I recently bought some nesting box ‘blanks’- made I think, from a very lightweight balsa wood - from a discount store. I covered them in roughly torn and crinkled pieces of lightweight aluminium tape (similar to Ranger Metal Foil Tape Sheets).
I then ran a Pitch Black Adirondack Paint Dabber over the foil to give it an aged look, wiping most of it off before it dried. Where I was a little heavy handed with the black paint, I simply swiped over it with Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink.
Next I applied fake studs with Cosmic Shimmer Black Pearl PVA. It looks so easy when Sue Wilson does it on television but I found it quite hard to keep them a uniform size. This might have been down to both the shiny surface and the curve of the lid, plus the hot weather. Once I had put the PVA in the fridge for 15 minutes or so, it became easier to use. Once the PVA had set, I swiped the metallic ink over the studs.
Next I rolled out some polymer clay using a poly roller. I used black oven-bake clay but air dry clay would work just as well. Any colour will do because you can paint or ink it. I cut into it with a spade shaped metal clay cutter and pressed a TPC Studio Fleur De Lys stamp into the clay. I then swiped the metallic ink lightly over the surface before curing. I glued my fleur de lys onto the box lid with silicone glue.
I chose to work with black and silver because that’s what I had to hand and I think it would make a great gift box for those ‘difficult’ men. But the box would look equally good with a rusty, bronze or verdigris finish – just change your paint and ink colours accordingly.