Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Grungy Gift Box for Scrapy Land Guest Designer- Masculine

Hello friends and visitors! Today is my final Guest Designer post for Scrapy Land--a sad day for me! So, I wanted to make something special for their Masculine PLUS use any brand die that Scrapy Land sells challenge. Here is a gift card box I made for my husband for Father's Day. I think I went all out grungy for this one!


This tiny box (measuring approximately 3 x 4 inches) started out as a bookplate box with a gold foil cover. I removed the bookplates and the one on the top and got to work with white gesso on the top and black on the bottom.


A vintage book page, some Distress Vintage and Crazing Mediums and Distress crayons and DecoArt Quinacodrine gold paint and even a little stencil and texture paste later, this is what it looked like. This is my only process shot. The stencil is just an experiment; I knew it would be covered. I did use this DecoArt Short Circuit stencil with black texture paste on one of the sides, but didn't get a photo of it.


Here are the dies I  used--all of these are brands that Scrapy Land sells:
Sizzix Weathered Clock
Sizzix Hardware Findings
Sizzix Gadget Gears
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Keyholes

The large gears (Tim Holtz Gadget Gears) were cut from Grungeboard, and I used both the negative space and the gears themselves. I used DecoArt Texture Sand paste and Golden Bead Gel medium on the gears, and Golden Crackle paste on the negative to give them lots of texture. I also used a Tim Holtz Crackle stencil pressed into the crackle paste on the negative background piece--a trick my talented friend, Niki of Pawsitively Creative used on her awesome book here. I also added some random areas of  DecoArt Crackle Medium over my crackle texture once it was dry for even more crackle, just like Niki did. It's very hard to see in my photos, because most of it is covered up with the gears.

More Crackle paste on the clock hands (Tim Holtz Weathered Clock) and the nails.


The two smaller gears (Cheery Lynn) were a gift from Niki, too, and I grunged them up with DecoArt paints, Crackle Glaze, and antiquing creams and Bead gel medium.


The key (Tim Holtz Hardware Findings) is colored with Rusty Hinge Distress spray and Perfect Pearls powder and crackled subtly with Distress Crazing medium. I offset it just a tiny bit with a second black key to make it stand out, as well as added Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder from my friend Kim's shop--Emerald Creek.  If you don't have this powder in your arsenal, I suggest you pick up some right away! I can think of a zillion uses for it, and it heats up beautifully either as a smooth finish or in the chunky bits like you see here. I added a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub in words that are very meaningful for me, but used here they are to remind my husband to look inside for his gift card!



I thought the finished lid looked a little harsh, so I added dyed cheese cloth and metallic threads in copper and bronze to soften the edges a bit.


This shot is blurry, but it really showed off the cracks from the Crackle stencil in the crackle paste, covered with Crackle Glaze. Now that's a lot of cracks!


The crackle glaze peeks out from under the key below, but is blurry.  Another bear of a project to photograph because of all the metallics and glazes competing for attention. I added texture to the sides of the lid with paste and Tim Holtz Speckles stencil on the sides and also added texture to one side  with Tile Backer tape. As I mentioned earlier, I stenciled pipes on one side of the lid with DecoArt's Short Circuit stencil, but failed to photograph it.



And of course, there's the bottom of the box to decorate! I used DecoArt paints, Crackle Glaze, antiquing creams, Perfect Pearls and Glimmer Mist sprays, more stenciling with Speckles, Alchemy paint, Burnt Copper Leaves, and more Tile Backer tape for the background. Two die cuts (Tim Holtz Keyhole and Cheery Lynn Gear) grunged up finish it off. Not pretty, but oh, so masculine!




One final look at the box top and bottom. I hope I've inspired you to get out those masculine or maybe not so masculine dies and join the Masculine challenge at Scrapy Land. After all, a generous gift certificate is up for grabs for one lucky winner!

Thank you to Anne and the entire Design Team at Scrapy Land for allowing me to be Guest Designer with them for these past few months--it has been a very positive experience, and all the girls are so warm and welcoming! Anne, a special thank you for all your help and patience!


I'm also joining these inspiring challenges:

Thank you for stopping by today, and for all your wonderful comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily





43 comments:

  1. Wow Sara, just Wow!! You sure know how to hit the many sides of crafting, what a switch from your summery shabby card of the last post! This should definitely be in a glass box somewhere, with a little metal plaque that says "found in a treasure chest on a pirate ship"!! tee hee. All of those rusted gears and clock hands, wowzers the erosion looks so real! You rock the rusted girl. Love this to bits. hugs :)

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  2. WOW! That is one work of art Sara Emily! Amazing texture and wonderfully arranged gears.
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  3. Your gift box is beyond words gorgeous! I love all the textures, layers and details! Totally masculine! Your gears look amazing! You sure do grunge right!!

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  4. Oh I know you must be sad to be leaving the SL team today! You have really been a highlight for me! <3 This is one amazing creation. I love so much your use of rust techniques. The box is designed so beautifully and the sentiment does pack a punch and complete the collage. An amazing farewell design! Hugs, Autumn

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  5. Wonderful textures and colours, and very rusty looking. Love it.

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  6. Beautiful textures and rusty look. Gorgeous. Hugs

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  7. I have never seen anyone who can create rusty texture like you can, Sara Emily!! Wow!! This is spectacular!! I am totally blown away!! You need to teach a class on how you create the textures...and sign me up!! I am just amazed by this!! And if the top wasn't amazing enough...the bottom - wow!! Every detail is stunning!! I love, love it my friend!! I only wish I could create something amazing!! And I loved having you with us at SL!! Have a wonderful day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  8. YOU are sooo soooo soooo soooo talented Sara. I don't know how you manage to pull such incredible depth and texture out of one object after another - you are definitely beyond amazing. What a unique and fun creations. XXj.

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  9. Wow, wow, wow Sara, if I did not know better I would think you found this in a junk yard or a deep sea chest!! Absolutely incredible rusting! Love your wonderful projects.... Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. Oops, thank you too for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey! xx

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  11. awesome crackle Sara - really amazing detail - just fabulous! Amazing rust too! Big hugs and thanks for joining Countryview challenges x

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  12. WOW!!! This is jaw dropping amazing looking and I know it looks even better in person. Thank you for the kind words. It's been a real pleasure to have you as part of the team these past few months!!

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  13. Hot hot diggity dang girl! Every time you make something for your DH, I think to myself "This would be awesome in my house!" Hehe! Love love love all of the rusty bits (duh) and of course the layers and layers of gorgeous textures you have created. This is going to make your man super duper happy, I just know it! Your use of crackle and EP always amazes me so very much! WOWZERS to the nth degree. Totes amazeballs! Thanks for the shout out as well, so glad you tried the stencil trick, it works so well to create quick grungy goodness. Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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  14. Wooooow, Sara, it's another rusted heaven from you! Absolutely amazing creation full of fantastic techniques! I agree with Lisa, you really should teach a class on how you create such a fabulous textures and rust effects! Oh, my dear, this is so yummy and it's definitely my new favourite of yours! Your husband is going to treasure this forever! What a lucky man he is! A big round applause for this grunge masterpiece of art, my friend! Lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  15. Wow what a fabulous grungy, rusted box to gift your hubby. You certainly went to town with the cracking techniques and created amazing texture and dimension, this is age worn at its best Sara, just love it xxx

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  16. Love this, all the work you have put into it has really turned out awesome. Love all the elements and your step by step photos are so good
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
    Debbie DT

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  17. Hi, Sara! WOWSER! LOL - seriously WOW! Your project looks like buried treasure some pirate left on land a few hundred years ago, but with climate change, the sea rose, eroded the hiding spot, and took it out to do even more corrosion! I mean that all in a good way, and explaining my story-mind process of thinking LOL - Wonderful technique, and precious for sure! It's amazing what talented hands like yours do with the right products, and the fantastic imagination in your heart. Love it! Thank you for the one shot to show part of the process! Amazing! hugs, de (who has pinned your masterpiece) xo

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  18. Wow - grungetastic, I think that's probably the word for this! Amazing decayed texture on those gears and the crackle on the bottom is totally fabulous... a brilliant finale to your Scrapyland GD gig - bravo!
    Alison x

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  19. Wow!!! it looks like a treasure from a pirate ship!! Amazing creation!!

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  20. Oh my, Sara Emily!! STUNNING!! Fabulous rust and steampunk look - just brilliant! xxx Lynn

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  21. Amazingly realistic and super manly. Thanks for sharing with the Die Cut Divas, CarolG & DT

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  22. An absolutely fabulous result from all your efforts in colouring and texturising in so many ways. Thank you so much for sharing it and the process with Dream In Darkness.

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  23. Yummy rusty texture. Love all the layers. This looks so tactile. Thanks so much for joining in A Vintage Journey Challenge. Tracy x

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  24. Sara Emily, you are the queen of all things rusty, I do believe! Awesome, awesome, awesome! I really do love the back as much as the front, although that key is just my favorite piece of this project. Your hubby is going to love this!!

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  25. Goodness gracious child -- no one and I mean no one including Andy Skinner could do better than this!!! Probably not as well!!!!! I would name this make - which is the top and which is the bottom.
    I really am stunned by this - this isn't grunge - this is gorgeous. The box all by itself is a marvelous keepsake. I want to try this!!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  26. this has turned out amazing, great step by step photos
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...
    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner xxx
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

    Creative Artiste Challenge Blog
    creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com

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  27. Wow, wow, wow, the rust effects and crackle o this amazing box are just incredible, another wonderful project (shame it's the last one for them...)!! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

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  28. Amazing Sara ! A work of art !
    Hugs
    Maryvonne

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  29. You really nailed it, your gears and hands are so natural, that you will only find things like this when they have been exposed for wind and weather for several years. Thank you for participating in SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Hugs, Susan

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  30. Thanks bunches Sara for sending another uniquely creative project for the 'A Beautiful Mess' challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER. j.

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  31. WOW!!! Fabulous grudge project, so full of detail and mixed media! Thanks for joining us on the Emerald Creek Dare Challenge Blog.

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  32. WOW, I'm thinking deep sea treasures and pirates and gold. Love it.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

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  33. Wow! Yet another incredible piece! Sara - a real textural treat of full on grunge! LOVE it All those rusty elements - swoon ! Your husband must have loved it !
    Thanks for stopping by my blog to leave me a note of thanks. Leaving love for your work and amazing talent is a pleasure .
    hugs x
    Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey x

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  34. A fantastic alteration, Sara!
    Love all the yummy grungy texture and the colours! Mixed Media Steampunk at its best! Thanks for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xx

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  35. Love Love Love this Sara Emily! All of the textures are fantastic! Thanks for playing along with us on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

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  36. Amazing textured box, love it! Fabulous rust and love the crackle and pops of color. Thanks so much for playing at Dream in Darkness!~kim

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  37. Whoa! This is.....well...beyond amazing! Such fabulous rust effects - hubby impressed?? Surely!? Hugs, Chrisx

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  38. My goodness - those gears look totally like fully rusted metal - what a glorious transition from plain bookplate box to this Sara Emily!! Julia xx

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  39. Amazing how fabulously you altered that box. The colors, textures and layout: perfect! Thank you for playing with Dream In Darkness, hope to see you again in July.

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  40. Wow Sara this is gorgeous! all that rusting and antiquing is right up my street!Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Julia S-W

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  41. This is just fabulous! The grunge is incredible!

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