Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Graphic 45 Altered Trinket Box for LESSology

I came across this new challenge site; LESSology; a challenge blog dedicated to altered things. This is so perfect for me as I'm in this phase where I'm just itching to craft but I don't feel like scrapping layouts.

Their second challenge is for "Trinket Box" so I rummaged through my hoard of stuff (and I have alot of rubbish!) and guess what I found... my old sunglasses box. It's a lovely box; sturdy built, good quality, perfectly pristine inside and outside but sitting there untouched for almost two years. Time for some 'upcycling' :)

So here's what I made of it ..... sorry Gucci!!! :P

View from the top. As you might recognize, the images are Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante.

This is the front view. Bible verse stamp; Technique Tuesday. It's an apt verse; any day I can craft is indeed a day to rejoice and be glad :)

This is the back view. Sentiment came from the same stamp set as above. Flourish stamps; Inkadinkado Chandelier stamps.

Here are some close-ups:

Image is distressed and matted on black paper which is also distressed and painted with Jo Sonja's gold paint around the edges. I highlighted the top of the image with some glitter Stickles.

The other end of the box; French script stamp; TH Stampers Anonymous, small paper rose; Prima's Botanical Sugar Bloom.I decorated the image with some glitter stickles and liquid pearls.

Close-up of the image on one of the sides. The brass clock charm is from Yew Buttons (local haberdashery) tied with jute twine.

Huge fabric flower from Prima Tuscany Collection. Pearls & crystal flourish also Prima. Netting and tulle local supply. Small circle of pearls; Etsy. Skeleton leaf; Crafio.

Another side view, same French script stamp as above, the the pearl cluster is actually a Prima flower-centre.

The inside of the box is lined with a soft logo monogram of Gucci's logo pattern and I decided to keep that as is since it's got a really nice feel to it. I'm using this box to store my "craft trinkets"... particularly my precious handmade blooms.

Next up I'll share a little on the process of altering this box... note that I'm only altering the box COVER and not the BASE as the base is a nice shiny laminated black so that's perfect.

First up; I placed my box on the paper (Basic Grey Hello Luscious / Dazzling) and traced around it (all the sides, just rotate the box). Then cut it up to look like this, remember to leave some flaps on the sides for a more 'seamless' coverage. Then I prepared all the cut-outs and embellishments and placed in around the this paper. From there I will know how I want to decorate the paper's base. Next I stamped around it in black. French script stamp from TH Stampers Anonymous. Flourish stamps; Inkadinkado Chandelier stamps.

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 After that I added some colors and shading using Ranger's TH Distress Ink Pad, as you can see in the picture above. I also created some designs using a flourish mask. Then I added this 'dotty' netting effect using a piece of netting as a mask. You can see the piece of netting under the Inksentials foam applicator. The shades I used here are: Stormy Sky, Tea Dye and Peeled Paint.

Then, I added on the cut-outs of the G45 patterned papers. After that I wrapped and adhered this on top of the box cover. The last and final step (the fun part!) is to add the blooms, glitters, pearls, charms etc, I also trimmed the bottom edge of the cover with a thin strip of black velvet ribbon for that luxe feel ... and we're done!!!

I'm so glad I found this challenge which inspired me to do this. I got to upcycle a redundant designer box into something really personal and precious and USEFUL :) And I got to use those G45 papers I bought ages ago and haven't found a way to use them till now! Thanks LESSology!!!

Thanks for visiting :) Hope this inspires you to dig up some old stuff to alter :)

Now, do hop on to LESSology and check out the other gorgeous altered items by the DT, there are inspirations galore ... I promise! :)


Amelia Khalik said...

Wow...drop dead gorgeous altered box!!! I love em to bits esp the stamping and awesome diatressing! What a beauty! :)))

papertrails leaver said...

totally speechless upon seeing this gorgeous creation you made! I mean it's incredible! You have amazing talent! :-) Amy

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Your box is way prettier than the Gucci box (smile). Gorgeous detail on this. I really love the flowers and the paper that you used. Thank you so much for playing along with us at LESSology.

Blossom inch said...

That is one beautiful altered box, I love it Marina. This is just one amazing altered box and prettier than the Gucci. Great tutorial and thank you for sharing.

yyam said...

Wow Marina! This is spectacular! Love the use of Graphic 45 papers and those blooms!:)

Thanks so much for joining us at LESSology! :)

Svet-lana said...

The box is amazing! So interesting distress and stamping combination. And I'll be waiting for a new card with the flowers inside, espesially with red :-)

Heather Jacob said...

super duper awesome ... such a treasure ... I love every little piece of this ... thanks for sharing your inspiring piece of art .. hugz x

sandi said...

Wow! This is absolutely fantastic! I really love what you've created with your box!

TesaB said...

YAY! So totally awesome! Love your box with all that amazing stamping and inking. Thanks for playing with with LESSology! :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

It's a BEAUTY!!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us at LESSology!

Audrey Pettit said...

Wowzers! What a stunning trinket box! Love, love the colors and papers you used. That Graphic 45 line is so perfect for this. Awesome upcycling of that old glasses box, too. Love the stamping and trinkets. Really lovely. :)
Thanks so much for joining us at LESSology for our 2nd challenge.

lisa said...

Oh wow, that's a work of art!
Thanks for playing with us at LESSology x

~amy~ said...

gorgeous all your details! Thanks for playing with us at LESSology!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wow wow! I loveeeeeeeee this! I loveeeeeeee the colors, the distressing and the masking! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Me said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Great job!

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