Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mixed media sewing trinket box

Hi and welcome to my blog. I've  mentioned before  about my growing love for mixed media ... and with all the great inspiration to be found , it's so easy to be inspired! There are lots on helpful videos and blogs dedicated to bringing out the mixed media artist in all of us! I've been making altered crafts for awhile but now that I've discovered mixed media I'm addicted!!!  Here's an altered wooden box I made .....

I started off with a simple wooden box that I found at a local Dollarstore ( what a great inexpensive place to find lots and lots of stuff for altering!!!) I wanted to make a sewing themed gift for my mother in law so I found some old sewing patterns I had. I used homemade Modpodge to adhere the pieces  on the top of the box.
I added layers until I got a good coverage and then I applied a coat of Gesso over the entire surface to secure it and to soften the patterns before adding my layers of ink.

I painted the rest of the box with Prima's Chalkboard paint in Egg Blue. Then  I used various sprays ( you can see in the pic which ones!!) and added layers and layers of color. I spritzed each layer with water to blend and then dried it before moving on to the next layer. When I finally got the look, I used a pretty vintage rose stencil from Tim Holtz and Golden Crackle Paste for the bottom corner and when it dried I applied Prima edger ink in Metallic Pink over in and around the edges of the lid.
I cut out a dress form and scissors from chipboard using my Cricut Explore . The dress form was  painted with Prima chalkboard paint in Eggshell and sprayed with Ranger's Perfect Pearl Mist in Bronze for a little glimmer. The scissors were glammed up using Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in Antique Linen. I adhered a variety of flowers, buttons ,ribbon,Prima jewels and sewing products until I achieved the desired look. Finally, I adhered some sewing patterned paper ( stitched, of course)  to the sides, added another die cut and painted flourish, buttons and flowers to complete this box.
I really pleased with the end result and I hope my mother in law enjoys it, too!
I'm entering this over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for their " Think Pink" challenge .
Thanks for visiting my blog today!


  1. What a gorgeous altered box. The top is stunning with all the different colors and elements. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  2. Beautiful project! Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  3. Beautiful! Love the top of the box. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  4. Great project!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  5. this is beautiful! love all the sewing ephemera on top. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!