About Moi

I was born in June 1981, I'm a hearing impaired paper-crafter who loves all things crafty. I sew, although I'm still very much a novice at sewing. I bake and cook hopefully all kinds of delicious treats. I have a huge passion for photography and the camera {yes I'm old school I still use an actual camera} is never far from me. I also love creative writing from making up sentiments/verses for my cards and other paper-craft projects to penning some fiction. I am an avid reader and I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Altered Box

Although I have altered boxes before this is my first attempt using these techniques...

  • Peeling Paint
  • Stamping on Tissue Paper
  • Colouring on Tissue Paper
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Flowers
  • Wooden Words
  • Lining the box with Tissue Paper
I am unsure if I am supposed to tell you how I made this box but hey I'll drop some hints.  I used some 'wall paint' thanks to a tip from a good friend in azure blue and waited for it to dry.  I then used my finger to apply some Vaseline and wiped it over various places of the box and then painted a coat of sugared lilac.  Once it was dry I wiped the lilac paint off and where the Vaseline was put the lilac paint wipes off and remains only in the place where there was just paint for it to stick to.  

I then used various memento inks to stamp various flowers {art journey stamps, thanks to a competition win in craft stamper} and some quotes from various stamps I already had.  I then cut them out and glued them onto the box using a water and pva mix.  

For the lid I painted a wooden 'smile' word {thanks to a very wonderful friend for supplying me with this} in pearlescent amethyst and secured it to the lid with superglue {due to a missing heat gun} and made sure it was secure before leaving it to dry.

I adhered {using pva and water mix} some lace ribbon to the side of the lid {thanks again to that special friend} before adding four flowers to the corner of the box lid.  I filled some of the 'space' on the lid with a few more tissue paper stamped quotes.

Now it's a first with all of these techniques so PLEASE PLEASE can everyone leave some constructive criticism with their comments?  

Thank You!


  1. WOW! I have never attempted any of these techniques. I am in full admiration for you even having a go, it all sounds so complex. But having said that, I'd be surprised if anybody can come up with any 'constructive' criticism when they look at the finished result: how beautiful! You've done so well to make it all so gorgeous and perfectly balanced, in colour as well as in design. I would take my hat off to you, if I had one on!

  2. It is just as well I have wine I am cringing with embarrassment and am no doubt beetroot red! I had help every step of the way and believe me I needed it. I'm sure there are pointers though and I'd love to hear them. Thank you for such supportive comments.

  3. I cant help with any advice, as i dont do altered crafts, but I DO love the finished result. A beautiful box indeed xxx

  4. Sall it turned out great!

    I really love the paint effect on it and the stamping you did onto the tissue paper.

    One tip I would give you would be if you wanted all of the tissue paper that is lining it flat and smooth paint a layer of the pva/water mix onto the box (do a small piece at a time) put the tissue paper on in small pieces then use the pva mix on the top of it, continue to do this all on the inside over lapping the tissue paper if needed to get an all over coverage. It will also mean that the paper is more secure to the box and it will be sealed so what ever you are putting inside will not tear it.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with next *hugs*

  5. This is fantastic sall i love it. I would agree with the previous comment about lining the inside of your box. There are also some really stunning decopatch papers which I have used on the inside of my boxes.
    Linda xxx


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