Friday, July 19, 2013

A little birdie told me....

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today, I would like to share my main project created with the July Frog Dog Studio kit!  I don't know about you, but I love 3-D art and boxed in particular.  There is something about creating a little treasure box from nothing but a chipboard box, Distress Paint, Crackle Paint, a sheet of Ephemera, and flowers!  :)
(special note:  the flowers are not included in the July kit.  These were taken from my personal stash)

I had SO MUCH FUN creating this little treasure box.  It is completely full of texture, color, and dimension.

I had started recording a video tutorial to show you how I created this fun little box, but my camera battery died and I lost the finish of how I made this box.  So I start with the video portion, then finish with some pictures of the balance of my how-to.

How-To continued below:

After adding the modeling paste and distress Paint to the chipboard squares, I added a thick layer of Crackle Accents to each piece.  Let the Crackle accents dry completely before moving to the next step.

Once the Crackle Accents is dry and the appearance of cracks are visible, add several colors of Distress Ink to each square, using an ink applicator.  This will add more depth and texture to each square and will really make the cracks POP!  (I used Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, and Peeled Paint)

Here are some close-ups of each side and how the Distress Ink seeps into the cracks!  Looks awesome, doesn't it?

Next, I daubed Distress Paint (in 3 colors - I used the 2 colors from the July kit and ) to my craft sheet and spritzed with water.  I placed several sheets of vintage dictionary ephemera on top of the Distress Paint, adding color to the paper.  Once the paint was dry, I added Distress Ink to each dictionary page, aging the look of the paper. 

Next, I began building my box, using the Crackle Accents chipboard squares and the distressed dictionary paper.  Add the paper to each side of the memory box with Gel Medium.  I ripped various sizes of the paper when adding them to the box.  I really like how the overlapped paper looks and it adds one more layer of dimension.

Once the sides are covered with the distressed paper, I adhered the Crackle Accent chipboard squares to each side with wet adhesive.  Next, attach the Tim Holtz hinge (included in the kit) to the front of the box, adhering it with the included brads.

After the sides are complete, begin building the top of the memory box.  I began by covering an old match box (from my stash) with the washi tape included in the kit.  I wanted to use the box to build height to my box and to add another layer of beauty!  :)

I adhered flowers of various sizes to the top of the box, then finished my memory box by adding 2 birds from the July Kit Ephemera sheet in several spots amoung the flowers.

This memory box now sits on my desk in my office!  What an uplifting and happy project!

Have you ordered your July Kit?  If not, you better act quick!  These are going fast!  We would love to see your memory box projects!  Please share them on our Facebook page.

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Have a fantastic weekend!

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