Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Carousel Horse Mini Altered Book Box

Good morning everybody, and Happy Wednesday! We are half way through another week, and today I would like to share an altered project. It is a Mini Altered Book Box and uses four different stamps from The Rubber Cafe and lots of other goodies that you can find here in The Rubber Cafe Store.

I painted the entire box with white gesso, and then went over the gesso with layers of Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Stain. I then cut out the top layer for my box from a piece of Pink Paislee paper , and distressed and stained the edges with some more of the Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Stain.

I then cut out a  layer from some Pink Paislee paper, and then cut out a second layer using a Spellbinder's Fence Die, slitting the posts and curling them to varying degrees, to create the top piece.  I then layered on some  the yummy Vintage look trim.

 I took The Rubber Cafe Carousel Horse Stamp, stamped the image on to plain cream card stock using Mixed Media Inks Truffle Ink. Then colored the image in, using Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Smooch Pearlized Paints. I accented the image in places using The Rubber Cafe, You're So Fine Glitters in the following colors; Bronze Metal, Terrifically Teal, Copper, and Princess Pink. I also added Viva Pearl Pen Accents on the flowers and harness, using the following colors; Pearl and Teal. I tied layers of ribbon onto the pole of the image and added a Terrifically Teal Jellie Dot for accent.

 On the bottom of the front of the box I punched strips of  paper with a Martha Stewart Punch and then layered some more of the Vintage look trim to the bottom. I then took a piece of plain white card stock, stamped the word Vintage onto it using the "Vintage Sentiment" from The Rubber Cafe's Vintage Treasures Stamp Set, cut it out with a Spellbinder's Fancy Tag 2 Die , and then inked around the edges and added some Rubber Cafe Cotton Candy Jellie Dots for accents.

 To create the look of well aged book pages, I layered on layers of modeling paste that I texture brushed to create the look of the pages. I then stained the pages with layers of Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Stains. I made the book closure, by hand dying seam binding, attaching it to the book box and tying a bow.

 For the back of the box I grunge stamped the entire surface with the postcard stamp from
The Rubber Cafe's Vintage Treasures Stamp Set, and then distress crackle painted it in places, to give the look of a much loved, well worn book.

For the binding on the book, I stamped pink crepe paper with The Rubber Cafe's Flat Wing Butterfly Stamp, and using  Mixed Media Inks Truffle Ink. 
I then adhered it to the back of the book in layers, using Scrap Happy Glue.

Once finished, I have a beautiful little book box to store treasures, keepsakes and photos in, plus a beautiful decorative piece for any home. Thanks for letting me share this project with you! I hope you find the time this week to create something beautiful for yourself! ~Renea

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'  Vintage Treasures Stamp Set , Flat Wing Butterfly Stamp ,  Carousel Horse Stamp
Inks:  Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Stain , Vintage Photo Stains, Mixed Media Inks Truffle Ink 
Paper:  Prima Fairy Belle Paper, Pink Paislee Papers,
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Caf'e'- Cotton Candy Jellie Dots ,Terrifically Teal Jellie Dot , Aqua Vintage Look Trim, Hand Crafted Flowers
Other:   The Rubber Cafe's -You're So Fine Glitters in the following colors; Bronze Metal, Terrifically Teal, Copper, and Princess Pink, Paper Mache Box
Tools:  Spellbinder's Fancy Tag 2 Die , Stick Em' Up, Lil' Inkerz  Martha Stewart Garden Gate Punch


Karen T said...

Wow! This is really beautiful! Makes me want to open it and see what's inside!

Creative Mayhem said...

Absolutely stunning!!!! That carousel is GORGEOUS!! Excellent job Renea

Dawnll said...

Wow this is wonderful!!! love all the layers and use of the stamps, that carousel is so pretty.
Thanks for sharing

Michelle Pearson said...

what a gorgeous work of heart! LOVE all of the detail...beautiful!