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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

An altered Cigar box for Happy Daze


I've had an old cigar box lurking in my crafting stash for a while now and I decided to give it a make over. I gave it a base coat of black gesso, then as I couldn't find quite the right shade I wanted for my box, I mixed a few different colours of my matt emulsion together to create a custom shade. I gave it a couple of coats, then sanded it down to reveal some of the black gesso. Next I used vintage photo distress ink and a crafters workshop template to create the harlequin pattern. I distressed some old book pages and used this fabulous vintage bird plate by blockhead stamps to decorate the lid of the box, using distress inks and inktense pencils to colour the images. I glued in place with matte medium then I sealed the box by rubbing in a small amount of Judikins microglaze, which is perfect for protecting your inky creations, then I buffed a small amount of antique gold patina around the edges of the box.

I meant to blog this yesterday, but as usual I am late, I despair of myself sometimes LOL!

Have a great day & Happy Crafting xx

15 comments:

Angelica said...

Beautiful!!
Love the stamp!

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful altered cigar box Paula. Sometimes there is just not enough hours in the day, xx

Deborah said...

It's lovely, Paula. You have such a knack with shabby chic, the colours and finishes are divine.

Terry said...

Stunning altered cigar box, Paula! Love the harlequin background with the bird's nest! Great vintage feel! Enjoy

Elizabeth said...

Lovely altered box - I like the colours you've chosen to use and the vintage look you have given it. The collaged topper is beautiful. Elizabeth x

Ana Márquez said...

Wow! It looks so beautiful!! Congratulations, dear :-)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic altered box, wonderful images.

Dorthe said...

This is a beauty, I love your own mixed colour and the fantastic birds nest stamp, with the page form a book under. And the harlequin patern looks wonderful, Paula.
Hugs,Dorthe

Astrid Maclean said...

Paula, I love all of your boxes and this one no exception, just lovely!

Zuzu's Blog said...

Very gorgeous... :)

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous alteration, love the bird and nest images.
Yvonne

florenceandfreddie said...

Hi Paula. Stunning!!! Love your altered box. The design, colours and images are truly beautiful.
Regards Florence xx

Redanne said...

Hi Paula, your box is just beautiful, lovely colours and distressing and wonderful image on the top. It really is beautiful. A x

lynne said...

Hi Paula
I've missed too many posts.
This strikes me as being perfect for a man or woman - gorgeous colours.
Wishes
Lynne

city said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.