Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. Its getting warmer by the day here but I had great joy in doing this project as always... its a trash to treasure one, (do I know anything else at all!!!).
Off late I have been doing a lot of masculine project and so this time decided to pamper myself! Its vacation time here and I plan to travel soon and isn’t that a time to flaunt too...and so I made myself a little suitcase to carry all those “strictly womanly stuff”...you will see in the end, lol!
This time I looked around my store room and spotted this DIY craft packaging box, quite sturdy and ready to take on what I had in mind and so it reached my craft table along with an old Mills and Boon!
And after some time became this.....
Here is how it went...
Step1- It was a vertical closure box and I had to play around a bit and make if a horizontal one with the flap opening like a suitcase. Once that was done, I gave a generous quote of gesso and planed my next course of action.
I had this lovely vintage wrapping paper in soft pastel shades which I thought would be perfect. I wanted something subtle and not too flashy! I inked the paper with tea dye and painted the box with chalky finish
Step 2- I cut out the wrapping paper with the images of the bird, lovely blooms and the vintage gramophone and a perfume bottle...It felt like a dream already!
Once that was decoupaged, I worked with my new stencil from Deco art and my homemade texture paste. The stenciled flowers start from where the decoupage ends and I carried it to the sides of the box too. Once that dried, I spritzed some walnut stain DS and dried it with a heat gun. It found the crevices easily and added a lovely vintage look to the box.
Step 3- I fixed the metal closures for the box and worked on the handle. I ran a thick CS thru an embossing folder and then gessoed and painted and it and then gave a few coats of varnish to make it sturdy like leather and then rubbed it with de co art metallic lustre in fushia and gold! Fixed it with a brad and lo! Some metal charms..a pair of heels, a comb and wings...and I was ready to fly with this!
Step 4- As part of embellishments, I made the corner strips for the box using CS and did the faux leather technique in dull grey colors and attached it to the box with some faux stitching too! The top of the box is an altered key using TH alterations die and I aged it up with crackle paste and DS, fixed a metal flower and then a shabby resin rose and some 2 toned paper twine along with a pearl, phew! The label says it all and that gave me the mojo to work on the inside!
So let’s open the Pandora’s box!
Here we go....
Step5- The inside lid is lined with pages from an old Mills and boon and I altered a little envelope...got my new credit card, lol...more shopping! I covered the envelope with the same wrapping paper and covered the flap with a doily and attached it to the box.
This can hold my secret bills! A lace flower sprit zed with milled lavender and a velcro closure seals it. One more label for the lady and a few tiny wooden pegs on the lid to hold some paper slips and girlie pics...just made me smile actually!
Step6- The inside of the box was lined with wrapping paper too and inked it with tea dye DI. The crochet lace on the rim just added to the womanly factor and I placed a text doily in the center and sealed the base with an sheet so that it doesn’t get soiled inside. The edges of the entire box were rubbed with metallic lustre gold and some fuchsia here and there.
That’s the pretty suitcase all set to be loaded...let’s see the “strictly womanly stuff” ,lol!
There you go...one more time...
There is room for all of this and more!
Ta ta...My new companion for the vacation! I will see you soon.
I wish to enter this suitcase in the following challenges...
Stamps and Stencils- Trash to Treasure (you bet, my new buddy now!)
A Vintage Journey- Spring is in the air ( with all the pastel shaded and the flowers all around! )
Things to alter – Ag,Add a bird ( can you hear it sing near the gramaphone,l ol)
Craft Stampers magazine – Spring flowers ( loads of them)
Lessology- snail mail revolution( gosh, if not for that credit card! )
Thank you so much for stopping by and
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling,
Deco Art products used-
Deco art decoupage glue
Chalky finish paint- Vintage
Deco art matte varnish
Deco Art metallic lustre- Radiant red and fab Fuchsia
Deco art stencil- re usable stick on stencil, Arabian tile