Ocean Box and Mould Magic

Ocean theme Altered Box
          Hi friends sharing a vintage Ocean themed Altered Box in which I have incorporated dozens of crafty techniques and products. Its a long post so just scroll down flipping through the photos and pause to read about any part you find interesting! Would love to have your comments though!
Shell Craft
       I used a gorgeous paper from DCWV Ciao Bella stack that had a beautiful image of a vintage ship sailing and used it to line my box.  Used the dry brush technique to put shiny acrylic gold paint splats all over the paper.
       Altered a silver compass charm with acrylic gold paint[ local brand] to match my vintage nautical theme
        All the shells on this box were collected from family holidays at the beach over the years! [I love shells and get hopelessly excited like a child on spotting a shell on the beach!]
        The water droplets you see all over my box are actually made of resin...and no I didnt purposely go ahead and make them but they are a result of resin spills during my resin experiments...they do look charming dont they?
Golden Embossed Sun
          What is the sea with out the sun?!! I altered a chipboard sun with gold embossing powder and gave a partial dabbing with acrylic gold paint and a few drops of golden liquid pearls.
Shell Craft
        The other corner of the box lid has a net [ recycled vegetable packaging!], more favorites from my shell collection , a shell shaped bead [from my daughter's bead jewelry making set] and a golden anchor.
Resin Crafts
        On the front of the box is the beautiful and apt sentiment " Dream Big" from the same paper collection. I think the oceans are so dreamy and inspiring and must have inspired many souls over the ages!
Resin Crafts
         I made this beautiful oval resin embellishment in clear resin and placed a turquoise oval surrounded by golden paper behind it to give it a multicolored hue! Wrapped a golden chain of rhinestone crystals around it to make it shimmer even more!
Resin Crafts
         The shiny silver waves are cut from glitter foam using a Cheery Lynn  die and I added chunky blue glitter along the edge of the lid.
Foam Craft
The big pearly white "seaweed" was made using this mold and white glue sticks!
Glue Gun Craft
You can read how I did it here : Porcelain tutorial
Glue Gun Crafts
         And yes hung a little lamp to shed light during stormy dark nights !
Resin Crafts
          And my favorite Resin Dolphin which you saw in my Ocean Photo frame too!
Resin Crafts
         I made all the Resin embellishments in this project using local Resin [seen in the 2 big cans in the photo above] and silicon moulds [meant for chocolates!]. I have been experimenting with resin for some time now and its so addictive to make all the fun resin embellishments right at home. Will share a tips and tutorial post soon!
Clay and Resin
        This is the side of the box and stars a clay star fish I had made earlier and salvaged from our fish tank decoration project .

Metal Lamp Charm
          The shimmering green leaves were cut from textured foam [ amazing what treasures you can get on a trip to the local market !] using Cheery Lynn  olive branch  and I hung the magic lamp from a piece of pearl mat! I somehow always associate the sea with a bit of magic!
Resin and Foam Craft
          The sea weed is  heat embossed chipboard and Cheery Lynn  foam die cuts. All the glistening water droplets are resin drops!
Resin Crafts
         And that is the other side of the with a big Resin sea horse surrounded by resin sea weeds on a textured background !
Resin Crafts
         The beautiful glistening little beads you see were created using glass beads gel. You can read more about it here : Texture Media Experiments
Resin crafts
        When I made the Resin sea horse and seaweeds seen here I added a bit of glitter  before the resin set in the mould ! I added pearly blue acrylic paint on parts of the base of the seahorse so that the sea horse looks blue - green and shimmers when you look at it from different directions!
Ocean Themed Box
I hope you like my altered Ocean themed Box.
Dies : Cheery Lynn  waves from At the beach, Cheery Lynn  Olive Branch
Paper : DCWV Ciao Bella
Misc :WOW Gold Embossing Powder ,Acrylic Gold Paint
White Glue Sticks : Itsy Bitsy [ address and links here : Craft Supply Stores India]
Liquid Pearls Gold, Liquitex Glass Beads Gel : Crafters Corner
Resin : Devi and Co , Bangalore[ address here : Craft Supply Stores India]
Edited This project was featured at Pixie's Playground and was lucky winner at Unstampabelles Sun theme


  1. What a beautiful box you have created here with so many wonderful details and design elements using such interesting techniques. Definitely a keepsake box and beautiful gift.

  2. Super resin embellishments Sonia and it's a gorgeous box, so many different areas of interest and the netting with the shells is a great idea to carry the ocean feel.

    B x

  3. My jaw hit the floor here Sonia! This is utterly exquisite - so much beautiful detail, I adore it! I can't stop scrolling up and down just gazing at all the beautiful photos. Crumbs, so much talent!


    Di xx

  4. So beautiful and love all those wonderful eembellishments! TFS

  5. WOW! This is amazing Sonia. I Love all the elements you have added and the recycled vegetable netting is perfect..Loz

  6. Wow the box is just amazing!!! love it...the water droplets idea is awesome

  7. What a beautiful decorative box. I love all the 3D embellishments and petty die cuts! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  8. You did a wonderful job using the glue sticks & resin. Not done that sort of thing with glue sticks and not used resin at all.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  9. Stunning Sonia..love the hot glue stars and weed..[ off to find chocolate moulds]...love all the shells and beads and that little lantern is adorable..the textures and colours are fabulous..what a great project.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  10. How wonderful Sonia, a really lovely project, I love all your little detail, especially the little charm, lovely!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  11. You must have had so much fun making this beautiful project, Sonia! It is wonderful! hugs, de

  12. Wow!! This is such a lovely project!! Love every fine detail in it!! The resin embellishments are gorgeous!! Nice collection of shells. It makes you feel kid-like and make you really enjoy the beach trip right? :) Thanks for sharing this with us at the Unstampabelles.
    Moxie Craftie
    Unstampabelles DT

  13. Hi Sonia, what a magical treasure chest with so many great techniques used and I bet your daughter has her eye on this for her room. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  14. A super project Sonia, so many fabulous details.

  15. Wow! This is a treasure trove of creativity... just like YOU! :o) Everything is stunning and comes together to form a beautiful work of art. Thank you for inspiring us with every detail. Have a wonderful day, Sonia. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  16. This is beautiful. Love all those resin pieces and your resin water drops look were a perfect touch

  17. Oh wow, my friend, this is amazing!! All of the details are just spectacular!! I am in love the with resin dolphin!! The unintentional water drops add such a fabulous touch!! Everything you added is just perfect!! What an amazing box this is!! Wow!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  18. Another stunning make so lovingly put together. I enjoyed reading all about it and looking at the close ups of all thee sides of the box and lid. I'm off to follow the links on the how too's. Hugs Mrs A.

  19. Sooooo gorgeous! LOVING all the sea goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Wow what a fun and wonderful project !!! Loved seeing your photos of the process and I have got to get some resin... I know I will love working with it !. Thank you for creating with us at Unruly Paper Arts

  21. You are certainly on a roll with the resin bits and the sun! Love your little treasure box from the sea - so very charming (no pun intended!). Thanks for sharing with us again at Unstampabelles.

  22. Wow. So unique. This box is so interesting with so many details. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you

  23. What a beautiful altered box. It' s a pleasure looking at all the lovely details and reading about the techniques you used.

  24. Wow this is fantastic Sonia. I enjoyed looking at all the detail you have added. I think you must have enjoyed creating it too. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Unstampabelles. The sun is amazing!!! Wynn DT

  25. Very pretty! I have tried moulding with mod podge collage clay & dimensional magic, dimensional magic turned awesome but collage clay was not perfect but okay.. Its always fun creating & crafting. Decorating boxes & gift boxes is always interesting! you did great job my friend :)

  26. What a plethora of interesting, hand-crafted items on this. I love all the different techniques you used for embellishments. The hot-glue and silicon molds idea really interests me. I love that cute lantern too, as well as the seed-bead bubbles and fish net. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  27. Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  28. Another stunning design project, I love your new resin embellishments. Gorgeous!
    Hugs, Lori m

  29. Stunning project.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Sentiment as Focal Point' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  30. Your box is just beautiful! I love the paper you used and all of the beautiful embellishments.

  31. Wow! That was a lot of work and a LOT of handmade embellishments. It looks so cool. Hope you have some special treasure to keep in this amazing box. Hugs!

  32. Beautiful project! I love all of the details!

  33. This is amazing! Love all the details on your ocean theme! Carri~Abusybee

  34. Wow!! Wonderful box!! Love your resin embellishments, expecially the seahorse and the dolphin! All gorgous and so sweet! You rock as always!!

  35. Incredible, Sonia, seriously incredible!! Hugs, Darnell

  36. Wow! No words !
    I will also try the resin techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Wow... So many wonderful details. What a wonderful idea :)
    Have a good day :)

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  39. This is soooo pretty I love all the detail on it! Thank you so much for taking the time to enter our challenge at the Cheery Lynn designs blog hugs Amy ;-)

  40. Oh dear this is so adorable
    so many lovely Embellishment
    and so much time to do I guess
    again two thumbs up
    I have that white glue stick too and never used it like you did
    thanks for sharing your tips Doc

  41. love this Sonia !! the glass beads gel and all the sea theme resin pieces , loved the paper you have used for this !!

  42. Sonia this is such a stunning treasure box, there are so many wonderful details to explore and admire on this. So beautifully done and just perfect for our Nautical Theme at Unruly PaperArts this month. Thanks so much for joining us. Danie xx

  43. Lovely box - such lovely details!
    How beautiful - I love all the gold!
    Thanks for joining us at The Unstampabelles October Challenge - we hope to see you again in November.
    Jen Leeflang
    Unstampabelles DT


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