Color a Wooden Box with Walnut Ink And Delicata Metallic Inks

by Iris Rodriguez

Color a Wooden Box with Walnut Ink And Delicata Metallic Inks

Full steam ahead with this Steampunk box project! I enjoy using Walnut ink on wooden projects. The colors are rich and seep into the grain nicely, bringing out the beauty of the wood. Imagine has Walnut Inks in a variation of colors. For this project, I used the Terra Cotta ink, brown-reddish colors. To color the gears I used metallic Delicata Inks; Celestial Copper, Golden Glitz and Shimmery Silver.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes to color box and gears, 1-2 hours of natural air dry


Step 1

For this project, you will need a wooden box and wooden or chipboard gears. These materials are very porous and soak in the Walnut and Delicata pigment inks very nicely.

Step 2

Spray the box with the Terra Cotta Walnut Ink.

Step 3

Allow the box to naturally air dry; it takes about an hour, or speed up the process by drying with a heating tool. Seal the box. This protects the box and ink from liquids and humidity. Plus it looks nice and finished. Allow the box to completely dry.

Step 4

To color the gears, lightly pounce the gears on the Golden Glitz Delicata Inkpad. Repeat this step with the Shimmery Silver and Celestial Copper Delicata Inks. Allow the inks to completely dry or to speed up the process with a heating tool.

Step 6

Glue the gears with On Point Glue.

Step 7

The fine point needle helps to get in the narrow spaces of the gears. And just like that, you have a nice steampunk-industrial keepsake box to keep for yourself or give as a gift.


  • Unfinished Wooden Box
  • Laser-cut wooden or chipboard gears
  • Sealer; Spray (e.g. 3M, Krylon) or Water-based Polyurethane

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gift tags made from dcwv paper. wish big. flower stamps from hero arts.

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I love to create packages and could not resist this opportunity to use the Beach House collection from the DCWV papers! These are envelopes to store gift cards or money, perfect for the season, don’t you think? To create these gift tags you need a 6″x 6″ piece of decorated paper. I started by scoring 1-5/8″ from the sides, 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ from the top and cut away the four corners creating a small wedge from the sides of the flags to make it easier to assemble. I then pasted the edge of one side flag and the bottom flag using Tear It Tape. Place your gift card or money inside and secure the envelope package with a few loops of bakers twine.

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  • Joy Clair – Doodle Flowers Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Wish Big Stamp
  • Baker’s twine
  • Scissors
  • Dimensional stickers

Handmade card with gift tag. DCWV paper. floral theme. lace.

Country Floral Gift Card Tag by Roni Johnson

With Spring popping up everywhere I thought it would be fun to make a dainty little floral gift card tag holder and card all in one. The card features a bouquet of flowers pieced on one of the front flaps which opens to reveal a silvery lace pocket which holds an oversized tag. Continue opening to see nestled inside you find a gift card! This crafty card and tag combination creates a nice surprise gift effect for the person receiving the present. The possibilities of themes and ideas for this duo set are endless, so let your imagination fly!




  • DCWV – Country Floral, Textured Brights
  • Cardstock
  • – Stamps
  • Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelets





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