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Designer: Kazan Clark
Stampbord™ Winter Box

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A Note From the Designer: Growing up my mother always gave away vintage cards to family and friends, and so my love for vintage, and the warmth and comfort that it evokes, has developed in my artwork.

Recreating the vintage look can come together with just a few simple products both old and new. The buttons on my vintage keepsake box are old - a friend picked up a whole bag at a thrift store - but the rest is all new and made to look older. I took my lead on the colors and texture from the vintage images, and built my box in layers from there. Following are instructions for you to create your own vintage keepsake box that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Step 1: Select 2"x2" tiles to stamp images of the bird and nest. Using your Copic Markers dab sections of Grey (C-3 and W-3), Green (G94), Brown (E47) and Yellow (Y15) around the outer edges of your tiles. Blend the colors using the Copic 0 Colorless Blender to create the look of an old weathered tile. To create further interest and a distressed look, etch into the Stampbord squares with the Stampbord Scratch Knife (1b).

Step 2: Stamp a script design onto the center of the lid of your box. With the Polar Block, gently sand the script to create a weathered worn look. Antique the edges of your lid using the same method as the smaller squares in Step 1. You can now attach the hinges provided with the box. Apply glue to your ribbon and wrap around the edge of your lid. Fashion a bow from your ribbon and adhere to the center of the lid, in the front of the box.

Step 3: Adhere 2"x2" squares to the sides of your box, and embellish centers with buttons. This box has the bird and nest stamped and colored with the Copic Markers (R37 and B05).Adhere vintage images to the top of your box. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock and trim. Die-cut label and adhere to the center of your lid. Layer sentiment on top of die-cut with foam dots and finish by applying embellishment foliage and buttons with glue dots.