Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mother Goose Decorative Boxes

 Hi there!  I am LATE LATE LATE in sharing this project, but we went away for the weekend, and I FINALLY finished it!

This project was originally for the Altered Challenge on the eclectic Paperie blog last Thursday, by Micki!  The challenge was to alter a box.  A while ago, I purchased a set of 3 boxes.  I set them on my bookshelf, just waiting for the right time to alter them!  That time has come!

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I am SO excited that Graphic 45 has come out with their Mother Goose line of papers and stamps and oodles of embellishments!  And I am SUPER excited that eclectic Paperie is carrying this line!  You can do SO many different things w/ this paper!  It's amazing!

I have a Mother Goose book from when I was a child.  The cover of the book looks like this:

I took the black and white around the edges and used that as a backgound per se, for the project.  

Here's what I started with:

And here's the finished product:
 Such fun!!!

And here are all 4 sides, plus the insides, of all 3 boxes!  Lots of pictures!!!!

This is the inside of the first & smallest box.

Side 1 of the smallest box.

Side 2 of the smallest box.

 Side 3 of the smallest box.

Side 4 of the smallest box.

Side 1 of the middle box.

Side 2 of the middle box.

Side 3 of the middle box.

Side 4 of the middle box.

Side 1 of the largest box.

Side 2 of the largest box.

Side 3 of the largest box.

Side 4 of the largest box.

Inside the middle box.

Inside the largest box.

So, how did I make this?  Well, it all started with some black paint!  I covered the entirety of all 3 boxes.  Then, I started w/ the smallest and worked my way up from there.  I only used the 8x8 and 12x12 Mother Goose stacks, along w/ some white cardstock.

The items that were created using white cardstock are:
all the squares that were used on the entire project
the fence behind the hay on the Little Boy Blue side
the paths on several different sides: Mary Mary Quite Contrary side, Mary Had A Little Lamb, the side w/ the two girls and the geese (I'm guessing Mother Goose?)
the tree branch on the Rock A Bye Baby side
the brown tops of the cattails on the side w/ the two girls and the geese
the clouds on various sides as well

To create the 3-D look to each side, I cut each image out w/ my exacto knife, and created a scene for each nursery rhyme.  Yeah, some are quite boring, but others really are cool!

I used Walnut Stain and Tea Dye Distress Inks for all of the shading around all of the edges.  I also used Gathered Twigs for the paths to make them look rocky and pebbly.  For the fence, I swept the sponge applicator so that it created wood lines.  I went back in w/ the Walnut Stain and Tea Dye to make it look more authentic.

I hope that this sparks your creativity!