Hope in a Box” series.

I would love to know which is your favorite!

And please check out the amazing work that Saving Grace, Inc is doing.

until next time…


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