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Treasure Chest Gift Box + The Nautilus & Jules Verne FREE Gift!

Filed under Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Laura Carson, Steampunk, Summer/Beach

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site.

I was inspired by today’s Captain Nemo’s Organ Room artwork (by Guest Designer Jessica Armstrong!), so…. NEW Jules Verne Tiny Books FREE Gift Sheet! These mini collage sheets are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY NIGHT, July 11, 2016! Learn more.

What? Steampunk Collage Sheets half off?! Check out Thursday’s newsletter for all the details. PLUS that sale price includes today’s new collage sheet!

Before seeing Laura Carson’s pretty seashell jewelry (in a gift box!), we have an announcement: an extra art project (and an amazing project, too)!

We have a special treat today! Captain Nemo’s Organ Room artwork by Guest Designer Jessica Armstrong! I love how the everything is caught midway in the process of being tossed and fro, and teetering here and there by the giant octopus?!

And there’s so much to show that there’s a separate blog post all about Jessica’s artwork!

Design Team Member Laura Carson has created a Treasure Chest Gift Box with Jewelry that looks so expensive but with Laura’s tips you could make a set or 2 as beautiful gifts in no time!

Good things come in small packages and this one is no exception. If you are looking for a special way to present a small gift, how about making a gift box from a mini kraft treasure chest.

My version of a gift box is mermaid themed and contains a ocean themed necklace and bracelet.

Many more photos and tips (like tinting the glass beads on the rosary chain via a bath of the Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution) are on Laura’s blog post.

See everything Laura used in her decorating in the Treasure Chest Gift Box with Jewelry Supply List. (And check below for another photo and because many of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway!)

Hooray for the Treasure Chest Gift Box Giveaway!

All of these items are from Laura’s Treasure Chest Gift Box with Jewelry Supply List:
– Mini Kraft Treasure Chests
– Brass Patina Starfish Charm or Pendant
– Medium Shell or Acanthus Leaf Charms – Brass Oxide
– Large Brass Mermaid
– Bronze Buckle Connector (two)
– 4mm Beaded Chain – Pale Green
– Alcohol Inks – Clover
– Antique Pewter Starfish Charm
– Antique Silver Seahorse
– Small Swivel Drawer Handle (two)
– Mini Fancy Latch Set

Bonus: One of Jules Verne Tiny Books FREE Gift Sheets.

To enter the Treasure Chest Gift Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, July 11, 2016). And tell me: What would you tint in a bath of Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution (like the rosary beads in Laura’s necklace)? And/or are there other colors of Gilder’s Paste you’d like?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Steampunk Mermaid Giveaway? That would be Joanne Root! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, July 10th, 2016

51 responses to “Treasure Chest Gift Box + The Nautilus & Jules Verne FREE Gift!”

  1. I LOVE these I would make a treasure box with a mermaid coming out of it Thanks

  2. barb macaskill says:

    I would tint papers in a bath of alcohol ink and water! It makes a beautifully marbled background on BOTH sides of the paper!!
    I would love ALL colors of the Gilder’s Pastes!They are simply beautiful and so easy to apply!!
    Today’s projects are so cool!! I am off to read the separate post about the awesome Organ Room!! See you next post!
    macaskillbarbara (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. barb macaskill says:

    Forgot to add a big CONGRATULATIONS to Joanne on winning the last giveaway!!

  4. What a wonderful give away!
    I’d put some shells from the beach in the alcohol ink and blending solution as well as some ribbon! For the Gilders Paste a nice shade of pink, red, copper would be beautiful.

  5. Nadine says:

    I have never used these, so I would love to experiment on all sorts of things. I am sure they would be very useful!

  6. Jen R says:

    Great idea on the beads. I would like to see the paste in a white or antique white.

  7. Barb A says:

    I’ve colored miniature plates, paper, ceramics, even wood with alcohol inks. Love them, so versatile.

  8. Jackie PN says:

    Oh I just love the color of Laura’s beads- Clover I believe!! What a gorgeous little chest!

  9. oooooooo…I live by the shore and my growing collection of sea glass and bitty shells will finally have the proper holding spot!

  10. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow – this is absolutely gorgeous! My fave colors!! I would love to try some beads just like this!!

  11. Carla says:

    Everyone needs a treasure chest!

  12. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the treasure chest! I love using the alcohol inks on paper and would make backgrounds for cards! And the Gilder’s Paste looks awesome! I haven’t tried it yet but I love all the colors you carry! Silver would be a great addition!

  13. Diane D says:

    Everything in this giveaway is beautiful. I would definitely tint seashells and use white sand and tint the sand to match the seashells. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  14. Linda Stroud says:

    I would tint the necklace chain and add a few areas of Gilder’s Paste

  15. Connie williams says:

    I would titt tiles to use as a background for a project.

  16. Nancy Sherman says:

    Beautiful project,colors are fabulous! I would tint the beads with alcohol ink and I love the look of gold and silver gilders paste. The little mermaid is a great topping,nice finishing touch!

  17. Ina M Good says:

    I would do rosary chain and use treasure chest as jewelery gift for my daughter…fits in perfect for Florida here!

  18. Marilyn H says:

    I got rid of all my alcohol inks so I won’t be dying anything. As for Gilder’s Paste, I like the Patina color.

  19. Jennie Carr says:

    I would tint seashells. I would love to see aqua or turquoise

  20. Eve Watters says:

    Ooh, I have a huge assortment of buttons that would be so much to play with alcohol ink tinting!

  21. Luanne Shoup says:

    Perfect for my new aqua/beach theme bathroom!

  22. Julianne says:

    I would tint a tiny fairy hammock for napping and reading on the shore. Any new patina color would be great!

  23. Kim Lucak says:

    I love the colors and the treasure chest!!!

  24. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I think I’d like to use the mix on optical lenses and mount them with led lights behind them. There are so many ideas and so little time.

  25. Diana Bittaker says:

    Want the treasure box and want to make one with a cool mermaid popping out holdin all kinds of trinkets from under the sea!

  26. Emily Ann Dale says:

    I would like an antique silver paste.

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    Lovely projects and giveaway. I would color some of my white seashells. Seems like that is all that is available and want to have rainbow colored ones. I don’t use gilder’s paste but think a red or pink tone would be good.

  28. Joanne Root says:

    I’d tint the taps and pipes of a sink that will be used in a workshop or decrepit basement.

  29. Cocoa Fornelli says:

    Oh! I love it! Thank you for coming up with the most special projects!

  30. Lou Conaway says:

    Love the treasure chest and all the amazing treasure. As for the Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution, that’s a new technique for me and I can’t wait to try it. I mold a lot and sculpt a little Resin Clay. Its a one part air dry clay that I bet would dye nicely with that technique. As for Guilder Paste, i put in my request for silver. Their silver is the very best! I mix a teeny tiny bit of Inca gold with a little dab of silver and it makes a luscious warm silver. Keeping my fingers crossed for this drawing!

  31. Mary Mac says:

    I have so many different metal altered pieces that would be great for this

  32. Pat Covington says:

    I love all things turquoise!

  33. Jessica C says:

    Love the color and bead idea. It is so nice lots of work.

  34. Dennis L. says:

    Wow! Loving Cpt. Nemo’s organ room–great job Jessica! I’m thinking of tinting some older coins for a project.

  35. Lana says:

    What’s not to love about this giveaway?

  36. Carol Slowik says:

    Love this giveaway! I would tint some shells to put in the treasure chest.

  37. Lou Anne says:

    I love to tint all kinds of things with alcohol inks but I’m using it on plastic aquarium plants for my mermaid scenes. I haven’t used Gilder’s Paste so I guess I’d better get busy with it.

  38. Traci says:

    Love the new little kitties-so cute. >^..^<

  39. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    My mind is whirling with possibilities.

  40. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would tint some seashells and do an ocean theme.

  41. Michelle G says:

    I love the colors, will go perfectly with my new underwater painting.

  42. Susan Devillier says:

    would love to have this!

  43. Nancy S says:

    I love Gilder’s Paste! Gives anything you put it on a wonderful old world patina.

  44. Karen says:

    Never tried tinting seashells but would look great with mermaid cloth dolls. I’m always open to new techniques.

  45. Deborah Emmons says:

    Base color of alcohol inks on glossy card stock, layering color by using canned air, alcohol ink and blending solution to create bursts of color to represent underwater scenes. I would use alcohol ink on sea glass, shells, glass bottles, metal, plastic and anything that needs to be altered. Love all of the gilders paste, each one delivers a different effect….surprise me!

  46. Janet in the Jaw says:

    I love it all… I so want to do a dollhouse! I would love to cold some of my metal goodies for various mini albums…

  47. Susan S says:

    I have never used the alcohol inks before. Sounds like everyone has some wonderful ideas – I’m liking the shell and sea glass ideas.

  48. LeAnn says:

    I would dip tiny bottles in the alcohol inks to make a rainbow of colored bottles.

  49. Debra Gibson says:

    I would love to win! Alcohol inks are not new to me so this would be a great project and make a nice gift!!

  50. Margaret D says:

    Well hmm I need some of those rosary beads I think. As to tinting with alcohol I is I have quite a bit of old costume jewelry that I ransack for gems and do dads. So I think I would play a little with that I love the old verdigris finishes. I have never used gilders paste but it looks wonderful! I really love the old city finishes and I am always looking for something that leaves a really silvery or gold finish! Love all the charms in this giveaway

  51. Wendy Smith says:

    Love the Jules Verne theme, you guys have the cutest stuff