Friday, 11 July 2014

Fragile mail !!!

Hello Crafters…
Firstly, thank you so much for all the lovely comments that you left on my village in a bottle. I am back again today with another set of altered bottles….
The best thing about this project is, you first clean the bottle and then you mess and dirty the place to make it look old and aged again!!! I love the vintage and grungy look of Tims’s work and none of my projects are complete without a bit of tearing, distressing or using Distress inks!!!
What more, my bottles today are based on a postal theme and have used the stamp set from ITSY BITSY ”Vintage stamps”.

The bottles were first given a coat of gesso and then went on to work 2 different techniques.
Bottle 1:
After the gesso, gave a coat of acrylic color in off white and then inked with DI, vintage photo on all the edges to give an aged look. Later mixed black and brown acrylic colors and did a generous color splat on the bottle. I fussy cut some floral print from DCWV French stack and using home made modge podge stuck it to the bottle. The cut out was inked with vintage photo too. 
I tore out the word “beauty” from the same stack and then using the postage stamp and scrip stamp from the set went about randomly stamping all over the bottle with vintage photo DI.The butterfly too is from the same stack.
I then cut out a few mini tags from the same stack, distressed the edges using TH distressing tool and stamped some friendship quotes on it and hung it around the bottle neck with natural twine.

Bottle 2:
This is vintage style too but after the gesso, I painted a lovely apple green acrylic color and then used the crackle medium to create cracks. When it was tacky, I applied the top coat of yellow ochre and voila! There appeared the lovely cracks…Oh! I so love this look and it looked even better when I inked the edges with vintage photo.

Here, I have used a lot of Prima stamps…the doll is paper pieced in vintage colors and pearls and colored using D inks too. Have used the vintage postage stamp in this bottle too and the blooms are all hand made and have the script stamping on it too. I have used TH tattered florals die to create all the flowers here, inked and misted them with picked raspberry and milled lavender and then inked the edges with vintage photo to give the dried up look!

The PP is from “something blue” stack from Prima and have fussy cut some roses here. The tag too has a Prima sentiment. The lace flower on the lid is hand made too and inked with picked raspberry and vintage photo. The pocket watch is using Joycrafts die and TH visual artistry stamp!
The stamping against the cracks on the bottle just gives a lovely worn out look and personally , I like the 2nd bottle better then the first!
How about you??? Thank you so much for stopping by and would love to hear your feedback.
Am linking this to…
A Vintage journey
(have used PP, die cuts, pearls and butterfly)
Until then,
Happy Crafting and recycling.


  1. Wow! Not one but 2 gorgeous altered bottles. You've put together some great ideas on both of these. Don't as me choose a favourite! Like you I think mmmm.. Bottle number 1 ... But then again.... bottle number 2 ..... Love them both! Thanks for joining in with the ePlay challenge. Good luck x

  2. These are so lovely!! Bottle #1 is my favorite, but #2 is a close runner up!! Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday, Joan dt

  3. Both are great works of Heart !!!

  4. Hi Rupa :-). Beautifully distressed bottles and the tattered florals are stunning on the second bottle. I agree that Tim's style is fabulous and I too use some form of Distress products on all my projects. Great to have you hop on board at A Vintage Journey this fortnight

    Hugs Annie x

  5. What fantastic bottles! I love this idea and maybe someday can try it! Thanks for joining Love to Scrap!

  6. What a fab piece work - thanks for playing along this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  7. Two super altered bottles. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday

  8. Love how you've altered both of these pretty bottles Rupa! the florals are so pretty - and the twine wrapped top is so creative! Thanks so much for joining in the ePlay Altered bottle challenge!

  9. You are amazing with recycling! Your bottles are gorgeous and the time you put into them really shows! Fabulous vintage look. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  10. How lovely your altered bottles are, with lots of interesting techniques too. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  11. Beautiful bottles, I especially love the cream colored one with flowers/ all time fav theme :) I found you via your comments on The Artistic Stamper's creativity blog. I guess your name caught my attention as my name is Rupa too. I love to paint and craft too although I don't seem have enough hours left in the day after my day job. Glad to have found your site.

  12. Both bottles turned out awesome. Love all the embellishments on each bottle. Wonderful way to alter bottles!!! So glad you played along with us in this months ePlay challenge. xoxo