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Sisters Decorated Box — Designer: Susan Cobb

Designer Tip: To make the photos stand up for a 3-dimensional look, I created a tab by folding a small piece of cardstock in half; then I glued one half of the tab to the back of the photo near the bottom of the photo, and glued the bottom of the extended half of the tab to the box.

I used paint to color the Artisan Elements in several different ways:

Cover the piece with one color of paint, filling in all the white spaces, cover the piece with one or 2 colors of paint, leaving white recessed areas, cover the piece with one or 2 colors of paint, let it dry slightly and then remove excess with a paper towel for a mottled water color look (aqua element on bottom left, and blue bracket on right edge), cover the piece with one color, let it dry, then lightly sponge on a second color.


  • 5 1/2” square Configurations box (link)
  • Vintage Shabby Paper Stack (link)
  • Artisan Elements: Ornaments (link), Borders (link), Swirls (link)
  • Paper Girl Trims, Die Cut Collection, and Eclectic Chipboard Alphabets (link)
  • White Wild Flowers (link)
  • Brown ink pad (link)
  • Zots™ (link)
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Acrylic paints: chocolate brown, pink, aqua, light blue
  • Foam cosmetic sponge wedges
  • Font: Sudestada


  1. Paint the outside plus inside edges of the box lid, then paint the inside and front edges of the individual boxes and let dry. Cut paper in a variety of colors to fit the inside areas of the boxes as desired, ink edges, and glue in place. Add die cuts or pieces of larger die cuts as shown.
  2. Paint flowers, chipboard and Artisan Elements with the sponge wedges using the tips above and let dry. Add to box as shown. Layer painted flowers over other pieces. Glue chipboard number at the sides and bottom with tacky glue. Add photos, ribbons, and flowers to the box and lid.
  3. Cut a tag from textured paper and ink the edges. Write or computer print a word on the tag and glue as shown. Add Artisan Element rose border to front edge of boxes as shown. Remove protective covering from plastic insert, and place it over the front of the box, then add the lid.

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