Monday, 7 November 2011

Altered box

Hi there everyone.
I hope you all had a creative and fun weekend. I had a great day over at The Craft Barn on Saturday so thanks to all those who came along; it was lovely to see you!
One of the things I was showing there was working with tissue paper when altering some of the lovely wooden items that The Craft Barn sells. I generally do this when I work with wooden items as it is often difficult to get good stamping results around corners and any routered decorative elements.
So today I thought I'd show you one of the boxes I altered using Katzelkraft stamps.

I stared with a plain wooden box and a piece of tissue long enough to go round the box and just over onto the lid. I stamped in archival sepia and black a selection of images from the Kopokopelli and vinci joconde plates. to cover the tissue. I covered the sides of the box with studio multi medium matte and adhered the tissue to the closed box. By doing this you can press the tissue into and corners and the top section and still have a cohesive stamped image.
When it is dry, use a kraft knife to gently cut the join line for the lid so the box can be opened easily but your image is perfectly lined up. You can add your colour, I used distress inks to colour and then Inka gold to add highlights.
Then onto the top; you can of course just do the same technique for the lid but I like to add a bit of shine so I cut a piece of chipboard to size. Stamped my images and coloured with the same distress inks used on the box. Using water and a brush I removed colour from the horse to make it stand out more before adding a couple of layers of UTEE. By using a decent thickness board it will stay flat so it's easier to glue down.
So there you have it, a lovely gift box ready for a Christmas gift for someone; fill it with choccies or soaps and it is a thoughtful gift that does not cost a lot to make!
These lovely stamps are available direct from France HERE or in the UK they are available exclusively from The Craft Barn.
Have a lovely afternoon everyone and I do hope you have time to create something today.
I'd also like to say hi to my new followers, welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy travelling along with me on my creative journey. I can't believe I'm almost at 300 followers now; thank you one and all; I really appreciate you all. 9 more followers and I'll be having a lovely giveaway to celebrate so do hang around!
Bless you all.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Love the box - great idea to stamp onto the tissue.. sorry I couldn't get to the Barn on Saturday - had a hair appointment and by the time it was finished, I'd have missed you.... maybe next time!