Take one shoebox and cover with gesso, this gives you a nice tooth (something for paint to grip) I used two coats.
You can't see from this photo but I cut some lengths of dry wall tape and stuck them onto the box after the first layer of gesso. Meant to do it first but forgot!
I the. Selected a range of stencils I used Crafters workshop Mini Art is.., Mini Harlequin and two small ones which I have forgotten the name of but will look them out and let you know later what they are.
I then die cut some grunge paper and basically just stuck to good old Tim Holtz. I used mini tattered florals, haberdashery, weathered clock, and imagine which is a movers and shapers die. The flourish and the hinge were some pre cut grunge paper (Mr Holtz of course) and played around with the arrangement. I then covered all of the different die cuts in gesso and stuck them onto the box.
Once everything was stuck and gesso'd and the gesso was completely dry, out came the Tim Holtz distress sprays, I used Antique Linen, Broken China and Tea Dye, I also used Dylusions Chocolate. Allowing each cost to dry before carrying on with the last. Then out came the H2o's, these are little pots of watercolour paint that shimmer, I haven't used them in quite a while and had forgotten how wonderful they were to use. I added to the box a butterfly I had created with my melt pot and a small frame out of paper clay. I had a delve through my stamps and found a tiny fern leaf which fitted inside quite nicely. And then out came my four pots of Treasured of Gold. I used Classic, a Sapphire, Silver and Onyxite. The box has withheld all of this hasn't buckled at all. I had a couple of dents on the corners, which look really fab now they are covered in treasure gold ;-)
Here is a couple of close ups