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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Treasure Chest

Hello everyone
How are you all doing? I hope you all are enjoying the festivities going on in India....Ganeshotsav is almost over and I cant wait for Navratri to begin...garba, dandya raas and awesome food. This is the my most favorite time of the year when festivals are being celebrated in India with so much energy and excitement.

I have got so engrossed in festivities that I just tend to ignore my work and work commitments and projects tend to near completion slowly and sometimes I just give myself due dates just to tell me to complete it. So today, I am posting a project on which I have been working on for almost 2 months......on and off. Because it was not on order, so I had the luxury to sideline it when I had other things or rush orders on my mind. I decided I had to give myself an ultimatum to take this project seriously......with so much festivities......I am like a child and get so engrossed.....I forget everything.....and I finally completed it on 2nd September....HIGH FIVE......
I got busy with Ganeshotsav and finally got sometime today to write a post about this beautiful project I have made for my friend. It was supposed to be her Belated Birthday gift......Well I am not so delayed after all....Just a delay of 2 My BFF is a stationary hoarder and I feel if I rob her, my entire future generation can go without spending anything on stationary items....She has so many pencils, pens, erasers, colors, crayons, diaries and other stuff.....I am sure she doesn't even have a count of it and one day when I asked her to show me her hoarded gold......she had stuffed them in plastic bags and kept them someplace she couldn't locate. That is when I decided, she needed a treasure chest to store her stuff and I started making one for her from scratch.
 So, this treasure chest is not a small sized box.....its a 3 layered box which has lot of space....but I am sure not enough for her collection.....but I am sure it will be of some use to her. I have built this box from scratch.....It took me 2 days to figure out what I wanted to do and how I wanted it to be. I designed it myself....make some mistakes on the way and it helped me to build it better.
This box measures 17" x  12" x 14" ( length x breadth x  height) in dimensions. I have used sunboard and 1500 gms paper board which I have bought from Anupam Stationary stores. to make the box. The entire outer box is made using a sandwich of sunboard ans card board to obtain more durability and strength to the box. To make the inner partitions and flaps as well as small boxes and the other flap to attach the lock is made using the card board. The total weight of this box without anything inside it is 4 kgs.
I have used red tacky tapes, white adhesive and silicon glue for all purposes for this box. Handmade paper is used to cover the box on the inside as well as outside. pattern paper from Eno greetings is used to add some decoration and to cover the boxes. I have done some stamping on this box as well...used Fiskars stamp to add more pattern and borders to this box. Stenciling is done using distress inks in watnut stain, vintage photo, hickory smoke, black soot, old paper and antique linen. I have used same colors on the top and bottom but to obtain a different appearance, I gave the lower part of box a coat of white gesso, and then stenciled over it. That is how the colors look different.

To embellish the box, I made some corners from black chipboard and gave it a coat of glossy accents to make it look shiny. Did some decoration with black satin ribbon, polka dotted paper tape and Brown gingham pattern paper tapes. Those little golden flowers were in my stash and i have used them to add more interest to the chest.
I have used chipboard letters and colored them using black pigment ink pad and then added a layer of glossy accents on it. To add more interest to it, I added some micro beads on them in bronze and golden color and mounted them on layers of black and white handmade paper. These were then mounted on the box using foam tape. More chunky glitter in black and silver is added to the box using some liquid adhesive.

I have filled this box is some gift from my side which include handmade diaries, decoupaged pencils and more things which are only for my BFF's eyes and ears......can't disclose. This chest has 4 hinges and 3 latches added to it as well as some brads to embellish the name board. All the latches and hinges are held by little screws.
The supplies used for this project are:
  • 3 Full emperial sheet of card board (1500gsm) - Anupam stationary store
  • 2 full emperial sheet of sunboard- anupam stationary store
  • 4 Black full emperial handmade paper (Itsy Bitsy)
  • 2 White full emperial handmade paper (Itsy Bitsy) 
  • 2 Beige full emperial handmade paper (Itsy Bitsy)
  • Chipboard sheets to make the boxes inside ( optional)
  • Eno Greetings Pattern Paper ( The craft shop)
  • 3 latches and hinges ( A1 craft store)
  • Glossy accents (A1 craft store)
  • Gingham and polka dotted paper tapes (Anupam stationary store)
  • Micro beads, chunky glitter ( Itsy Bitsy)
  • Brads ( Neha Koradia)
  • Read tacky tape
  • Fevicol
  • Aleene's tacky glue
  • Foam tape
  • Black satin ribbon ( Iitsy Bitsy)
  • Black chipboard for making corners
  • Mdf butterfly buttons (A1 cratft)
  • Fiskars stamps
  • Distress inks and ink blending tool- Watnut stain, Vintage photo, Old paper, Antique linen, Hickory smoke, Black soot.
  • Stencil ( Itsy Bitsy)
  • Decoupage papr and glue for pencils ( optional)
  • Diaries ( optional)
  • Silicon Glue/ Glue gun ( Itsy Bitsy)
  • Golden ribbon
  • Eyelets (ItsyBitsy)
  • Other papers( personal stash)
I even have a video to show the entire chest on youtube and I have added the link below for you all to see.
I am linking my project for this month's challenge at Ranganjali- Sparkly and shiny. I have added gold and bronze micro beads as well as some glitter and some golden shiny embellishments
 It has been a long post and very picture heavy....I hope you all liked it and please do leave comments if you do. Thank you all for reading my post and I hope you all have a good day.


  1. Amazing is a smaller word for what you have done..

  2. OMG so much of hard work! I'm sure your friend would be delighted to hoard such a treasure box, which indeed is one treasure!!

    1. Hi Karthikha.... yes indeed a lot of hard work went into making this...I still havent handed it over to her....I hope she does like it. Ty for visiting me and glad to know you like it.

  3. Oh my goodness, this is amazing!! Wow!! What a gorgeous treasure chest!! I love the creative design and you decorated it so beautifully!! I know your friend will treasure this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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