Friday, October 17, 2008

Altered Cigar Box for Scrapbukan

First of all, let me tell you that I am not good at altering stuff. So this last project for Scrapbukan was really a challenge for me. This left me stumped for the longest time, I tell you. Secondly, I am very poor when it comes to collage-work. In fact, it terrifies me to even think of attempting it. But since this was the last project holding me from submitting my materials to Scrapbukan, I took one deep breath and dove into unchartered territories, so to speak. Boy, am I glad I took that dive or else I wouldn't have discovered how much fun it is to do collage-work and alter stuff. Thank you, Cabbie for giving me a push in the right direction and thank you, Cookie for the inspiration on that scroll chipboard :D

Materials Used: Noteworthy Delaney Stripe pps; NW spiral journaling book (Delaney); NW pebble brads (Audrey); NW glittered die-cuts; MM acrylic paint (Burgundy; Manila; Funky Vintage; Black; Gold); American Crafts chipboard letter stickers (Platform); Fancy Pants Soho swirls; K&Co chipboard; Prima Say It with Crystals; Assorted rubber stamps; Assorted rub-ons; Mulberry paper; Assorted brass embellishments; Buttons; Ribbons; Crackle paint medium; Crocheted ribbons; Plastic hook; Wall hanger; Cigar box.

Adhesive Used: UHU Glue; Vellum Glue Dots.

The Process:
1. Cover the hinges and lock of the cigar box with masking tape and start prepping the box by sanding. Then paint all sides with beige acrylic paint as base coat.
2. After the base coat had dried, paint the sides with burgundy acrylic paint and let dry. Next, paint over the Burgundy portion with crackle medium, leaving it to almost dry yet slightly tacky to the touch. Then immediately paint over the crackle medium with Manila acrylic paint and within seconds, you’ll see the beige paint crackle exposing the burgundy underneath.
3. Cut the NW Delaney stripe pps for the cover and inner faces of the cigar box. Apply liberal amount of UHU glue and adhere to the box. Since there will be insufficient pps for the back of the cover, you may use a 2-1/2” crocheted ribbon for the uncovered portion of the box.
4. Paint the swirl chipboard with a base coat of Funky Vintage acrylic paint then distress using a toothbrush dipped in black paint. Do the same distressing process with the Platform chipboard alphas this time using gold acrylic paint with the toothbrush as distressing medium. Set aside both items to dry.
5. Cut 4”x4” pcs. of mulberry paper and stamp with assorted rubber stamp design. Then wet the edges of the mulberry paper with tap water and pull-off the wet portion giving the edge a soft, feathery effect. Adhere to random portions of the box using vellum glue dots.
6. Continue collage-work by randomly applying various rub-ons, buttons and brass embellise to the cigar box. Finish off by adhering the swirl, ribbon and title.
7. Attach the plastic hook inside the box, then the wall hanger on the other side and your altered key holder is done.


Cat said...

Wow! Your collage work is beautiful! Throw that fear out the window! This cigar box turned out fantastic.

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