Friday, February 18, 2011

Distressed!



Well, actually the  E-Team got distressed! The Team was challenged to create with their version of Distressed.  

You'll want to visit all the other team members to see their version of being Distressed. Of course, Daisy has some great blog candy to give away!! Leaving a comment on each team member's blog enters you in the drawing for two(2) $25 eP gift certificates. Just in time for all the new goodies coming in!

All you have to do is visit and leave a comment on each participating blog. You have all President's weekend to leave comments(Fri-Mon) and  two winners will be picked on Tues. Winners will be announced on eP blog Tuesday, Feb 22nd

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I decided not only to get stressed Distressed, but I went steampunk too!!


While I love my Distress Inks (instant aging!), I thought I would share an easy faux painting technique for my distressing.  I began with a paper mache box with a lid that had been given a base coat of white some time ago.  I wanted a warmer under tone, so I repainted the box with some craft paint in Antique White.  I then dabbed my brush in more paint and then dabbed some of Claudine Hellmuth's matte multi medium onto the brush too.  I scrunched up some tissue paper (just good ol' gift wrap tissue paper!) flattened it out somewhat and tore pieces and "glued" them to the box using the paint/medium mixture.  I didn't worry about any wrinkles that appeared in the tissue. It adds to the distressed texture!

And from here on out, I got so wrapped up in the actual creating process, I forgot to take pictures! LOL!  I promise I'll try to get better at the step by step in the future!

 I let that layer dry and then painted the box with Claudine's Sable Brown acrylic paint (wonderful, creamy paints, btw!)  I let the paint sit for maybe 15-20 seconds and dabbed with a paper towel to remove some of the Sable Brown color, slightly revealing the Vintage White layer. 

After the box had dried, I spritzed lightly with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist in Tattered Leather.  I then spritzed more heavily with Antique Brass Glimmer Mist. The box has a very slight shimmer that gives the impression of a rusted treasure box. 

My inspiration for the decorative elements came from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante.  I lined the inside of the box with a couple of different sheets of the dp (oops! I really need to fire the photographer! No pics of the inside either!). The diamonds along the sides were die cut using Spellbinders Classic Diamonds. I embossed the roses with TenSecond Studios Kabuka #4 Roses on Peacock metal and ran a decorative wheel along the edges.  After lightly sanding the raised edges with a burnishing block,  I adhered the triangles with Hummungo TapeHindsight says that next time I'll consider how the the lid sits on the box before I decide how my decorative elements should be placed on the sides of the box!! geeesh..............Different idea-ology doodads were adhered on each center triangle. 

The flower on the lid is made from a sandwich of a sheet of dp from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante and more Peacock metal. This double layering gives more heft to the metal.  I used the Tattered Floral die to cut my layers and a combination of Glossy Accents and E6000 to hold it all together. After it was completely dry and solid,  I spritzed with Perfect Pearls in Turquoise. 

The gears were out of TSS Chocolate metal using the Gadget Gears die and embossed with the texture fade embossing folder Patchwork.  Again, I lightly sanded  the raised metal with a burnishing block to remove the finish.

The clock face and butterfly are actually stickers that I've had in my collection for quite a while.  The butterfly was colored with copics and adhered to a stack of circles  punched out of transparency to add some height and dimension.  Once again, various idea-ology doodads were used to finish off the decorative elements. 

Some close ups:















I hope that you find some inspiration in all the different versions of Distressing!  Distressing should not be stressful!! There is no right or wrong way of doing it!! Just pull out your supplies and have fun with the aging process! On your project....I will admit the aging process on your body won't be as fun!! snicker.  To help you in your Distressing times, Daisy has put some distressing goodies on sale!! All Distress Inks and Reinkers are 10% off and there are some Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi goodies on sale too!!  Make sure to check it out!

'Till next time.............................

70 comments:

bethann d said...

this is really cool. i think you did a good job w the tutorial. i don't need steep by step but would love more pics. i love to distress

Theresa said...

This is beautiful!! I can't believe I never thought to use plain 'ol tissue paper to add such a great distressed look!

Linda R said...

Duh! tissue paper - need to get that out and set it on my craft table so it's handy! Thanks.

Micki said...

This totally rocks. Love IT!!! I chuckled when I read about the tissue. Do you know I did that technique on a whole wall in my guest room? It covers little flaws in plaster walls perfectly :-).

Girl, this is totally awesome.... love the colors and all the detail. Wow- mouth is still on the floor :-)

Yvonne said...

Very neat project!

Kathy W said...

What a cool, cool, box. I love how you used the tissue paper to gain texture to the box, and all of that ideology on the top. Great project; thanks for sharing.

wearestampers said...

This is totally awesome!! Fantastic job with all the distressing and layers! And love the tissue paper effect!!
Pam

Deb A. said...

I love the tissue paper effect! I will have to remember that one.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Inspiration!! wow it sure is in this little creation. Love the total package. So unique. The flower layers and color and all the metal. Got to try the multi medium, thanks for the great step by step info.

Broni said...

How FREAKIN' COOL is this??? I love all the texture you achieved with the tissue paper and your metal work (as usual)is awesome! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that flower and all the great details you added to the top of the box! Gotta go back and absorb some more of those details!

Auntie Em said...

Your project is gorgeous! I love the chains and keys and all the other interesting embellies you added on the top and around the sides. The teal is so awesome against the antiqued brown. What a beautiful treasure box!
Thanks for sharing! :o)

Karen said...

Oh my gosh, this is lovely! So cool with all the gears, chains, trinkets. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project!

KAT said...

Hey GF - how are you? Looks like you are getting grungier and more Tim-e-fied with each project. Love the tissue paper technique on this and all the metal work - fabulous!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Wow, Starla. This is really awesome!

kim said...

You box is great I love the clock and flower on the top. Thanks for sharing.

kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

Kathy Eddy said...

What a wonderful effect you got by adding the tissue paper. Great idea and the adornments you have added! Wow, what a project!

SusanK said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing all the details..it's easier to understand how you got from Point A to B with that smashing look. The color combo is really cool, too.

Cassie_lu said...

that is one amazing box and the flower you created works so well as a decor part of it

KimMJ said...

That is just incredible! The colors are beautiful and I love the way you embellished the top of the box. I have to try the tissue paper technique! TFS

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Daisy said...

Love all the materials you used and how you used them to DISTRESS your pretty box.

Mary Arima said...

Starla! What a beautiful project!!! All your elements are so fun and the composition is great!!! Love the tissue-paper technique... Will have to give that a go sometime soon! :D

Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day!

M.

Vic said...

I love your steampunk box! The tissue paper technique is fantastic!

iamvictorias at gmail dot com

Alexandra said...

This is awesome, love,love,love it!
Grweat effect with the tissue paper. It's transforms the texture to a gorgeous hand crafted paper look. The peacock/turquoise colour in the flower is beautiful against the more rustic shades, and so 3D, gorgeous. The stickers are cool too.

Anne said...

Such creativity! What a beautiful box. Thanks for sharing your talent.

scalder said...

Oh my that is one gorgeous box!!! I love the brown and turquoise colour combo! Those metal roses are way cool!!!!

Shelly said...

OMG!! Absolutely amazing! Love it!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Another beautiful piece! Where do you come up with these ideas! I think you are definitely hitting your groove!

Danee said...

The team really showed some neat flowers. I like your's as well. They add a nice distressed yet elegant look to the piece.

Danee said...

The team really showed some neat flowers. I like your's as well. They add a nice distressed yet elegant look to the piece.

Colleen said...

The colors or your box are fantastic. I love the tissue paper technique too. You had better luck then I did with basic white...I had to try old pattern tissue paper instead.

Janet L. said...

Holy Moly, that's some fantastic box!! I love the colors, the details, the clock pieces, the flowers, the keys and all! Cute, cute, cute.

Denise said...

Beautiful project! I love the rich colors.
DeniseB

Cathy Y said...

Wowza! Your creation is stunning. I love the metal diamonds on the sides. . . and I'm a huge steampunk fan!

Dee in N.H. said...

How gorgeous! I just can't stop looking at all the layers and textures! Fabulous!

Dee in N.H. said...

How gorgeous! I just can't stop looking at all the layers and textures! Fabulous!

Nan G said...

Cool box! Love the Steampunk look. Yep, more distressing times ahead for me! LOL

Erika M. said...

What a fabulous box - love your take on distressing!

Mickie said...

Great artwork and I am a lover of boxes, just ask DH, I never toss one. Thanks for your tutorial!!

McStamper said...

Fantastic job with the box.

Judy said...

Very nice!!! TFS

Patty said...

I love your box, the colors, the big bold flower, the metal work, everything about it! What a great take on a great distressing idea!

Barbara Mason said...

Wow!!! You really out did yourself again!!! I love steampunkery and that combo of turquoise & brown tones is always a winner in my book. Great piece.

Louisiana Belle said...

Fabulous work, Starla! The colors are beautiful. Those antique keys are a nice touch.

Terry said...

Love doing that with tissue paper! Rice paper is also wonderful, but costly! Your box is just beyond cool and gorgeous! Love it, love it!

Michele Oliver said...

Hi I just love your work. What I liked is the idea of doing it on a box rather than cards. Amazing
Michele

Kaye said...

OMG...you did a fine job with the instructions. I LOVE the tissue paper look. I am so "borrowing" this for a box I am swapping! Thanks.

Electra said...

This is beautiful! I love the turquoise against the leather look!

rush said...

i love the metal!!!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Wow your creation is just beautiful!!!

Will said...

I always love the color combo of turquoise and brown. Lovely!

Kittie said...

Starla, your box is absolutely stunning! I love the distressed flowers, etc. Gorgoeus! Have a great weekend.

Sue D said...

Too cool! I really like the peacock metal.

Debby said...

Yummy work, terrific metal embellies, all the work was worth it, Great job!

acs004 said...

GORGEOUS!!! I have to try this as a gift for myself!! TFS.

TA Carbone said...

I just LOVE your box. I have something about boxes, lol, because it reminds me so much of my grandparents because backj in that time (Victorian) they had decorated boxes all over. Again yours is JUST BEAUTIFUL Now I will go and visit everyone else to see what they have done.

Toniann
aka TA
http://carbonescorner.blogspot.com

Marjie K said...

Beautiful project! I really like what you did with the flowers and got a chuckle (with ya, not at ya) about checking the lid position before decorating the sides. I had a similar mishap recently when I should have punched holes in something before doing the same.

Sharon Sutton said...

The green patina of your piece is very striking!

SueB said...

I've not distressed anything but cards so far ... just getting things inky and roughing up edges. thanx for the inspiration and blog hop candy opp!

Tammy said...

This beautiful, what a work of art! Love everything about it!!

creativearts said...

You really put some work into that box! Amazing. Love your tutorial.

Alicia TW said...

Wonderful!!

Sandra said...

What a beautiful box!
Sandra ltb

Noreen said...

Wonderful project! I love the colors, the metal parts and the flower - and the way you used them.

kathy/North Carolina said...

WOW! Uh-mazing! I love the tissue paper technique, the color palette, the metal work...all of it. Just too fabulous for words!

ntsisterz said...

Great color combo and punked-out design!

LaNell said...

Awesome box. I'm just learning about Steampunk and really like it. Thanks for explaining the process.

nonnie said...

love the steampunk look, love the tissue, great ideas...thanks for sharing!

Ola said...

This box is so gorgoeus... I love the color combo!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
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zloe.blogspot.com

Barb T said...

I am absolutely in love with your project. I am going to give making something similar a try even though you forgot to tale step by step photos. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sylvia said...

What a gorgeous and amazing box, Starla! Sorry I am so late getting here to see it! The weekend just seems to go by the wayside. son't know whether it is me being lazy or just tired! anyway, your metal flower is to die for! Hugs to you! You are a star!