Monday, February 20, 2012

An Old World Box

I've added crackle painting to my favorite list of techniques. For this box, I used the 3 step method of painting to create a imitation wood look to a box I bought at Hobby Lobby. After the 3rd painted layer dried I adhered a piece of Graphic 45 Communique paper to the top of the box and Tim Holtz corners to each of the 4 corners. Tim Holtz feet were then added at the bottom corners. I used E6000 to glue each of the metal Holtz pieces to the box.

Well it was ok, the crackle paint in 2 shades of brown had the look of wood, which is pretty cool., but the top just seemed to look too ordinary. So I decided a change needed to be made and I took the drastic step to rip the paper off the box in two spots! Next after securing the uneven edges on the box with glue, I darkened the paper's white edges with Tim Holtz distress ink. I used that same ink to darken the box in the areas that no longer were covered with the paper.

Now finally the box is finished and has this wonderful old world look! The box will make a really nice gift for my son's birthday and can hold some of his many small trinkets!

PS: My son loved the box! I knew he would!

25 comments:

girlia said...

beautiful job.

Carla said...

Thanks very much!

Our Delightful Home said...

Great job! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful
ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

artbrat said...

Love this! You did a great job!
-Brandy

Carla said...

Thanks for your comments ladies!

the cape on the corner said...

ack, i love that! anything with travel and the aged look. fab!

Artsy VaVa said...

I love the box! Great job!!!

Mare said...

hi carla,just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is:)....
I love the box:))...
hugs:)...
M

Carla said...

Thanks for all these lovely comments!

Stephanie said...

I absolutely love it! I love Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz - they have such unique papercraft items! Thanks for linking up to the Stache Party! I am featuring this on my blog tomorrow! mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

Carla said...

Wow Stephanie, thanks so much for your comment and being featured on your blog is so cool!

Rhissanna said...

I really love this and I admire that you took the step to tear and distress the paper to make it just right!

Carla said...

Thank you Rhissanna, I thought about the tearing and the distressing for awhile before I did it to the box...somehow, it just didn't look right until I did it!

Terry said...

Wow wee, love this look!

Carla said...

Thanks for your comment Terry!

Lindsay Weirich said...

wow! gorgeous! I think I see dome decopaugeing in my future!

Carla said...

Hi Lindsay, Love your comment and I know you will enjoy this too!

Meeha Meeha said...

I just popped over from Flamingo toes to say this looks great! Really genuine! I love your work and I'm a follower :)

Carla said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comments Meeha!:)

Pam said...

That is neat. Thanks for sharing.

Shari@Swinging on a Star Creations said...

I always love boxes redone...this turned out great...love the map look.

Carla said...

Hi Shari, Thanks for your comments, the paper used is from Graphic 45 and although in that picture, it looks kind of like a map, it is a paper with lots of letters written on it. My idea now is to look for old maps!

Meg said...

Wow, that turned out so great! I love all the details you added to make it unique and beautiful. Great job!

Casey said...

I Love all the things you make! :)

Carla said...

Thanks Casey, I love putting things together and figuring each out!