Monday, 23 March 2015

Tissue Box meets stampbord and pan pastels

Sunday already ... where has my weekend gone? I know I've had two days off work but it doesn't feel that way. I would like to put it down to being busy busy but have had a chilled weekend. Oh well.

It's inspiration week over at Pan Pastel Challenges and we are still busy altering anything that stands still long enough and I decided to use an empty tissue box to create a storage "thingy". I cut it in half and glued the two pieces side on.

I covered the sides with a fab selection of papers I found in an Euro shop when visiting mum. They are by and a really good weight. I also covered the inside too.

Using raw umber and coarse black pearlescent pan pastels, I distressed/aged the edges. Next I dug out my fav PAB stamps: postcard and roses. I created some postcards using both the papers and the stamps, ageing them with the same coloured pan pastels as before.

I added the postcards to my boxes to look as if they were travelling memorabilia.

Earlier in the week I was having a good old chat with my PP teamie, Terry and I was moaning about how I faff on embellishing my projects, so much so, half do not get completed. Terry suggested that I only select a few embellishments for my project and just work with them, and them only. So I did just that ... sat and thought what would and wouldn't work, got them out and started making my embellishments .... but .... then I remembered I had saved some ace stamps (from a parcel from the US) and some travel related stickers, so breaking my promise, off I went to find them. Several hours later, craft stuff everywhere, I finally found them. Uuummmmm, lesson learnt but my time wasn't completely wasted as I have used them. Sorry Terry, promise to try harder next week ...

Okay enough waffle. One of the things I searched for was these stamps and they are perfect embellishments. I have used them on small stampbord squares which have been distressed and then aged with coarse black pearlescent pan pastel.

On a larger piece of stampbord, I began by covering it with distress inks and then misting with water. Next I over stamped with several of the clock images from the roses set. and using the etching tool, I added white highlights by scratching away the surface. Next I added some more of the stamps, raising one up. The edges have all been coloured with black coarse pearlescent pan pastel.

I added my stamp embellishments to the front of the boxes. I also added  my other "bits and bobs" until I was happy.

On the sides and back, I have stamped images and words from the same PAB stamp sets to co-ordinate with the front. I have not added anything 3D to these surfaces though.

Think that's everything and I thoroughly enjoyed really altering something from scratch: it was liberating. Now to get it added to the challenge blog ... off she runs.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Links to the products I used:

Fashionable Stamping - favourite go to stamp(s) - PAB Postcard set
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Sir Stampalot - one for the boys
Mixed Media World - anything goes
Crafty Calendar Challenges - add some metal
A Vintage Journey
Brown Sugar - anything goes


Yvonne said...

Wow Lou your altered box is amazing! How clever to use the old postage stamps, they give a great effect. I must try Stampbord I love how you've used it in this project xx

massofhair said...

BEAUTIFUL upcycling project, your new storage is fab.

Thank you for joining in with our challene, hope to see you on the next one.


Lisa J said...

Wow! What a great Creation. Thanks for joining us this fortnight. Lisa DT Scribble and Scrap

Rosie said...

Wow, this is a stunning projekt. Fantastic

Anonymous said...

it looks soooo fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing at FSC!!!!

Brawny x said...

Wow amazing project x

Unknown said...

Hi Lou! What a fab vintagey up-cycle of these tissue boxes! Love your travel theme and you've got it goin' on with your embellies on this! Thanks for bringing this clever creation to A Vintage Journey this month!! XOXO-Shari

jane stillman said...

What a clever project and useful to boot - great job! x

Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous Lou, love the theme and the gorgeous papers. Fabulous idea with the stamps too.
Linda xxx

Jackie T said...

Oh wow this is amazing I can't believe it started out as a tissue box you have done a fantastic job. Hugs Jackie

Jennie Atkinson said...

A great make-over! and love the travel theme. Thank you for sharing your project with us at A Vintage Journey. Jennie

brenda said...

A gr eat project with a masculine feel Lou and perfect for our theme.

Many thanks for joining in at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Jo said...

Fabulous altered box & so useful too! Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
hugs Jo x