Colored Pencil Box #GDP016

Hey guys! Happy new year šŸ™‚ !

I have a lovely project to kick things off for 2016. It’s a pencil box! In case this sounds a little underwhelming I’ll give you a little context to get why I’m so psyched about it…

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Some of you might know that adult coloring books are all the rage right now (and have been for the last couple of years). I’m a little late to the party but ever since I came across this phenomenon (seriously, it’s huge) I’ve been sharing it with people and promoting it as a great stress-relief activity. So when a close friend of mine’s birthday was coming up I decided to get her a copy of Secret Garden (there are literally hundreds of adult coloring books out there right now but my favourites are by far Johanna Basford‘s).

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As part of the gift I also included some colored pencils so she could get started right away (but really any excuse to make a cute box right ?). But as I had them out on my desk I wasn’t feeling the inspiration…the illustrations in the book areĀ so gorgeous I felt like I had my work cut out for me if I wanted my box to impress alongside.

For me it’s all about the colors; if I can’t figure out what colors I want to use for a project I can’t really visualise what I want it to look like. So as I was looking through some pages in my browser I came across the latest Global Design Project Challenge… and boom…problem solved! I loved the look of this card so I decided to go with blues (Night of Navy & Bermuda Bay), white and goldĀ embossing.

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Once I had my color combo everything fell into place. I decided on a matchbox style for the box and I picked out some DSP (I still had someĀ Birthday BashĀ DSP in my stash and this design worked great with the arty theme). I stamped the birthday sentiment in Versamark ink and used Wow! Gold Rich embossing powder.

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I tied some Gold Baker’s Twine around it to hold it closed and give it a nice finishing touch. I really love the way it turned out and my friend did too. She’s been happily coloring ever since :).

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