Friday, November 29, 2013

"Timeless" Configuration Box

   This is my Design Team Project for Discount Paper Crafts! I was lucky to receive the Marion Smith line "Mad Tea Party" as well as some yummy Prima flowers and Blue Fern Studio chipboard pieces! I decided to use a 7 Gypsies library drawer (turned on its side) and some various shapes of wood blocks that I got from a local craft store, to create a Configuration Box Home Décor Project. I covered all the wood project pieces using metallic black/brown acrylic paint mixed with a coarse sand and then went to town using Marion Smiths paper line as well as some Prima Romance Novel (also designed by Marion Smith) and Recollections Paper (Union Square). I distressed all the paper edges using the Prima distress tool and sewed around the edges of all the papers as well. I cut the papers smaller than all the edges of the wood pieces and library drawer, so that the paint mixed with sand could be seen. Plus, this gives it a more shabby/vintage look!
   Here are some details of the project and its embellishments: Since the "Mad Tea Party" paper has a girly grunge feel to it and has lots of images of clocks, I went with that type of feel for this project! This project oozes "time" with Prima metal heart gears, Prima clock faces and clock hands, a real metal clock gear (which serves as an "o" for my "x,o"), a mini pocket watch (it does work!) wooden clock embellishments, and  clock charms! I used flowers in the colors of reds, browns, vintage pinks, and blacks to coordinate with the colors of the papers.  To add more romance to the project, I added Prima resin wings and resin bird, Prima metal candelabra, Prima keys, a lock, Prima wood envelope, even a tiny 1 inch tall bottle with roses and a Prima metal #2! To add a little grunge, I used the Prima vintage metal water pipes, water faucet and a Tim Holtz faucet knob. I wanted the water faucet to simulate water continually dripping to sustain the "Timeless" feeling of days gone by.  I printed my picture onto an inkjet transparency and sewed that onto the paper before I adhered it to the wood block! I wanted to let the mini stopwatch hang from its original chain and drape through the wood blocks to the back and around to the  left side of the project where it ends in an assembly of charms! I liked the idea of 'movement' with the chain and also it tied in with the "Mad Tea Party" imagery from the paper line... (one of the papers has an image of chains hanging at the top and at the end of the chains are such things as clocks, silverware, teacups--too cute!!) I added some texture onto the embellishments and other various areas of the project using another acrylic paint mixed with sand... this time in the cream color and the sand is a fine grain with this mix, versus the coarse grain on the other mix mentioned above.
   There will be direct links to products available from Discount Paper Crafts that I used in this project, below the pictures... Here are some pics:



Right Side
Left side


Products used from DPC:
Marion Smith's Mad Tea Party 12x12 paper:
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (Chicken wire):
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (Always & Forever):
Prima Flower Vine:
Prima Lei Mia Flowers:
Prima Shabby Chic Resin 'Fly Away' (birds):
Prima Metal Treasures (Illume):
Prima Mechanicals Mini Numbers:
Prima Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings metal Pipe Parts:
Prima Junkyard Findings Typo Bulbs Small:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Faucet Knobs:

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