Altered Box – dt project for Creative Embellishments

Hi, everyone! It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog (I’d love it if you’d stop by and say hi!) to share a project I created using some of the fabulous CE chippies! I love the versatility of these intricate laser cut pieces. They’re perfect for layouts, cards, altered art, art journal pages and altered art projects. 😀

I started with a plain wooden box that I’ve had around for years. I actually use it to store my Pitt Big Brush markers and artist pens. I started by adhering 7 gypsies tissue paper to the entire outside, being careful to match up the pattern to give it continuity. I then coated it with Helmar 2 step crackle. Once that was set and dry, I filled in the beautiful cracks it created with deep brown acrylic paint. I just buff it on and wipe off the excess with a slightly damp rag or paper towel.

Once the base is complete, you can decorate it any way you want! 😀 Here’s how mine turned out:

altered box

Here’s an angled shot so you can see the front too:

altered box 2

To alter the birdcage, I used Pitt big brush markers and artist pens (yes, the same one I normally store in this box. lol), then I went over the birds with a bit of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to give them some shimmer and shine:

altered box detail 1

This flourish is actually a single piece that I cut in half, then painted w/Tim Holtz distress paint dabbers in 2 shades of green. I then added to the cluster w/some gorgeous I Am Roses flowers, a Prima Junkyard Findings bulb and a Webster’s Pages charm:

altered box detail 2

TFL! I hope you liked my project! Be sure to check out the CE October challenge post HERE. You could win a $20 gc to the Creative Embellishments store…and $20 goes a long way in there! 😀


Creative Embellishments Birdcage
CE Flourish from set 4
7 gypsies tissue paper
Helmar 2 step crackle
acrylic paint
I Am Roses flowers
Wild Orchid Crafts metal embellishment
Prima Junkyard finding bulb
Webster’s Pages charm
Pitt big brush markers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze
Tim Holtz Distress Paint
Shimmerz Texturez


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. mjmarmo
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 07:36:26

    Amazing box. Love the details!

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