Sunday 4 November 2018

2018 #19 Tissue Paper: Happy Tulips with ECF {by Ellie Knol}

2018 Topic 17: Tissue Paper

This charming cigar box has been repurposed beautifully, and would look gorgeous on any dressing table! I love how Ellie has used the clay embellishments as an interesting, textured layer and matched up the napkin image at the same time! Our bloggers are too clever for words! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol with you today. I'd like to share with you an altered cigar box I I made.

When deciding on what I wanted to make, I already knew I wanted to use tissue paper in several ways. One of them to use paper napkins; second to create texture, and third to be able to stamp on the paper and use it for collage. 

This wooden cigar box was waiting patiently in my stash to be altered. I chose to add some sturdy cardboard to the lid, inside and bottom of it to make it more robust and sophisticated box (smile), not just a  plain old cigar box. I will not bore you with info on this process. 

This is the finished project. I'll try and explain all the different stages it went through before I called it done. It's even has little feet, which are four rectangle beads in a red color. 

I started by painting the box in white gesso. Covered the outside of the box with creased tissue paper, by applying it to the surface with decoupage glue. When dry, it got a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish paint and that's where the fun starts!

Next I stamped the script from ECF03 in black randomly onto the lid of the box and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. 

I cut out the images from the paper napkin and adhered them to the surface with decoupage glue.  

You will see that the paper napkin is very transparent because you can actually see the stamped script through the napkin tissue images. 

Create some embellishments from (air drying) clay in a mould. After it has dried paint it with gesso and Snowflake Fresco Finish
PS! The smaller heart was just a plain heart; I've added texture with a stamp from set ECF04 by pressing the stamp into the clay to create some texture.

Adhere parts of the paper napkin to some of the clay embellishments to match up so the pictures will still be 'visible' but now on top of the clay embellishments.  

I did not add this to all of them on purpose, now it looks more random. 

Stamp images from ECF04 onto tissue paper and tear it to pieces to be able to use them for collage on the sides of the box.  

( Front and back of the box; yes, I created a faux key hole) 

Add a little bit of blue distress ink to the sides of the box and mist with water. 

I LOVE working (playing) with tissue paper. 

Do you?? I'd like to know how you use it in your projects! Please add a link in the comments below if you have some other ideas on your blog, I would appreciate that. I always like to try new techniques!!
There are so many collage papers on the market, I can't imagine you don't have any in your stash ... and create with it! 

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Miriam said...

This is stunning Ellie. Totally love it!

Helen said...

This is beautiful - love how you've incorporated the clay pieces.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Stunning Ellie ! A wonderful way of using the napkins over the embellishments - it works so well. Jennie x

Mac Mable said...

Stunningly beautiful, full of texture and so creative. Fun use with the clay and those napkins are so pretty. Wonderful inspiration, thank you X

Unknown said...

love it all esp the clay pieces. can you tell me which moulds were used please

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Etsuko said...

Gorgeous project Ellie. Love how used tissue paper and fabulous Courtney's stamps. xx

Ellie Knol said...

Thanks to you all.. I will answer you on your own blog Tania... but just to share it with other s, I will mention the names of the molds here too; in a next comment.

Ellie Knol said...

If you want to know which molds I have been using: for the picture with the emebellishments (I did not use the key-hole thingie) from left to right : mold custom made from a bought embellishment, mold from Stamperia, cutom made also from a store-bought embellishment and the smaller heart is also from Stamperia.

Lucy said...

Wonderful, love how the tulio overlaps the heart,

Lucy x