geisha box

this is a 5x7x4-ish file box that I painted and embellished for my sisterish (that's our nickname for each other, she is my bro-in-law's long-term girlfriend) for xmas. i started with a ready-to-go blank board box and lined the inside and the bottom with fabric paper, sealing under and on top with mod podge. i added 3-d gold paint in the inside corners and glued little mirror tiles under the lid. then i painted the outside with 2 coats of black acrylic paint. i mod podged it and then painted a coat of pale ale memories mist to give it a little extra gloss, which also antiqued it a bit (can't see it in the pics so much). i wanted it to look like a real lacquered wood box - the blank board material held up so well with all those coats!!

i rubbed the geisha transfer on the lid and accented it with glossy accents dimensional medium and gold acrylic paint. i glued on the ribbon and button handle, adding 2 little red beads in the button holes. this was really enjoyable to make, I'm having fun with acrylic paints and 3-D stuff...i entered this for mixed media monday's challenge of "what you liked doing in 2008"