Friday, June 5, 2009

Book Study: Box

We're doing a Book Study as a group on NGS, using Nancy Curry's book "Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping". This week we are looking at her project "Dream Box". Make sure you see her box made from a white papier-mache box, it is gorgeous!!!
I received a swap packed inside a textured white jewelry box, and decided to try Nancy's technique on it. My box is much "shorter" than the one Nancy uses in her book, so there is less surface to work with. Dabbed walnut ink over the surface of the box with a color duster.
Used a cosmetic sponge to move the ink around, being careful to leave some white space and let air dry. I also sponged some walnut ink on to the lid.
Used an old toothbrush with two different brown dye re-inkers to splatter on more color. Let dry.
Stamped on leafy image with brown Stazon ink and partial words with black StaZon ink. Nancy suggests creating a broken text effect by inking only parts of the text stamp.
Nancy added metallic highlights, by stamping one of her images with copper ink. I decided to make a spray out of the extra walnut ink and copper perfect pearls, and sprayed this over the surface.
I used a damp cosmetic sponge to add more color to the lid of the box.
Colored the lid by rubbing a bronze ink pad over the lid then stamped on image with brown StaZon ink and heat set.
Decided the bronze was too similar to the lower box section, and followed Nancy's suggestion to ink the lid with copper ink and heat set.
Nancy stated she colored "cubes" with a copper leafing pen and added 4 of them as feet to the box, and one to the top center of the lid. I couldn't figure what the cubes were made of ( they look fabulous on her box!!!). I found a large old fashioned button I was going to use on the lid, but couldn't get the copper leafing pen to stick on the surface. Found some gold & black metal beads I liked the look on my box. Added four as feet and a larger and different shaped one on the lid along with some decorative fibers. Side view:
Top view:

4 comments:

Brenda said...

The box looks fantastic - what an wonderful transformation.

Adrienne Goodenough said...

Absolutely stunning! Great work, Carol

Maggi said...

Gorgeous!!!!! Thanks for taking the time to do the project and post step-by-step directions.

Craftgirl said...

You did a great job. It is stunning.