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Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Third Altered Cigar Box

I think it's finished except for adding more coats of Krylon. I really like the look of just the embossed and stained paper, and this way it would work for either a man or a woman. It also would work on a desk in an office. The embossing is quite dimensional, and the colors are interesting in person.

This box is 6" x 10.5", and is shallow, so there is only one layer inside.

I stained the basswood dividers with the same stains as I used on the paper, and decided to leave the inside cover undecorated except I will be adding more Krylon to give it more gloss. I tried Mod Podge on the bottom paper, but it removed some of the stain and made it more yellow than it was. It looks okay that way inside, but I'm only going to use the Krylon on the outside, since that didn't change the color.

I also went over the Liquid pearls with Copics Y28 on the "studs", and Y25 on the flower centers, and they came out the way I wanted them to.

I hope more of my followers try decorating boxes so I can see them too!

For everyone who didn't see yesterday's post, I'm adding it below, since it tells what I used on the box. (If you saw yesterday's post, just ignore what is below) :-)


I got the idea for using the dimensional wallpaper from this tutorial, but I used a different technique from hers. My wallpaper is also different from what she used. It's not spongy, and it's not prepasted. I bought it quite a few years ago to make dollhouse ceilings with. I had always planned on using it on a card, but never thought of a cigar box until I saw hers on Pinterest.

After applying the wallpaper to the box, I used Wild Honey Distress Stain all over it. Next came Lindy's Stamp Gang Tibetan Poppy Teal Starburst, then Peeled Paint Distress Stain. Then I wanted some gold, so I rubbed an old gold stamp pad over it. That shade of gold looked kind of gray, so I rubbed my Brilliance Galaxy Gold over that. Unfortunately I turned the stamp pad kind of green, but that's okay, the color is interesting, and I can always get another stamp pad. :-) I did the same with another piece of the paper cut to fit inside the box. The photo doesn't show the gold, but it looks nice in real life.

The last thing I did was add Platinum Liquid Pearls to some of the raised dots and the center of the flowers. I want the dots to look like old dull brass studs.

This is the first time I have ever done anything grungy, and it was fun! Since I'm not really into grunge, it won't be too grungy though, but it's grungier than it looks in the photo.


Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful box Kathi. Really great work.

Sasha said...

Another masterpiece, Kathi. Love the dimensional paper and such a lovely colour...great job! xx

Marisa Job said...

Wow! Another great cigar box!! Great job!!

Myrna said...

The paper you have used for this one is really cool. It is such a simple but elegant design. You are doing some fab boxes.

JD said...

Another beautiful box. thanks so much for sharing the was so nicely done, You have inspired me to definitely try and cover my sampler box.