Monday, 18 March 2019

Ahoi! - Altered Book Box - by Claudia

Ahoi, hi and servus! It's the "other" Monday today - so it is my time to share a new project on this wonderful blog filled with amazing inspiration by the whole design team. ;)

Today I want to show you a book box I have made for an upcoming event - a Pirate themed Murder Mistery Dinner! So I of course needed a cool book box to store my info sheets in...and to show off with. lol

The open book box and its back cover look like this:

As the Calico Craft Parts that I used to decorate the cool Book Box with were already stunningly beautiful in their original, untreated state, I did not do a lot with these and only added paint washes so not to loose any detail from the engraved laser texture.

Calico Craft Parts used:

The cover of the book box was quite quickly done. I used a beautiful map (a gift wrapping paper) and glued that onto the front and back covers using DecoArt matte Decou-Page. Once that had dried I sanded the excess paper off with a sanding block. 

The globe, shell, hinges and label holder with screw heads were glued in place with matte Decou-Page as well, before I started painting them partly with DecoArt media fluid acrylics Burnt Sienna and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. I only applied these as light washes here and there to create more depth and interest. 

The hinges, screw heads and parts of the globe were painted using DecoArt Matte Metallics Vintage Brass.

Using my fingertip I applied DecoArt Gold Rush Metallic Lustre around the covers' edges.

It seems a subtle effect, but it makes quite an impact.

Once all was done, I assembled the box for the inside and glued it in place using more Decou-Page. (....and it is always good to have some large, heavy paint bottles in reach to put on top of projects while the glue dries ;)


I hope the cool effect from the Matte Metallics paint on the globe and hinges gets visible in the picture! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you in two weeks!

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. This is such a great project, Claudia and what a fascinating idea for a party! I love the effects you used on this project. Those book boxes are so wonderfully versatile and I love what you did with this one.

  2. Fabulous, just the right accessories for your exciting role plays, and the seashell is as mysterious as your crime case to solve. Have fun! Hugs, Kerstin xx

    1. Oh, thank you, Kerstin - I sure will have a lot of fun! We are already discussing the sweets that could be served...Rumkugeln, Goldfischli and Belgische Meeresfrüchte...;)
      Claudia xxx