Monday, 1 June 2015

"Blooming" with coral and gold

Hello Friends…
Welcome to my page today. Today I am sharing my DT project for Rhedd’s Creative Spiritwhere the challenge every month is Anything Goes but altered art or Mixed Media only. Now that’s a big relief for a non card maker like me, lol!
I am still not done with my holiday hangover and remember I told you I have a lot of ideas running in my mind…today’s is just a sampler of that.
A style I love, techniques I enjoy and the color, TOTALLY NEW to me! I have worked with coral and gold this time going back in time to give a vintage beaten look to a wooden box.
This box again was gifted to me by a crafty friend on my birthday with an intention that I would alter it…I love such gifts! Thanks Tanvi…
I started by giving a coat of gesso to the box and then I went around applying candle wax to the edges and other places where I wanted the paint to peel. 
I mixed a wee bit of abandoned coral distress paint to gesso and gave the outside of the box a coating. A little bit of this color gave me the lovely pastel shade that I wanted! Once dry, I used the TH sanding block to rub of the paint in all those area where I waxed. That gave the box the worn distressed look!
Time for texture…with some breezy fern leaves stencils from Color Box and texture paste. I applied old gold Inka gold on it and I could almost get the feel of the leaves swaying in the wind! Some random text stamping with Bo Bunny..

The center of the lid had this interesting pattern on it, which I wanted to highlight. So applied Picket fence crackle paint and then walnut distress stain on the cracks.
The center resin picture frame is a handmade embellishment. I cut this blooming flower from DCWV botanical stack and mounted it to a light weight chip board. Then I made a faux frame for it with air dry clay which I twisted and stuck on all sides of the picture. This gave a raised level for me to pour the resin mixture. 
I added a chit chat sticker and sprinkled some fine glitter giving the much needed time for the resin to set. Some inka gold on the twisted frame and Voila, my center faux picture frame was ready.
I have kept some coconut coir beneath the picture for some dimension and texture and decorated the circular ares with some champagne colored rhine stones!
For the base, I cut out old text papers and used the EK success punch to cut out this lovely flower lace. I inked the edges with Tea dye DI and had the lace on all side of the box. This added a few more years to the box…If all my projects could speak…the y would just say “keep me young” lol! So much for the love of Vintage and Distress…
Now, focusing on the front clasp of the box. I aged it more with dull gold Inka gold and then found this broken pendant in my stash which I thought would be a perfect add for the closure. It actually had some very colorful stones on it which, I dint like. I then added orange alcohol inks and then aged the gold here too. A little pearl dangling and this was ready.
Ready for the box to open???
I stained the inside of the box with Terracotta antiquing solution from Tsukineko. For the inside base, I lined it with old text papers and modge podged it. For the sides I used up paper from DCWV botanical stack which had some mildly stamped flowers on it!
I have decorated the inside with the quote for the day from Inkadinkado and a vintage flower made with TH tattered florals die, inked with abandoned coral, script stamped on the petals, misted, scrunched, dries, shaped, layered, inked the edges with walnut stain DI . The flower center had some twisted coir and a twine bow. Phew! All this for one single flower…but who’s complaining? Some die cuts ferns and flourish along with it highlights the quote.
The Ideology box feet has also been further aged with old gold and gives that “perfect” Vintage look to the box…agree???
So, what do you possibly think I should keep inside a box like this which says…”Blooming” on the outside and “Today Belongs To you” in the inside?
Help…do let me know….
With that, I urge you to play along this month and do take time to visit the blog and see what the rest of the team has in store for you.
I would like to enter my “blooming box” in the following challenges…
PolkadoodlesChallenge – Girly But no Pink
AlteredEclectics – Anything Goes
Come and getit challenge – Distress it
Until my next Creative Journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.
Cheers.
























54 comments:

  1. Hi Rupa
    Well, you have turned a relatively plain box into a work of art, both inside and out.
    Thank you for joining in at MAWTT.
    Best wishes.
    Ang.

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    1. Thank you so much...really happy for the lovely first comment from you. Hugs.

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  2. Everytime, a visit to ur blog, sure visitors hearts blooms in joy as much as ur awesome projects..Every project is as unique and beautiful!!! Love the faux frame idea, fern textured top, cool colors...Oozing beauty altogether!

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    1. Aaaa Sathya the poet....thanks for those "make me feel happy" comment. You are always so generous with your words. Big hugs.

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  3. Love your all handmade embellishments here Rupa, and you sure have used different color palate for this project, Love this!

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    1. Thank you so much Shilpa. Hugs.

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    2. Visiting again to say ...Thanks for joining us at Artistic stamper this month. good luck!

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  4. Gorgeous Rupa! I love those ferns on the top, they look like real dried fern leaves, awesome! Beautiful centerpiece and the ring of bling is such a wonderful accent! Another stunning altered box, you always do such a wonderful job with these! hugs :)

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    1. A bis Thanks and hugs Pamellia.

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  5. Wow..Its Elegant,royal looking ..I loved the coral n gold combo and that fern is my FAV !

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  6. This is stunning!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  7. The texture leaf is stunning and so is the resin!

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  8. Just so gorgeous. Every inch shouts out vintage.. love it.

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    1. oh yes! Don't we LOVE it...Thanks dear.

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  9. Rupa,this is just so gorgeous,love,love the vintage style and colour palette.
    Every piece of embellishing is lovely and you even made the picture with your own frame...just so stunning...
    Hugs x

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    1. Thanks Sandra. You have noticed it all!

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  10. Outstanding Rupa !! love the coral and gold and the handmade resin frame is such a great idea, you add so many details to each of your projects and each turns out unique !!

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    1. Thanks Suman. I dread the day I would have a creative block!

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  11. A stunning transformation. beautiful colours and textures.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. What a gorgeous transformation, Rupa!! The fact that the little frame is totally handmade is amazing. I love the insides as well as the outsides. Definitely a memorable keepsake this is :)

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    1. Thank you so much Hussena. Hugs.

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  13. Utterly stunning as always Rupa! I LOVE the picture frame, and will have to remember those techniques! x

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    1. Thanks Sammy and hope you try it out! Hugs.

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  14. This is so so pretty Rupa and that picture frame is stunning - Resin is something I have not dabbled with but you have tempted me - bad girl lol. Love it hun xx

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    1. I know I am THAT...lol! Thanks buddy...you should give resin a try. Big hugs.

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  15. This is so so pretty Rupa and that picture frame is stunning - Resin is something I have not dabbled with but you have tempted me - bad girl lol. Love it hun xx

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  16. Fabulous creation, love it and perfect for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Wendy (DT).xx

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  17. Hmmmm - seems like you should put something inside that would be about YOU - blooming with memories or dreams or thoughts!! It could be a diary. It could be ideas for your next projects. It could be love letters - eheheheh!!! Whatever it's used for there is no doubt that IT IS FABULOUSLY INCREDIBLE Rupa. j

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    1. Its such a delight to read your comment...rthanks for that bunch of tips on what to keep! You are too sweet, Joi...big hugs.

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  18. Hmmmm - seems like you should put something inside that would be about YOU - blooming with memories or dreams or thoughts!! It could be a diary. It could be ideas for your next projects. It could be love letters - eheheheh!!! Whatever it's used for there is no doubt that IT IS FABULOUSLY INCREDIBLE Rupa. j

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  19. Oh dearie, thou haseth some awesome friends to gift you a box like this. You did a fantabulous Upcycle omand the soft coral color works so beautifully with your other pieces. Genius to use to candle wax!!!! Awesome sauce! Hugz! ~Niki

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    1. Niki..awesome sauce...love that! Thanks dear. Hugs.

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  20. I'm in awe, this is wonderful, design, colors, detail, those little legs and that gorgeous frame, what a fabulous creation. Thanks for joining us at the Come And Get It Challenge. Barb

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  21. Wow - beautiful box with lovely embellishments, which fits at Polka Doodle Challenges. Hugs Agnieszka DT

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  22. Oh this is beautiful, what a lovely box. Such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail Thanks for joining us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

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  23. Fabulous Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles good luck and we hope to see you again soon xxx (DT)

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  24. A really stunning box, with such wonderful attention to detail ~ gorgeous work! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

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  25. A beautiful project, Rupa. A truly spectacular trinket box. Thanks for playing along with Polka Doodles Girly But No Pink challenge.
    x Asha (DT)

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  26. Beautiful alteration of the box Rupa.. Love the color palatte & the cool embellishments & textures :)

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