Thursday, 22 May 2014
Cherub Keepsake Box
Hello Everyone, Today I am super excited to be sharing this post along with Our Creative Corner in Top Talent Spotlight and hope you all enjoy looking at my box. I love when I have something that I can Upcycle and this box was perfect to do so. It started off life as a Balsawood box that soaps had been gifted in and I thought would be perfect to alter. My inspiration came from thinking I would love my box to look like an old vintage box you would see in an Antiques shop that already held a history from its previous owner.
I started off by giving it a coat of Gesso to seal it. Then onto my layers of paint. I used several coats of Paperartsy and Distress paints continually sanding back every few coats. This was to give the look of age to my box and as if you were seeing through the years from all the layers. Eventually after many layers I was finally happy with the appearance.
My Cherub is a La Blanche stamp, this and several other stamps were stamped onto paper hankies with different colours of Archival ink. I then separated the layers of tissue back so I only had the top layer. I tore around the tissue of my stamped images rather than cutting the tissue with scissors – doing it in this way stops you seeing the edges. I gradually added a layer of multi medium onto my box to place my tissue images onto top and sealing over the top of the tissue again with multi medium.
Once this stage was completed I stamped my flourish design and added Gilding Flakes and added several coats of multi medium to seal it. My lace was dipped into distress paint and a little Frantage and Distress Ink was added to the edges. My Tim Holtz metal embellishments had a little paint rubbed over them. I lined my box with some felt to finish it off.
My box now sits on my fireplace hearth and I hope you love it as much as I do. Thanks so much to Laura and the team over at Our Creative Corner for this opportunity.
I would like to enter this In to the following challenges :
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Anything goes altered art
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Challenge #73-3D
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge 8 show us some metal/glass
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes