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Mixed Media Curio Box


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Print Idea


Mixed media memory box, use inks to get the rustic and best effect for this project.

Sizzix Die(s) Used

  • Sizzix Bigz XL Die w/ Framelits – Curio Box
  • Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 22PK - Gearhead
  • Sizzix Surfacez - Cardstock, 8 1/4" x 11 5/8", 10 Neutral Colors, 60 Sheets
  • Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only (White & Gray)


Other Supplies: Cream cardstock, Tim Holtz distressing ink (I used Antique Linen and Walnut stain), Silver guilding wax, Double Sided Tape, Your choice of stamps

  1. Using your Big Shot Machine die-cut the Bigz (box) element of your two-part die set from cream cardstock.
  2. Create a worn look by using applying Antique Linen Distressing Ink to each corner of the box. Then adding Walnut stain to the very edges.
  3. Use a selection of stamps with an antique style to cover both elements of the net of the box on one side. For this, I used a calligraphy stamp and a variety of postage themed stamps (all by Tim Holtz) rather than stamp ink, I used the same distress ink pads I used to distress the edges of the box (Antique Linen and Walnut Stain)
  4. Once happy with the design, use the ‘Curio Box’ die set to create a cut-out in the middle of the larger of the elements, seen in the image. Cut this using your Big Shot Machine. While using the machine, die-cut lots of the elements from the ‘Gearhead’ die set in black card.
  5. Fold each of the box elements along the embossed folding lines forming two sides of a box shape. Stick these together using double sided tape.
  6. Apply gilding wax to your finger. Rub the excess off on a scrap piece of paper and use your fingertip to apply to each of the gearhead die elements. This will give them a distressed metallic look.
  7. Stick the gear elements inside the box. Give a multi-layered effect by folding the edge of some and sticking them to the wall inside the box using PVA glue.