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Mixed Media Box Tutorial

Mixed Media Box
          Hi friends, sharing a box I recycled and altered using simple mixed media techniques.The Taj Mahal is such a beautiful monument  and universal symbol of love that I think it's only fitting I use this box for memorabilia !
          Here is the  toy packaging box I altered by giving a nice coating of gesso and decoupaging a DCWV Mariposa paper onto it leaving a white border all around.
Box Recycling 
Used a Taj Mahal Stencil I had picked up from the local market way back in 2011 and featured in one of my early Tutorials : Stencil Art Tutorial and in this Taj Mahal Pop Up Card 
Stencil Tutorial 
Used a wonderful black embossing paste from Dreamweaver and spread a thick uniform layer over the stencil taped in place over the DCWV mariposa pattern paper

Stencil Tutorial 
Tip : Do not scrape off excess embossing paste while the stencil is taped on your project but do so only after lifting it off and placing it on another surface.
Stencil Tutorial 
You get a nice crisp embossing even with the rather thin delicate Taj Mahal stencil that I used [ This stencil is made of rather flimsy material and I think this may very well be its last crafty outing!]
Stencil Tutorial 
Once the central design is dry, use a contrasting white texture paste  to stencil patterns on the corners of the box. I used a gorgeous Carabelle Studio Geometry stencil .
Stencil Tutorial 
Love the beautiful texture the stencilled pattern gave to the already beautiful paper.
Stencil Tutorial
And here is the closeup of the lovely stencilled Taj Mahal.
Mixed Media Box

And here is the side profile of the box showing the stencilling with borders made using  paper flowers,die cut leaves, crystal flowers[ the same ones I used in the Crystal Flower bouquet Tutorial ] and a few pearls and sequins.
Mixed Media Box
My altered box is rather simple but then something as beautiful as the Taj Mahal needs few embellishments!
Mixed Media Box
I hope you liked my simple Mixed Media Box...do tell me how it is

Supplies : Almost everything is from Crafters Corner
Stencils :Carabelle Studio Geometry, Taj Mahal Stencil
Ranger Texture Paste
Dreamweaver's Matt Black Embossing Paste
Dies : Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves ,Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip,Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings die and stamp

42 comments:

  1. Awesome altered box Sonia!! I love the way you did the Taj Mahal in the dark raised and framed with the pretty swirled white corners! It turned out beautiful :)

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  2. This is absolutely stunning, Sonia!! The Taj Mahal looks amazing!! (I hope you can get a few more uses out of that beautiful stencil!!) The swirls on the corners and the flowers are gorgeous!! I love, love this!! So fabulous my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Wow, gorgeous box! I love your tutorial to:) Great job and beautiful details!
    Sherrie K

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  4. Love it Sonia!Love all the elements - beautiful colour combo.
    Hugs,
    Bev x

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  5. very beautiful Sonia,love the pretty blue and white .....no pink this time :) and the blue flowers are gorgeous, handmade ??love the perfect stenciling !!

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    1. Hehe yeah no pink this time .The blue flowers are from Raja Market Bangalore...made of lovely fabric!

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  6. Wunderschön liebe Sonia
    glg Gertrude

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  7. Wonderful Sonia! Yes the Taj Mahal looks beautiful.

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    1. WOW Sindhu so nice of you to drop in!!

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  8. So beautiful is your Taj Mahal, Dr Sonia! Great tutorial and those corners just pop up fabulously!
    xxx Margreet

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  9. Fabulous Sonia..makes me want to go and find empty or empty full boxes and cover them..this technique would make the boxes stronger too wouldn't it..love the decorative corners and wonderful stencil of the Taj Mahal..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  10. WOW WOW WOW, what wonderful stencilling, this is so very beautiful. Love the corners and the Taj Mahal
    Faith
    x

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  11. This is gorgeous Sonia, beautiful blues and great dimension.
    Pauline
    x

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  12. Wonderful altered box! My hubby went to visit the Taj Mahal whilst on a business trip many years ago but it was shut :D! It's a shame the stencil has had it's last outing as it is a lovely stencil. Debra x

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  13. Fab recycling and so beautiful box with your stencil and the pretty flowers! The Taj Mahal looks great!!

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  14. Wow, it is so elegant, love the coloures and the beautiful desigin!!
    Thank you for youre coments ♥
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  15. this is so nice!
    have a great day!
    hugs

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  16. i love the beauty of this elegant piece :)

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  17. Your stenciling is absolutely awesome, Dr.Sonia and what a great makeover. Truly amazing :)

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  18. Beautiful box Sonia. Excellent recycle idea and a great tutorial. hugs :)

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  19. Love the texture on the Taj Mahal, an elegant design for your box.
    Julie x

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  20. this is stunning makeover, thank you for all the tips about stenciling!

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  21. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! This looks amazing!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Stunning and love the tips about stenciling. I need more info about stenciling and learning from you.

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  23. Stunning box and great tutorial Sonia..Loz

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  24. Wonderful...
    Love everything.

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  25. This is so gorgeous! Perfect sky blue background to the beautiful Taj Mahal! And the cluster of flowers and leaves diecuts looks amazing! Design with geometry stencil gave it a fabulous dreamy look! Love this project, so unique & different!

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  26. Cool project and great tutorial! Thank you!

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  27. Lovely box. I really like the texture on the building and the corners. hugs, Teresa

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  28. This is extraordinary, my talented friend! The stencil work is stunning... I am beyond in love with texture paste and I am mesmerized by the sheer volume of it on your piece, especially as the focal point. Inspiring as always, in every facet of color and design. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  29. Hi Sonia, I like this elegant creation so very much. Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments I have seen and I think the roses at the corners make it stand out even more. SUPER!

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  30. Oh this is beautiful!! Makes the TAJ look amazing!!! :)
    Suchi xx

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  31. Stunning & Beautiful! Very creative! I love it!!
    Have a blessed day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  32. Just stunning. Cara x

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  33. Beautiful project and love the finished box and tutorial, hugs, Lori m

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  34. Such a wonderful tutorial for recycling a box to feature the Taj Mahal! Sonia, it's beautiful! Hugs, de

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  35. Well this is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  36. So amazing to see how a box could be turned into something so magical as this pretty object. What a lovely way to show off the wonderfully beautiful silhouette of this design, and I hope you can find another stencil like this to replace the one, if you must discard it. The dark texture of the silhouette is impressive against the blue background. Love the subtle wave pattern stencils in the corners, with those gorgeous blue flowers. Just so luscious. TFS & Have a great week.

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  37. This is lovely!! Love the Taj Mahal stenciling!!

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  38. This is so beautiful Sonia...Love the colors and stencil...

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