It became this…
…with a surprise inside!
Details of the inside scene:
So, let's talk about how this all went together. The cover paper is thinner watercolor paper covered with Distress stain and Perfect Pearls Kiwi mist. After drying it, I rubbed Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink pads onto the Latticework stencil and misted it with water. Flip it over and press it onto your paper and it leaves an imprint. This happens to be the technique Tim Holtz is featuring in the June tag so you can check that out for more directions.
The center panel I embossed using the Vintaj Arching Tree Frame folder and highlighted the embossing with darker green inks. The butterfly is from the framelits die and stamp set, For the Record 2, Tailored. I stamped and embossed the butterfly with clear embossing powder to use as a resist - going back in with darker green ink to make the stamped image really pop.
The spine is covered with paper made to look like faux leather - a technique shared on the Ranger website. (Thanks for the link Shelly!) It didn't look right brown so after I had crinkled it and inked the folds I also added a layer of Mowed Lawn Distress Stain over it all. Perfect!
The base of the inside cover was also colored with mists. I also sprayed mist (Blue Smoke) on the Shatter stencil and impressed it on the background to look like spider webs. The flowers and other images are stamped in archival ink and then watercolored using various Distress re-inkers and ink pads. Here is the finished box, ready to filled!
The flowers are roses made from the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die (see page 65 in A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3 to find out how to do it!) Another great way to make flowers is to die cut them out of coffee filters and then mist them to colorize. The yellow flower was made that way. See my flower wreath post for a host of ways to make flowers!
Whew! That is a lot of photos and information. I hope you found it helpful. =) I am entering this into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge with a thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the prize. Linda is hosting this series of challenges on her blog Studio L3. There are many more to come, be sure to check them out!
I am also entering this into a challenge on a new blog, The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Their first challenge is all about using spray inks and mists. Inspiration Emporium is also sponsoring this challenge. (Aren't they great? =) )
Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10! ;-)