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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Halloween - Sweet Stampin' DT

GOOOOOD MORNING!

Oops, sorry, was that a little loud? Sorry, I can't help it... I'm so excited to be sharing this finally!
It's Halloween week over at Sweet Stampin', and I recently got my hands on my very first Tim Holtz stamp -finally! - and some alcohol inks.
Add these together and you have a very happy (and messy!) Sammy.

I took a plain boring MDF box, and turned it into this:


It's rare I am this pleased with something I've made, but seriously, I love, love, love it!

Now, if you feel like making a cuppa and pulling up a pew, I have a step by step here...


 First I started with the plain box and lid and gave them a coat of Gesso.


Next, I covered everything in some scrunched up tissue paper and covered all with mod podge.


After a second coat of mod podge, (and after waiting for that to dry, naturally!) I dabbed it all over with Teakwood and Ginger alcohol inks.


Here's a close-up of the inked texture. Believe me when I say it looks even better in person!


When that had dried, this was the result:


Doesn't it look fab?

Next, I stamped, inked and die-cut my skull blueprint stamp, layered it up and added it to the top of the box, along with some cogs and cheesecloth I've also inked lightly.
Oh, and I forgot to add: I also painted a layer of clear distress crackle paint over the skull. It doesn't really show up in the pictures, but gives it "that little bit extra" in person!







And there it is, one altered box. Which I love. In fact, as soon as I can get my hands on more boxes, I'll be making more! And maybe some more TH stamps too... Actually, no maybe about it!

Anyways, that's me. But my fellow Sweeties also have lots of lovely Halloween treats waiting for you, so go take a peek, and then come and join us! Just don't forget to stamp!

In the meantime, I'd love to go play over at Altered eclectics!
And I'd also like to join the "spooky" challenge at That's Crafty!
I shall also be trying my luck at the A Vintage Journey, Halloween - to die for challenge...

Have a terrific day!

Sammy-x

33 comments:

Sarah said...

Brilliant job Sammy and it's lovely to see that your enthusiasm for craft has returned. xx

Tracey T said...

This is amazing, Sammy - who would have thought that this was originally a plain wee box. Brilliant little tutorial, too. Have a lovely weekend xx

downrightcrafty said...

great piece love the texture and the design simply stunning
hugs Kate xx

Sandra Wright said...

Oh WOW....no wonder you were excited, the box is fabulous.Loving the texture and the colour is amazing...great stamp too...
Well done Sammy,a fantastic project xx

Redanne said...

The texture you created is fantastic the colouring looks amazing. I love the skull and die set, I bet it is not too long before you get some more....

Thanks so much for joining in our Halloween - To Die For Challenge at A Vintage Journey! Anne x

Chris said...

I'm not surprised you love it...it's fabulous! Love the look of the covered box, so very effective (thanks for the tutorial!!)your stamp is perfect! It's great that you had so much fun making it too!
Chris
x

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is brilliant Sammy I love it!!
Kevin xx

Sylvia Anderson said...

No wonder you love this, It's amazing.... I also love altering things.... Happy Crafting Sweetie x

Mary J said...

OMG - that is so amazing Sammy! You've created amazing texture!

aussie aNNie said...

Sammy you are becoming the Queen of altered boxes and goodies...love this and how awesome to do a step by step for beginners like me.xxx

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Sylvia Anderson said...

Hi Sweetie, Thank you for following my blog x
I am now following you .... Happy Crafting x

cotnob said...

Wow! I'm not surprised you were excited, this is stunning. I love your stamp and fabulous step by step tutorial, thank you for sharing your creative process.
Pauline
x

Kathleen said...

Fantastic creation, worth all the work.

Kath x

Dawn Lancaster said...

Just fantastic Sammy! I can see why you're so proud of it, it turned out beautifully!
Hugs
Dawn xx

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Wauw, this box is awesome and great that you've made a tutorial as well.

Lys Scrap said...

A fabulous box with a great texture!

Sue said...

I'm not surprised you love it Sammy its absolutely fab!!!!! huggles Sue xx

Julia Aston said...

Hi Sammy! wow - thanks for sharing how you got this divine texture and coloring on your marvelously ghoulish Halloween Box! AND thanks for joining in on the A Vintage Journey "To Die For" challenge!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Wow! wow! WOW!

Jacee said...

Wow! great work Sammy.
Hugs Jacee
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Donna B. said...

Wow! This is amazing. I love how you used the scrunched up tissue paper, I'm going to try that. Hard to believe it used to be that plain box!!

Pop's Cards said...

This is gorgeous sweetie, huggles Pops x x x

Annie said...

Wonderful textures on your box and I love the stamps on the top. Great Halloween box to place spooky treats in. Thank You for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey this fortnight. Hope to see you again
Best Wishes Annie x

Christine L said...

Wowwwwww this is fabulous! I do love your creativity!

Hugs
Christine x

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

I love skellies and this is no exception.​Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month and hope to see you in future challenges.
Hugz and love Elaine aka Ellapu​

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Jane Savage said...

Not surprised you love, love, love it, Sammy you have a real talent for this kind of vintage alteration stuff!! (Sure there’s a better way of putting it than that!!) This looks amazing! xx

Judy Corner said...

Oh WOW Sammy, didn't you have fun! This is brilliant! Judy x

MaryH said...

Jiminy, this is fantastic! This box looks like old cracked leather, and thank you so much for all the picture details showing the how-tos. You really have a stunning Halloween box & made it look easy (I know it probably wasn't!) I love all the techniques you've used to get this aged look...it's most fabulous! TFS & Gave a shoutout to your blog on my post today. Hugs

Maggie said...

A fabulous box Sammy
MaggieH

Juliz Design Post said...

Hi Sammy, what a fantastic box. Love the aged look to it, the textures and the crackle on your skeleton. I can see why you are so pleased with your results. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey and good Luck.
Julie x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow, wow, wow! I love the tissue paper technique and the amazing texture you achieved with it! The dark browns really make it feel vintage and authentic! Great makeover! :)

Sara Barker said...

This is really a great box! I love the texture and color, and you had me at just this, but then that crispy skull and crossbones add that finishing touch!

Sara Barker said...

PS you are inspiring me to join one more Halloween challenge!