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“Ink it!” Challenge Inspiration – Treasure Box

If you haven’t heard, May Arts & Helmar have teamed up for the September Craft Challenge!  We will be providing 25 participants with a selection of these ribbons:

and 450 Quick Dry to create a craft project with!  The Challenge?  They have to color the ribbon.  So, all week long a different Ribbonista will be creating an “Ink It!” Inspiration project.  Today we have Prima Ribbonista, Christina Colón, with this fun Treasure Box! 

If you are interested in participating, go ahead & email me!!


Good morning!  Who doesn’t love getting all messy inking, painting, and misting?  And even better, who doesn’t love inking, painting, and misting some ribbon?!  I know I love getting ribbon and fibers that are white or off-white because it allows me to customize my color to whatever my little heart desires. 

The ribbons and fibers for this project and challenge are no exception.  I made this treasure box for my daughter.  She loves bold and vibrant because she is bold and vibrant. 

I used my acrylic paint, glimmer mists and Dylusions mists on pretty much everything.  I went ahead and sprayed all of my ribbon pieces I wanted to use and set them aside to dry.  To color the mesh ribbon, I used some acrylic paint and a sponge brush and painted it.  As they dried I painted a base coat of gesso onto the box. 

I started with a piece of Heidi Swapp Color Magic paper and misted it using Dylusions mist in “Lemon Zest”.  Once it tried, I ran it through my Xyron and stuck it to my box.  To add some pizazz to the corner, I busted out my trusty hot glue gun and glued some Tim Holtz corner pieces on top of the paper.

Once my inked ribbons had dried, I started putting together my embellishment cluster.  I added some bling and just began to layer things in until I had  a look that I liked.  Of course, I always use my hot glue gun because it gives a strong hold and can be used on just about anything.   I’m also impatient.  😉

Stand back and admire!

I applied the mesh and mini pom-poms around the base of the box and to finish it off, I used some more of the Tim Holtz corner pieces.  I actually put them on backwards so that it only gave a finishing touch kind of feel, rather than another decoration.

I can’t wait to give this to my daughter, though she’s already seen it.  Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List:

  • Ribbon –  Mesh (EM02)
  • Suede Leaves (XL09)
  • Flowers (393-25-01)
  • Mini Pom-Pom (419-01)
  • Box – Hobby Lobby
  • Gesso – Golden
  • Paint – Making Memories “School Bus Yellow”
  • Mists – Dylusions “Turquoise”, “Lemon Zest”, “Purple”, Bubblegum Pink”, “Lime Green”
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist “Starfish”, “Key Lime”, “Turquoise”
  • Smooch “Cashmere”
  • Paper –  Heidi Swap “Color Magic”
  • Bling – ZVA Creative
  • Feathers – Hobby Lobby “Fancy Feathers”
  • Flower Centers –  We R Memory Keepers
  • Corner Pieces – Tim Holtz
  • Straight Pins –  Maya Road
  • Black Spirals – from my stash

Blog post by: Christina Colón


  1. Kristie Maynard

    Wonderful project.  I love all the bright, happy colors!  TFS.

  2. Sue D

    Very pretty–I like the colors and the feathers.

  3. Nikki C

    Beautiful Box and I'm hoping I'm one of the lucky 25 🙂

  4. sharon gullikson

    Mardi Gras colors. Very vibrant. Good idea.

  5. Lynda

    Fantastic box!!!

  6. Virginia Fynes

    Love the color combo!

  7. Amy Lynne

    This is SOOOOOOOOO fabulous! The color combo knocks my socks off, and I love the design. Wonderful! 😀

  8. Nicole Martel

    Gorgeous box!


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