Remember shadow boxes? I saw one which had been made for one of the challenges I am on a Design Team for (Crafting with Dragonflies), and I thought how wonderful that is, so I CASed it! Instead of using a photo frame, I used a small cardboard postal box. I am using this for a half-way inspiration for UNSTAMPABELLES - another DT I am on, for the current challenge to use up our old stash/scraps! With this DT you cannot use stamps, rubber or digital. Just paper, ink and inspiration! I must say I had great fun creating this.
This box has been used initially to post some goodies to me from one of the on-line shops, and then I used it to post some goodies to my MIL last year. I found it when I was cleaning up her unit earlier this year, so I grabbed it and bought it home.
I undid it and glued the outside with some Prit glue, and stuck down some SU DP that looks like red bricks. Once it was glued down I sanded all the edges and made it look a bit vintage with ink etc. I then had an ideas I would die cut out a rectangle but soon realized this was not going to be big enough so hand-cut out the front square.
Then it was a matter of decorating it. I used a piece of dollar shop 12 x 12 brick paper for inside, and a piece of granite paper for the outside back to cover up all the box and the addresses written on it. These 12 x 12's have been hanging around for a while now to be useful - I'd say about four years! Then I raided all the travel stuff in the travel box (from where I am still supposed to be doing the scrapping of our trip to Europe
five six seven years ago !) and got some stickers, and rub-ons and stuff.
There are three stickers on the outside of the box as well as the die-cut. I have no idea whose stickers they are - sorry. The die cut is an Alternations (TH) die, and I scribbled a bit of white gel pen on the rhs to indicate a light source. The fence is also an Alterations die, sanded on one side, and the Jalopy is too - that got sanded up a bit as well. All three were cut from scraps of card.
The wooden sign post is from Kaiser (purchased earlier this year in Melbourne) and it has stickers, rub-ons and pen on it - some of the rub-ons are so old they would not properly release so pen had to be used!
The flower spray is relatively new. I got it from one of the on-line stores during a sale - it's from Prima. There are two slightly different ones in the pack but this one suited very well.
Behind the jalopy, on the back wall is a piece cut from a Graphic 45 12 x 12 sheet - A Proper Gentleman. It was put out in 2009, and I think I got it when the vintage craze first started - it has old ads on it and this image. It suited the story I was trying to tell here.
He is very elegant isn't he.
The Vagabond is outside looking in. I have a lovely print of a painting (purchased about 30 years ago in Paris) which has this same theme. I loved it then and I still love it. It's pen and watercolour.
I am not sure what I will do with Vagabond. At the moment - it sits in the shelf and I smile at it when I go past! Hubby reckons I am a bit artistic! I laughed and laughed when he said that, but it was nice of him.
I will enter this in the following:
Clear it Out Challenge Blog: for the boys; this is not a card but it could be......
Craft Room Challenge: use something wooden - the sign post is wooden
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Make it Monday: Anything Goes