Frosted Sunflower Trinket Box

Hi There!! Happy Tuesday!!  I’m here today with my entry for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge-#32 Frosted Film.


There’s still time to enter this challenge–it closes this Friday, July 17th at 11:59pm MDT and there are wonderful prizes to be won!!  CC3 #32 is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 gift certificate awarded to one randomly drawn participant, then you have the chance to be awarded the Curiosity Crew’s Choice and receive a Tim & Mario prize package and there’s the coveted Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention blog badge!  You’ve gotta be in it to win it!!


I decorated a little round wooden trinket box and adorned the top with a Frosted Film Sunflower that I made using the Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die.


Here’s how the box started out–I’m using the smaller of the two for today’s project.  I won these boxes from A Vintage Journey late last year!!  These were a part of a special Christmas Give-Away they were hosting at the end of December and I was the lucky random winner!!  WOO HOO!!  Thanks, AVJ!!


Now, I hope I can explain what’s going on here, without exposing too much about the technique.  The Frosted Film technique is also, kind of, product based and I did not have enough of one of the products to do exactly what Tim does in his book.  So, I took pieces of Wendy Vecchi’s White Out and colored them with Adirondack AIs in Sunshine Yellow & Honeycomb to achieve my color.  This is all I can say about that 😉


I first lined the inside of the box & lid with a piece of Menagerie Paper Stash and adhered into place with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set then painted the outside of the box with Mustard Seed DP and heat set.  The stenciling was done in small sections, as the stencil did not wrap all the way around the box, and believe me–I let all of those sections air dry completely!  I used WV’s Add a stencil with DA Black Modeling Paste.


When all of the stenciling was done, I used the Dotted Flourish image from Wendy Vecchi and stamped it onto the lid with Jet Black Archival.  I heat set the ink then applied a coat of DA Crackle Glaze and let air dry.  When that layer was dry, I brushed on some DA Titanium White Antiquing Cream and let air dry, which was pretty quick.  I then wiped down with a damp cotton cloth to expose those cracks! COOL!  Oh, and you can see how some of the antiquing cream seeped under the crackle–I like that, too!!


I’m using 4 whole layers of the Tattered Poinsettia die cuts and several individually cut petals that I used as filler here and there when I was hot gluing the flower onto the top of the lid.  I created the center out of a roughly cut piece of manila stock that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Then I applied a great big glob of Diamond Glaze and covered it with black seed beads.  I totally let that air dry!!


Oh Boy, I love this close up!!  You can see the shimmer of the Frosted Film and Oh Those Beads!!  They look really cool!!  A couple of details–I treated the edges of all of the sunflower petals with an inking of Orange Blossom Archival then a layer of Black Soot DP with a detail paint brush.  I also outlined the center with Orange Blossom Archival using my water brush.


Oh, here’s another cool picture!  You can see the paint on the edges of the petals and look at all of that wonderful crackly goodness!!


This was a fun challenge to create for–I’ve secretly been waiting for this Frosted Film challenge to roll around so that I could make something Sunflower related!  LOL 🙂 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!!  If you’ve got some Frosted Film and Tim’s CC3, come on over to Studio L3 and join in!  There will be only 2 challenges left after CC3 #32 closes, so it’s not too late!!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 3″ Round Wooden Box; Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Art Parts White Out (Wendy Vecchi); Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Add a Stencil (Wendy Vecchi); Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks & Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream & Modeling Paste (DecoArt Media); Archival Inks (Ranger)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Paint Brushes; Palette Knife; Heat Tool; Hot Glue Gun

37 thoughts on “Frosted Sunflower Trinket Box

  1. Shari, this is beyond stunning! It is a blast of summer with that gorgeous yellow. Such a clever use of black seed beads and that gorgeous pattern you achieved on the actual petals is mouthwatering. So difficult to imagine that this project started out as a very humble box.
    (Sorry I haven’t managed a wee chat, hopefully soon x)

    • Thank You, Anne!! Well, gosh, it’s your uses of seed beads that made me break mine out of their perpetual hiding place!! 🙂 🙂 I love sunflowers, too 🙂 🙂 They’ve got to be the happiest flowers in the world!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for popping in!! XOXO-Shari

  2. Brilliant Shari, what a great adaptation of the original technique and I jut love the way the sunflower turned out! That poinsettia die is just so versatile, it looks super on the lid of your beautiful box!

    • Hi Astrid!! Thank you soooo much for coming by to visit while you’re on your holiday!! That’s just soooo nice!! Thank You!! 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you like my little sunflower!! I’m getting ready to do the bigger hat box in the same manner, so I can have a matching set! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Tracy!! I really was waiting for this challenge to try my hand at making a sunflower out of the poinsettia die and I think it worked out pretty well!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Shari….excuse me while I pick my chin up off of the floor! THIS IS SO EYE CATCHING and fabulous! I totally love your little crackled hat box and the colors you’ve used, the black accents, etc. Your tattered flower on top is gorgeous! I LOVE the black edging on it….that totally “makes” that flower that is already just amazing! The seed beads in the center of the flower are just another of your always wonderful attention to the details. LOVE! Shari…this is such a wonderful piece!

    • OMG! Candy!! Thank You soooo much!! I’ve really wanted to make a sunflower out of the poinsettia die and I really did wait for this Frosted Film challenge to experiment 🙂 🙂 I’m going to be decorating the bigger hat box in the same way so that I have a matching set of little hat boxes!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  4. Shari – this is an amazing box! I love your attention to detail with the seed beed center of the sunflower and the way you colored the entire flower and box! What a great idea to use the poinsettia die for a sunflower! Love it! Thanks for joining us for this challenge!

  5. Dear Shari, your box is amazing. I love the Frosted Film technique … and your flower is just gorgeous. Such a beautiful summer filled box , making me smile !!
    I`m sorry to be so much away from blogging this month, but we are spending wonderful vacation days with the grandkits and family. Next week is normal again!!
    xo, Dorthe

    • Hi Dorthe!! Thank you sooo much for stopping by while you’re on holiday!! 🙂 🙂 That makes me smile!! 🙂 🙂 Sunflowers say Summer to me and they are my favorite flower 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you like this little hat box 🙂 This was my experiment for the bigger hat box 🙂 I’ll be able to make the second one much quicker since I’ll know what I’m doing 🙂 🙂 Enjoy your vacation!! XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Marjie!!! 🙂 🙂 It sure was fun building this Sunflower from the Tattered Poinsettia die 🙂 I’m now wondering what other flowers can be made with this die? 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  6. Ooh, love those delicious close-ups! What a wonderful trinket box. And that sunflower!! Wow! Great texture and color. Fantastic!

    • Hi Annette!! Thank You soooo much!! Funny thing about those close-ups…I end up seeing cat/dog hair that’s gotten caught, that I can’t see with my naked eyes!! I ended up having to take a couple of these close-ups over 😉 🙂 LOL!! Thanks so much for having a visit!! XOXO-Shari

  7. Oh my stars and garters…. that box is totally and completely INCREDIBLE Shari. So so so so so so so FUN but GORGEOUS at the same time. In love. j.

    • Thank You, Joi!!! It was a lot of fun to make, because I had no idea of how this was going to turn out!! I just love my Sunflowers!! Thanks for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  8. Wow wow Shari!!! You made an amazing box, the technique looks fantastic, the texture absolutely wonderful (LOVE your choice of stencils and colours, it’s really great!) and the sunflower is just… marvelous!!! Great work!! 🙂 Your mojo is not lost AT ALL dear Shari haha… 😀 XOXO

    • Thank You, Coco!! 🙂 🙂 You are tooooo kind!! 🙂 🙂 Mr. Mojo did have a fun time with this one!! Any chance to do something where I can use or create a Sunflower, I’m going to go for it!! 🙂 Plus, yellow is my favorite color, too 😉 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  9. Most excellent, Shari, as usual!! The black edging on the flower petals is just superb, it give it a funky vintage vibe. Your tutorial is great, I’ll be flagging this one to come back and reference for some of your detail work. Fantastic work!!

    • Thank You, Cheryl!! This sure was a lot of fun to create and now, I’m going to do the larger, little hat box and make another Tattered Poinsettia Sunflower 🙂 It’ll be a matching set 🙂 I’m so glad that you’ll remember this for your own reference!! That’s, like the hugest compliment–Thank You!! XOXO-Shari

  10. My oh my – love this box Shari – what great crackle on the box and your flower is super cool – so vibrant yellow with the Mustard Seed – love the stenciling – this took quite a bit of time having to wait for each technique to dry before moving on – that’s the hardest part – waiting….!!! Julia xx

    • Hi Julia!1 🙂 OMG–you aren’t kidding about waiting for things to dry to be the hardest part!! That’s why I did a lot of this at night, so I could walk away and be distracted with sleep!! 🙂 🙂 Only sleep can keep me away from touching wet mediums!! LOL 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by, Julia!! XOXO-Shari

  11. Shari…this is gorgeous! LOVE LOVE LOVE that you made the tattered poinsettia in to a sunflower! Brilliant! Your colors are spot on and the textures are amazing! Great project…big hugs.

    • Hi Yvonne!! Thank you soooo much!! I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to turn out–it was my first time using the Tattered Poinsettia die! 🙂 This could be one of my favorite CC projects I’ve made 🙂 🙂 Thank you for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

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