Monday, 16 December 2013

Altered Chocolate Box Book

Today I can finally share with you a project I made as a birthday present for one of my dearest long term friends - another chocolate box book I altered (and yes - I it was once again necessary - for the sake of art - to eat the chocolate first that was inside! Considering all the X-mas cookies I will be eating during the next weeks this is really a sacrifice *lol).


As she teaches chemistry and is a lover of artefacts too, I knew this was the right thing to make for her ;)

You can find a detailed how-to by clicking here (or searching the Tutorials page that can be found at the top of my blog - directly under the banner).

I glued some sandwich paper onto the box and created a lot of wrinkles while the glue was still wet. After this had dried I gave the whole box a coat of "Raw Umber" acrylic colour.

While this was set aside to dry I created the aged paper (using Distress Inks and the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique - an all time favourite of mine which I never tire to do honestly).






The insides of the box were covered with stamped and aged paper too.

I used the Tim Holtz "Laboratoire" stamp set, which I really love!










When the acrylic colour had dried I rubbed on some DecoArt Metallic Lustre "Gold Rush" with a piece of cut'n dry foam.

I toned down the bright red ribbon using a dark brown ink stain to match the rest of the design.

Done!

(Inside - rolled up, stuffed into a tiny vial and corked - was a gift coupon - selfmade of course - for one day's crafting with me in my studio ;)



She seemed to like it very much - and I hope you like it too! :)






Hugs, happy crafting and a merry X-mas to you all!
Claudia x

17 comments:

  1. Like it......no, LOVE IT! I really do admire the sacrifices you make for your art!! I'll be back to watch your tutorial very soon, just need some chocolate! Happy Christmas!

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  2. This is fantastic again Claudia, I remember the last one well,this seriously looks like an ancient book, what a fantastic transformation! Love the inside too, I bet your friend loved it!!

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  3. A stunning alteration ...the outside has a great grungy look and you've used great stamps on the inside Claudia...your friend will be very glad with this gift
    kind regards, Alie

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  4. How could anyone not love this stunning creation Claudia! A fabulous transformation, love it! Hugs, Anne x

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  5. This project is simply stunning !!!! Really love this piece!

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  6. Na, für so ein tolles Ergebnis muss man natürlich schon ein paar "schokoladige Opfer" bringen ;o)
    Gefällt mir sehr gut, liebe Claudia - kaum zu glauben, dass das eine Pralinenschachtel war. Auch die Innenseite sieht richtig klasse aus. Ich wpnsche dir eine schöne Woche!
    Evelyn

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  7. Love the inside and the outside! It looks really old!

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  8. A fantastic project and altering. Can see how your friend loves this special gift.
    Yvonne

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  9. From a chocolate box!? You're kidding, I will have to have a look at your tutorial! Don't eat too much chocolote! You can keep the boxes, send me the chocolates! LOL

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  10. What a very lucky friend to receive such a beautiful gift. We would like to offer our services as chocolate eaters next time you undertake such a project,

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  11. fantastic works!!!!!!! I love the cover !!! barbarayaya

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  12. ein absolut geniales Design Claudia! STARK!

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  13. Wow! Das Ergebnis ist so genial, dass niemand vermuten würde, dass es nicht auch ein altes Buch ist!
    Supertoll und sehr persönlich auch die Innenseiten mit den chemischen Geräten! Großartig!

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  14. Absolutely stunning texture on the outsides - an antiquarian volume, no question - just perfect distressed look. And the warm colours of the stamped panels, with those gorgeous inky effects (I never get tired of it either!) - a really stunning make, Claudia... I hope you'll be eating lots more chocolates over Christmas as well as cookies!!
    Alison xx

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  15. I absolutely adore this Claudia. You would never know it's original purpose and I can think of so many more for it now. Your creativity is so incredible and I am always inspired by your creations. Jenny x

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