Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Í thought to make a shadowbox using all kinds of packages I saved from trash, so have been recycling big time, here the result

What you need:
 DECO ART Products used:
Americana Acrylics in Red Iron Oxide, Blue Chiffon, Lamp black, Sea Breeze, Nuetral grey
American acrylic Gesso, Texture Crackle, Weathered Wood crackle medium, Triple thick Gloss Glaze. Elegant Finish metallic paint in Medieval Gold.
Deco Art Media : Texture Sand,  Media Fluid Acrylics in Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt turquoise hue. Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.
Dazzling Metallics in Moss Pearl, Amethyst, Shimmering Silver.
Paper effects in Metallic copper and Metallic Lustre in  Iced Espresso

you also need a box like this, this is a typical Dutch Chocolate treat only available in shops When Sinterklaas is in the country (well a few weeks before he gets here you can find them in shops). It;s called a chocolate letter and thi one is by Droste cuz they have the cool package that looks a bit like a book allready. Anyway it was a good excuse to eat the chocolate.

You also need stamps, this is the rubber stamp set designed by Rick St.dennis called Morte, it's available at Smeared Ink.

and you need some Alteration dies from Sizzix /Tim Holtz. I used frozen pizza boxes and the backs of notepads to die cut all things in the book and on the cover. For the bell jar I used acetate from a clear stamp package. I also used a piece of leatherlook carstock for the back and the spine of the book and a piece of burlap. And a sheet of cork paper.

First Gesso the book box , and have som chocolate while you are gessoing, wait till gesso dries (eat more chocolate when waiting, makes it less hard )

Die cut all shapes needed and also Gesso and let Dry.

The front and inside of the bookbox I wanted a crackle look on those, the best ways to show the cracks is to have a dark base that shines through the cracks, so paint the whole box black and every die cut you want to give a crackled look has to be painted black too (there is a song bout painting black, you are allowed to sing it while painting)

While the black is drying, start painting all the parts you want to have a rusty look grey.

when black paint is dry add the texture crackle to the front cover of the box, and the vintage cabinet card. The inside of the book needs a layer of weathered wood, but let the front cover dry and crackle first. set box aside to let the weathered wood dry.

for the rusty parts, add a little texture sand, let dry and create the rust colour by using   Media fluid acrylics in Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt turquoise hue. Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.

Or Americana Acrylic Iron Oxide and lamp black, I did both versions of rust on the different parts just to see if it would get the same result, it does more or less :-)

The crackle texture should be dry by now so start painting it it the colour you want

The front of the book is Media fluid acrylics in Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt turquoise hue. Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.

The vintage cabinet card is painted using  Media Fluid Acrylics in Viridianm, Ultramarine Blue and finished with some Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.

When the outside of the box is dry,paint the top layer over the weathered wood on the inside, I used a mixture of Blue Chiffon, Sea Breeze, Nuetral grey when dry I used a wash of Lamp black to tone it down a bit

the bottles are painted Dazzling Metallics in Moss Pearl, Amethyst, Shimmering Silver.

the crackle on the bottles is a stamp by Lost coast designs, when dry add a layer of tripple thick gloss glaze, to make them look like glass (I did 2 layers). Let dry and stamp the names on the bottles (clear stamps by House of Three, the halloween set)

 stamp the  skulls on the inside of the cover when paint is dry, stamp the vintage cabinet card and colour using pencils. Stamp the skull with candle on a piece of cardstock, colour and cut out.

Glue all parts together and  attache them inside the box
 the die cut on the inside cover is embossed first before painting using a Tim Holtz embossing folder

 cover the bakc of the book with the leather look cardstock and age it using distress ink (walnut stain and vintage photo) , make the sides of the book lool like pages using Elegant Finish metallic paint in Medieval Gold with an almost dry brush

 add some metallic lustre here and there to finish the book

   It neede a title and I got inspired by Project this is Project Death
title written with Paper effects in Metallic copper

 that's it :-)

I will enter the following challenges let's just say I took the theme a bit literally LOL


  1. Your shadowbook box looks amazing, lot's of work on it and it shows! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  2. This is an amazing piece, well done!

  3. Amazing, Mo! Thanks for the tut. Gotta go find a chocolate box and try it. Eating the chocolate will be the bonus. LOL FAbulous work, inside and out. xxD

  4. Ver cool, love all the skulls! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  5. this is absolutely amazing!

  6. Wow !! This is amazing thanks for joining in at Punk You Girl !

  7. WOW this is truly stunning - a masterpiece! :)

  8. How creative! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. WOW! what a fantastic altered piece.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  10. Fab project - love all the details.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  11. Your project just blew me away...absolutely fantastic. I love everything about it,from the cover to the contents...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Altered Eclectics...x

  12. Wow - Beautiful project. Lots of great details. Thank you for joining us at Recycle, Re-purpose, Re-invent. Hope you will join us next challenge. Love to see your art work.

  13. WOW! This is a fabulous alteration with so much detail; it's amazing. It just shows what can be achieved with recycled items and lots of imagination. Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics.

  14. Wow, this is amazing!! I love how you've recycled your chocolate box, I would have never guessed that's what it started as. Great detail and texture, fab project. Thanks for sharing with us over at LOC!

  15. Wow, simply fantastic shadow box, love all the detail and way to go on the recycling! Thanks for joining us at PunkyouGirl (c:

  16. Fabulous project, thank you so much for sharing with the Sweet Stampin', hope you can join us for next weeks challenge.

    Warm hugs

  17. Fabulous box, so creative, love all the details...thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  18. So creative! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  19. super cool this rocks!!!!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  20. You sure transformed THAT box! Look at all the paints and such! Great job! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for our Box challenge!