"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Altered Cigar Box

This project was my favorite of all my holiday classes. It uses many of my favorite products that arrived in the store - Webster's Pages "Winter Song" papers, Maya Road ruched pink velvet ribbon, Melissa Frances vintage crepe paper, Mica flakes and white bottle tree, white silk ribbon and the holiday mini-bingo cards from Jenni Bowlin. I combined them all in this Victorian/shabby chic altered cigar box assemblage and added lots of Diamond Dust, silver glitter and Snow Writer. I used what I call "poor man's crackle" on the outside of the box: first it was painted with a pretty sage acrylic paint; after that dried, a thin to medium coat of white glue (regular old Elmer's School Glue) was painted on with a bristle brush; when the glue was tacky (but not dry), cream acrylic paint was brushed over. As everything dries, the top coat of paint starts cracking and makes a beautiful crackled finish with the bottom layer's color peeking through.

Here's a close-up of the inside. "Magical" was already printed on the paper - I added Stickles to highlight it.

The back of the box shows the crackle finish.


Karin said...

It's adorable!

Robin said...

I love it!

Linda Manning Findley said...

Super cigar box ... Linda F

Autumn said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Susan!!! Love this completely.
Autumn Clark