Monday, 8 February 2016

SEW much LOVE !

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. Today’s story, “Sew much Love” started from an empty slider packaging box. I wanted to weave a story around a vintage couple and to depict that, I altered a packaging box using the “industrial” style!
I opened my brand new foil tape and was more than excited to experiment with it! More so after seeing the TH january tag! Here we go...from a plain unassuming box....
To this!
Step1- I painted black gesso to the sides of the box and the edges of the lid. Then, I adhered some dry wall tape on the sides for texture.
Next,I stuck the foil tape to a CS and ran it thru the haberdashery embossing folder. For some reason the combination of scissors, buttons, thimble and a rose in between made it so romantic and that is why I chose this one. It also had a vintage look.The dry wall tape also complimented the checkered pattern on the folder.

Step2- The scary part! I applied black acrylic paint all over the embossed foil and waited for it to dry. Then ran a wet wipe over it, removing the color in parts. This gave an amazing distressed metal look! I then cut the circular portion off the embossed piece as I had other plans!
Step 3- Time to play with alcohol inks. I had to work with yellows and greens and kept only the rose red..that gave an instant romantic look the piece! I had a pic of a vintage couple in my stash just perfect to slide thru the cut portion and Oh my! They just looked so comfortable!
Step4- I stamped the sentiment on the space available and heat embossed it n white and also managed to have a small heart shaped brad along with it. A few twisted rose buds and the lid was ready. I further embellished it with some rhinestones. One look at the couple and you can say, they were just happy in their own space!

The pull out for the box has a little key and cute heart that says it all!
Step 5- A look inside and you can see a set of cards...and a bling heart holds it all together! 
The heart too is using duct tape and used the Sizzix die for the mini heart, embossed it and colored with red ink and then rubbed in some archival black to distress it. Some rhinestones to bling it and it held on to those romantic note cards!
Step 6- I had a great time making these Kraft note cards and having some die cut negatives as embellishments.
 I inked the edges with vintage photo DI and stamped some quotes and message boxes too.
All of them put together make it a perfect “valentine gift” romantic right???
Let me know your comments on these. 
I would like to enter this in the following challenges...
OCC- sew and sew
Anything But cute- grungy Love
Peek-a-boo designs- Tic tac toe ( dry embossing, silver, flowers and flowers, ribbon, red)
A Vintage Journey- Industrial Love
Brown Sugar Challenge- Valentine/ Love
Creative Moments- AG with a twist of Romance/Love
Crafting for all seasons- Love is in the air
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. Wow!! A Grungy Vintage Romantic box! Textures & colours on the lid are amazing! It has a nice shiny metallic look, & mini heart is so pretty! Love it!

  2. Rupa, I love your grungy feminine altered box! What a beautiful vintage project this is! Amazing textures and that mini heart is simply awesome! Stunning work!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DTx

  3. What an amazing project Rupa!! I love the dark eroded metal effect and that embossing folder is awesome!! I love the little heart on a chain and that vintage image works so well with the grungy feel of this one.

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Grungy Love' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  4. Oh definitely 'sew' romantic Rupa! The transformation from plain box to a wonderfully romantic, mixed media keepsake is fantastic. I love every single little detail!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT :)

  5. Thank you too Rupa for joining in our 'Industrial' challenge at A Vintage Journey, Anne xx

  6. 'Sew lovely' Rupa !! love the foil tape and the embossing folder you have used,the little heart and the vintage image ,...every little detail is so well thought out !!

  7. Rupa, it is such a pleasure to read through your thought process on making this romantic box and the inserts. My favorite part about this, believe it or not, is the glitzy heart on the chain! (And I love Grungy--go figure!)

    Thank you for joining our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  8. Its Awesome !! Rocking industrial look :)

  9. Its Awesome !! Rocking industrial look :)

  10. I love your box and that embossing folder is now on my list!

  11. A stunning transformation, its now a beautiful box.
    Yvonne xx

  12. Oh my my , Rupa !!.. This is so awesome :) .. A perfect Grungy Look !!

  13. This is brilliant - worth all that time that went into creating it!
    Thank you for joining us over at Creative Moments and good luck
    Hugz Tinz

  14. Wow such a unique and awesome project.... I hope you are keeping it, LOL! Thanks for joining Brown Sugar Challenge!

  15. A beautiful box Rupa, I love the Industrial technique. The sewing embossing folder does look romantic and you have finished it so well. Thankyou for joining my challenge at OCC. Hugs Jan x

  16. Rupa, that is gorgeous, what an amazing transformation! Love the drywall tape on the outside, fab texture, and the combination of the romantic embossed image with the industrial technique is wonderful. And all of the wonderful additions to the inside of the drawer make it even more special. Great industrial inspired project, thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey this month! Deb xo

  17. Thank you so very kindly for joining our “Grungy Love” challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  18. A fabulous altered box, love the textures and colours, and the articles inside the drawer

  19. very nice! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Good luck.
    Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  20. Fab Grungy project dear...Love the way the emb.folder complemented with drywall tape...Beautifully turned out piece :)

  21. Out of words for this creation .. Just loved it to the core..
    Vidushi Saraf
    Peek-a-boo Designs

  22. Wonderful altered box and your use of DIY store items make it perfectly grungy. The vintage couple and their gorgeous frame add a little femininity to the piece. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  23. Simply superb Rupa! I love how this sparkles. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  24. What a wonderful transformation for your box Rupa! love the embossing folder you used for the cover and the addition of the colorful alcohol inks! thanks for joining us in the AVJ Industrial challenge! Julia xx

  25. Awesome !! Super grungy & great textures !! You can recycle every thing availble in this world N I love you for that rare talent !!
    Thanks for joining us @ Peek-a-boo Design Challenge # 3!!
    DT Vijaylaxmi :)

  26. stunning creation Love your take on this challenge ,Thanks for joining us @ Peek-a-boo Design Challenge # 3!!
    DT Sharada Dilip

  27. Wow that is truly gorgeous!!! Love the details and the fabulous tutorial that you have created!

    Thanks for joining the monthly challenge here at More Mixed Media challenge. Hope you will join us next time Crafting Vicky. I have a giveaway you need to check it out at 4 year giveaway

  28. What a stunning box with all the detail that you have add and great tutorial..Thank you for joining us at More Mixed Media and good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

  29. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at More Mixed Media. Hope to see you again next time.
    DT for More Mixed Media
    Granmargaret’s cards ‘n’ stuff – My personal Blog!

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