Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Gift Boxes

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by Chris Myer Williams, Plaid®

Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Gift Boxes

Capture the elegance of hand-painted gift boxes quickly and easily using Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Silkscreens.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Paint lid of box in Sterling or the color you want. Allow paint to completely dry. Sand the lid smooth and reapply base color.
  • 2
    Use scissors to cut silkscreen designs apart along the division lines.
  • 3
    Peel silkscreen from backing sheet. Set backing aside and save for storing silkscreen.
  • 4
    Put silkscreen where want it on box and press silkscreen into place. Add a section of stencil tape to hold silkscreen in place if necessary.
  • 5
    Apply paint through silkscreen using either of the Squeegee Tool Technique or the Foam Pouncer Tool Technique. With the squeegee tool technique, squeeze a small amount of paint onto solid edge of silkscreen. Holding squeegee tool at a 45 degree angle with light pressure, pull the paint across the opening of the silkscreen. Continue painting until the entire design area has been silkscreened. Set squeegee aside in container of water for cleaning. Immediately, while paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the project surface. With the foam pouncer tool technique, squeeze a small amount of paint onto foam plate. Load the flat bottom edge of the foam pouncer with paint by dabbing into the puddle of paint. Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure you have the entire foam pouncer loaded properly. Holding the foam pouncer as you would a pencil, begin dabbing straight up and down over the opening of the silkscreen. Continue painting until the entire design area has been painted. Set foam pouncer aside in container of water for cleaning. Immediately while paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the project surface. Regardless of the technique you use, be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.
  • 6
    Continue adding silkscreen designs over surface until desired effect is achieved. When repeating a design, it is best to clean the silkscreen between uses by rinsing in water and allowing the silkscreen to dry thoroughly.
  • 7
    Air dry completed project for 21 days before using.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Nicole™ Crafts Wood Box with Lid 3-7/8 inch 3 Assorted 10414436
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint 2 oz. Raspberry Ice 104588340
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint 2 oz. Sterling 104588574
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint 2 oz. Candy Apple 104588496
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Foam Pouncers Set 6 pc. 104588767
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Tape 30 yard x 3/4 inch 104588800
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Silkscreens Exotic Blossoms 104588592
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Silkscreens Leaves 10458869
  • Brush Basin or Container for Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Foam Plate or Palette
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper