Friday, 19 October 2012

Away with the Autumn fairies...

Morning folks

Well the winds are blowing and its pouring with rain outside , monsoon season has returned and with it the usual sniffles and  snotty noses!! The whole house has been sneezing and spluttering germs like its going out of fashion, myself included!!

So it seemed only appropriate to make a tissue box for today's project. They don't require a great deal of brain power of which I am lacking of this morning as they are simply  a box with a lid with a slit in it!! How you decorate them is your choice I've gone with fairies this time round as I have a get well card already done in that style

The card was made using a Crafters Companion stamp from the Fairyopolis range. 'She' has been coloured in with a selection of Pro markers and Spectrum Noirs and cut out with a Spellbinders die. I made a brown glitter frame and added some paper flowers to the corner and a bow and sentiment above.  The most enjoyable part of this card was making the backing paper/card that 'she' sits upon so I thought I might share that technique with you today, It's reasonably easy,  if you follow the steps you should be able to recreate a similar pattern and style.

For the backing paper you will need

White card
A plastic floral mask
distressing inks
silver embossing powder
versamark ink pad
blending tool
Embossing machine i.e. Cuttlebug, Grand Calibur

Step one
First take some white card and a floral or leafy plastic mask. Ink up the mask using a versa mark sticky ink pad and lay the card over it then run this through your embossing/die-cutting machine. I used my Grand Calibur for this as the mask I used was quite large.

Step 2
Carefully remove mask from card and cover embossed (and now sticky) indents with silver embossing powder. I used one from Papermania called silver tinsel which has a very high shiny finish for an embossing powder

Step 3
Gently tap off the excess powder and then heat with a heat gun from underneath till all the powder has melted then leave to cool

Step 4
Ink all over your card with different distressing inks I used Tim Holts 'Fired Brick' red, Pine Needles and 'Peeled Paint' greens . The now embossed silver leaves will act as a resist and so you can ink over the top of them. Cut your finished patterned paper to the required size using your paper trimmer or guillotine and matt your fairy image onto it

As for the box , I just coloured some more of the fairies from the Fairyopolis collection and stuck them to the four sides . To decorate  the lid (after cutting a slot in the top)  I added some corners then added some large peach paper flowers made from a marianne 'posy' die and put glitter glue around the edges I finished with a butterfly in the corner and wrapped some ribbon and lace around the outside of the lid to add interest.

Now that's finished I can go off and take 2 paracetamol, have for a hot lemsip , and a cosy sit down by the fire for 10 minutes ...

I would like to enter this project in the following Challenges


  1. Oh my goodness! This is such a beautiful project! Just loe all the sweet fairies and the colors! That butterfly is gorgeous! Have a wonderful weekend! hugs and sunshine

  2. Thank you Sari thats very sweet of you xx

  3. Your work is amazing Tracey. Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's. I hope we see you again.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

  4. How lovely is this
    Thank you for joining us this time on
    Crafty Sentiments
    Love Jan

  5. What a beautiful project,it's just right for the Distress It Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Thanks for playing & Good Luck!
    Dawn xx

  6. This is a gorgeous Tissue box and card, great attention to detail.
    Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week.

  7. Thank you for the great tutorial on masking. Love the tissue box. Thanks for joining Lady Anne's challenge.

  8. Gorgeous tissue boxes fabulous details, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

  9. I love your creations, they are so beautiful, the colours are stunning, and I love the fairies :-) Thanks for joining us at the Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog, Carol xx

  10. great project, thanks for sharing at Lady Anne's

  11. Hi Tracey - this is a gorgeous box and card project, and a lovely technique too ... thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing your creations at The Crafty Pad in our "Distress It" challenge.
    Helen x (DT)

  12. Oh my, stunning creations, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this month.

  13. Fantastic creation!

    Digidarla (a.k.a Kim)

  14. Thanks for all the lovely comments and to the crafty pad for picking me as one of their Top 5
    hugs to all xx
    Tracey Anne


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