Pack It Up

Welcome to another Sunday with me, I hope you enjoy this weeks project!

Since I started getting into altered art and mixed media I don’t look at things the same.  When I get new products I find myself looking at the packaging, some companies have great packaging that can be used on any project!

A while back I bought these fund Kaiser Kraft wood embellishments, the packaging is cute, but not practical once open.  So I opened both sets and put the pieces into a small bin for storage.  BUT I did NOT throw out the little wooden boxes, they were just begging to be used!


I also found in my stash another little wooden box from embellishments bought long ago, with the three I was ready to have some fun!  I started by gluing them together to make one bigger piece with all the fun little compartments.

As the boxes dried I dug through all my bins of different embellishments to find pieces that would fit in the little sections!


Once I had all my bits & bobs I added gesso to the box to prime it up.  Then added a layer of Finnabair patina paste and some rust paste.  The patina paste ended up brighter than I wanted to I added some brown Dylusions spray over top to tone it down.  Once I had the base color the way I wanted it I dry brushed the copper patina paste over top.


The end result of the all the layers was better than I expected!!!  Once that was all dry it was time to fill all the different sections.  I picked up some of the new 7 gypsies adhesive sheets that Lori just brought in.  The worn wood and wallpaper looks of these sheets were the perfect backdrop for all my findings!


Almost all of the embellishments got a coat of black gesso to start, then I used Finnabair wax in brass and copper to bring out the highlights on each piece!   This gentleman you see here is a Tim Holtz stamp.


This fine little lady I found on 7 gypsies Ephemera tags, I thought she made the perfect partner for the gentleman!


This light bulb is one of the new custom chipboard pieces Lori is selling in store…..I LOVE IT!  Pretty sure she had these made just for me ;)

Since we’re talking about packaging if you buy any of the new 7 gypsies items Lori brought in, there’s lots to choose from, the packaging is amazing!  Do not waste it!

I hope you enjoyed my project today and that I’ve made you take a second look at all the packaging that your fun scrappy, artsy, crafty stuff comes in!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 29, 2018

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Merry Christmas Eve….

We’ve reached the end of the #12daysofholidaygiftwrap and none too soon!  In fact, we’re packing the last two days into one post today.  I hope one of these ideas can help with your last minute packing, wrapping and gifting!


We’ll start with a couple of food-safe gift bags.  I got these from the Love is in the Details store some time ago, and they have come in SO handy a number of times so I hope they’ll be coming back if they’re currently sold out.


One bag, I filled with a coconut clusters mix and the second bag is filled with mini gingerbread snaps.  I stamped on the bags themselves with a couple of different stamps; a snowflake background stamp for the top half and a tree stamp for the bottom.  Because I knew I could anticipate trouble with a perfectly stamped impression because of the folds of the bag creating ridges and valleys, I used my MISTI stamping tool, with a bar magnet AND I also taped down the corners of the bag.  It was a good thing too, because this was a repeated stamping situation.


One more trick you need to be aware of is about the heat embossing.  Because these bags are meant for food and they have that transparency covered window, they are lined with a coating of plastic.  What does transparency plastic do when you point a heat tool at it?  That’s right, it melts!  So before you start to melt the embossing powder, let it run for at least 30 seconds to get good and hot, so that the job is accomplished with just a few short blasts.  Keep the tool moving and move somewhat quickly.


If you’re wondering why these tags look familiar, it’s because they’re leftovers of the tags I designed for the store last year.  They’ve been white foiled with the Minc machine.

For day 12 of this gift-wrap-apalooza, we have these small, sheet-music wrapped boxes.  Our neighbors have 3 very musical boys whose practicing we can hear inside our house.  Occasionally they’ll even come over and perform their recital songs for us, just for the practice on a different piano.  So wrapping these items in sheet music was a no-brainer.


I also die cut some snowflakes from black glitter paper, dug out some of the remaining pieces of wood veneer alphabet letters (and by some stroke of luck, I found all of the letters I needed!?), adhered it all down and tied it all up with red cord.  Pictured below are the supplies I used for these packages.


Thank you for stopping by again today!  Have a very happy holiday season with all the best of your favorite people and traditions!!

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