Monday, 7 August 2017

Nautical Treasures - by Claudia

I can't get enough of ocean themed projects at the moment! This time I am sharing one of Calico Craft Parts' lovely "Trinket Boxes" in nautical style.

I was mainly inspired by the designer paper I found in my stash and the beautiful Galleon Boat - the first was a find from rummaging through my stash (in search for something else of course) and the latter had been sitting on my table for the last when I saw them both on my desk side by side they suddenly formed the idea for this trinket box to keep my treasures in.

Calico Craft Parts used:

- MDF Trinket Box Kit - Style 2
- Galleon Boat MDF Wood Shape - Style 7
- Word Elements - Summer & Seaside
- Ships Wheel MDF Wood Shape - Style 1
- Sheet of Mini MDF Nautical Motifs - Style 6

The designer paper's colours were my lead, so I aimed for browns, yellowed whites and coral pink mainly.

I measured the bottom and top panels of the trinket box so I could cut two sheets of designer paper to size and glue them to the box lid and inner bottom. 

I used matte Decou-Page (as always) and once that was dry I grabbed a sanding block to sand the excess off. I sealed the designer paper with a layer of matte Decou-Page. 

The box was assembled and set aside to dry. 

The Trinket Box Kit comes with shapes for feet and handles, but I had this lovely ships wheel in my Calico Craft Parts "treasure chest" that I wanted to use, so I combined parts of the box kit with that to form the handle. 

I also glued four little feet to the bottom of the dry box after I had painted the outside with DecoArt Americana Coral Blush acrylic paint (I forgot to take a picture of that I'm afraid).  

The little shell shapes had been sealed with matte Decou-Page too before I applied a thin layer of white DecoArt media Crackle Paint to them with a palette knife. I also scraped some onto the box lid here and there. 

While the shells and box lid were set aside to dry I dry brushed some white DecoArt Acrylic Gesso to the Word Element and the Galleon Boat. 

Once the crackling process was finished I added washes of DecoArt media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to the shells, the box lid and the dry brushed Craft Parts. 

I used DecoArt media Liquid Glass as a glue to add a rough cord border to the box lid. 

The back of the Galleon Boat got a coat of Coral Blush paint as well. The insides of the box were left untreated. 

I also partially scraped on some white Gesso to the glued on cord and toned that down with another wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. A little glued on half pearl was added to finish everything off. My Galleon Boat was ready to set sail! Yay! 

Some detail shots:

and once more the finished trinket box:

Hm......I think I might keep this one ;) 

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. I also love ocean themed creations and this box seems to be made with great findings, from the idea to the final result. i love the cord and the details you added.

  2. I love the touches of crackle, the cord around the lid and the beautiful, coral on this little treasure. I've been thinking nautical lately too! xx

  3. Fantastic distressing on the map, especially that gorgeous weathered crackle! And I love the rope frame around it. Lovely work as always.
    Alison x

  4. Thank you so much for your kind words, Alison and Julie Ann! Hugs Claudia xxx