Faux Quilting = Real Collage

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Boutique Tissue Boxes

by Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow




Thank you for inviting me to be part of the Walnut Hollow/Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop. I decided to work on my all-time favorite Walnut Hollow surface, the Boutique Tissue Box!


Because I couldn’t decide between two possible color combinations I made a pair of boxes – Both start with the same base coat, but one is finished with a mix of bright Sunshine and jazzy Berry Iridescents (glaze) and the other with bright Sunshine. I chose from these colors for my basecoat.

Earth Safe Finishes

The minute I saw Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting stamps I knew that I wanted to approach them in an unexpected way. I left out the triangles, and instead of distinct squares I used the stamps to create random texture rather than individual pattern elements.


InkPadsThe Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter’s inkpad palette Ann created is bright and rich, six colors that work well together. In addition, they’re multi-surface inks, just right for paper collage and stamping on wood.


I wish you could see the boxes in person – the Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents, used to base coat and to glaze the boxes, sparkle with a subtle shine that is difficult to photograph! The palette is the same as the Crafter’s inkpads so you can’t miss no matter what combination you use.

A tip for beginners: Practice on the inside of the Tissue Box until you feel confident. It’s a good way to test color combinations and get the feel for how much ink or paint you need to use.



Walnut Hollow –

11360P Boutique Tissue box

Unity Stamps –

Faux Quilting by Ann Butler in 1” Diamonds & Plaid ANN-1030A and 2” Diamonds & Plaid ANN-1031A

Clearsnap –

ColorBox Crafter’s Inkpads by Ann Butler in Tangelo, Aquamarine, Limelight, Lilac, Berry and Sunshine

Earth Safe Finishes –

Iridescents by Ann Butler in Aquamarine, Berry, and Sunshine

Other –

1” flat paint brush; heat tool; 12” x 12” white mulberry paper; 1” and 2” acrylic blocks for temporarily mounting the stamps (stamp sets are mounted on cling foam)

Optional for Tassel –

Webster’s Pages Our Travels Collection by Adrienne Looman Globe Charm CH137; Tombow Power Tabs (one); assorted coordinating fibers



Base coat the Tissue Box with Aquamarine Iridescents. Air dry.

Using Berry, Lilac and Limelight inks and 1” Faux Quilting Stamps (squares only), randomly stamp a 12” x 12” piece of lightweight white mulberry paper for each tissue box, overlapping the stamped squares to create random texture. Don’t worry about getting perfect impressions. Mix it up: Stamp with heavy hand pressure, light hand pressure, a lot of ink, as well as second and third impressions (very little ink). Allow ink to dry or heat set with heat tool to speed the drying process.


For Version 1 (Aquamarine base coat, Sunshine Iridescents for the top coat):

Tear the stamped paper into pieces of varying sizes and create a random collage on the top and sides of the Tissue Box. Use Sunshine Iridescents to adhere as well as to coat and glaze the collage. Air dry.

For Version 2 (Aquamarine base coat, Sunshine and Berry Iridescents for the top coat*):Blog11

Tear the stamped paper into pieces of varying sizes and create a random collage on the top and sides of the Tissue Box. Use Berry Iridescents to adhere as well as to coat and glaze only HALF of the collage. Use Sunshine Iridescents to adhere and to coat and glaze the rest of the collage. Air dry. (*Berry is stronger than Sunshine, pattern doesn’t show through it as much as through Sunshine, that’s why Berry is only used to glaze half of the collage.)???????????????????????????????

For both Tissue Boxes: Using Aquamarine, Tangelo, and Sunshine inks and 2” Faux Quilting Stamps (the two diamond squares only, not the plaid square nor the triangles), randomly stamp the top and sides of the Tissue Box. Allow the stamped squares to overlap. Mix it up: Stamp with heavy hand pressure, light hand pressure, a lot of ink, as well as second and third impressions (very little ink). Heat set inks with heat too




Optional tassel: Knot assorted fibers to create a 4” long tassel. Tie a Globe or other charm onto the tassel. Secure the tassel and charm with a Tombow Power Tab, hiding the Tab behind the knot.



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Connie Hall

Irit Shalom

Kristi Parker

Larissa Pitman

Lisa Rojas

Paula DeReamer

Roberta Birnbaum

Steph Ackerman

Vishu Reberholt

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Jennifer Priest

Melissa Cash

27 thoughts on “Faux Quilting = Real Collage

  1. What a great use of the products….and a perfect functional item to have in the studio or anywhere in the house….love the mix of colors! Thanks for being part of the Blog Hop!

  2. Judi, you certainly have mastered designing these boutique tissue boxes…yet each design is absolutely unique from another!! LOVE the colors and pattern and of course that little globe charm! This is WONDERFUL!!

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  4. Thank you for the comments! I really do love Walnut Hollow’s Boutique Tissue Boxes, that’s for sure. Stamped mulberry paper tears so easily – this is a project I’m going to make more than once…different colors, same technique.

  5. Incredible! I have been making tissue boxes out of chipboard – THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER!!! Thank you for the fabulous project idea.

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