Wednesday, June 13, 2012

She Crafts He Crafts

Not long ago my friend Stephenie sent me one of two plain wood boxes.  Her idea was to do a HE CRAFTS/SHE CRAFTS blog using the same item and see how two different people approach a project.  I thought the idea was brilliant!  Here is my "He Crafts" version of the box.  I've linked to Stephenie's blog so that you can see how she made her version. Stop by her blog and say hello from me, OK!  WWW.MYCRAFTYADVENTURES.COM She's a good friend and I adore her!
Not sure if the photo totally captures the box, but I did my best here.
Did I forget to mention that if you LEAVE A COMMENT FOR US we will pick a winner, send them a box plus a bunch of goodies so that you can create your own?!?!
He Crafts (my version)
She Crafts: Top view of Stephenie's box
I love how feminine this is and that it has antique hardware!
She Crafts:  Side view
Beautiful Mixed Media for sure!
He Crafts:  Side view

1 very flat box
Embossing machine (I used my Cuttlebug)
Embossing pattern you like
1 roll of aluminum tape
Red paint (or color you like)

 Experiment with different kinds of embossing until you find the one you want.
 Cut your Aluminum tape to size and emboss enough to cover your box.

 Start sticking it on carefully. If you can match the pattern, do so. If it's random like mine, JUST GO FOR IT! 

Give the finished box a light coating of paint and then rub it off until you get the finish you want.
Now make sure to head over to Stephenie's blog!
Make sure to grab a copy of


  1. I like the texture you added to your box. What does the inside look like?! Love to see!

  2. ooOOo! It looks like snakeskin! From a really gorgeous snake! You have the best gadgets.

    Did she get the boxes at a craft store?

    Thanks for the fun new thing!

  3. ooOOo! It looks like snakeskin! From a really gorgeous snake! You have the best gadgets.

    Did she get the boxes at a craft store?

    Thanks for the fun new thing!

  4. This is so cool. Love the way it looks! Off to check out your friends blog.

  5. Oh, I love the embossing of the aluminum tape. I am going to have to try that. Great box, Mark, and great blog topic too!

  6. Gorgeous! I love this. Aluminum tape is one of my favorite art supplies! Never thought of running it through an embossing machine before. Thanks for the idea, Mark!

  7. Love what you did with your box. That's a clever use of the embossing folders too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Love both of them! You both did a great job!


  9. What a cool technique on the He box...and I love that vintage looking hardware on the She box!
    Jessica S

  10. I would never have guessed the He box was made using the cuttlebug. That looks great!

  11. Loved this idea great mind and awesome crafts!

  12. Great ideas and awesome post!

  13. These are great! I like the textured one best, it could be used for lots of things. Trying to remember to use this technique in the future.

  14. Great box! Never thought of painting on the aluminum tape... or emblossing it! I'll have to rethink the way I look at that roll! And yes, what does the inside look like?

  15. Love how you used the Aluminum tape! Both boxes came out great!

  16. I love this idea! I never would have thought of decorating a box like this, and I love that it looks like snakeskin. Very awesome.