Let me introduce myself to everyone. My name is Julie Lavalette and I stay in Scotland in a small town situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I was overwhelmed with excitement when I was asked to be Guest Designer for the month of April. I have been papercrafting for about 8 years now and would say my style has developed into Shabby Vintage and I find Cheery Lynn dies always work beautifully with my projects, be it a card, scrapbook page or using them in mixed media. Over this month I will share my knowledge and hopefully inspire you to think 'out the box' with your dies.
Todays project is a Keepsake box that I intend to keep little memories my children made or gave me as they were growing up. I started with coating my plain wooden box with a coat of gesso inside and out to seal it. I then applied various colours of paint blending and applying to my box with a baby wipe. Finally. stamping script and crackles onto it also with paint.
For the top of my box I cut out the French Lattice Small Frame die x 2 with kraft card. I then dry brushed some paint over it to give a shabby feel. I sliced a section off both cut outs so they would connect together at the right size for the top of my box. I saved the small shapes, these were distressed and stamped with crackles. This gave me a contrast when I paper pieced them back onto the lid. I cut out my flourish and again distressed the edges and applied to the lid with multi medium. I then edged with Cuties 3 strip around the edge of the box.
The centre piece I wanted to give a look of petals wrapped delicately around my topper. I die cut the Cuties 3 strip with kraft card and edged with distress. I then pressed my embossing tool into the centre of the petals to give texture and put a tiny little cut into the strip with my scissors, this makes the paper now more pliable to go around the topper with ease and makes the petals sit perfectly. I layered 2 rows around the centre.
I love making my corner dies look like a metal embellishment. To do this, I firstly cut out with kraft card and double embossed with a metallic copper embossing powder. If you heat from underneath and you will get a smoother finish. The base of the box is supported with wooden beads painted.
Well I hope you have enjoyed my first post here at Cheery Lynn Designs as much as I have and feel inspired to enter this weeks challenge.
Hope you have a creative weekend,