Thursday, 1 March 2012

Faking it...

If you love the distressed grungy vintage look thats so popular in the crafting world but you're just not great with inks and stamps, or you just dont have all those products, but you are nifty with scissors, paper and glue.... then this box should be right up your ally.

Pretty much used a few strips of paper from the 7gypsies Camden range. I had two 12x12 sheets in my stash; one was the tickets one called 'Columbia' and the other has lovely old labels on it and its called Spitalfield. You wont need the full sheets so plenty left over for other projects.

I took the hinges and clasp off of the box first. I used the second smallest box from the set of 4 domed lidded chests HERE.... Then i simply cut papers to size and glued it in place... (i left a little extra to trim off after the glue had dried as I would prefer to have the extra than to accidentally cut the paper too small and waste it). Once i had covered the box and trimmed off the edges (either use scissors or a craft knife or you can sand it off for a nice extra distressed look) I took a Versamagic chalk ink in 'jumbo java', and gently blended it along all the edges of the box. it helps give that nice dark aged look as if its been handled a lot over the years.

Now cut out a couple of extra tickets.. sand and slightly rip the edges to give a distress look and take the versamagik inkpad along the edges gently just to add a hint of age.. this time I used the colour 'gingerbread'. glue them on randomly around the box to your own liking..

Now all you have to do is glue on embellishments. If you dont have many embellishments, then just cut out more tickets and words from papers and books etc, or more collage images to your taste. let the design be decided by what you have available around your craft room.

The rusty hearts and stars make a good start as they have the right aged colour tones and you dont have to put in any effort. There are lots of cool metal embellishments made by crafting companies now that fit this look, but I also like to just look around at car boot sales and garage floors etc. look for drawer pulls at architectural salvage places. keyholes and such.... on this box, as well as my own personal embellishments, i have added a few of the Tim Holtz embellishments specifically designed for this look; the game spinners for example, and some 7 gypsies Corners.Link


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