Friday, March 8, 2019

Space Adventure in a Box

To infinity and beyond… (or at least Arizona). When I was at Creativation this past January, I was introduced to a product that was new to me – Rinea foil paper. It is a crafting paper that is foiled on both sides. The thing I really like about it is that it is pliable like a metal foil and will hold its shape when you manipulate it. They are having a contest and I cooked up this out of this world Treasure Box project to showcase their products. (Grab a drink, this is a long post and tutorial! ;-) )

I wanted the outside to be grey and monochromatic, like a lifeless moon or asteroid.

Then, when opened, you see a colorful and shiny alien landscape:

… and a few resident aliens:

A few more landscape details:

All the foliage was cut using Tim Holtz's Funky Florals type die sets and the Rinea foil paper. (It cuts well.) I could easily 'style' the plants by curling leaves etc. and they stayed put.

On to the tutorial!!

Step 1 - I die cut the pieces for the box out of matboard and assembled them. I coated the outside with clear gesso to help seal the matboard from the moisture of the Stone Effect Paste I was planning to cover it with. I was hoping it would help keep the box from warping too much. I think it did help a bit but I still got warping. At this stage I also prepared the front panel graphic. I matted the rocket image with some of the black Rinea foil (it has little stars on it, perfect!)

Step 2 - I searched for vintage space artwork. Some I found free online and the figure is scanned from an old sci fi paperback book we have. I did some Photoshop work to remove text and fill in areas to make it big enough to work as my background.

In a graphics program (Adobe Illustrator) I laid the graphics out to fit the inside of the box.

Don't glue them in yet!

Step 3 - I used some of Finnabair's Prima products to add that cool texture! The paste is the 'Concrete' jar from the Stone Effect Pastes trio. While it was wet I sprinkled on the different sizes of Art Stones. Once it was all dry I tried to bend the box back to straight sides as best I could. ;-) I also used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to add a wash of color over the paste and stones.

I attached the lid to the base at this stage using some hinges I had in my stash. I also added the Hitch Fasteners for the closure.

Step 4 - I glued in the background and added the sleeve for the drawer (cut using Eileen's Stacking Drawer die). I cut separate matboard pieces to fit the bottom of the lid and top of the drawer and gave them the 'rock' treatment too. Once dry and painted, I glued them in place.

Step 5 - Ghost Inking! I'm really excited to play more with this technique. Rinea has a great video on their website to show how to do it. (It's easy!) For the drawer front, I embossed a piece of foil paper, rubbed the Ghost Ink pad over the embossed areas, dried it with a heat gun and then (here's the magic), wiped it with a paper towel dampened with alcohol and the color lifts right off. Cool!! (The black piece was a practice one I did.)

Step 7 - Sculpting the aliens! I used to do a lot of work with polymer clay but not as much in recent years. It was fun to dust off those skills again with some Sculpey Souffle clay samples I also got at Creativation. I wanted the big alien to look like it was crawling out of the drawer so I actually baked it in another drawer I cut out so the hands etc. would be in the right places.

Messy desk lol!

Step 8 - Finally it was time to put all the insides together. I die cut a whole bunch of 'plant material' from various colors of the Rinea foil paper so I'd have a lot to work with. I then just used quick grabbing glue to start placing the different parts into the interior.

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Eileen Hull Sizzix
Stacking Drawer ( Sizzix / SB )
Treasure Box ( Sizzix / SB )

Tim Holtz Sizzix
Funky Florals 2 ( Sizzix / SB )
Funky Florals 3 ( Sizzix / SB )
Funky Festive ( Sizzix / SB )
Tiny Tattered Florals ( Sizzix / SB )
Iron Gate & Starry Night Texture Fades set - retired

Rinea Foil Paper
Rinea Ghost Ink
Prima - Finnabair Stone Effect Pastes - Concrete
Prima - Finnabair Art Stones - Mega, Regular, Mini
Prima - Finnabair Clear Gesso
Prima - Finnabair Mica Powder
Sizzix mat board
Xyron 3in Sticker Maker
Sculpey polymer clay
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Paynes Grey, Dark Grey Value 3
DecoArt - Extreme Sheen Gold paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hitch Fasteners
Hobby Lobby - Spaceship Pendant

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  1. Lisa, your space adventure box is superb! The texture on the outside looks amazing and I just love the little monster/alien and that fabulous embellishment you added to the top. I checked out the ghosting technique and wow, I love that! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. I know your son flipped for this! LOVE the hidden aliens...just a WOW girl! The texture on the front is fabulous...I'm sure you're exhausted having made it!!! Crazy fab!!!

  3. This is so amazing Lisa, so imaginative and out of this world. Absolutely stunning! You are a very talented lady ��

  4. Great project! the lil alien coming out of the drawer! Great creation!

  5. Wowzers! I love how you think outside of the box...pun intended ;-) Fabulous job Lisa! <3

  6. What a fantastic idea, love it x Michelle


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