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Thursday, January 28, 2016

shadow box tutorial

I am a bit of hoarder regarding packaging and I always see potential in everything. And yes I am guilty of buying food and such, just because the use of what it comes in!! We are a big fan of french cheeses and they come in awesome wooden or cardboard containers. I usually save them and make shadow boxes out of them.

Today I want to share my latest shadow box project...

I start out with this rectangular box. It had a really nice strong french cheese in it hahaha. It aired out so it is not smelly anymore ;-)

I cut strips from my stash of pretty papers to cover the outside and inside of the sides of the box. The inside of the background will be covered with something else.

Here you see the sides covered with the paper.

The inside of the shadowbox will be my focal point. I cut some watercolour cardstock to size, and stamp my focal image with stazon or archival ink. I am going to layer some stamps, so I will be using a mask to cover the gentleman.

After I covered the Chemist with a mask, I stamped the background in Sepia Archival ink and blended some distress ink to give it a weathered and antique look. I love the various masking techniques. Here I just used a standard mask I made from blank masking sheets and my stamp. After I remove the mask, my focal background image is ready to be coloured in with distress markers...

After I coloured him in, I glued him to the back of the box. My background now has a base.
I will now add more dimension by adding layers of embellishments and stamped images.

I stamped a apothecary image, part of the stamp set the Chemist is from, a set by Tim Holtz, who else hahaha. I stamped it on vellum so it is a bit translucent and gives a nice effect once coloured in. I decided to colour it in with sharpies.

After I coloured everything in I cut it up in pieces so I can start assembling my layers.

To give it dimension I used 3D glue dots, I couldn't use foam tape, as that would show through the vellum. At some points I had to use more than one dot as I really wanted itto be three dimensional.

I just doubled and trippled the dots on top of eachother.

I stuck the vellum pieces to the background. I can now add all the embellishments to complete my little apothecary scene.

I added some glass viles I altered, you can read in my previous blog post how I did that, and added some embellishments I made with stamps, dies and shrink plastic.

Befor I glued in the background, I attached two hooks with two brads, this way the box can be hung on the wall. The background image covers the brads.

I always like to personalise the shadow boxes for the person I make it for. This box is for a lady that works with essential oils and does aroma therapy, and her favpurite bird is the red cardinal. So I found a little bird in my stash of charms, I coloured it red and black to resemble the cardinal. I cut of the ring off and glued it in the box.

More embellishments were added like a clock and glasses. Once I am happy with the content I cover the box with a sheet of acetate as I want to protect the inside from dust.

I glued the acetate on top of the rim of the box and secured it with a washi tape strip. I covered that with a strong glue medium, so it all stays in place.

On the acetate I glued a word band to give the box its identity so to speak. Glossy accents is my go to glue for nearly everything!

The box needed something to give it the finishing touch, so I took four metal corners from my stash and covered them with paint to give them a faux patina. The paint is wiped off once the paint is almost dry. This way it stays on the corners in certain areas and wiped off on others. I love doing this to metal embellishments, it sort of brings them to life!

The corners are glued on the box with hot glue and the altered box of cheese is now a miniature laboratory.

What a way to upcycle huh? I hope it gave you an idea what you can do with the simplest thing!

Have a wonderful crafty day and take care.
Until next time :-)


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

antique glass tutorial

I was asked to do a few tutorials again, so here is the first one for 2016!
A friend of mine sent me tiny glass viles, and I antiqued them Tim Holtz style.

After posting them on Facebook, I was asked quite a few times how I did it, so below the step by step tutorial. I used a bigger jar as the viles were all done already.

This is a clean plain glass jar.

I covered the jar with a matte medium. I used Claudine Helmuth Studio by Ranger, but a matte mod podge or something similar will do also. Let that dry really well.

After the jar had completely dried, I covered it with a medium layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Again, this needs to dry completely.

The next step is selecting a colour to stain the glass with. In this case I wanted the glass to have a vintage blue look so I went for the aqua alcohol ink.

This is what the glass looks like after I applied the alcohol ink with my ink blending tool and felt.

This is the befor picture of the tiny glass viles I was given.....

And this is what the viles look like now...

I hope this tutorial was helpful and you will give this a try, it is so much fun and looks amazing. time, take care.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

12 tags of 2016

A new year, new challenges. And as always Tim starts the year with a great challenge again.
I finally found the time to make a tag for the 12 tags again and my goal is to make them every month.
So here is my entry for January: