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Thursday, August 30, 2012


Altering cigar boxes is one of my fave things to do, and I hadn't done one for ages, but I've just hosted an altering swap, so of course, I had to get one of my boxes out again.

I started by painting the whole box with a coat of gesso.

Knowing that I was going to cover the box with paper, and choosing a burgundy red colour paint, I only painted around the edges.

I cut my chosen papers to size, but they were too pale for what I wanted, so I got my distress ink pads out and inked the paper until it was much darker.

Then, I stuck all the paper on the box. I used a matte gel medium to stick it all down as I think it sticks better than other glue for this type of thing.
When the inside was done, I glazed it all over with a gloss gel medium and let it dry before doing the outside. This is nearly the finished inside, the only difference is that once I'd added the fastener, I put a strip of lace across the top of the lid to cover the brads.

I decided that I wanted to collage the lid so I rooted through my stash to find bits that I thought might go. There's some text pieces I tore out of an old book and inked, some Tim Holtz adage tickets and the rosettes are made from the Tim Holtz die. The heart and large bottom right image, I got from ebay some time ago and this is the first time I could bring myself to actually use them lol, and the key and corners are from my fairly large collection of both. The postage frank is chipboard that I painted. I also found a couple of rolls of 7gypsies tape at the bottom of my box, and as it was a deep red, I thought a bit of that would go rather well too. Once everything was stuck in place, I glazed all over the outside with my gloss gel medium to enhance the colours and add some protection. Finally, to finish it off, I added some cream lace all around the edge.

I hope you like it. Pity that I had to part with it, lol but it now resides, happily I'm told, in Yorkshire. :o)

Entering into:
SHOPPING OUR STASH #66 - Use your fave things.
SCRAPALICIOUS - Anything goes.
LEJ DESIGNS #18 - Anything goes.
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS #83 - Anything goes.

MAKE IT MONDAY #104 - Anything goes
CRAFT MY LIFE - Not a card..
CATERED CROP - Distress it.


Cumbrianlass said...

Wow this is so brilliant I would never have guessed it was a cigar box
thanks for joining in the lejdesigns challenge and very good luck

EmonieDezigns said...

Awesome! Distress inks are the best! Thanks for playing with us at JDE!

crafty-stamper said...

STUNNING and I agree you would never think it was a cigar box I love it great tutorial and love all the detailing on the lid
thanks for joining us at LEJ deigns this week and hope to see you back next week
carol DT x(am now a follower)

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! This is stunning, I love the design and all the detailing is just wonderful

I hope you have a great weekend
Hugs Sue

maxine said...

Beautiful box x

Rene said...

AMAZING project! I just love it!!! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Good luck and don't forget to leave a comment for another entry for a chance at our second prize!
Rene ;D

Chana said...

Lorraine this is just fabulous. I ordered 10 cigar boxes recently (10 for $17.00) and they sent me the most wonderful, fancy wooden boxes, that I have had a hard time covering them with anything. I'm trying to figure out how to alter the inside, but leave the outside intact. You have given me a wonderful idea! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for playing with us at Jackson's Digital Expressions!

Debbie said...

Aww Lorraine this is totally gorgeous and just my thing. :) The colour of paint you have used is lush and I love all the elements you have used - someone in Yorkshire must be very happy. :)

Cheryl said...

I love your altered box.

I saw your card on MIM and had to drop by for a closer look.

Stop by my blog to check out my {Belated} Birthday Blog Candy!


mark gould said...

wow, this is really cool, I have just got my hands on my first lot of cigar boxes, Not done one yet, This has given me ideas and a great point of reference.
mark x

Chris said...

Fantastic box - it shows how much work and love went into it! Thanks for joining my Anything Goes Amusing Challenges this week - I'm so glad you joined in on the fun!

Billie A said...

I saw you on MIM. What a great idea for a make over box great colors used and embellishments. My cards are 292-293 if youd like to stop by.

Leslie Hanna said...

What a great project! I've been wanting to do this to one of my hoarded cigar boxes. Perfect timing!

Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

PS: There's a new challenge blog called Anything BUT A Card. You should go check it out: http://anythingbutacard.blogspot.ca/

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful project, Lorraine! In fact it is awesome. The colours all go so well together...LOVE that red! It must have been hard to part with it, after putting so much love, work, skill and talent into it.

Jennifer. x

alicaz said...

This is wonderful! great job altering that box - love the script papers and the burgundy edges...
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash this week! Hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Alica ;)

sparklingblackrose said...

Lorraine I have featured your beautiful creation on my blog, please check back tomorrow to see who is chosen by random.org to win and to see the details of the new challenge, I would love to see you join in again :-) Elaine Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge -xxx-

sparklingblackrose said...

Thank you for linking this fantastic creation to the new challenge on my blog, I have featured your gorgeous Upcycled project on my blog today :-) Please check back tomorrow to see who is chosen by random.org to win and to see the details of the new challenge, would love to see you join in again :-) Elaine Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge -xxx-

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