Sunday, October 2, 2011

IN HONOR OF WORLD CARDMAKING DAY...

I made... a box???  Well, yes. I did make a box- but the box is for all the stamped images I use on my CARDS!
I found a dented old black index card box at a yard sale for maybe 50 cents. I took it home and thought long and hard about what I was going to do with this piece of junk. Why did I buy this when my garage is full of these yard sale finds, most of which my husband would love to throw out. Luckily for me, he just shakes his head and laughs when I come home all excited with more of the same.
But I was longing for some organization  when I start my cards. I had several piles of stamped images in different stages of completion~ and they were everywhere. So this box was perfect. I could store them in categories, telling me how far I got in completing each one. And the best part, they would all live together in my new box.
Now- to pretty it up!!
This is what I did to the top of the box. Everything can be made prettier with some seam binding in a great color.
A closeup to show you the pearl swirl. The paper is all Basic Grey  Capella collection.
Another view of the front. The stamp is from Magnolia of course.
Flowers are Prima. Colored with Copics.
The inside of the box with all the dividers in place.
I stamped a fairy from Red Lead stamps on each divider and used  theme related stamps from various companies to decorate each one.
Divider tab and coordinating stamp is from Taylored Expressions. Divider words are computer generated.
View of box with the lid open. Dont forget the little things like decorating all visible areas of your project.
Closeup of the bow... and distressing around the edges of the sentiment...
Side view, lace goes all the way around.
Back view. I used Mod Podge to adhere all the paper to the metal box. It worked great, no bubbling, and was super easy. I also inked all the edges of the paper with Chestnut Brown Chalk Ink- cats eye.
Detail closeup. I love how all the colors blend so well together.
Detail of one of the category dividers...
Oh, and by the way- this is what the metal box looked like when I bought it. Keep your eye out for these easily overpassed items next time you're out yardsaleing.
Many thanks for stopping by...

2 comments:

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

OHMYGOSH!!! that's AWESOME! I don't want to know how long it took to do that! Go you-Flylady would be proud of you getting organized!

artfulwhimsies said...

Thanks!! It did take awhile, but its something I really needed and its nice to keep out and inspire me!