Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Upcycling ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been doing a little upcycling for the last couple of days. Here is the before photograph …

A chipboard box where the decorative panel had dropped off
The box without the top and the decorative top

This was a K & Co box with chipboard alphabet. The propped up piece is the decorative top that came unstuck. Recently I located the box and drawer but I found the decorative top in a different box lol! There are still boxes for me to sort in my craft room, ugh! I’ve found a lot of boxes and containers that I’ve hoarded uhm, owned for years with plans to upcycle. I am happy that I’ve figured out the gesso tip so will be upcycling more in the weeks to come, I’m hoping some will be perfect Christmas wrapping lol! Here’s how it looks now …

The pretty little blinged up metallic box
I am happy with how this one turned out!
The inside and bottom of the box
I'm amazed by the quality and rich colours of the metallic paints
The bottom of the box
The stamping on the bottom layer
The beautiful butterfly
I've deliberately hung onto these flowers for a project like this one!
A final look:
Reminds me of a pretty box on a beautiful art deco dressing table!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

I was inspired by the way the blues have fractured on the photograph
The beautiful soft gold, pastel pink and bling from the flowers

Here’s my steps:

1. I removed the top and ribbon. The lid’s flimsy acetate was loose and it came off and I lost it. I’ve also been hoarding err keeping plastic packaging because I’m going to recycle that and I used one of those pieces to replace the flimsy piece.

2. I applied a layer of gesso to the outside and inside of the box lid and bottom and left it to dry.

3. I applied a layer of the Metallic Emerald Green paint using my ink blending tool and foam and left that to dry overnight.

4. The next day I applied a second layer of the Emerald Green paint and left that to dry whilst getting on with other projects.

5. I used the Harlequin mask and applied transparent texture paste and that left to dry, removed and cleaned the stencil.

6. I put one of the texture stamps from the Rust & Dust set onto my craft mat and inked it up with Cobalt Archival. I went along the sides of the box adding stamped details and then the bottom of the box. I didn’t try to perfectly stamp as I was after a shabby chic vintage look.

7. I attached the Harlequin stencil onto white card and used my ink blending tool and foam and the Emerald Green paint to colour the card. I was astonished at how quickly it dried and how little paint I used to get that deep rich colour! Then I re-positioned the stencil and coloured the white card with the Rose Gold paint and left it to dry.

8. I cut the card to size and adhered into the bottom of the box. I popped a couple of small paint pots into the box to make sure it was flat. I added double sided tape around the aperture on top of the box lid and around the inside edges to make sure it was a strong hold and I left it to dry overnight.

9. I added a line of glue around the outside edge of the box lid and attached the decorative overlay. I put tubs into it and left it to dry overnight along with the inside of the drawer.

10. I stamped the largest butterfly from the Don’t Forget to Fly stamp set onto white card using Versafine black IP. I dried the card then painted the butterfly with the Rose Gold paint and left to dry before fussy cutting and putting aside. I added some details back in with a black Pitt pen.

11. I attached the Harlequin stencil again, over the transparent texture paste on the lid. I applied the Vintage Silk Opal Magic to the diamonds and buffed it in. I folded a piece of ribbon in half and pushed it through the hole on the lid. I attached double sided tape to the inside of the lid and a piece of black card to hide the ribbon.

12. I used very old Prima flowers and leaves out (I think they were either azalea or cherry blossom flowers) and glued two flowers, one leaf and the butterfly to the top of the box and I was finished!

That was an awful lot of steps and a lot of products and tools too! I’m loving playing with the lovely new goodies that I able to purchase because of a random win at one of my regular challenges. My huge thanks to the That’s Crafty shop and blogs. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Prima Marketing Finnabair cling stamp sets: Rust & Dust; Don’t Forget to Fly
Prima Marketing Fiinnabair Elementals stencil: Harlequin
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam; craft mat; palette knife

Recycling: Box; Plastic Substrate
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; product packaging
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Metallique: Emerald Green
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic: Rose-Gold
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax: Vintage Silk
Ranger Archival ink pad: Cobalt
Prima Marketing: Cherry Blossom/Azalea flowers and leaves
Pebeo gesso
Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape


Barb said...

Great recycling Karen. Your box looks fabulous. Barbxx

Craftyfield said...

Hoarded boxes and tubs etc... plenty of those here too! Your recycled item turned out beautifully and the look of the metallic paints is gorgeous!
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I'm so pleased you like my Paperbabe tree card!

Team Clark said...

I have saved one of these boxes for ages, Karen! How funny. You altered it so beautifully. I love the pattern and color you've chosen. Thanks for sharing your altered art with us at A Vintage Journey this month. Hugs, Autumn

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely repurpose of that craft box Karen - the blues are so pretty and I love the stenciled pattern - the ivory flowers and butterfly accent the corners nicely! thanks for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Challenge! Julia xx

Jane said...

Hi Karen what a super piece of upcycling. Those paints and your design are gorgeous. This is perfect for our metal themed challenge over at Country View. Thanks so much for joining us xx

Cindy Brown said...

wow wow wow amazing project. Thanks for playing at Mmp Challenge this month.

Catherine said...

What a lovely box. I love the colors and design. So pretty! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Cathie ♥

Ola Khomenok said...

Lovely project! Thank you for joining us at MMP challenge!

Cara said...

Fab upcycling!

Nadya Drozdova said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining us at MMP challenge!

Corrie Herriman said...

Fab ! Thanks for your contribution to our September challenge over on Country View Challenges!
Corrie x

Miriam said...

Great project - thanks for joining in at CVC

butterfly said...

Great textures, and I love the rich colours and the harlequins inside and out. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x