Sunday 24 April 2016

A rose by any other name

Well it has been a very long time, but Trace here and I am so pleased to be back to share a project with you , using lots of lovely goodies from Susan's wonderful shop!

So here , goes ... I have made a gift box using, the gorgeous Lady Rose stamps from none other than Tim Holtz and a neutral palette that I here goes...I'm a bit rusty , so be gentle.

and here are some of the details..

So now for the how to... you may need to grab a cuppa...

I started by painting all the of the papier mache box using DecoArt media paint in mid grey 6 and letting it dry.

I wanted to give some hidden texture , that could be painted over and for more delicate finish than texture paste I opted to use clear embossing powder.
I inked up the rose stamp from the set using perfect medium, stamped onto the box and then sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heated till the embossing powder melted. ( I remember the first time I saw embossing and that was the start of my stamping journey! its like magic :) )

I repeated this on the corners of the base of the box and also on the opposite corners of the lid.

I then painted the outside of the box using DecoArt Media paint , in titan buff....a favourite of mine... I applied two coats, lightly wiping back using a baby wipe from the embossed design , on the lid only.

I then sanded lightly over the embossed design , to really let the grey show through and create a distressed finish.

To highlight the texture further and to add layers of colour I swiped across the sides using frayed burlap distress paint , using dabber top ( you could use cut n dry if you have a flip top). I added paint , smudged with my finger and rubbed across with very damp baby wipe , playing with the layers until I was happy.

Now for Lady rose herself.... I cut a piece of the new Tim Holtz plain tissue wrap and stamped lady Rose , using the new archival hickory smoke ink from the ditress ink palette. I love that I now have some of my favourite distress colour palette in permanent ink!

I also stamped some of the roses and fussy cut all of these .

I then applied to the box using a coat of the new collage medium from Tim Holtz...and when placed and happy applied another coat all over to seal the box.

 I love how you can stamp whatever you want onto the plain tissues wrap and then apply using the collage medium for a great finish.

To add some subtle details to the outside of the box I used a small stamp and pumice stone distress paint.

To complete the top of the box I added a small talk sticker lightly inked around the edges with walnut stain distress ink and two small butterflies that were punched from patterned Tim Holtz paper,  using Tim Holtz small butterfly punch and inked with walnut stain.

here is a view of the side of the box...

It may be soft and neutral but its amazing how much you can pack in with just a few soft colours.

So hope you like my make using lots of new goodies and some trusty old ones too.

keep those fingers inky!

and be back sometime soon .x
Trace x


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    1. thanks so much , its great to be back ..thanks for having me back xx

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  2. Your box is beautiful Trace, it looks wonderful in your trademark neutral palette! Great to see you back too! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. HI Trace and so lovely to see your post this morning . Your altered box is a real beauty. Love the subtle neutral tones that you do so well .
    thanks for sharing an inspiring .
    hugs x

  4. Wonderful to see you posting Trace, this is so lovely! I adore the subtle texture you created on the background, - one to remember for sure! A really stunning box, I love every corner of it!!

    1. Thanks so much Astrid, it's great to be posting xx

  5. No rusty here, Trace, it is beautiful, and love the feeling you created here.
    Beautiful neutral all through , I love it.
    Dorthe, xo

    1. thanks thanks so much Dorthe , you're very kind x

  6. Fabulous to see you posting Trace and what a fabulous project. A really stunning box. Jennie x

  7. Absolutely charming - love how you highlighted the texture to create such an authentic aged look. Lovely to see you here again!
    Alison x