I have taken a gift packaging box and given it a new lease of life, as a useful stationery set. It makes a lovely gift for someone or just to keep for yourself.

The combination of Infusions and Distress ink create interesting backgrounds. Every time the result will be different and I think that adds to the appeal. It is an easy technique but the results are exciting. By adding the Distress ink to cover the white areas, you create a complete background which is ideal as a base or for paper piecing as I have done here.

The gift box was originally bright orange. I added a chipboard divider inside the box so the pens and paper could be kept separate. The base was then painted with DecoArt Chalky paint which easily covered the orange box colour.

The full article and step-by-step instructions
are featured in the February 2017 issue of
Craft Stamper magazine