Sunday, November 20, 2011

Altered Lace Trimmed Cigar Box

I left Michaels recently in order to be more available to take care of my grandchildren. The year I spent working for Michaels, opened my eyes to new techniques, which I put to use each day that I spend in my art studio.
First I fell in love with doing altered canvases using scrap papers and trimmings. I was looking for more uses for my collection of scrapbook paper and discovered altered cigar boxes. These decorative boxes of wood or cardboard can be seen on a variety of online sites. So, I went out to the garage and there on the shelf was an old wooden cigar box, that I had brought from New York, 13 year ago when moving to Florida.

I cleaned the box up and took the hinges off. I painted the box first with light pink acrylic paint, followed by Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint and followed that with white acrylic paint. Each layer had to dry before the next was applied. I put the hinges back when the box was dry. Then the fun began with paper, flowers, bling, glitz, lace and beads. My husband assisted me with adding the Tim Holtz knob to the box top for the pull.

Just a note here, the music note printed paper is from Recollections. Be sure to place patterns or words on the paper in the correct way "up" when looking at the project. Since it is a one sided paper, I glued two sheets together using "Yes" Paste by Gane Brothers, so that when I curled the paper the opposite side would be deorative. I also ink every edge of paper for a more professional finish.
I love how the old cream lace trim blends with the crackle paint and the old knob! The Tim Holtz feet were glued on with E6000 and make this box really special!


RONNI Howard said...


girlia said...

really pretty

Dr Sonia S V said...

It is so gorgeous -- the lace makes it so regal!!


Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi, hopped over from C.r.a.f.t. Love your cigar box. I too love using scrap paper and different techniques to create. Last Spring I made banners and mini bird houses. Each new project delights me. Love the lace on your box. Gives it that vintage feel. Now following you.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your cigar box art is gorgeous! So beautifully created. Love it. I have joined your followers list and would love to have you to join me as well. Hugs, Gayle