When I first started creating this project I had a fall-themed and Thanksgiving vision. I wanted to create a project that our readers could easily re-create themselves and use not just seasonally, but anytime of the year. My "Give Thanks" box could be used as a hostess gift or as a gift on any occasion.
Start by painting the wood box with a tan colored acrylic paint and allow to dry. Then paint with Antique Bronze crackle paint. The metallic crackle paints take quite a while to dry compared to the regular crackle paint so you will have to set it aside for at least an hour - maybe longer depending on the thickness of the coat. Once it has dried, use a small container and add 1 part water to 1 part gesso. Mix with a paint brush and then paint lightly over the box, then gently dab with a paper towel. Allow to dry. Once dried you can paint over the entire box with Matte Collage Pauge. This will seal and protect the paint and wood and prevent the paint from chipping.
Cut out the girl image from the Tuscan Rose collage sheet and cut it down to size so that it fits just inside the Melissa Frances Newstead Frame. Glue the collage image onto the center of the box using a glue stick adhesive and the glue the frame on using Diamond Glaze for a strong hold.
Take a few of the grass flowers from the Prima Wildwood Natural Flowers and glue onto the right side of the image by using just a little Diamond Glaze on the bottom of the stem and then place onto the image.
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