On the Case
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
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
I gave the whole box a couple of coats of
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
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
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!"
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