I put the box together without glueing it so I could pencil in directional arrows. Although I did not need to do that for this project, it is always a good idea to figure that out before decorating the box, particularly if you decorate it while it is flat.
I used a non-directional stencil and spread some texture paste through it without concern for covering the sides completely. I used post-it notes to cover the flaps that will be glued to the inside so the stenciling would not interfere with the box closure. Let the paste dry before proceeding.
When the paste was dry, I began giving the piece its color. I began with this green-yellow marker. I left some white areas for the following colors.
Next, I used the medium green marker, again leaving some white areas.
The light blue marker was used to fill in the background, and randomly giving it darker areas for depth. I love how the eBrush allows you to see all the layers of color on your background.
I wanted to bring out the stenciled texture again, so I realigned the stencil and eBrushed the light purple through it, moving the stencil along.
By eBrushing with the Silver metallic marker, I was able to give a really nice shimmer to the box. I think I was able to capture a small section just below the pen tip in the photo below.
I left the top flap unglued so that I could add a gift inside.
I specifically chose the purple color core card stock to match my paper, so after giving it a quick sanding to reveal the words, here is the result. I cut out "Forever Friends" and sat it aside for the moment.
I die cut the flowers with my Cut n' Boss machine and eBrushed a dark purple center in each flower.
Next, I eBrush a peach color around the edges of each flower.
Then I eBrushed the green-yellow color between the dark purple center and the peach edges.
I had to cut out a few more flowers from the dictionary paper. I simply scrunched the paper a bit and carefully opened it back up. Then I layered the flowers, starting with the largest and ending with the smallest on top. I used a paper piercer to punch a hole through the center and a decorative brad holds the petals together.
Some black beaded floral embellishments were added to match the card stock and the lace around the top edge of the box.