Gilded Owl Keepsake Box – Stencils, Gilding, Mica and More

Gilded Owl Keepsake Box – Stencils, Gilding, Mica and More2017-12-27T11:24:00-05:00

Project Description

Giveaway Time!

USArtQuest StencilGirl Fall 2015 GiveawayThis project is part of the USArtQuest & StencilGirl Blog Hop – and what would a blog hop be without a giveaway! We’re giving away USArtQuest Decorative Papers and Perfect Pigment Acrylics and a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate to one lucky winner! Just leave a comment on this project to be entered. For even more chances to win, visit all 8 blog posts and leave a comment on each one! One comment per project. Each comment is an entry! Comments close on September 19th @ 11:59PM Central. Here are the 8 links:

What You’ll Learn

This project is packed with techniques, including three different ways to use stencils!

  • Using a stencil with double-sided adhesive paper and gilding/mica glitter
  • Using a stencil with paint
  • Using a stencil with embossing paste
  • Creating shades of acrylic paint
  • Creating custom colored embossing paste

Gilded Owl Keepsake Box

 

Materials Used

Gilded Owl & Moon

Box

How To Make a Gilded Owl

  1. Make a photocopy of  the Three Owls and a Branch Stencil. I put a sheet of light blue paper behind it when I copied it so I could see the details in the stencil.
  2. Trace around the owl using a thick marker. The goal is to outline the silhouette of the owl.
  3. Photocopy the tracing and cut out the silhouette.
  4. Cut out a rectangle of Cut Bond Create big enough to fit the owl silhouette. Peel off the backing sheet and apply it to a piece of black cardstock.
  5. Trace the owl silhouette on to the Cut Bond Create that’s applied to the black cardstock and cut it out using scissors. You should now have an owl silhouette that has cardstock on the back and Cut Bond Create on the front.
  6. Peel off the front of the Cut Bond Create to expose the adhesive.
  7. Carefully lay the Three Owls and a Branch Stencil on to the exposed adhesive. Center it on the silhouette. You should have a border as thick as the marker line that’s covered by the stencil.
  8. Lay pieces of Gildenglitz on to the exposed adhesive until it is all covered.
  9. Burnish the Gildenglitz with the Texture Sponge until there are no loose pieces. Remember to reclaim any Gildenglitz you burnish off. You can use those bits and pieces next time you gild!
  10. Slowly pull off the Three Owls and a Branch Stencil. I found it easiest to turn the piece upside down (so the stencil was against my work surface) and peel the cardstock away from the stencil. Try to avoid touching the exposed adhesive as much as possible so it doesn’t loose it’s stickiness.
  11. Sprinkle Mica D’Lights on the exposed adhesive. This “closes” all the exposed adhesive and “fills in” the lines that were covered by the stencil.
  12. Polish your gilded owl by going over it with cotton balls in a circular motion.

How To Make a Gilded Moon

  1. Cut out a square of Cut Bond Create big enough to fit a circle as big as you want your moon. Peel off the backing sheet and apply it to a piece of black cardstock.
  2. Trace a circle on to the Cut Bond Create that’s applied to the black cardstock and cut it out using scissors. You should now have a circle that has cardstock on the back and Cut Bond Create on the front.
  3. Peel off the front of the Cut Bond Create to expose the adhesive.
  4. Lay pieces of Gildenglitz on to the exposed adhesive until it is all covered.
  5. Burnish the Gildenglitz with the Texture Sponge until there are no loose pieces. Remember to reclaim any Gildenglitz you burnish off. You can use those bits and pieces next time you gild!
  6. Polish your gilded moon by going over it with cotton balls in a circular motion.

How To Prepare the Cigar Box Base

  1. Clean the Cigar Box to prepare it for painting by removing any loose labels, etc. If the box is very glossy, applying a coat of gesso (black gesso would be even better!) might make it easier to paint.
  2. Paint the entire box, inside and out, with Mars Black Perfect Pigment. Let dry thoroughly.
  3. Using a makeup sponge, dab Titanium White Perfect Pigment through the Night Sky Stencil on the cover of the box to create the stars. I like to put a very small amount of paint on Studio Paper and use that as my palette as it makes it much easier to dab paint on/off the makeup sponge. Let dry thoroughly.
  4. Stencil leaves around the sides of the box using three shades of green Perfect Pigment.
    1. Put three small “puddles” of Dark Green Perfect Pigment on a piece of Studio Paper.
    2. Add a very small amount of Wheat Perfect Pigment to one puddle of Dark Green. Mix well.
    3. Add a very small amount of Marks Black Perfect Pigment to another puddle of Dark Green. Mix well.
    4. Now you have three shades of green that will work well together since they all have the same base – Dark Green!
    5. Use a different makeup sponge for each puddle and stencil different size leaves around the sides of the box. I stenciled one color at a time, dried it with a heat gun, and then moved on to another color.
  5. Create a blue glaze by mixing Dark Blue Perfect Pigment with Clear Perfect Glaze. Remember, for it to be translucent, you must use more glaze than paint. As soon as the paint “overpowers” the glaze, you’ll start to get an opaque color. I like mixing the glaze on a piece of Studio Paper. Brush the glaze over the top of the box to create a dark blue night sky. Let dry thoroughly.

How To Create the Textured Branch and Leaves

  1. Apply masking tape to the Three Owls and a Branch Stencil to cover up the leaves and anything close to the branch.
  2. Create a dark brown embossing paste by mixing 101 Artist’s Cement Light with some Mars Black and Burnt Umber Perfect Pigment.
  3. Place the Branch Stencil on the lid of the box and use a Palette Knife to generously apply your custom colored dark brown embossing paste to the branch. Keep it a little thick.
  4. Gently dab a piece of bubble wrap in to the embossing paste to create little peaks and valleys. Then lift up the stencil. The end result should be a lumpy-bumpy branch! Let dry thoroughly – probably overnight – since the paste is thick. Remove the masking tape from the stencil and clean it with water right away so the paste doesn’t dry on it! Let the stencil dry too before using it again.
  5. Create a dark green embossing paste by mixing 101 Artist’s Cement Light with some Mars Black and Dark Green Perfect Pigment.
  6. Place the Branch Stencil on the lid of the box  and line it up with the branch you created. Use a Palette Knife to apply your custom colored green embossing paste to the branch. Sprinkle Prills on to the exposed paste and gently push them in to the paste with your finger. Lift up the stencil.  The end result should be leaves with Prills for texture! Let dry thoroughly – probably overnight – since the paste may be thick. Remember to clean the stencil with water right away so the paste doesn’t dry on it!

Creating the Sparkling Liner Papers

  1. Lay out a piece of Fanciful Flowers Black Embossed Art Paper on your work surface.
  2. Tap your clean finger in to a little water and shake off the excess. Water should not be dripping from your finger.
  3. Rub your finger in to a color in the Mica Watercolor Paint palette.
  4. Gently glide your finger over the raised (embossed) parts of the paper you want to color. Repeat the process over and over again until you have the paper colored just the way you like it. I get the best results when I work with one color at a time and clean my finger before changing to a new color.
  5. Let dry thoroughly.
  6. Cut the paper in to pieces to fit the inside lid and the inside sides of the cigar box.

Assembling the Gilded Owl Keepsake Box

  1. Drill a hole through the lid of the box with the Proxxon Bench Drill Press TBM 115 and Bit. Insert the Idea-Ology 2-Part .375″ Hitch Fastener and screw tight.
  2. Adhere the embossed papers to the box using Great Tape Double Sided Adhesive Tape or your favorite Aleene’s Quick Dry Adhesive.
  3. Cut a piece of black felt to fit the inside of the box. Apply Great Tape Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the bottom of the felt and adhere the felt to the inside of the box.
  4. Adhere the gilded moon to the lid of the box using Great Tape Double Sided Adhesive Tape or Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive.
  5. Adhere the gilded owl to the lid of the box using Great Tape Double Sided Adhesive Tape or Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive.

These techniques work great in art journals, on canvas, on ATCs, on cards and even on fabric!

Enjoy Your Gilded Owl Keepsake Box

Project Details

104 Comments

  1. Grace September 16, 2015 at 3:14 am - Reply

    The glitter is fabulous, and I love the texture on the inside!

  2. Margaret Griffiths September 16, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

    The owl box box is wonderful

  3. Susan Pickering Rothamel September 16, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Thanks for sending me the link Joe. This is an amazing project. I love the embossed paper piece. Wow!

  4. Joe M September 16, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I love your project! I love the gilded owl and could see this hanging on the wall instead of sitting on a table.

  5. TX Creatrix September 16, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

    love it…

  6. Melissa September 16, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I love the owl box, it’s beautiful! The carefully detailed instructions takes this multi-step project down to bite-sized pieces that I think I can handle. (Joe sent me.)

  7. Felicia September 16, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

    This keepsake box is beautiful! I am an owl freak, so I really like it! LOL The inside of the box is just gorgeous! Really love what you did! 🙂

  8. Marilyn H September 16, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I love this project. Thank you for an easy to follow step-by-step. It makes what looked to be a difficult project seem a whole lot easier.

  9. Karyn September 16, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

    This is beautiful and I love owls. 🙂
    And Joe sent me. 🙂

  10. KP September 16, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Love all this inspiration from the blog hop!

  11. Lori L. Robinett September 16, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Oh, my gosh . . this is GORGEOUS!! Especially love the inside of the box. Thank you so much for pointing me to this, Joe! LOVE the step by step instructions. Am adding this to my “things to try” list.

  12. Sue September 16, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    another wonderful project – this is beautiful, Joe.

  13. Beth September 16, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    LOVE! I took a workshop with USArtquest products and learned gilding and other techniques! I’d love to try this out! P.s. Joe sent me!

  14. Gail Green September 16, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Joe sent me…I especially love the raised dotted abstract design inside…very cool! Looks like a fun project for classes and groups….

  15. Jim September 16, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    What a Great Project and it inspires me to want to make something like this….and even though this is Joe’s project,Joe sent me…lol

  16. Joanne Wiggins September 16, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

    The theory of this project can be adapted to many things. Looking forward to giving it a try.

  17. Leslie Cernocky September 16, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Love the owl box

  18. Barbara DeLisle September 16, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    really awesome-love all the textures and colors

  19. Barbara Tobey September 16, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Joe sent me, but the cigar box convinced me I needed to see this project. Thanks for the instructions.

  20. Mildred September 16, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    What a wonderful project. Have wonted to do a project with a cigar box for ages and you have
    inspired me. Love all the technique. thanks.

  21. Carole Lassak September 16, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Another fabulous project. Love it!!

  22. Anthony Macaluso September 16, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    What a beautiful exquisite piece this is.

  23. Lara September 16, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Joe sent me.

  24. Kristine Vencel September 16, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Love this project! And I happen to have some cigar boxes hanging around my house. Imagine that! I am so going to attempt to make a box worthy of this tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. HelenRae September 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I loved the thought of having this gorgeous owl on a box, maybe a gift? Lol

  26. Terri Lynn Sproul September 16, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    great project as always

  27. Elizabeth Hulse September 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Jose sent me to check out these items and the giveaway! Joe, I love the Owl Box, I think you have outdone yourself!

  28. Cynthia G September 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Love this for some friends who are OWL fans! Thank you for a beautiful present to give away!

  29. Kristin Lee September 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Joe sent me. Cute idea for a cigar box.

  30. Barbara Bruder September 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Joe, this is a great project & very beautiful. And so nice of you to share your directions. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks again

  31. Jessica Sporn September 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    This is stunning. I’m so glad the Owl Stencil spoke to you!

  32. Linda Ries September 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Incredibly awesome box. I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  33. Rae Lynn Reffruschinni September 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    I love cigar boxes! I have several. The textured paper that you colored with your finger is so beautiful! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial.

  34. Patsy bunch September 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    I will definitely give it a try

  35. Terri Ogburn September 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Joe sent me. Love this project!

  36. kathy September 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful box!

  37. Mary Holshouser September 16, 2015 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I have a friend who collects owls. this would make a wonderful present to give her for Christmas.
    I’ll be consulting your page for information on making this amazing owl.
    thanks for sharing.

  38. Candy September 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    So this is an amazing tutorial. I love your website. And the box is fantastic! Gosh, so much to learn from this. Anyway, you put a lot of time into this project and tutorial. Thank you so much! cbee at inbox dot com.

  39. stampintammy September 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    The embossed paper is so pretty!!! At first I thought it was metal embossing, but then I realized that it’s paper (I assume from Sue). Love the project!

  40. Victoria September 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Joe, this owl is AMAZING!!! The glitter, the textured leaves….

  41. Sheree' Neumann September 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    What a lovely project, have been wanting to work with Mica, this may just get me started.

  42. cmhawkins September 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the project with wonderfully detailed instructions. The chance to win a prize is fun.

  43. Jean Marmo September 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    THis is just spectacular! The colors, the sparkle!! Thank you for the detailed instructions!!

  44. Denise Spillane September 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a great project Joe. Love it all. And the detailed instructions are great to follow and make our own. Thank you for sharing.

  45. Kaylene Lee September 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Truely stunning Joe but we expect no less from anything you do!!!!!!

  46. Gilda (McStamper) September 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    What an amazing project.

  47. beth Wilkinson September 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Joe! What a great project!! Love the owl!

  48. Rhonda Van Ginkel September 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    What an absolutely stunning project! I just love the vibrant colors and textures here.

    Thank you for sharing the steps that you took to create this fabulous work of art!!!

  49. Peggy September 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I LOVE owls and you did a fabulous job Joe! Great Box!

  50. Joy Taves September 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous art!

  51. Cecilia Swatton September 16, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Great owl!

  52. Nona September 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    I love the owl and the box. Just wonderful. Wow.

  53. Sue B September 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Love the project. Thank you. Joe sent me

  54. Yolanda September 16, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    joe sent me

  55. Cheryl Donohew September 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Very cool!

  56. LaNell September 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Love your Owls.

  57. Mary C. Nasser September 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Absolutely STUNNING! Wow!! So happy you are on the hop!! 🙂

  58. Terry Cowans September 16, 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Whhooo thought of this? Cute!

  59. Rhonda Peterson September 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    what a beautiful box!

  60. Vicki ross September 16, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Great demo, Joe!

  61. bea Savellano September 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Great box…b

  62. Clare Gilliland September 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Cool project

  63. Colleen Halpern September 16, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Love this project! I really like owls, so this is one project I am going to make. Thanks, Joe.

  64. Lisa Fulmer September 16, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Pretty – thanks for the opp!

  65. Annie Choate September 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    What a sweet little owl with frost on his wings on a clear cold. Owloween night! Trick or. Treat! What’s in the magical box to eat? …three, four shut the door…

  66. Mary Hutchinson September 16, 2015 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I love this box! Whimsical, yet stunning. The colors meld so well and I want to touch it to get a feel for the yummy texture!! Nicely done, Joe!

  67. Mary Lee September 17, 2015 at 1:01 am - Reply

    what a wonderful project

  68. Jinx Engstrom September 17, 2015 at 2:23 am - Reply

    What a creative project, I love it!

  69. JackieP Neal September 17, 2015 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Joe,
    What a cool little owl on a cool box!! I love it! And your detailed description on how to create it is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!
    Jackie”)

    http://www.creatingwithoutcrayons-jackiepneal.com/

  70. Mary Hockett Thoma September 17, 2015 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Owls are so popular now, perfect for the season, perfect for anytime. Your instructions are impeccable. Don’t put any really personal keepsakes in this box because people will not be able to keep their hands off this beauty. I want to pick it up and and look in it.

  71. Lori Justice September 17, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Plan to try this craft for sure! Thank you for the detailed instructions!

  72. Connie September 17, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

    What a neat owl, thank for sharing your work!

  73. Margaret Griffiths September 17, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Love all the sparkle

  74. Trisha September 17, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

    This is awesome. I want!!

  75. Pam England September 17, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I have some cigar boxes and I will have to make one. I love it.

  76. Marti Ashby September 17, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Love Stencil Girl products. And I love this box. In fact, I held a mini-workshop the other night for some women who wanted to decorate boxes. It was a blast. I wish I had had this stencil for them. 🙂

  77. Larry September 17, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Nice project!

  78. Cathy Brownless September 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Beautiful project! I am saving the project instructions so that when I am finished in December with school I can finally do some fun projects. Thanks for sharing.

  79. Jamie September 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Love this!

  80. Natalie Godfrey September 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Great job! Love the way is shimmers.

  81. Deb Lewis September 17, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to make one of these. Thank you so much for the tutorial AND for the giveaway. Even tho I am in Australia and probably ineligible to win it, the tute is a prize in itself. ^_^

  82. Barbara Cobb September 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    The owl box is so beautiful. This will take a long time to make, but certainly worth it!

  83. Catherine Lenoci September 17, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Joe, I love the sparkling owl!

  84. Monica Dominic September 17, 2015 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    this is so stunningly perfect! The colors and texture are amazing! Looks so much like a mosaic glass piece

  85. Beth Williams September 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Wow! I spent a lot of time reading this one. It is stunning. There are so many new to me techniques I am looking forward to trying. Know I have to make the moon for something spooky! The owl stencil is the best I’ve seen and the Night Sky is my new favorite star stencil. Like Joe M’s idea of a wall hanging-I want to give it a try on one of those wood slices with the exposed bark-just seems to go together in my head. Great great work!

  86. Nan Leiker September 18, 2015 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I just love the sparklyness of the cigar box!

  87. MelodyJ September 18, 2015 at 2:58 am - Reply

    That is a nice box. Anyone would love it the store a few of their favorite things in.

  88. Glenda Lovchik September 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Stunning box and great detailed instructions. Thanks for sharing the step by step process.

  89. Charrlee Richtarsic September 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks .Hopfully I’ll be making one for Christmas. But am willing to win one d/t the time constraints I am currently under. I always enjoy your creations.keep them coming.

  90. Annette Reed September 18, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    This looks fabulous! I love the gilding and sparkle. Thanks so much for including directions to this great project!

  91. Jo Anna September 18, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    The owl box was fabulous. Thanks for the instructions.

  92. Stacy Caddy September 19, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Beautiful work.

  93. Shannon September 19, 2015 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Now that’s thinking outside the box. Well done!

  94. Margaret armitage September 19, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Love the sparkly owl. Awesome as always

  95. Kaylene Lee September 19, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Just truely stunning (Joe sent me) Sparkle Sparkle Sparkle

  96. Helen m September 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  97. Denise Spillane September 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    ole, what a fabulous project! I love everything about it. Also love learning of new products. Beautiful. The instructions are so detailed and usable. Thank you. I had some computer issues so I may have accidentally commented twice.

  98. Carol September 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Joe, you’ve inspired me again. I have a basket full of boxes I’ve been holding on to. Now I know what I will do with them. Thanks, Joe.

  99. Carol September 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I had to add one more things…Joe, you are so clever! How did you make your photo sparkle?! That is a tutorial in itself! Keep sparkling!

  100. chark September 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    how cool is this? bet you can tell from my blog name I love this project–Glitter In My Kitchen. this turned out beautifully!

  101. jen waugh September 20, 2015 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Love your owl box, it’s beautiful!

  102. Sandy Sellers September 21, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Hey Joe,
    I love this!! I need to do with Dr Who or a turtle. HUGS

  103. diana September 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    HEY DUDE, TWINKLING WORK, CAUGHT MY EYE!

  104. Gwen L. September 24, 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

    This project is AMAZING! I love all of it, and the way you worked with the paper on the inside of the box is stunning. Thanks for the inspiration!

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