Monday 30 April 2018

2018 #8 Book Box Revisited with EDY {by Sue Carrington}

2018 Topic 8: Boxes

We're kicking off the new topic of Boxes with our newest stamps from Darcy which are still filtering their way through to our stockists. Sue has used them perfectly within the niche on the front of this recycled book-box. Take a look! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Sue here (StampingSueStyle) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a book box that has been given a new lease of life.

Sometimes projects just don't turn out how I thought they would and when I finished this book box the first time round it fell into this category and got put away in disgust. So when thinking about boxes and what the options were, I had a rummage through my craft room and spotted this box and decided to give it a revamp.

First thing was to take everything off the box and get back, as far as I could, to the original state. This proved slightly tricky as whatever the glue was that I used the first time round it was extremely tough ! 

The original design included a plastic mesh that was glued to the front and back, I couldn't remove it all and the pieces you can see on the book spine are the remnants.

What the mesh did do, however, was to leave a wonderfully textured finish. The colour inspiration came from seeing Double Denim, Terracotta and Mahogany Fresco Chalk Paints together, such rich colours and I really liked how they sat together.

I gathered together shades of Fresco Finish Acrylic chalk paints in soft blues; Ice Blue, Venice Blue, Double Denim and Midnight and blended the colours, layering each one in turn, working from light to dark. For the warm colours I used; Pumpkin Soup, Terracotta, Autumn Fire, Mahogany and finally French Roast.Some of these paints are from a mix of new and older Seth Apter boxed paint sets.

The stamps that I've used are from Darcy's latest set EDY21. When I saw these images I immediately thought of the "Adams Family" and the photo of the family standing together, so I wanted to created something along a similar vein, with the images standing together in front of their house. These images were relatively easy to cut out and once painted and positioned they were glued down. I used Faber Castell Pitt Pens to add extra shading and some Acrylic ink and Bombay ink to add some splatters , as it was looking too neat ! 

Sometimes it's good to revisit past projects, I for one have a lot that are just stacked in boxes as I'm too sentimental to throw them away but I don't have the space to display them, and there are still plenty that need to be revamped. I need to decide what to do with the inside of this box but at least now it has made it into the light again. 


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Miriam said...

The new lease of life you've given it is just lovely. Great project to kick off the new challenge.

Helen said...

I love this book box, Sue! Darcy's new stamps are perfect. I think we all have the same problem with old projects!

Annie said...

totally fantastic Book Box Sue x Love the colours and textures and those stamps look so sweet

Annie x

Corrie Herriman said...

Wow, love it !
Corrie x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so cute!

Lucy x

Etsuko said...

Gorgeous project Sue!! Great texture and lovely work with Darcy's fabulous new release. xx

Chris said...

Brilliant do over Sue and the stamps are absolutely perfect for it. Gorgeous colours too! X