Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New Specimen Box with....specimens

I love this new 6x4 Specimen Box! 
It's a great size and you can choose to put in as many of the inserts as you choose. Nice, flexible design.
 In my bug specimens theme, I chose to leave out the insert on the far right, so I could place some bigger critters in there.
Here's where I started:
I assembled the box frame and painted the sides (on the inside only), the top front edges and the inserts.
I cut paper to fit the inside back and all of the outside of the box. I glued in the papers ...
fitted and glued in the inserts, let them dry and then gave the whole thing a coat of matte medium and then a coat of Quinac gold, wiping most of it away with a damp paper towel, but leaving the 'goo' in the cracks and crannies to give the box an aged looked.
I also painted the Layered Flouishes Aria and assembled them for adding to the box later.
I then fussy cut my insects with a scalpel, glued them each on a tiny cork (you can get them HERE) and then glued them into the box.
After that was dry, I glued the flourishes on to the front of the box, added a few tiny brass stamped flowers et voila! A pretty little specimen box.
A fun project and most enjoyable.
6x4 Specimen Box
Layered Flouishes Aria
Faux Metal Number Plates

Stamperia 'Spring Botanic' scrapbook papers
Acrylic paints
Stamped brass flowers

Thank you for visiting!


  1. This is right up my alley. The insects are so realistic great job with the scalpel it like doing a dissection in Biology lab but with only the pretty left behind!! Gorgeous

  2. This makes my heart skip a beat. Fabulous job my friend!

  3. omg this is so freaking amazing. I am in love. I love how it combines bugs with elegant flourishes. You once again make amazing art.

  4. It might be a strange thing to say about bugs, but this is very beautiful and "pretty". I would totally hang this up in my house. It looks fantastic, and I love the colours especially.