Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Stamperia - Belinda Basson Design Team - Project 1

 Hello Friends

  I am very excited as today is my first post as a member of Belinda Basson's Design Team for Stamperia! 

For those of you who follow Stamperia, you will know that my hugely talented blog friend and artist, Belinda has brought out her very own range for Stamperia, called Lady Vagabond and this coordinates beautifully with the Sir Vagabond release by Antonis Tzanidakis.  I see it as a love story between Lady Vagabond and Sir Vagabond and this little video explains the beginning of their lovely story.....

For my first project I have (re)created Lady Vagabond's telescope along with a box to keep her telescope safe whilst she is travelling...

First, I constructed the box.  I cut the pieces from black mountboard.

For those interested in the sizing of the box, this is as follows:
1) For the bottom of the box, cut mountboard pieces:  
    Base 9.1/2" x 3".  
    Cut two sides 9.1/2" x 1.3/4" and 
    Cut two end pieces 3" x 1.3/4" 

2) For the lid of the box, cut mountboard pieces:
    Top 9.1/2 " x 3"
    Cut two sides 9.1/2" x 1.1/4" and
    Cut two end pieces 3" x 1.1/4"

My box was quite a snug fit for the telescope so I added an extra 1/4" to the long measurements above, just in case you want to make one. 

Join and glue all the elements together and cover with Lady Vagabond paper of your choice.  I painted the inside of the box with Stamperia Glamour Paste in Gold, it gives a lovely sheen to the box.  I wanted the telescope to have a 3D appearance and so I added a 'shelf' inside the box to raise the telescope up and I set the telescope at a slight angle to give it a more rounded look.

I prepped the telescope, the wheel and the lock (all created with Stamperia's Extra Light Soft Clay and Belinda's Maxi Mould K3PTA484 (telescope and lock) and K3PTA487 (ship's wheel).  I used Stamperia's Black Primer to give them a good base.
I created some faux leather using Kraft paper and Distress Stain, cut this to size and mounted it onto the telescope (Belinda added some real leather to one of her projects and I loved the look).  I used Stamperia Cerantica Wax over the gessoed items, using my finger and a small paint brush and then buffed the items up with a soft cloth, before attaching them to my prepared box.
Here is a view of the outside of the finished box.  I did add a set of hinges to the back of the box after I covered the box with papers.
Finally, I added a chipboard sentiment to the inside of the box, which says 'Leave the road, take the trails'.
I had great fun making this project and am already looking forward to creating the next one, below is a picture of all of the Stamperia products I used to create my box.
Belinda Basson/Stamperia/Lady Vagabond 12 x 12 paper pack
Belinda Basson Maxi Mould  K3PTA484 (telescope and lock)
Belinda Basson Maxi Mould K3PTA487 (ship's wheel)
Stamperia Extra Light Soft Clay - white
 Stamperia Glamour Paste - K3P61B Gold
Stamperia Cerantica - K3P15G Metallic Gold (Antique Wax)
Stamperia Primer Spray Black (similar to gesso)

I hope it will not be such a long time before I post again, my mojo went on walk about over Christmas and New Year but it is slowly coming back.... I think!

Thanks so much for your visit and I hope to see you again soon.

Stay safe and keep well.  Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. c'est incroyable merci pour les explications magnifique projet

  2. Ann this is absolutely gorgeous!! I love it!

  3. Gorgeous piece Anne, wonderful attention to detail ❤️❤️

  4. What a Fabulous project Anne. Love it and the story behind it too. Hope you and David are well. Hugs Rita xxxx

  5. Your telescope and box are just so elegant and a great combination of moulds and papers! Thank you for the measurements and info on how you made the box! I love it!

  6. this is just amazing my talented friend, you have excelled yourself. The telescope is so life like and the box is truly beautiful. What a work of art, hugs kath xxx

  7. This is so beautiful i love how you make this and in sutch a nice box very nice

  8. your mojo is back!! This is amazing. I fell in love with this release when the preview video was available and ordered many of the items right away as I’m sure it’s going to super popular. Your telescope and case are perfect... thank you for sharing

  9. Superb debut Anne!! Congrats on your appointment to Belinda's design team - I'm sure they are thrilled with your first project which looks amazing! The telescope is sooo realistic looking and I love how you have crafted the stunning box with wonderful embellishments. I'll be checking out more of all these lovely ingredients. Warmest wishes to you both. Nicola x

  10. J'adooore c'est une idée géniale 🤩

  11. Fabulous, Anne! Love all the detail! Your telescope and case are perfection!

  12. Fantastic Anne, so different. You have such attention to detail.
    Love it. Axxx

  13. What a fabulous first post for Belinda's design team, Anne. Love how you created the telescope .. it looks so realistic .. and the box turned out beautifully!! Totally brilliant project!!
    I'm afraid my mojo has gone AWOL too. Hopefully it will return to base soon. hugs xx

  14. WOW! Your mojo is definitely BACK! What an amazing project, it looks so real xx

  15. I love all your 3D projects. When I first looked I thought the telescope was round so well done on the colouring and placement. Make sure your mojo stays as it cheers everyone up looking at your fab creations. Elaine xx

  16. What an amazing project Anne! The telescope looks so realistic, and what a wonderful box! You and this design team were made for each other. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

  17. This is just amazing, Annie! I had to go back and reread about the process you deployed to make the telescope look 3D. You succeeded! It totally looks like a fully-rounded telescope made from gold and leather and the box is brilliant! I'm sure Belinda is over the moon to have you on the Team! And I'll bet you were delighted to have those juices flowing again! I hope it continues because creating is a terrific distraction as we mark the days until we can all be vaccinated. Take care and keep safe! Lots of love, Darnell

  18. Many congratulations on joining Belinda's Design Team for Stamperia! I love their products and you just be so excited to get to use them in your projects 😉. I'm loving your first make too, the vintage vagabond design is so amazing and is perfect for the telescope - so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  19. This is so fabulous Anne...I would totally buy it so maybe mass! Beautiful and fun work!

  20. Anne.. please send me to the naughty corner not getting here before now. I searched yesterday to see if you had posted a new this year and blogger shows me your Butterfly Specimen tray..? I was wondering if your Stamperia DT makes may only have been on other social media platforms, so so happy to see this today what a glorious creation. Executed true to Anne's style that I fell in love with all those years ago. My what a whopper!!
    The box you created from scratch to house the telescope is a piece of artwork in itself. With it's extra embellishments it makes the perfect storage to keep that grand telescope safe. It's so life like.
    How I love this collection, hubby brought me most of it for Christmas but the telescope & the ships wheel moulds were not amongst it.. don't make me put on my buying hat again hee hee. Love love and love it all some more.. Bravo my sweet clever friend, now can I get up from the naughty step? My bum's rather numb.
    Hugs to you all, hanging on for the next one Tracey xx

  21. Anne, true to form, you have done an impeccable job on this telescope and box! This is so lifelike and looks like it was loads of fun to create! Happy New Year, and now it's my turn to take a seat on the naughty step!


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