This printed box is made with a card box, woodburned stamps and DecoArt American Acrylic neon paints. The box is meant to hold keepsakes reminiscent of summer camp. I never stayed at a formal summer camp, but I went camping at a beach every year with church friends, as a teenager. While I missed out on the real kid summer camp experience, adult summer camps have been popping up all over the USA. This project is good for kids or kids at heart. The box is small enough to be stashed in your camp bag, but big enough to contain your mementos.
- Card Box
- Basswood Whittler’s Kit
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Sizzling Pink Neon
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Thermal Green Neon
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Electric Blue Neon
- Creative Versa-Tool
- Flat paint brush
- Detail paint brush
- Wax paper
- Paper plate
- White cardstock
- Cup of water
- Paper towels
- (Optional) Clear sealer
1) Use the pencil to draw simple designs on the smallest Basswood Whittler’s wood pieces. You can use two opposite sides. I found geometric shapes in a basic design, worked better than intricate, texture or abstract designs. If you want any words or letters, make sure to draw them in reverse, or they will be backwards when printed.
2) Screw the Calligraphy tip on the Creative Versa-Tool. Plug in the tool, and turn the heat to red/high. Let it warm up for a few minutes, so it’s all full temperature. I experimented with a few tips. I found the straight even edge of the Calligraphy tip created the best burned lines for the stamps. Be careful while using the Creative Versa-Tool. Never touch the hot metal and keep your fingers back on the guard.
3) Press the Calligraphy tip straight down on your drawn line, letting the tip sink into the wood as it burns. Pick the tip up. Repeat this along each line. You can run the tip along the lines, to straighten them out. Woodburn all of your stamp designs.
4) To make the circles, I used the Flow Point. You need to turn the Creative Versa-Tool off and let it cool down. Use pliers to unscrew the Calligraphy tip. Lay that tip on the Creative Versa-Tool’s storage box. Use pliers to screw the Flow Point onto the tool. Be careful not to touch the metal part, as it might still be very hot. Be careful while handling the tips with the pliers, so you don’t scratch the tips.
5) Lay a piece of wax paper under the Card box. Open the box lid. Insert a piece of folded wax paper in between the box lid and bottom.
6) Squeeze some of each color onto the paper plate. Using the flat brush, paint the Card Box top outside and inside Thermal Green Neon, bottom outside and inside Sizzling Pink Neon.
7) Rinse the brush with the cup of water. Dry the brush with a paper towel. Repeat this every time you change colors, and when you’re finished with the project.
8) With the detail brush, paint inside edges Electric Blue Neon.
9) Decide your print lay out, so you know which stamps to use where, on the box. I used the long stamps around the box sides, but also on the lid outside and inside. I used the other rectangles inside and outside of the box.
10) Using the flat paint brush, apply an even layer of paint onto a stamp. It’s ok if it sinks into the cracks, but you don’t want the cracks filled with paint. Test your design by stamping it onto white cardstock. If your stamp is printing well, add another even layer of paint and stamp onto your box. Press it down flat. Lift the stamp to reveal your printed design. Repeat this step with all your desired stamps, covering the box inside and outside with printed designs. Use contrasting colors, so the prints show up the best.
11) Let your 1st printed layer dry. Add a 2nd printed layer if desired, remembering to switch the stamps and color placement. Let this layer dry.
12) Using the detail paint brush, define the stamp details where desired. Fill in stamp gaps with lines and dots. The layers of designs and colors give the finished box a global art look.
13) Optionally, you can seal the box with a clear sealer of your choice. I haven’t done this. Both spray or paint on sealers are good. Avoid the inside edges if possible, or the box will stick when closed.
Camp is a place where you can do things together. This would be a great group projects, where you share your custom stamps and decorate individual boxes. I used these stamps on a wood box, but they can use used on paper and fabric too. Decorate some camp postcards to send home, or shirts to wear at camp…or after too. What ever you do, have fun creating memories together.
Abby has been an artist and crafter since she was a young child. She has been sewing and creating for 30 years. She has a degree in Fashion Design. She started her blog, Crafty Lady Abby in 2009, as a way of documenting her creations and motivating herself. She creates tutorials to share her creative knowledge and empower others to be creative. She tracks fashion and craft trends, writing about international fashion weeks, rounding up projects, and creating her own.