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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Red Altered Cigar Box and Mini Album

I've had a really pretty little piece of hand marbled paper for years, and hoarded it because I didn't want to use it. Finally I decided to use it on this very nice cigar box. The box had black enamel on the latches and a black, gold and red label. I cut the marbled paper and some metallic gold paper for a mat, and left a bit of the original black label showing under them, then used deep red pearls, gold mirror card and leftover pieces of the marbled paper cut with some Spellbinders to decorate the front.

There wasn't enough of the marble paper to decorate the sides with, and I haven't been able to find a red paper I have liked the shade of for years. Most of what I can find now is either orangey, faded looking or purpley. Years ago, an art supply place near us had red paper in a very deep rich shade, but unfortunately, I don't know what company made it, and I've never been able to find it again. I wish I could have gotten the red to look the right color in this photograph, because I managed to make a sheet of my faded looking red look almost that same color by using Distress Barn Door all over the sheet. I applied it with one of those Tim Holtz foam square things, and kept applying layers of the ink all over it. It looks orangey in the photos, but in real life, it's pretty. The red was matted with black, and I used Dresden trim on each piece.

After decorating the inside of the lid, I made an album using CS, origami paper, and various other handmade papers inside. I also made a bunch of tages with origami paper on the fronts and plain handmade paper on the backs. You can see the tags on top of the album in this photo.

This is the back side of one of the tags with the hand made paper.

This is the front of the album inside the box.

Underneath the album, I made dividers with a place for a pen and other items.


Myrna said...

What an elegant looking cigar box.

Marie-Louise said...

Kathi this is absolutely gorgeous. Such beautiful paper. Great work.

Olga said...

WOWZERS!!!! This is beyond gorgeous, you do have my address don't ya ? LOL

Sasha said...

Your cigar boxes just get better, Kathi. I love the rich red colour and gold trim on this one. Your album looks fabulous, too xx

JD/ Jill said...

Wow! A lot of work goes into these boxes! But well worth your time, they are amazing.

We All Craft Together said...

Kathi this is so lovely. The red and gold goes so well with the dark wood. I have never tried altering a cigar box. Where do you find them? They make such a lovely gift.


Sherry Kushibab said...

Stunning. Worth using that preciously saved paper on. Also like how you finished the inside so nicely. I've had a box sitting and waiting to be decoratedthx for the inspiration.

Angela said...

Kathi, this is a super altered stunner!