Friday, May 27, 2016

Treasure Box For Dad With Gel Press™ and a Giveaway.

Welcome to our "Just For Him" blog hop with Gel Press™!  

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Treasure Box For Dad Tutorial

While cleaning up my studio, I found an old recipe box that I thought would be fun to use on the Gel Press Plate™. With Father's Day coming up, I thought I might make it more masculine and give it to my husband, filled with treasures.

List of Supplies
This box really needs a do-over!

Old Recipe Box
Black Spray Paint
Embossing Folder With Masculine Pattern
Copy Paper or Cardstock

 I removed the top of the box, gave it a light sanding then spray painted it with flat black paint.

Brayer 4-5 dime sized drops of paint onto the 8" x 10" Gel Press Plate™ and press the embossing folder into the paint to create the pattern.  Wipe off the folder asap. 

Press the box into the plate and remove.  Continue until all of the sides are covered with paint.

I reloaded my paint onto the Press™ a few times till all the sides were done.

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint has a chalky, matte finish which I love, but the pattern was very subtle. To make it stand out a bit more, I brayered a few drops of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Naphthol Red Light and Vermilion.  These colors are a bit more bright.

Then used the folder to stamp the pattern onto the box. I repeated "inking" the folder on the Gel Press™ and stamping the folder randomly on all sides of the box.  

Just that small color variation really brought out the pattern and created a tone-on-tone effect that is really cool against the black background.

To increase the durability of the box, paint one or more coats of Satin Varnish (I used Liquitex) and let dry.  Put the top back on the box and add embellishments.  I kept it simple.

To clean the Press in between, I used cardstock and ended up with some nice prints.

I made a tag and a Father's Day card to match the box.

Now to finds some treasures for the inside! Maybe I will add some photos of the kids when they were little and sweet and some of his favorite candy. Are you making anything for Father's Day? Why not use the Gel Press™with the kids and make some framed prints to give Dad? They will love it and you will be amazed at the results!  

Don't forget to visit the other blog on the hop!

                                       Kathy   <----------You are here



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To Qualify for the drawing: 
1) You may enter a maximum of 3 times with individual projects.
2) You must by 18 years old.
3) You must live in the USA.
4) Mentioning other products or other companies in your post disqualifies your project.

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  1. Love the box and card.. very vibrant colors!!

  2. How cool is this? It s so clever to put the box on to the gel press plate. Very very nice.

  3. Love the fact you pressed the box onto the plate and love the extra card prints you get too. So good! Bx

  4. Great combination gift - I love how you can use the plate to print right on virtually any surface!