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Collaboration with Inchie Arts: Day 3

November 19, 2014

This week we are thrilled to be collaborating with Inchie Arts featuring their awesome Art Squares! What are Art Squares, you ask? They are the perfect surface for stamping and coloring. Art Squares are made from the highest quality, artist grade, precision cut matboard. The material is unique because it behaves like watercolor paper, enabling papercrafters to use a variety of both wet and dry coloring mediums (including paints, inks, stains, markers, colored pencils, etc.) without surface deterioration. Check out all of the sizes and colors of Art Squares on the Inchie Arts website.


Today Elizabeth is sharing a dimensional home décor project.


Her box was constructed from 1 ½” Art Squares and illustrates how a wintry stamp can be transformed into one-of-a-kind marbled paper.

And, if you take a peek inside, you will see an array of “Tiny Treasures” waiting to make their appearance as tags or card elements.


By gluing Art Squares together, a sturdy foundation was created along with a custom fitted lid.


Elizabeth’s handmade paper was designed by stamping tissue paper with the

snowflake from 40-355 Crystal Frame and 1999L Letter Background.



As we zoom in, you can see with the addition of watercolors and antique bronzing

how the paper is transformed into a seamless, marbled design.


The sturdiness of the Art Squares not only lends precision detailing to the all the edges, but they also give the box a decadent thickness.

Here’s a closer look at the tags inside:


The cute images from our transparent set, 30-268 Tiny Treasures, were stamped on small Art Squares and watercolored.   To give the tags the appearance of kiln-fired tiles, Elizabeth applied two coats of gloss varnish.


DIMENSIONAL BOX: Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

TAGS: Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

For a photo tutorial on creating an Inchie Arts Cube, click HERE.


And lucky us… the generous folks at Inchie Arts are sponsoring a fab GIVEAWAY this week!  To enter, leave a comment here on our blog and also be sure to visit the Inchie Arts blog and leave a comment there, too.  And for a bonus entry? “Like” the Inchie Arts and Penny Black Facebook pages and leave a comment letting them know that you liked their page. TWO lucky winners will receive 4 boxes of Art Squares of their choosing and $25 worth of stamps from Penny Black. Giveaway closes 11/22/14 at 11:59 PM PST. 

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:

69 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2014 12:37 am

    What a fantastic box and contents. Really nice effect on the box.

  2. Deb L permalink
    November 19, 2014 1:32 am

    Love those tiny picture stamps. I am a big fan of inchies. I can not wait to find the squares. Love the beautiful box.

  3. November 19, 2014 1:38 am

    Oh, I love those tiny beauties . So many ideas for using them .
    The box is absolutely beautiful .

  4. November 19, 2014 1:45 am

    Elizabeth always has the best ideas and this is just so nice! A great little storage box and the tiles she created are beautiful.

  5. Marliese permalink
    November 19, 2014 3:33 am

    What a great idea! Love the box and the tiles. Will definiately need to buy some Inchies.

  6. Christine Kosmak permalink
    November 19, 2014 3:45 am

    Oh dear this is just such a great little box and such cute little tiles it holds. Now I want to make some of my own!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Crystal Coppock Muirhead permalink
    November 19, 2014 4:19 am

    What a fantastic box. And the gift tags are great. This would be a great gift to give to someone around the first part of December! TFS!

  8. CatSharp permalink
    November 19, 2014 4:31 am

    Loving these Inchie ideas. Already have the Tiny Treasures. Yay!

  9. maureenchandler permalink
    November 19, 2014 4:46 am

    What a wonderful project – it’s beautiful inside and out!! Thanks so much!

  10. November 19, 2014 4:58 am

    The box is beautiful…excellent give away for xmas…the little tiles are great to make more
    projects ….thanks a lot for sharing those project. Love them.

  11. D.AnnC permalink
    November 19, 2014 5:12 am

    Gorgeous box! I want to make one!!

  12. Karen Conner permalink
    November 19, 2014 5:21 am

    The Art Squares made a nice box and tags! Cute!!

  13. November 19, 2014 5:22 am

    This is totally awesome

  14. Barb Housner permalink
    November 19, 2014 5:27 am

    beautiful box and the tags are so sweet thanks for sharing

  15. Julie Pike permalink
    November 19, 2014 6:02 am

    Adorable tags! Love anything mini and the Inchies are just perfect for watercolours!

  16. birgited permalink
    November 19, 2014 6:13 am

    Lovely tags and box!

  17. November 19, 2014 6:33 am

    Beautifully colored and designed tags and box Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing and for the chances to win!

  18. November 19, 2014 6:39 am

    What a wonderful gift a way – cannot wait!

  19. Donna Whitten permalink
    November 19, 2014 6:45 am

    Love that fantastic box with its treasure trove!

  20. Toddy permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:03 am

    I’ve ordered some art squares and will be making some of those cute gift tags!

  21. mjmarmo permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:07 am

    Such a gorgeous box and love those squares!

  22. Carol Jones permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:13 am

    She is so creative — what a wonderful idea for a special little gift!

  23. Susan Roberts permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:13 am

    Holy cow! What an amazing project! Thank you for the inspiration.

  24. November 19, 2014 7:23 am

    love the project–adorable tags!

  25. judka permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:29 am

    This treasure box makes my heart melt! What a lovely gift this would make. Elizabeth’s hand made paper is perfect! Every morning has brought a new art treat this week!

  26. irene G. permalink
    November 19, 2014 8:07 am

    OMG OMG OMG, that is beyond adorable!!!

  27. Michelle permalink
    November 19, 2014 8:19 am

    The Box is a treasure itself. So lovely how it is decorated!

  28. Leslie permalink
    November 19, 2014 8:26 am

    Wow! this is really cool – I love working in 3D and to have it be a sturdy medium opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

  29. Rebecca permalink
    November 19, 2014 8:31 am

    Love the ornaments, and the idea of a box to show them off! Thanks for sharing..

  30. November 19, 2014 9:13 am

    Had not thought about using the large Art Squares to make a box. Thanks again for all the great idea on using Art Squares.

  31. November 19, 2014 10:21 am

    Amazing box and then the lovely tags inside too. What a fun idea.

  32. Miriam Prantner permalink
    November 19, 2014 10:28 am

    Great box! Love how sturdy those inchies are!

  33. November 19, 2014 10:33 am

    Lovely art…great gift box with wonderful treasures inside!!! TFS
    castle77 at comcast dot net

  34. rains permalink
    November 19, 2014 10:37 am

    great idea – making abox for little tags. My nieces would this.

  35. November 19, 2014 11:09 am

    Fabulous project! I’d love to win the art squares…

  36. Denise Bryant permalink
    November 19, 2014 11:17 am

    Awesome project! Love the idea of making this cute little box! And the Tiny Treasures inside are absolutely adorable!

  37. Denise Bryant permalink
    November 19, 2014 11:18 am

    I like the Inchie Arts and PB FB pages too!

  38. jen Barnett permalink
    November 19, 2014 11:28 am

    Never really known about the art squares, but love to try them!

  39. Jill Sharp permalink
    November 19, 2014 11:39 am

    This box is a great idea.

  40. Yvette Williams permalink
    November 19, 2014 11:46 am

    I like the marble on the box.

  41. barbara lassiter permalink
    November 19, 2014 12:35 pm

    Love this project! I always need small boxes for gifts and etc. and this is so pretty. Love the marbled paper look!

  42. Jean Bullock permalink
    November 19, 2014 12:49 pm

    What a great idea. The box looks great. I did not realize how thick the squares were. Thanks for the tutorial and the links.

  43. Janet Cobb permalink
    November 19, 2014 1:48 pm

    Wow! This is fabulous! Amazing what these awesome squares can be used for!

  44. November 19, 2014 2:11 pm

    Those tags sure do look like kiln fired tiles…love them and that and that decorated box is just fabulous

  45. Iris Soscia permalink
    November 19, 2014 2:33 pm

    Super cute box and tags.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  46. Iris Soscia permalink
    November 19, 2014 2:36 pm

    I like you on FB.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  47. Maria permalink
    November 19, 2014 2:47 pm

    How cute are they,love the little tiles with the cute pictures
    and that box is a wow!

  48. November 19, 2014 3:11 pm

    Wow!!! What an unique item!!! Love the box!!!

  49. Patt H. permalink
    November 19, 2014 3:14 pm

    Love that gorgeous box! Those little ornament tiles are so cute. I didn’t realize how many items could be made with Inchies. Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. November 19, 2014 4:26 pm

    Absolutely amazing & wonderful! Elizabeth never ceases to amaze!

  51. Clelie permalink
    November 19, 2014 6:37 pm

    Love learning new techniques! Love the marbling of the box!

  52. Peggy permalink
    November 19, 2014 6:47 pm

    Wow, what a great project! Enjoying this week of “Inchies” ideas.

  53. November 19, 2014 7:00 pm

    That is so neat, what a great idea!! love it.

  54. Sue D permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:35 pm

    Wow –what a fabulous box!

  55. jamie Vanskiver permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:38 pm

    This box is so neat and I actually think I can do this:)!!! I love the lil tags too! That stamp set is too cute and whimsical. Love it:)

  56. November 19, 2014 9:32 pm

    Really neat idea! Love how your box looks and the treasures inside, so neat! This would be a nice gift to give too. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  57. Judy B permalink
    November 20, 2014 10:39 am

    A very pretty box. I love the little inchies she put inside as an extra gift. Thanks for sharing with us.

  58. Linda S. in NE permalink
    November 20, 2014 6:33 pm

    What a darling project. I love the goodies inside as much as the box itself. Too Cute!

  59. November 21, 2014 2:11 am

    A wonderful box with such gorgeousness inside! xxx

  60. November 21, 2014 1:33 pm

    Great idea for a gift!!! Those cute little tags would be perfect as a hostess gift

  61. Mary permalink
    November 21, 2014 6:55 pm

    Wow! What a great project!

  62. dedrawolff permalink
    November 22, 2014 5:27 am

    The tiny tags turned out so cute!

  63. Pam R. permalink
    November 22, 2014 7:59 am

    That box is too cute!

  64. Pai permalink
    November 22, 2014 8:38 am


  65. Faith permalink
    November 22, 2014 1:16 pm

    How wonderful that Inchies are so versatile! The box is wonderful.

  66. Liddia permalink
    November 22, 2014 4:20 pm

    Great gift idea.

  67. November 22, 2014 4:36 pm

    The box is lovely and so are the tiny treasures. Hugz

  68. Bonnie Thrasher permalink
    November 24, 2014 4:56 pm

    Amazing box. Great work.

  69. Janet permalink
    March 15, 2015 10:14 am

    What a creative way to use inchie squares…so adorable! This would make a great little gift, too!! Love it 🙂

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