I knew as soon as I seen the cigar box what I was going to do with it, because it has been one of those projects I've been planning on creating for a while. I wanted to make a gift card set for my sweet mother-in-laws birthday in november and had been considering what I would store them in.
I used "Butterfly Collector" and an art stencil - "Botanical Swirls", by Layers of Color.
This project was a little messy to create, but worth it. I could have just used patterned paper, but wanted more of a handmade, textured feel. So, I created my own background.
I honestly wasn't sure where I was going when I began the process and the end result was an accumulation of errors and layering color until I got the look I wanted. So I will describe the process the best that I can, but know that what you should take from this is that sometimes you just have to sit down and play with color and mediums until you get the look you want. My first panel turned out horrible. But I learned from that and I'm very pleased with the results of my second panel.
I started with a heavy cold pressed watercolor paper and trimmed to the size of the top of the box. I watered down some acrylic paint, Making Memories Wisteria and brushed it over the paper. I completely covered it with this wash and then let it dry. Then I used my stencil to create some texture. I used stencil adhesive, but the modeling paste is so thick, it might not be necessary. Sorry, I haven't tested it. With a palette knife (Just a plastic knife with a bent handle for easier handling. Found in local craft store in the art section for about $1. Well worth it, because that angled handled really helps) I spread light modeling paste (also found in the art section of local craft store) over the stencil. Use the palette knife to level the paste and wipe off the excess. Let this dry. I really rushed mine and used a heat gun to help it along, because I had to move the stencil over to cover the entire panel. You can see the raised area's created with the modeling paste a little better in this photo.
I realized that I needed something in the corners so I found this really awesome Sizzlet set with decorative corners, Architectural Accents Set. I think they turned out great!