September 3, 2015

Happiness is... an altered box!

Good Morning my crafty friends, Amy here, from Lil Cutie Creations.

With our "Happiness Is..." Challenge going on, I thought I'd do an altered box using the Happiness Is... stamp & the Open Road corresponding sentiment. I matched them with the Vintage Balloon stamp. Love this "Happiness Is..." series...there's something for everyone and for every occasion! 

I started with a small box I had and used Gesso all over, this is so that the paints and other mediums I used would have  something to grab on to -Gesso gives your projects "Some tooth". 
I then used various stencils with homemade texture paste (1 part glue, 2 parts white acrylic Paint and 2 parts Plaster of Paris or talc- Mix it up really well and voila!). This gave my box dimension and of course different textures. Allow to completely dry before next steps.

 Then I added different spray mists (Lindy's Stamp Gang, Distress Stain in Antique Bronze, Hedi Swapp Color Shine). Dry completely with your heat tool in between so they don't get "Muddy". I then stamped the  Vintage Balloon
onto tissue paper in Versamark Sepia (Important to use Archival Inks as then it won't smear/run). I adhered the images to the box with Gel Medium (Modge Podge can also be used). 
I embossed the  Vintage Balloon onto chipboard and fussy cut it out and added some bling for extra dimension.
I then created a tag using the
Happiness Is... and decorated it with Enamel Chips in Turquoise, Frantage and sprays. I finished with Brass Buttons and Gears from Memory Box- Mini Gears which were Gesso'd, sprayed and embossed. I also added some Bling to tie them in with the
Vintage Balloon. I finished with the
Open Road sentiment in Black Archival Ink, so it would stand out. 

Mixed Media is a lot of fun as anything goes really! If you don't like something, cover it up with Gesso, Paper or decoupage and start again! lol! I hope I've inspired you to give it a go!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about our  "Happiness is..." challenge. If you don't have a blog - you can still enter over at our Facebook group

For more inspiration why not check out So Suzy Stamps on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook , Flickr, Pinterest and now on Periscope.

Happy Craftin'!

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  1. wowwww!!!!!! Beautiful your box Amy!!!!! Perfect! I love altered things and I have to practiced mixed media techniques. Hugs!!!!

  2. Nice job Amy! Love it. It is so fun to get our fingers inky isn't it?

  3. Lovely project Amy! Love the colors and those gorgeous gears! ^__^ I too love using them, they look great! <3 *Big Panda Hugs*


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