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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