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Friday 21 June 2019

Tissuepaper Book Box tutorial by Astrid

Hello friends and welcome for our tutorial post here at AVJ. As the host for this month's challenge, it is my turn to share a tutorial for the project I made for that..
As you may remember, I altered one of these bookboxes that I am using to keep my wax seal stamps in. So let's get started:
Here you can see what the box looked like to start with. To cover it I used an old technique using scraps of plain tissue paper to end up with a sort of leather look surface.
I tore a hug pile of tissue scraps, the fact that they have this strange colour is just due to the bad lighting when I took the photo, they are actually white.
I adhered them to all sides of the box, including the spine of course, using gel medium.

I then gave it all a coat of clear gesso and then coloured everything with a mix of Distress Oxide Sprays and Decoart Media paints, until eventually I was more or less happy with the result, and then promptly forgot to take a photo of that stage, - sorry.

While the box was drying I started work on the front panel.
I adhered a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap to a piece of card with Collage Medium and then toned it down with some Decoart Media Translucent White paint, gently removing some areas with a slightly damp baby wipe.

I then turned to the inside of the box. I covered the inside of the lid with a piece of rice paper from Stamperia.
I then used Distress crayons and collage elements to add further interest.
First I used a stencil and texture past, then I added some washi and parts of paper serviettes (all further examples of tissue paper of course) and finally finished it with a wax seal.

I used similar elements for the front panel, moving collage elements around until I was happy with the final composition  and then adhered the panel to the front of the box.
The final stage was to highlight some of the raised  bits created with the tissue paper with Treasure Gold gilding paste and then to fill my box with my ever groing collection of wax seal stamps. I love how wax seals can create a finishing touch to collage projects and journals, and using them has definitely become somewhat of an addiction...
Well that's it from me for today. There is still plenty of time to add your own tissue paper project to our challenge and we would love to see what you can come up with!

Thank you so much for your visit today and hopefully see you next week when one of us will share a creative card making post with us all here.


  1. A terrific tutorial , Astrid and it was great to see and read all about the fabulous transformation of your plain brown box. You have created a lovely new home for your wonderful wax seals .
    Have a lovely weekend

    Amanda x

  2. This recycled book box is gorgeous Astrid! I love your tutorial! Alsways interesting and inspirational to see one of your projects come together! Love the colours and love the texture from the tissue papers! A wonderful new home for your wax seals! hugs xx

  3. Te quedó precioso y mezclando un montón de técnicas. Te felicito

  4. So may scrumptious layers and textures. I love the shimmering leathery cover and great collaging on the front. A great tutorial for a beautiful tissuey project.
    Alison x

  5. A fabulous alteration to the box Astrid and thank you for sharing all the wonderful details x a real treasure for your beautiful wax stamps xx
    Huge hugs Annie x

  6. Astrid, this is beautiful. I've never seen the leather-look technique you did but it's now a must-try on my list.

  7. That is so beautiful abd creative!☺

  8. This is really gorgeous Astrid. You took a plain book (well cardboard cover) and made it something special! Hugs-Erika

  9. what a wonderful place to keep your sealing wax supplies Astrid! So pretty with all the layered items on your cover! xx

  10. What an AMAZING tutorial Astrid! Fantastic ! Thank you!
    Susi xxx

  11. So lovely to see how this beautiful project came together. A great tutorial Astrid ! Toni xx

  12. This box looks so Amazing Astrid. Never used wax or seals before so maybe a tutorial on this would be good. you must be so proud of this beautiful box and all the different techniques you used to make it so special. See you Tomorrow my friend. Hugs Rita xx

  13. Wow, I loved seeing how this all came together! It looks like you had so much fun with all the different techniques and the tissue paper added such a beautiful texture 😁. It's a stunning make and a fabulous place to keep those treasured wax stamps in - perfect! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  14. Wow Astrid! this tutorial is absolutely wonderful and you created a new obsession: rice paper from Stamperia!!!! Fabulous work, amazing tutorial! barbara

  15. What a fabulous tutorial, Astrid! Your box is beautiful, and it's fun to see how you make the magic in your craft room. Love the delicious texture on the background and that lovely rice paper from Stamperia. What a great place to store your wax stamps! Hugs!

  16. This is beautiful! Thanks for the idea!