Altered Box Challenge for Eclectic Paperie

What do you get when you combine one of my favorite online retailers (The Eclectic Paperie) with one of my favorite artists (Marjie Kemper) and one of my favorite crafting activities (altered art)? The Eclectic Paperie’s Altered Box Challenge, hosted by Marjie Kemper! I just couldn’t resist jumping on this challenge for so many reasons. First, I just adore Marjie Kemper. (Check out her incredible blog, She Who Stamps and Scrapshttp://marjiekemper.typepad.com/my-blog/2013/01/eteam-picks-challenge-altered-boxes.html) Marjie’s work is filled with life, light, color and the most incredible designs. I’ve been following her for a while now, and her work never fails to lift my spirits and open my eyes to seeing things in a new way. She’s one of my cyber friends who strongly urged me to start my blog. And, Eclectic Paperie is a fabulous online boutique for scrappers, card makers, and mixed media artists. It’s not your average online store. You can check it out here http://eclecticpaperie.com/.

I’m always on the lookout for things that can be altered. I love to transform something that’s kind of old and ugly into something that still looks old…but beautiful. So, when I found a stack of cigar boxes at a yard sale, they had to come home with me. They’ve been hanging out in my “closet of shame”. (That’s what I call my crafting closet…which is bursting at the seams with paper and objects that I fully intend to transform. Open the doors of this closet veeeeeery carefully! Do you have one of these spaces in your house?) This challenge was the perfect motivation to unearth this cigar box and get to work. It had definitely seen better days:
Altered Cigar Box 01

Altered Cigar Box interior

I pulled out my trusty Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso and a sanding block. In a few minutes, I had it looking like this:

Altered Cigar Box Gesso

Already an improvement. I set it aside to dry overnight. I wasn’t sure if I was going to ink this up, or cover it in paper, so I began by inking the edges with my gold Zig Painty Pen and then hit the edges with a light sanding followed by inking with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I decided to cover it with paper from the DCWV Timeless Type Stack. I stitched around the edges of the “Dream” flourish page, then inked the threads with the gold Painty Pen. Next, I cut a smaller piece of the beautiful green paper, stitched around three sides, tore the fourth side and layered it over the “Dream” paper. Now, I have a nifty pocket into which I can insert a tag.
Altered Cigar Box Lid
I don’t want to bore you with all the details, but as you can see, I added lots of embellishments. I hit all of them with a touch of Vintaj Patina Ink in Verdigris. I didn’t want them to look shiny and new. I wanted them to look vintagey and aged. I also really liked the way the Verdigris tones played off the dark browns and greens of the paper. I set the box aside to “cure” while I went to work on the tag.
Altered Cigar Box Tag with overlay

Altered Cigar Box sentiment
It’s made of two layers. I started with a large shipping tag, which I inked with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Evergreen Bough, and Faded Jeans. I “smooshed” the inks directly onto my non-stick craft sheet and spritzed with a mini mister. Then I dragged the tag through the inks, drying each layer as I went along until I was happy with the result. Next, I used the Tim Holtz “spritz and flick” method to create cool water spots on my tag. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Creme de Cocoa to create some pearlescent spatters on the tag. Instead of spraying, I took the applicator out of the bottle and used the stem to flick the mist onto the tag. Finally, I used my dad’s old fountain pen to write the sentiment on the tag. The words are from one of my favorite Michael Card songs, “There is a Joy in the Journey.”

I liked the tag, but wanted to up the ante just a bit. I looked in my “junk” drawer where I keep all kinds of packaging bits and bobs because I know that one day, they will grow wings and turn into art. I had saved an acetate box that had these really cool grid lines on it. I cut a piece to match the size of my tag and inked the smooth side with Tim Holtz’s Journey stamp in Archival Jet Black ink. The side with the grid lines is on the top of the tag, and the texture is fantastic. I layered the two tags together and finished it off with some custom dyed seam binding ribbon, a miniature padlock and key. I also stamped the pointing finger onto this same acetate and secured it to the box cover using Glossy Accents. Did I mention that the texture is really cool?

I finished off the inside of the box, covering with paper, stamping, adding a ribbon edge and lots of glossy accents. 016 (2)

Here are a couple of close-ups of the box interior:
Altered Cigar Box LeftAltered Cigar Box  Interior Left

The plan is to give this altered box to my husband for Valentine’s Day. I’ll fill it with dark chocolate, and when he’s eaten all the chocolate, he can use it to store his guitar picks and capos and other such manly stuff. The box goes perfectly with the Valentine I made him yesterday. It’s masculine, it’s vintage, it’s a little bit steampunk and it was a whole lotta fun to make. I just love it when trash becomes treasure!

Thanks for reading my little blog. It thrills my heart when you leave me a comment. Stay warm this wintry weekend, and find some time to create!

Cheerio,
kathy

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22 thoughts on “Altered Box Challenge for Eclectic Paperie

  1. Micki

    I totally agree with you. Marjie’s work is awesome. And your altered cigar box totally rocks. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your colors. Those are my favs. Wonderful altered box. Thank you so much for playing along with us in eP’s Get Altered challenge.

    hugs

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Micki! I’m a huge fan of your work as well. I love your bold, adventurous approach to creating. Thanks so much for checking out my little blog!

  2. Broni

    Oh my goodness! Kathy, your talent astounds me!! This altered box is perfection!! I’m SO GLAD you started your blog so that you can share all your talent with us!!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Broni, that means the world to me coming from you…one of my crafting icons! It was a fun project!

  3. Alexandra

    Love this box, with your gorgeous colour combo, wonderful stamping and all those yummy details. This is a beautiful remake of this old cigar box. I’m a big fan of Marjie’s gorgeous creative art too, this was a fun challenge and is lovely to see what a lot of wonderful creativity is out there x tfs

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Alexandra. I really appreciate your kind comment. Marjie is the best, isn’t she?

  4. Tracy

    Beautiful altered box…inside and out….love what you did Kathy..psssst I have a cupboard of objects waiting to be brought to life !! Your husband is going to love it ….
    Thanks for joining in the fun at eclectic Paperie.
    hugs
    Tracy xox

  5. Anita Houston

    I ditto that on Marjie…love her and her work! AND…love this…WOW…pinning! Incredible! Love the tucked away tag, and the inside is my favorite! What a fabulous make!!!!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Oh, Anita! You just made my day! I am in such awe of you and your amazing art….it warms me right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers to know that you took the time to comment here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. Kim Schofield

    Stunning creation, Kathy! Love all of the little details inside the box…Great work! Thanks so much for playing along with the eTeam Picks Challenge at eclectic Paperie! (We’re working on that Linky Tool issue…should be fixed by tomorrow, the latest!)

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Kim. This challenge was right up my alley. Thanks for inviting me to play along.

  7. Marjie Kemper

    Oh my gosh, Kathy, what a gorgeous creation! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at EP, and for the shout-out. I so appreciate it. Your box is amazing, and you cracked me up with the references to the Closet of Shame (said in a deeeeeeeep dark voice) and the parts that might grow wings and become art. You sure did make art, girl friend. Love that you did the box inside and out with so many cool details!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      I think every crafter needs a Closet of Shame. Maybe I’ll take a picture and post it someday. On second, thought…maybe not! I’m such a huge fan of your work, Marjie, and I am deeply moved that you would take the time to look at my little blog. You just made my whole weekend. Thank you!

  8. Sue

    This is gorgeous! Dale is going to love it (and I love it, too). You never cease to amaze me with your creative designs, sis.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Susie…it was fun to make. Now you know what I was up to all week long in between acts!

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