Monday, 13 August 2012

Anniversary give-away part 1 by Astrid



Hello everyone. Well if you are a regular visitor here then you will know by now that the Artistic Stamper is celebrating the second anniversary of the creative team blog, and all of us designers are giving away some stamps. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be in for a chance to win one of the sets I am showing, and for another chance hop over to my blog and leave a comment there too. As all teamies are doing the same, make sure you leave comments on their posts and blogs too if you haven't done so already.
First of all, here are the two sets you could win from my posts:


Now to my project: I decided to alter a box; it is the Papier Mache Wave Box
It started life looking like this:
Now before I tell you how I altered it, I first want to mention that this project was inspired by the work of my team mate Zuzu We both live quite close together and when I visit her house I always get totally inspired by all of her beautiful boxes, so thanks Zuzu for the inspiration!!

So this is how I made my box: First I coated both the in- and the outside of the box with Gesso. Next I painted it with some Burnt Sienna acrylic paint. For the inside of the box I took a piece of ordinary A4 copier paper and stamped the Ephemera #1 plate all over it in 3 colours of Archival Inks, Jet Black, Vermillion, (in some small patches, hard to see on the photo) and Coffee Brown, I then sponged some Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Tea Dye over it, to give it an old and faded look and then lined the inside of the box with this paper.

For the outside I took some tissue paper and spritst it all over with various brown ink sprays, including Dylusions melted chocolate. Once it had dried I glued it in strips all over the outside of the box and distressed it further with the help of various metal coloured embossing powders. I also added some strips of Prima Printery Papers from my stash which I distessed with some ink to blend them into the background.
Next I used some gold acrylic paint and painted it over a small piece of smooth stamping paper and once it was dry I stamped the wings and one of the crowns from my main give- away stamp set, the Crowning Glory set in  Jet Black Stazon Ink. I cut them out and glued them with a vintage image from my stash onto the box.


I added one of the Tim Holtz word bands and one of the Time Pieces and various other bits and pieces from my stash
As a final step I stamped two of the words from my other give-away set the Creative Art Thoughts on some other bits of scrapbook paper and glued them to the side of my box.

I found that the box was just the right size for an altered spoon I made (hence the spoon image at the bottom of the box)

Here is the spoon
Here is the spoon in the box
 Well that's it from me for now, see you next time and happy creating!


61 comments:

Kathryn said...

A stunning make xx and fabby goodies to win x oh got my fingers crossed x

Kate said...

Wow, gorgeous projects!

Glennis said...

Oh Wow - these are just amazing - you are so talented!

Alle mooie dingen said...

ohhh i love... your giveaway... the first stamps are my favourit ;) I love your blog you are an inspiration.....(or is this too much???) No really you're projects really great.

greetings
Anita
http://alle-mooie-dingen.blogspot.nl/

Meggymay said...

Fantastic project, love all the details, the spoon is wonderful as well.
Yvonne

Zuzu's Blog said...

ooo thats yummy and dark and rich and ancient looking. I love it... very cool spoon. I love altering spoons.. (any cutlery really) . your project is a beauty.

Artyjen said...

Fab.....u....lous! ;)A real stunner
xoxo Sioux

Sarah said...

Beautiful box!! It is so dark, rich, and leathery looking.

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Astrid, this is a stunning box! Love all the texture and deep rich color on the outside, and the spoon is an added touch of elegance inside. Love it!

Lori said...

Absolutely stunning!The texture is just beyond words, and with the graphics and vintage items...really stellar!

Buttons said...

This is such a clever way of transforming something so plain (although still beautifully shaped). Love it. Hugs, Buttons x

Redanne said...

Loving the way you have altered this box, gorgeous colours and a very vintage feel to the whole project. A x

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous!!! xox

Maryann said...

Both parts looks really awesome. You´ve just done an outstanding job on these, and the result is overwhelming. I love them.

Sylvia said...

OMG... this is stunning and totally awesome, Astrid!!!
Love love love the spoon... and the box... just everything :) :) :)
Sylvia xx

Renee Stien said...

really love this box - thank you for sharing your process

artistamyjo said...

WoW & Wow !
This is amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing and I'd love to win too.Super stamps!
Hugs

Evil Edna said...

It is a wonderful project (I keep hearing Alan Rickman saying 'WITH A SPOON'- robin hood prince of thieves) and the stamps are damn fine. fingers crossed.EE

Vick said...

Hi Astrid, i just love the real grungey, vintage look of your box, its so, me! and i would love to win those scrummy stamps, thanks for the chance, Hugs Vick
the-artful-codger.blogspot.com
YTChannel vixcrafts and SaturatedCanary

Tarnished Rose said...

I just found this blog (thanks to Astrid) and am glad I did. Congratulations on your anniversary and you just gained an email subscriber!

Wonderful projects Astrid. The box and the spoon are awesome!

Smiles~
Marilyn

Bumblebee said...

great project, I've got a mini suitcase that needs decorating, and this is great inspiration.

butterfly said...

The patina on this is amazing - love the interior distressing too. Gorgeous, gorgeous piece! Thank you also for the lovely process details...
Alison x

merryb said...

I've got a box just waiting (oh face it I have a LOT of boxes waiting) for a great alteration like this. Thanks so much for the ideas! Beautiful work!

Janet said...

What a gorgeous box! Love it!

BLiSsAngELs said...

a girl can never have enough crowns so yes please and I'm drooling over the box and hidden spoon fabulous!

Candace Jedrowicz said...

Your box is amazing! I love it!

artbywendy said...

great box and great giveaway!!! :O)

Keren Howell said...

The box is SOOOO lovely, I love the colours and the images and all of it!

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Gorgeous piece , and great stamps for the giveaway too :))

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Absolutely fabulous! I just found you via Marjie Kemper's blog, and am adding you to my reader!

craftimamma said...

Thanks for the details on this stunning project Astrid. The texture and colour depth is gorgeous and I love how you merge in those vintage images. Those wing stamps are fab and words are always so useful.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Neet said...

A truly delightful box - an absolute work of art and what a delight when you open it awaits your eyes.
Thanks
Neet x

cat lacigale said...

LOve those two sets of stamps !!! Thanks for this great giveaway

sharon said...

Thanks so much for sharing your process Astrid, it's amazing, beautiful results! Thanks again for the chance to win these great stamps!

Marisa Job said...

Stunning project!! Love the colors!

bockel24 said...

I love how Astrid´s project turned out, and the stamps are great!

lucretia said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Lovely blog by the way. And thank you for the chance to win.

fairyrocks said...

Happy Anniversary !
Gorgeous in and out of the box works. Would love to see this one in real time that is for certain.
Keep smiling and creating

Netty said...

A triple wow from me Astrid, all fabulous projects and adoring that gorgeous spoon, x

Jolanda said...

I love the colours and textures of your pieces of art!!!

Disco Queen said...

Hi Astrid, Loving the box & altered spoon. Nice to know you still get inspired by others. Hugs

Jeni said...

I love it!

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful box and spoon - I love it and so fancy doing one of those spoons! (keep looking at mine in the kitchen. . . . ).
Juliax

maggie warke said...

beautiful project, lovely rich colours, a great stamp giveaway too!

sandcastle said...

Gorgeous!! Love these stamps - someone is going to be very lucky (hope it's me!!!)

Crafting Newbie said...

Hi Astrid, Thank you for sharing your amazing project & for picking such useful stamps for the giveaway. Fingers crossed I win. Hugs

Cazann49 said...

Hi Astrid I love the tutorial..:) Fab box and spoon..I would love to win the stamps please..:)..xx

ViLma Oyarzún said...

Cruzaré mis dedos para ganar!

El trabajo de la caja y la cuchara es HERMOSO! Tú me inspiras!

Saludos!

Orlis y El baúl de Andrea said...

wooooooowww!!! the box is amazing!!! thanks for sharing the process!

I would love to win the stamps!
good luck for everyone! good luck for me!

Susie Bentz said...

Love your style. This is a really beautiful project - I never thought to alter a spoon!!!

Thanks for the chance to win the stamps! Susie

Sandie Edwards said...

Wow, the spoon is amazing,and that gift box...to match is just gob-smackingly beautiful... love your work Astrid...x

Buttonsetc said...

Wow Astrid, such inspirational work - I haven't seen the box before, and you have really made a stand-out project with it.

Njeri said...

Great tutorial, I enjoyed it.

Jann said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial--your altered box and spoon are absolutely gorgeous!

Lululiz said...

I have already admired this fabulous piece on your blog. It really is gorgeous. Thanks for taking us through the whole process, I always love to hear how these amazing pieces are created.

Von said...

Gorgeous work with so much texture !
Von x☺x

Zuzu's Blog said...

FIFTY SIX COMMENTS ASTRID!!!!! WOW.. (well 57 now lol) well done you. x

Lesley said...

Now 58!! That is beyond cool!
Loving all the texture you have going on!!

Tracie Dean said...

Another amazing piece. I am lucky 59!! Thank you for the daily inspiration!

Athanasia said...

Great box and giveaway!

Dawn said...

Who would of thought such a plain box could look so spectacular love the richness of the colours and the spoon is just yummy as is all of your work hun xx