I was so excited when we got word about the Art Glitter, Want2Scrap, and Graphic 45 Blog Hop! It took awhile to decide what project I was going to attempt but settled on using the cute little Graphic 45 Staples Kraftboard Altered Art Box. The box comes complete with an accordian-type book inside and a magnetic closure on the cover. At first I was going to cover it with Graphic 45 papers so I painted all the corners and edges with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber. The more it dried, the more I liked the look so scratched the paper-covering idea and painted the entire box – inside and out! Love the elegant black finish!
I made the three-layer medallion (Tim Holtz Paper Rosettes, Alterations by Sizzix) for the box center from Graphic 45 papers Forgotten City and Joyous Noel (I wanted a black base for the medallion and had this paper handy; it worked out well); Joyous Noel for the base, Forgotten City in the middle and the backside (Kraft-color) for the top. The outer edges and the upper creases are all inked with black ink, stacked and a large Want2Scrap gem added to the top center.
The beautiful sparkly gems on top are Want2Scrap, Beautiful Bling Borders by Nina Brackett – Fancy Waves. I was able to cut the two borders to fit the perimeter of the cover. Don’t they look pretty against that black finish?
The side panels are double-sided sticky tape and Art Glitter Fawn No. 728 and Tree Bark No. 524, both microfine glitters, using the double-glitter technique with a strip of lace. These colors closely fit the color scheme and I just love the look of the faux lace.
For the book I cut Forgotten City and Mechanical Mind to fit just inside the book’s pages. The edges were all distressed using Zutter’s Distrezz-it-all; inked them all with black ink and the edges of the book too.
I tried a new technique on the papers that I watched ‘Blanche’ from La Blanche Stamps use at CHA last week. Using Ranger’s Perfect Medium Pen I colored some areas in and sprinkled with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) then heat set. It really adds a lot of dimension and texture. The Ornate Plate (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) is painted with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, then sprinkled with UTEE and heat set. I love the shiny look this achieves!
A few of the elements on the papers were cut out, UTEE added and popped up for added effects. The ribbon is laid down prior to the papers being adhered to the book pages. I was so pleased with the results of this project – especially going into the project without a clear vision! What do you think?
Just coming off CHA this week. For those of you who may not be aware, this is one of our major trade shows for the Craft and Hobby Association. There are two shows each year; the first in January. It’s a show where the manufacturers display their wares for store owners and designers. It’s a great place to spot new trends and see which timeless classics are still around. It’s very exciting to have an opportunity to attend and I had the double pleasure of also being able to share my love for some of my favorite products from Globecraft Memories. It was a great time but I’m home again and it’s time to get that craft room (aka Studio) cleaned up and organized again so I can get back to work!
This month I completed a cd mini book for our partnership with Xyron and Trinity Paper Arts using the “Sincerely” packet I received. I used 5 cds which gave me 10 pages to play with – lots of room to add photos of my daughter, Rachel, and her boyfriend, Kyle. I still own a Coluzzle and love the circle template because it’s the perfect size to fit the cds. I use nothing but my Xyron machines to coat the paper with adhesive. It holds really well to the plastic cd and I’ve never experienced the papers or photos lifting – even after several years of use and abuse. For the cds, which are about 5 1/2 inches in diameter, either the 9″ Creative Station or the Creatopia work great!
I also used Spellbinder die Mix’d Media Elements for the first time and was so impressed as to how it embossed! I’ve started using Spellbinder dies and can understand how people get hooked. Notice the two embossed hearts on the cover flower. The bird and frames/mats are all die cuts from the same Spellbinder die too.
The flower is cut from Tim Holtz’ Tattered Florals die and the ornate plate is chipboard cut from Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates which is painted with the Adirondack Snow Cap Paint Dabber then coated with Glossy Accents on the inner rim and Crackle Accents on the outer rim. That’s a sticker in the middle from Trinity Paper Arts.
The photos were edged with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), heat set, then run through my Xyron 9″ Creative Station. I decorated several cd pages prior to using the Xyron.
And this is how the rest of the book turned out! Check out the rest of the Design Team’s projects using Xyron and Trinity Paper Arts by visiting http://aintshecrafty.blogspot.com/
Aren’t they the cutest couple!