Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Little Darlings Altered Box

(If you are looking for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge, please scroll down.)

I am in my last month as part of the Graphic 45 Design Team, and have a few more projects to turn in. I made this 12x12 altered box this past week as one of my May assignments. 

I used a Graphic 45 Altered Art Matchbook Box Staples (12 x 12 size) to create a dimensional scrapbook "page." I love making dimensional pages, and I am the first to admit that they really don't fit into my albums very well. I have started to create more pages that I can place into shadowboxes rather than into scrapbooks. I decided that the 12 x 12 matchbook box was perfect for altering into a scrapbook "page" suitable for hanging on the wall or placing on a table.

Before attaching my paper, I painted the edges of the box with white gesso. Any edges or corners that show will be white, to match the sweet Little Darlings and Secret Garden papers that I chose.

I painted all the Graphic 45 metal staples and most of the chipboard elements with white gesso also. 

Since my box is not designed to open, I only decorated the edges that show. I did cover all the surfaces on the inside of the box with gesso and paper. Anyone peeking inside the box will see a fully decorated box.

I added a photo mat to the inside of the box. Since I am not keeping this box for myself, I did not add a photo. I adore the chipboard phrase "A Mother's Love Lasts a Lifetime." 

I did not paint the chipboard sentiment with gesso before spraying with chalkboard glimmer mist. I got a rich, blue color on the chipboard with that technique. The chipboard clock was painted and then just lightly pressed onto some paper towel that I had sprayed with the chalkboard mist. I has just a bit of color, plus some pattern from the paper towel! 

Once I had all of my surfaces of the box covered with paper, I began to glue flowers and other embellishments to the front of the box. I broke my "no flowers for boy projects" rule this time! Since this is a baby project, I thought some sweet white and blue flowers would be perfect.

I tucked painted metal Staples, crystal pins, and postage images in with the flowers. 

The wood butterflies started out a tan color, but I painted them with gesso and sprayed them with the chalkboard mist.

The "new baby" chipboard sentiment was "raw chipboard" that I sprayed with the mist.  I also added a clear glass bottle and some wire "spirals" to the box. I pretty much  keep gluing stuff on until it looks "right."

I had such fun creating this box. Now I have to decide who to give it to! I know a few folks you would love to have it.... {wink}
Graphic 45 Paper:
Little Darlings: Bundle of Joy, New Arrival, Baby Borders, Lullaby
Secrete Garden: Posy Patch, April Showers

Graphic 45 Staples:
Altered Art Matchbook Box (12 x 12), Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Metal Brads, Ornate Metal Door Plate

Other supplies:
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Butterflies: Prima
Pins: Maya Road
Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs
Die cut shapes: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Weathered Clock, Elegant Flourishes
Wire: unknown
Chalkboard mist: Tattered Angels Peacock
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Heritage White; Bazzill Lakeshore
Gesso: Liquitex
Glass bottle: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac, 3 in 1 Glue


Ольга Журина said...

OOO! Incredibly beautiful!

Sara I. said...

Absolutely amazing with all those gorgeous details!! I'm sure whoever gets this piece of art will be delighted! xx

Pammejo said...

Stunning...Little Darlings is one of the collections that I don't have, hmmmm....may have to get me some,,,

Alice Golden said...

What a precious keepsake - just gorgeous!

Kathy said...

This is so gorgeous, Gloria! I love the idea of the shadow box for this! I have these papers and love them...I have saved every little piece of leftovers even! Blessings! Kathy

Pam said...

Priceless! I love this piece! You really outdid yourself.

Audrey Ann said...

Gloria - this is beyond gorgeous. I so enjoyed taking in every breathtaking detail here - what an amazing gift this will make. Love the colors and all the wonderful details - this is a true keepsake!

Tracey Sabella said...

Gorgeous box with amazing details! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Ava Gavloski said...

great altered box, i have one of those and i have to design it for the core. thanks for the inspiration and detail.... i think i need to get out my sketch pad and start reflecting upon how i want my rainforest pcs to look!!! smile

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

This is so precious, Gloria..and I personally love the posies! A real keepsake!

Caroline said...

Oh Gloria, it won't be the same on G45 without you! This is completely adorable! I am using these papers for an altered frame but am stuck? Will keep this image & see if it helps me become 'unstuck', lol...
Thank you for all the inspiration! :)

lynda said...

This is such inspiration for me! I need to make weldcome brandbaby gift for a friend. Something like yours' would be perfect!

Adriana B said...

awesome work Gloria, love the little images with the flowers . fabulous details :) take care :)

Sandie Edwards said...

What a precious keepsake you have created Gloria...