Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A Vintage Box

Hello All, I'm back with another post - I'm starting to get the hang of this blogging stuff!!!
Today I'd like to share my entry for Challenge 9 over at A Vintage Journey - yes, it's another box.  I love making boxes - they are both decorative and useful and you can indulge your crafty heart without wondering where you're going to display the result.  Tim has a magnificent collection of vintage storage in his studio - I'm not so lucky so I thought I'd create my own!
The Challenge this time was to use every stamp in a set.  I don't have too many of Tim's Collections, most of my "Tim Stamps" are backgrounds, but I do have this set and thought it would make a great Vintage Box.  I don't see these stamps used much by other bloggers, so I thought I'd give them a whirl.
Firstly I made a box from Black Card which would fit the various images in the Stamp Set. I started by stamping the large diamond shapes several times with Black Archival and then using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique misted with loads of water, coloured it with Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire (my absolute fave!).

I then took a smaller piece of scrap card and covered in with layers of clear UTEE, Gold Embossing Powder sprinkled with Black and kept going until I had a lovely shabby liquid covering. I then stamped into the molten EP with the large image and this is the result.

Unfortunately, because the piece was so large, some of the EP had started to harden and so the bottom half of the image was less impressed (as was I) than the top.

Here you can see the detail where the EP was still molten - a gorgeous deep impression.

I decided to cover the bit where I didn't get an impression with the key from the collection - this was stamped in Archival and coloured with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.  I cut the image out and then gave it a good dunk in clear embossing powder to make it shine! 
This was all stuck on to the lid of the box.

I used the decorative diamond stamp to create strips to go around the lid of the box, colouring them with the same inks as the top and shabbying (is that a real word?) up the edges before sticking them to the edges of the lid.

I used the final stamp in the set to create more strips to go around the base of the box.

Finally I attached a lock plate which had been given the Altered Metal with Paint treatment using Picket Fence and Peeled Paint Distress paint. This was stuck it to the front of the box lid and, hey presto, one box in which to keep my Sharpie Pens!

Just the right size!!

Hope you like my box as much as I do. 

Thanks for visiting

Keep Crafting.



  1. i LOVE your box, it is really magnificent. I don't know the stamps you used at all, and they are gorgeous, too. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog - I think I would need to be hand-cuffed to stop making art! Have a nice evening, and lots of greetings from Kaiserswerth to Bath! Valerie

  2. A wonderful set of stamps and a great box. Your stamping into molten EP looks wonderful! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey this time. Nikkix

  3. What a fantastic box you have created Jean, I love it. Thanks for sharingit with us at A Vintage Journey and well done for using all the stamps in a set, that was a real challenge. xx

  4. Love your box Jean and such clever creative use of that stamp set!! The stamping in the UTEE looks brilliant and clever to just cover the imperfect bit with the key. Embrace imperfection at its best! Fantastic and useful make! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  5. Absolutely LOVE this Jean! Thank goodness we are both championing this stamp set as it's a winner when used as well as you have here. That embossing is the cherry on top of the yummy cake! Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  6. Magnificent altered box - love the embossed texture and brilliant use of the stamps! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  7. Oh how I love your altered box and the way you combined those rich stamps! The gold and embossed texture is just amazing sitting so pretty on the top. Love all the details and what a great way to hold those Sharpies! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at A Vintage Journey.

  8. What a beautiful box Jean! Sorry I haven't gotten over here sooner, I'm playing catch up. This is a lovely stamp set you have used. After seeing this piece I now have that stamp set on my want list. I absolutely LOVE what you did with the utee and gold embossing powder. This is a technique I have not done, but am itching to. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful storage box. Karen.x

  9. Oh my! What a beautiful keepsake this is! Love your choice of stamps and how you used them on the box! The gold embossing with the UTEE looks fantastic! And thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog too!

    Claudia xx

  10. Really great project! The texture is fabulous!


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