Friday, 24 August 2012

Good Crafternoon ........

Hey Peeps
Been having some me time this morning and ive up-cycled/altered an old gift box :) thought id give it a friend whos just shabby chic'd her bedroom.

Stuff Ive Used
Images from Graphics Fairy (some printed on copy paper some on tissue paper)
Matt Modge Podge
Viva Decor Clear Croco cream and Inka Gold paint
Adirondack - expresso
Distress stain - vintage photo
Couple of tips if you havent tried traditional decoupage before
Inkjet printer ink can bleed :( either try dabbing your images with PVA first n let them dry before using or spritz them with water both sides and dab colour run away, this can give a nice faded look. Or you could get someone to photo copy the images as lazer printing shouldnt bleed :0
Tear your images out as this softens the edge and makes them blend in better although lots of layers of sealer will do the same .
I like the grungy look of brush lines but a damp sponge will smooth ridges out if you chosen sealer/varnish looks bumpy.
Using your heat gun to dry it off between coats may make you images lift (learned that one quick)
Have a bash its lovely and messy :)
Im entering my make into Pan Pastel  Challenge 32 - Decoupage Sarah Hurley Challenge 71- Alter something 
Be Good
Kath xx


  1. WOW! This looks so beautiful, such a lovely gift for your friend
    hugs Sue

  2. Your friend will love this it's beautiful

  3. wow this is beautiful hun, your friend will love it. Good luck in the challenges hun xx

  4. This is stunning! I love it! Would love! Xxx

  5. That is really beautiful I am sure your friend will love it. Chris xx

  6. I bet you're lovely & gluey all over with dashes of gold!
    Thanks for tips - shall remember where to come when I tackle something like this........I now know why I need to get some Gesso.
    Paula (PEP)

  7. beautiful work Kath - your friend's gonna love it! Hugs Rachel xx

  8. wow this is stunning im sure she will love it emma xx

  9. Gosh Kath this is gorgeous. I am sure your friend will be over the moon with this fabulous box.

    Linda xxx

  10. Really stunning hun, love it. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  11. This is stunning Kath, great work :-) Elaine-xxx-

  12. You've done a beautiful job of upscaling this box.

  13. What a very lucky friend! This is gorgeous. I love the paper/image and the crackling really finishes it off.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx

  14. I'm sure your friend will just love it it looks fabulous! x

  15. a fabulous keepsake and creation - I love the colours and aged look. Thanks for joining in at Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

  16. I'm sure your friend will love this, it's beautiful x

  17. It's gorgeous,what a brilliant gift.Thanks for sharing at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog.

  18. such a pretty gift..your friend will love it! goodluck at sarah hurley challenges.


Hey there crafty friends
Thanks for visiting and your comments
Kath x