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Monday, March 13, 2017

Handle with Care and a Blog Hop!

Hey there everyone! I'm so excited to have you here today for day one of an enormously fun week of mixed media with Stampendous and DecoArt. 

The short details? Both design teams are going to be hopping with projects using new products from both companies that I have no doubt will get you excited to create projects of your own. Comment on participating blog posts for an entry to one of three HUGE prize packages.

Here is the hop list for Monday. Start at the beginning for all the hop details and prize information, then keep hopping for tons of inspiration today!

Janelle Stollfus - you are here!
Now for my project!

I created this to look like a rusted brush metal box with a special chain clasp opening and it was really a big learning experience for me. A great learning experience for me.

I'm so glad I took the time to watch videos with Andy Skinner that can be found at Stampendous and DecoArt YouTube channels plus various videos of Andy demonstrating these products, like on the HochandaTV Shopping channel. He always shares new techniques with the stamps and paints! Unfortunately, they are available only for a limited time and then gone, sorry I don't have any links for you.

Supplies: (Note: I have Amazon Affiliate Links for most products below linked as AZ, but also provide company website links where available.)

ASCRS07 Handle With Care (AZ, STM)
Vintage Blue Embossing Enamel (STM)
Aged Green Embossing Enamel (AZ, STM)
Sterling Silver Embossing Enamel (AZ, STM)
Clear Embossing Enamel (AZ, STM)
Seasonings Embossing Enamel (AZ, STM)
STF082 Versafine Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko® (AZ, STM)
VM01 Versamark Watermark Ink by Tsukineko® (AZ, STM)
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper (AZ, STM)
SSH57 Jumbo Acrylic Perfectly Clear Stamp Handle (AZ, STM)
EPA50 Heat Embossing Tool (AZ, STM)

Chipboard (AZ)
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Box, Square (AZ, Sizzix)
Tando Creative Arches - Straight Edged Small (Tando)
DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylic Paints - Carbon Black, Silver, Quinacridone GoldDioxazine Purple, Diarylide Yellow, Titanium White (AZ links on paint color, DecoArt)
DecoArt Media® Antiquing Cream by DecoArt® - Patina Green (AZ, DecoArt)
DecoArt Media® Misters - Carbon Black, Shimmer White (AZ, DecoArt)
DecoArt Media® Liquid Glass (AZ, DecoArt)
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives (AZ)
Wide Lace
Antique Copper Metal Bead Chain and Connector, Brad and Metal Loop by Creative Impressions (company website)
Wood Disks or Beads (4)
Hole Punch
Paintbrushes (AZ)

  1. Make a box that opens using matboard and box die or use a found box.
  2. Use hole punch to make enough circles from thin chipboard to use as nails on wood disks or large beads (8 per disk were used shown above) and glue onto disks.
  3. Paint the following pieces with black then silver paint when dry; box, small arch frame chipboard, sheet of chipboard and the four wood disks or beads.
  4. Paint Quinacridone Gold around corners of box, arch frame and on wood disks where rusting may occur naturally. When dry paint a few spots with Patina Green Antiquing Cream.
  5. Ink dripped heart stamp from Handle With Care with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto front and sides of the box. Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  6. Repeat step 5 with eye stamp onto top of box lid.
  7. Ink barbed wire with watermark ink onto sides of box and emboss with Seasonings Embossing Enamel.
  8. Apply Liquid Glass at each corner on the front of the box, let stand for 15 minutes and while the surface is slightly tacky gently repeat painting step 2 and step 4 with small round brush.
  9. Paint center of arch from top to bottom with Titanium White, Diarylide Yellow and Doxazine Purple.
  10. Mist lace with Carbon Black and a few squirts of Shimmer White Misters, let dry, then glue to the back of the arch window. Leaving lace larger than arch snip with scissors for fringe.
  11. Glue arch window and center of arch together and glue onto box front.
  12. Hole punch in the center of the lid flap, add glue and adhere metal loop securing with metal brad. Add a pull to metal loop with the bead chain and connector.
  13. Ink Handle With Care stamp with Versafine black ink onto a painted chipboard that is cut for the size of the stamp, emboss with clear embossing powder. Repeat step 8 on the front of this embossed chipboard. Glue on box lid above embossed eye stamp.
  14. Make a mixture of embossing powders that resemble the color of patina green with Ice Blue Embossing Enamel, Aged Green Embossing Enamel and Sterling Silver Embossing Enamel.
  15. Stamp winged heart with watermark ink onto painted chipboard and heat set with patina green embossing mix. Cut out wings.
  16. Stamp winged heart again with Versafine Black Onyx ink onto Mixed Media White Paper and paint heart with a mix of Titanium White and Phthalo Blue Green. Stamp over painted area again with black onyx ink. Cut out heart.
  17. Add wings and heart to the center of the arch window on front of the box.

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  1. Wow! Love your block! You've done a beautiful job with Andy's stamps and the DecoArt products.

  2. Great descriptions of the entire process. The coloring of the box is very appealing. It's really gorgeous

  3. Totally awesome piece!!! I too love watching Andy's youtube videos showing how to use the DecoArt Media products! I watch them often and always seem to learn something new from them! TFS!

  4. Wow, this is really fabulous and fun and so creative!
    It really looks like metal. I'm so impressed!! :-)

  5. Thanks for sharing and a good discripsion ! Love this work .

  6. What? this is so cool. I absolutely love the finish you achieved on the box! And the layered images are awesome. But what I love the most is your faux nailheads on the feet - that is so clever! I usually cut off the top of brads, your way is much easier, plus flexible to go around the rounded shape of the feet- love it!

  7. What a cool, unique and gorgeous box!!!!

  8. the box looks like metal - not an
    easy effect to get. Love the angel
    wings on the church window.
    Fantastic project.
    thanks for sharing.

  9. So cool! Love Decoart and Andy Skinner! This is wonderful!

  10. Ok. This is such a super cool box. Looks metal. Loving how you got it to look that way. The angel wings are neat too. Very inspiring.

  11. What a awesome box. Really unique...

  12. WOWZERS, that is so cool! I love the patina.

  13. FANTASTIC. Love how you used Andy's stamps and the beautiful DecoArt colors. j.

  14. Amazing box! I am sure you made Andy proud....you sure put 1000 % in your project and it is truly a work of art and love! Thank you for all you did.

  15. Amazing, awesome, fabulous!!! I love this box

  16. This is a piece that stands out from the crowd.

  17. This is AMAZING! I LOVE what you've done here and I am super inspired to try one of these myself!

  18. AMAZING !!! So Cool, I love these, the wings and hearts are stunning on the front. Thanks for sharing this with us. Tracey Magner

  19. Your box is amazing! I really thought it was metal! Love the wings and the heart! Thanks for sharing!

  20. What an amazing box!Really cool techniques, thanks for sharing these ideas!

    Carol B

  21. Wow, what an amazing project!!! Love the details and those patina edges!!!

  22. Amazing...wow ...loooove it xxxx

  23. Thank you for sharing this unique Box project with us all!

  24. Such a great box. It is great looking, and practical. I like the patina...

  25. I love creating with boxs and those wings are awesome.

  26. That is amazing mixed media box. Wow!

  27. I truly love the box. You really took a lot of time creating it. I can't imagine punching all those little holes to make "nails". Absolutely amazing!


  28. Amazing box! Well done!!
    Jackie ")

  29. Amazing project. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.


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