Friday, 9 August 2013

A box to treasure...

Hello everyone and welcome to my little creative place. So kind of you to drop by!
Today I would like to share an altered box with you

On Saturday two of my arty friends will come and visit, the lovely Annie and her wonderful mum Rita. A few weeks ago I visited them and Rita gave me this box, that started life just plain white, to play with. It's been around for a while but I just never got round to blog about it and stupidly I forgot to take a picture of it before, so all I can do is tell you how I went about altering it....
It started life as a sturdy, plain white box, just perfect for altering. I began by adding some texture with the help of a Prima corner stencil that was just the right size. I then Gessoed over it to take away the slight sheen of the texture paste (Golden Moulding Paste) I had used. As I wanted my box to look vintage and old I then added some Rock Candy Crackle paint in the corners and along the sides of the lid. Next I stamped various images (sorry they are all really old stamps from my stash and apart from the leaf and the feather one that are la Blanche, I have no idea where they came from) in Plum Archival and then coloured the corners and sides of the box with the same colour, darkening a bit more with some Expresso Adirondack Die ink. That particular brown colour has a slight purple tone which matched the Plum Archival. Some White Fire Treasure gold rubbed over the raised bits, finished it all off.



Here you can see the flower, this was one of the flowers Rita taught me to make when I visited with them and I sprayed it with various sprays to match the box.

I stamped the La Blanche Feather and Script stamp along the sides of the actual box, then masked it and over stamped with a script stamp. I think I over did it a bit, as it does not look quite right, but hey ho, you live and learn (embrace imperfection and all that...)

I left the inside of the box unaltered, it was so perfectly finished already, so there you have it.

Hope you like it and that you will have a a great creative and peaceful weekend. Thank you for visiting!

50 comments:

  1. Wowee Astrid. I can hardly believe my eyes when I look at your fabulous box. I still have mine untouched as yet, but maybe now you have inspired me with this one, I'll give it a go. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Hi Astrid...wow!!! The plum with the brown and white looks amazing! And that corner stencil is real eye-catching. Everything is perfect just as it is. Loooove it!
    Dot x

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  3. Amazing what you created, the texture is beautiful, and the gorgeous colour hues. Enjoy your friends this weekend ... they will love what you created with the box Astrid.

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  4. Just beautiful! Love all the texture and details!!

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  5. I love what you did with the box.

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  6. Looks amazing, hard to believe it started out as just plain white, xxx

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  7. Oh I do love treasure boxes.. this one is just perfect for keeping something really special. Beautiful job.

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  8. Astrid this is beautiful, love all the fabulous colours and textures

    Anne

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  9. The subtle colouring and wonderful textures have turned a plain box into a thing of beauty - I'm sure Rita will be thrillled to see what you've done. Enjoy your day together.

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  10. Such a beautiful makeover Astrid, love the colours and the flower is so beautiful! Hope you have a lovely crafty time with Rita and Annie (I so envy you!). Hugs, Anne x

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  11. What a perfect box!! Love the textures and the stamps; it turned out as a real artful creation! xxx Marianne

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  12. Oh so perfect Astrid! You certainly know how to create the most amazing effects.
    I love scrolls of any sort and combined with the script, pens and those vine leaves and feather - it all works in harmony with the colors too!

    I have just altered a box in almost identical shape and size but, of course, mine would have to be in vintage lace and image also. Hope to post sooon!

    Enjoy your weekend dear!
    x Suzy

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  13. Your friend will be amazed when she sees this transformation ... terrific! Have fun!

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  14. What a beautifully transformed box Astrid! Love the stencilling and the crackle glazed edges. I bet Rita and Annie will be dying to see it for real. Enjoy your playtime, hugs Jenny x

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  15. You make such beautiful things Astrid and always post about your luscious work with lovely photos!
    The box is just gorgeous! xx

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous, Astrid!

    Lucy x

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  17. Wow Astrid! This box is gorgeous! I love the techniques you use!!!
    Hugs, Dena

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  18. Oh Astrid! It is so pretty I so wish I had time to play and do what yo do with things! It will be another year before I maybe get some more time for me!!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

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  19. Love how you altered this box Astrid ... it's totally gorgeous, and so totally 'you'!!! The colour, the stenciling in the corner and all the stamped images are just gorgeous!! I do hope you have a lovely crafty time with your friends this weekend. ox

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  20. I love the box! I love the crackle texture in the corners. And, that stencil is so perfect. Beautiful!

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  21. Thanks for giving some of the details of how you made-over this lovely box! I also have two great boxes a friend gave me, still sitting in a bag waiting... Perhaps for this weekend? Have a beautiful one.
    Laura

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  22. This has a beautiful Italian feel to it, Renaissance era comes to mind with the use of the beautiful plum colours.
    Gorgeous box.
    Astrid, have a wonderful time with Annie and Rita - please remember and share any crafty creations with us!
    Wishes
    Lynne
    P.S. The flower on the box is stunning.

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  23. WOUW Astrid, this is just soo gorgeous work from you again. I´m just sooo impressed with all your stunning creations here always. This would be such an amazing gift for someones birthday or something like that. Just gorgeous work.
    Have a wonderful week-end hun and lots of great fun.

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  24. This is so pretty. In one word "beautiful"Thank you for showing and for your explanation. Anneke.
    www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  25. Gorgeous box Astrid, Love the colours & texture...Fabulous stamps...Have a fantastic time with Rita & Annie... Looking forward to seeing what you all create... Enjoy!! Hugs May x x x

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  26. Die Box ist ein wunderbarer Blickfang. Die Gestaltung der linken Seite mit der Schablone gefällt mir dabei besonders gut, liebe Astrid.
    Ein schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  27. You know those are some of my most favorite colors to wear! Such a pretty box and that texture from the corner stencil, so perfect! Love this. Hugs!

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  28. Such beautiful colours, Astrid. I'll be sharing!

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  29. Hello dear ,-
    and thankyou for another amaxing and inspirational post!
    Those plum coloured stamps are looking fantastic on the box, and the pasted area, highlighted is just beautiful- love the leaves stamp and your wonderful flower, too.Those white and brown with flasches of plum is gorgeous dear Astrid !!
    Hugs and wishes of a wonderful weekend to you, from Dorthe

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  30. WOW!!!
    Astrid, das ist ein einzigartiger und ganz märchenhaft schöner Kasten.
    Eine Box für Träume :-)

    Umarmung und liebe Grüße von Sophie xx

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  31. The colour combination is beautiful, its a fabulous make over, wonderful details.
    Yvonne

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  32. Oh wow Astrid this is amazing, such a wonderful altered box, I love it. Give Annie and Rita a hug for me and a big hug to you too.
    Brenda xx

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  33. this is a beautiful box, gorgeous every way x hugs trace x
    sorry for any comments missed having a few days off as Steve is home and a few days out hugs trace x

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  34. Your style is amazing. This could pass as a vintage antique piece. I love how you made it and the colors are gorgeous. I love it!
    Have a great weekend,
    Kelly

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  35. Me encanta!!...
    Te ha quedado preciosa!!

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  36. I'm enchanted too (though I much prefer Eva's "me encanta!" as a phrase!)... The Plum Archival is such a wonderfully delicate colour against the white and beige. Gorgeous crackle... beautiful altered art. Hope you and Annie and Rita have a wonderful time!
    Alison xx

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  37. Wow, really loving the corners! I have seen a lot of successful altered art recently using rock candy crackle so think I may have to save my pennies...
    The colours are great for the olde world look. Great job! :))

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  38. This has become quite beautiful
    Rosie x

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  39. Absolutely beautiful Astrid - we all should be so talented!
    Sandy

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  40. So beautiful!!! I love the effect of the corner stencil!!!

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  41. beautiful box with amazing texture!! love it!

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  42. Really beautiful Astrid, the colours and the textures are wonderful and it's always great seeing a beautiful piece of art come from something plain and simple. Chris.

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  44. Oh MY! Your work is beyond lovely-it's epic!

    I love your style. It really resonates with me and would love to learn more about how to achieve it.

    Is it really time-consuming to work in this style?

    Without stamps and all the supplies you have, is such a style possible with simple materials?

    Right now, money is tight, so I am trying to be a "frugal" artist!

    Thank you so much for your constant stream of inspiration. God has truly gifted you with talent and imagination!

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