Tuesday 8 September 2020

2020 #16 Time For Tea with Scrapcosy Stamps {by Claire Snowdon}

 2020 Topic 16: Hinged

It's always amazing what a good amount of imagination and a bunch of PaperArtsy products can do to transform a humble leftover. Claire's clever up-cycled piece ends up becoming a beautiful and elegant gift that I bet her friend was utterly thrilled with.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon with you today, and I'd like to share with you an up-cycled project where I turned some packaging into a little tea gift box.

I think at this time with everything going on in the world little handmade gifts and gestures of kindness can really go a long way. So this is a little gift for my friend who I know loves herbal teas...

I got some free samples in the post which came in this lovely cardboard box which I kept for a future craft project!  I thought this box would be the perfect size for my little gift....the first thing I did was to open it out so it lay flat so I could work on it more easily.

I gave the box a couple of coats of Paperartsy Fresco Finish paint in Eggshell.  Then as the box was already a little creased I decided to take a different route with it and decided to turn it into a more distressed project and turned to the Paperartsy Crackle Glaze...therefore I gave the whole box a light coat of Fresco Finish Gumboots.

I then scraped on a thin coat of the Crackle Glaze and went over the top with the Fresco Finish Eggshell again - I was really pleased with the crackle effect I got.  I love the shabby, distressed look I managed to achieve using these two colours together.

Next,to decorate the box I stamped some images from ESC04 and ESC15 onto tissue paper and painted in some hints of colour using Fresco Finish Cerise and Aqua Duck Egg.

I stuck the tissue paper images to the box using multi medium then added some stenciling to the inside using Fresco Finish Chocolate Pudding and Scrapcosy stencil PS105.

I reassembled the box; the design is very clever as it all slots back together without any need for glue.

I took some metal corners and coloured them using Treasure Gold in Green Olive, then added them to the box using Glossy Accents.

Finally I added some quotes from a collection by 7 dots studio and a little more TG in Green Olive to the edges.....then of course I added my selection of tea bags :)

I really hope you enjoyed my little up-cycled gift idea - re-purposing any packaging is always fun, sometimes it can be a challenge but in a good way!!  I hope you'll take some time to join in with the hinged theme over the next couple of weeks too.

Claire x



Hazel Agnew said...

Great idea Claire. Beautifully executed. Useful too. Xx

Raquel Burillo said...

This is so beautiful, Claire! I'm sure your friend loved the gift! Big hug! Raquel

Christine Alexander said...

beautiful up-cycling of the box :)

craftytrog said...

Absolutely gorgeous! A gift in itself Claire! xx

Helen said...

what a great way to up cycle the box and provide a pretty gift!

Miriam said...

This is amazing Claire