Wednesday, 30 August 2017

On the Case

On the Case

Hallo Everyone!

Hope your week has started off
well and will continue on the up

We have a great week planned
and here is Louise Thomson to
start us off.....

"When my hubby and I got married, 
a friend of ours gave us a 'treasure box' to
 keep all the little bits and pieces you
 gather over the years from dates and 
holidays and such like. 

I loved it so much that I've made one for
 pretty much everyone I know who's got 
married since! 

This one is destined for a friend who is
 getting married shortly and is having
 a literary themed wedding. 

It started out life as very ordinary
 office storage.

I gave the whole box a couple of coats of 
gesso primer.

While the gesso dried, I stamped this incredible 
impression obsession book stamp in archival 
cobalt blue ink.

I kept going until the whole piece of
 tissue paper was coated!

Then mixed some pva and water and 
used it to cover the top of the box.

The base of the box also got a coating in gesso,
 followed by a coating of starlight paint in turquoise.

With the starlight paint dry, I softened 
the look using fresco paint in chalk, which I
 then sanded back. 

I also added in some scraps of paper, 
stencilling, and a few paint splatters for 
good measure!

I made a background card using 
distress oxide inks. I smooshed them on 
to my non stick mat, spritzed with water 
and picked up the colour on the card. 

I repeated this several times, 
drying between each layer.

Next I added some stencilling.

This was followed by some script stamping 
and some die cut birds and lettering.

To the top of the box I added more stencilling, 
this time using grunge paste.
 I repeated this stencil several times to 
build up the background.
 I also added some more of the floral stencil.

Once the grunge paste had dried, I replaced the
 floral stencil and added colour using
 cracked pistachio and worn lipstick distress oxides.

Using some leftover background card I cut
 out some little birds using an impression obsession
 die set.

I fiddled about with the layout for a long time
 adding some gorgeous graphic 45 papers
 and a few little extra details such as the
 stitching in this picture.

A feather quill from a Bo Bunny stamp set.

More inking and stamping

This picture shows up the earlier stencilling better, 
and a little bird die. 

I 'hid' birds perched all around the book shelves
 just for fun.

I looked up some quotes online and found 
this rather romantic one which comes from 
one of my friends favourite books. 

The background here is made by spritzing card
 with color bloom.

Finally the finished layout!"

Materials list;

Office filing box
Fresco paints - Chalk
Paper scraps from stash

Thank you Louise.  Your friend
is going to be so pleased with
her box after all the thought 
you have put into it.  

Such a lovely idea for a wedding
gift.  There are so many bits and pieces that
we collect on our journey through life

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. Great project, love the stamp and very useful piece too. happy crafty week, Angela xXx

  2. Super idea Louise and such a wonderful quote. I'm sure there will be many memories stored for years to come. X


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