Paperartsy blog, transparency topic, pin box

Once again I am over the moon to be invited to design something for the Paperartsy blog.  The theme is transparent and I knew immediately that the stamps I wanted to use would be the Buttons plate 4 Ink and the Dog stamps.   Vintage type stamps like this I think lend themselves perfectly to being stamped on acetate as if they are old slides etc.  But what to actually make?

As the theme of the stamps lends itself to haberdashery I thought about making something for holding pins etc and remembered I had this little note holder that I could repurpose as a pin holder.


I started by looking for what colours I wanted to use and decided on Haystack, Guacamole and Baltic Blue.  I started with a rough coat of Haystack and left it to dry.


I then added more paint (both Guacamole and Haystack) using a bit of cut and dry to finish off the base coat. Once that was dry it was time to start stamping. First in ink, and then over stamping the button corner stamp with some guacamole paint. This created some interesting layers of the colour.

The next step was to start adding texture. I added some trims around the edges to soften the box out a little and then reached for grunge paste. I added some of the Guacamole to this to ensure that it blended with what I had already painted and then added it over various parts of the box, especially around the edges.

Then I started on the box topper. I took some denim blue fabric and cut it smaller than the box lid and frayed the edges. I added some paint and some stamping in the paint to that. Then I took a piece of canvas and again paint and stamping in paint onto that. I then used the sewing machine to sew them together. I used different stitch types and kept it loose and scruffy sewing. Next I took the acetate… yes the transparent part of the project. Onto this I stamped the girls image using Stayzon. I cut down the panel and again used the sewing machine to adhere this panel. I love that you can see the layers underneath the girls through the panel.

Then I added the coordinating trim to the front and stuck the whole topper down with some glossy accents. Then I added three buttons to one corner.


I decided the flower trim needed more colour so I added some distress stain in Twisted citron and Fossilised amber that did the trick perfectly.

Now time for the inside. I must admit I am a rubbish sewer. And although the idea of a pin cushion seemed simple in my head… making one was far from it. But I did try. I ended up with a small pincushion in one corner of the box and then the rest of the box became the pin container. The decoration of the inside of the box went through a couple of different iterations I must admit.

I ended up adding paint to the box, adding brayered paint to bookprint (Charlie and the great glass elevator) and adding this in. I also stamped the main image in paint onto the inside lid and added some of the trim to finish it off. I added the denim fabric to the base of the box which I had added a little paint to as well.

Anyway in the end I was happy with how it went and it encourages me to use acetate as a stamping surface more often. It creates such a different look and sewing it rather than glueing works so well.





So please pop over to see the Paperartsy blog and leave me a nice comment (or constructive criticism???).

Happy crafting!


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