The idea of practicing Gratitude has really been swirling around in my brain lately! I believe it is from the combination of the month of November, and remembering to be thankful, as well as the inspiration brewing from the Gratitude Junk Journal Workshop which began on November 1st.
So I started brainstorming the how’s and came up with a few ideas.
The ideas sparked a journal page:
First, I started by painting a plain cardboard box with some of the Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic in “Black Tie”.
I covered the entire box!
Once the paint was dry, I reinforced some of the corners a bit with washi tape (added some glue to the washi to make it a bit stronger).
I also cut a little “mail slot” in the top.
Then, I used some matte medium to adhere a piece of Decou-Page paper. This one looks like a music score. The reason I chose to use the Decou-Page paper here instead of an actual music score? The paper is thin, almost like a tissue paper, so it adheres to the box really easily. The music score would have a thicker page that would just be a little bit heavier to work with.
Next up, I used DecoArt’s Metallic Lustre to stencil and paint. The color on this one is called “Copper Kettle”. The metallic lustre is a waxy type of medium. I just used my fingers to apply it to the stencil and it worked *flawlessly*. I really think this stuff was made for stencils!
It also doesn’t take very long to dry, so that’s pretty nice too.
(The stencil used in the photo below is Andy Skinner’s “Made To Measure”)
I added some drips of the black tie paint, some glitter, and some embellishments.
The possibilities are endless!
(By the way, if you make a Gratitude Keepsake box I would love to see it! Be sure to leave a photo in the comments below!)