Luce Change: Chinese Stampbord Bird Box

- by Lucy Edmondson

For this month's issue focussing on all things wooden, I thought I would decorate one of those pretty wooden Chinese-style boxes that have the shaped base and lid, with an inlaid section on the top that are perfect for tiles. To start off, file any rough bits away before you paint - I like to use strong emery boards:-

Then I painted it with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint using cut n dry foam. I really wanted the colour called Pea Coat but as it is a Translucent, I mixed it with Baltic Blue for better coverage, as it is one of their Opaques.

I then used a spatula to apply a thin layer of their Crackle Glaze.

Then, when it was dry, I added Snowflake (which is white). I used masking tape so that I could keep the bottom piece blue and keep a neat line. The cracks appear immediately.

I wanted more cracks and a more distressed appearance so I used a sanding block.

I'm going to use Stampbord so I laid them out first so I could decide how many I wanted of the one inch squares, two inch squares, and domino pieces.


Typical of me, I then coloured far more than I needed! I am indecisive about my eventual design plus I always know I will mess a few up. Use any spares on another project. I applied Distress Ink using cut n dry foam. I varied the colours on each tile a little as I personally think this looks better.

I wanted birds for my design so I used a selection of stamps from Crafty Individuals. I pressed the tile into the stamp (using Black Archival) as you get a better image and better positioning this way, then heat set. Add white highlights with a scratchtool or craft knife.

For my dragonfly, I used a text stamp first, then the dragonfly second, so the text was in the background.

Sand the edges of each tile with the emery board so you have a white edge. This gives each tile more definition from the one next to it. You could use a gold pen if you prefer but I've never found a gold pen that likes me.


 Dab each tile with VersaMark and sprinkle with clear embossing powder.


Emboss the files with your heat tool.

Rub a little white paint into some gold metal photo corners and glue to the corners of your box lid.

Glue your tiles into position, leaving a small gap between each one.

 The final box!

13 unruly observations:

  1. Great step by step Lucy, love your finished box, the stamping is superb.

  2. Beautiful box and super easy to follow tutorial XOXO

  3. Hello Lucy
    Wonderful tutorial, and this is a beautiful Box.

  4. Absolutely lovely make, and a great step by step through the process too, thank you! Fabulous, Lucy!
    Alison x

  5. Very, very clever, a gorgeous make!!

  6. Lucy this is just gorgeous, I love the wonderful crackle you achieved and your photo corners finish this fabulously.

  7. Really beautiful. Love how you made your tiles. I have some boxes that need to be remade and this would be perfect.

  8. How beautiful! I love the painted crackled effect- and your colors are so pretty- lov the tiles with the embossing on them.

  9. great tutorial for this wonderful project!

  10. this si a beautiful box- and love the step by step photos! Debi x


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