Our theme for this month's challenge at Art With Heart is 'Favourite Things'. The Inspiration Team are sharing their favourite things all this month and we would love to have you play along! It really is an anything goes challenge - just share your favourite things, whether it be a die, paint, colour or project - how easy is that! Please do join us....
The biggest problem I had was trying to decide what my favourite thing is.... in the end I settled for Eileen Hull's fabulous new Cantilever Sewing Box. I just love doing 3D projects and this sewing box goes together like a dream, it is such a useful box too - ideal as a real sewing container or as a gift box, or a jewelry box, like the one I made here.
I recently attended an Andy Skinner class (with some of my lovely blog friends) and I wanted to do this box using one of the techniques we learned in class, to give the box a vintage feel.
I won't go into a lot of detail about the construction because I showed that in my previous sewing box post, but I will show you how I covered this one.
Once I had painted the whole piece I decided I would rather cover it in paper, than leave it as it was. However the coat of DecoArt Americana Decor paints gave me a good strong base.
I used several sheets of thin card, first coating each with DecoArt Media Gesso and letting them dry.
Next was a thin coat of Cobalt Teal Hue DecoArt Media Fluid paint.
Once dry I covered it with DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and let this dry before applying a thin coat of DecoArt Titanium White Media Fluid.
Once dry (it dries very quickly) I applied a coat of thinned down DecoArt Quinacridone Gold to give it an aged look.
I cut the sheets into strips and applied them to the base sewing box and to the struts before attaching these to the box.
I lined each of the boxes with some co-ordinating paper (Maja Design) and used a couple of Tim Holtz hitch fasteners on each of the box lids.
The flower is a Tim Holtz die - Tattered Poinsettia. I spritzed the petals with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. I added some Tim Holtz greenery and covered the central bauble with the fabulous Tim Holtz Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust.
I did not want the box to just be for Christmas so I attached some sticky back velcro to the box and to the flower so that it can easily be removed.
Here is another look at the finished box. I have got my fingers crossed that the recipient likes it! I hope you will join in our challenge at Art With Heart, HERE.
Thanks, as always, for looking and I really appreciate any comment you leave, I hope to catch up with you shortly. Hugs, Anne xx