Thursday, May 26, 2016

Father's Day Cigar Box with Gel Press™

Welcome to our "Just For Him" blog hop with Gel Press™!  Please take time to hop through all the great blogs of our designers for inspiration.  Then go the the Gel Press Blog and leave a comment as to which blog gave you the most inspiration!  We will draw a random winner from the comments to win a prize from Gel Press™!!!

Most of my art is bright, flowery, whimsical, etc.  Since, it's Father's Day, it's time to do something a little more masculine.

Every man needs a little box on his dresser to keep his keys, phone, money.....and pictures of you, of course.  My husband and I do not have any children....but he is the father to our doggie and two chickens.

Here's my take on a "man" box.

List of Supplies

8" X 8" box from the craft store (I removed the latch from the front because I know my husband and he can't be bothered with latches)
Americana Acrylic Paints - Raw Umber, Mustard Seed, Bleached Sand, Titanium White
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Red
Regular White Paper
12" X 14" Gel Press™ Plate
Woodgrain tool
Scrapbook paper (I chose one with stamps and one with a map of Europe)
Decou-Page Matte Medium
Book pages
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Black Pens
Mixwax Polyurathane - Glossy

Make the Gel Press™ Prints

Three "Woodgrain" prints. 

Dab your base colors on the plate. For this one, I used Mustard Seed and Bleached Sand.

Brayer it out......

And, make a pull.

I made two other base prints, one using Raw Umber, and one using Quinacridone Magenta/Quinacridone Red

Now, dab some Burnt Sienna and Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold onto the plate......brayer it out.

To achieve the woodrain pattern - Using the woodgrain tool, Run it across the plate in rows to simulate wooden planks.

Put your original print onto the plate, and make a pull.

Do the same thing on the other two prints.  I used Raw Umber over the Magenta/Red base print, and Mustard Seed and Bleached Sand over the Raw Umber base print.

I also made a "one pull" print using Bahama Blue, Ultra Blue Deep, and Titanium White.  (The "teal-ish" print in the photo below was not used in the project.)

For the Sides and Top

Cut the wood grain prints to fit the box.  My box was 8" X 8", so my "wooden planks" were 2.66' X 8"

Measure the sides of the boxes and cut the "stamp" scrapbook paper to fit. Cut little notches in the pieces for the back of the box to allow for the hinges.

Cut the map to size (mine is 4" X 4").....cut book page 1/2 inch larger than the map....and the blue print 1/2 larger than the book page.  Using the Ranger Black Archival Ink, rub along edges of map, Gel Press™ print, and book page, to create an aged look.



Adhere the papers to the box with Decou-Page.

Using a black pen, I "painted" all of the tiny, exposed, wood around the edges.

Then adhered the map piece to the top with Decou-Page.

Apply a coat of polyurethane (or a couple coats, if you wish) to the box.

I hope that you enjoyed this project!  Make one for the man in your life. HOP on over to the next great Gel Press™ project!!

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Want a bonus chance to win a prize from Gel Press™?  Between now and Father's Day (June 19, 2016) create your own "Just For Him" project and post it on our Facebook page Gel Press Junkies!  Everyone that plays along will be entered in a drawing as well.  Yes, we would love you to use a Gel Press™ in your entry- but you don't have to! Just make a fabulous project featuring Fathers Day and post it!  Maybe you will win a Gel Press™! 
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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