Saturday, March 9, 2013

Girlie Grunge Altered Box

I thought I'd change things up a little and create an altered wood box. I had a lot of fun combining mixed media with girlie grunge Donna Salazar products.

Tips and Techniques:

Flowers ~ Everyone knows I enjoy using my DSD flower dies. For these roses and leaves, I peeled the top off of some DSD corrugated board and used this lining to cut the flowers and leaves. After cutting, I randomly misted the petals with DSD Smooch Spritz in Caramel Latte and Sea Breeze. For the leaves it was just a very light mist with Sea Breeze for some speckles and plenty of Caramel Latte. I used all three of Donna's flower die sets - Bitty Blossoms, Grand Peony, and Rose Creations. I have a tutorial for the largest flower, which I call my Full Open Rose. It can be found here. You can get so many looks with this one flower by changing up the materials and colors!! The medium flower is basically the same only using Rose Creations petals and the medium Bitty Bossoms die. The small rose is a sweet Bitty Blossom. 

Butterfly ~ I cut DSD Corrugated Board with one of Donna's Wonderful Wings dies. I ran it through my Big Shot about 10 times along with a little scissor trimming. I peeled the top liner paper off and used it to create another butterfly for the inside of my box. I colored this butterfly with more Smooch Spritz and when dry, applied Ranger Crackle Accents. The antennae were created with brown fiber wrapped wire.

Flourish ~ I squeezed out some Viva Pearl Pen medium onto my craft mat, mixed it with Donna's Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz, and applied to a Want2Scrap chipboard flourish. Once dry, I covered it with Crackle Accents. 

Embellishments ~ I included some metal and glass pieces from my stash and attached with a piece of chain. 

Chicken Wire ~ Yes this is real chicken wire with real patina. My friend Mandy and her mom, Barb, had a roll of formerly used chicken wire in their barn and cut a generous piece for me. It even had dried vines still attached. Thanks girls!! 

Mixed Media ~ I love to layer and play with mixed media. I started by applying DSD Botanique Imagine paper to the sides and top of the box with Mod Podge. (Not that it can be seen now - LOL) The next layer is crinkled tissue paper applied with gel medium. I stamped with my DSD Crackle stamp with DSD Patina Mix'd Media Inx across the top of the box. I did not used a grid block and just touched portions of the stamp to the box randomly. While the ink was still wet I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set. I repeated this on each side. On the top, front and back, I applied texture paste through a stencil. I was going for a grungy look so left swirls and lumps in the texture paste. Finally, I got out the DSD Smooch - again in Sea Breeze and Caramel Latte and covered the box with mist. The embossed crackle stamping acted as a resist - leaving great texture and contrast. 

Lace Edging ~ To add a girlie touch - I adhered some Prima lace around the edge of the box. 

I also decorated the inside of the box.
The raised center portion is the same as the box exterior. 

Tissue Carnation ~ The outer layers are cut from corrugated board liner using Grand Peony, and the inside is tissue paper colored with Pralines and Cream and Sea Breeze DSD Smooch cut from Carnation Creations. 

Grungy Carnations ~ The small Carnations are cut with DSD Artistic Papers. First I wet and crinkled the petals. Then, I applied just a little Mix'd Media Inx and sprinkled on Frontage embossing powders, then heat set to give the grungy look. I did not cover the entire petal with embossing since I wanted color to show through. I then spritzed with Caramel Latte and Sea Breeze Smooch. 

Butterfly ~ This is the liner I peeled off of the corrugated board for the butterfly on the top of the box. Exact same techniques applied but with different results since this piece is smooth. 

Paint ~ Any place where I did not apply the paper and mixed media, I dry brushed with Lumiere paints. 

I hope you have enjoyed my "Girlie Grunge" altered box!! 

DSD Products Used:
Botanique ~ Imagine
Artistic Papers ~ Antiquites 6x6 Squares
Zutter Corrugated Board - 12 x 12
Spellbinders Wonderful Wings
Spellbinders Grand Peony
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders Rose Creations
Crackle Stamp
Mix'd Media Inx ~ Patina
Mixed Media Inx ~ Vintage  
Smooch Spritz ~ Sea Breeze
Smooch Spritz ~ Caramel Latte
Smooch Spritz ~ Pralines and Cream

Other Products:
Tissue Paper ~ Stash
Want2Scrap ~ Martha Flourish Style C
Want2Scrap ~ Baby Bling Pearls
Chain ~ Cousin
Key ~ Michael's
Charm ~ Art-i-cake by Amy Labbe #AL29280
Chicken Wire ~ Stash
Cover Spool Wire, Brown ~ Darice
Prima Lace - Alencon Collection
Ranger Crackle Accents
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Lumiere Paint - Pearlescent Blue, Halo Blue Gold, Copper
Martha Stewart ~ Stencils Flourish
Martha Stewart ~ Stencils Scrolls
DecoArt Americana Classic Stencil ~ Royal Tiles

I have entered this at:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #70 Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. this is amazing love this the flower is also amazing thanks for the tuturial hugs janneke

  2. AMAZING result.....;i really loving this :)

  3. Wow I love this!! Amazing textures and colors! Such a gorgeous mix of techniques with a stunning result!

  4. Wow wow wowwwwwwwww!! This is absolutely amazing!! LOVING the colors!!!

  5. So very beautiful, Tracey! Again, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful tips and techniques!...Nancy :o)

  6. Tracey, this is amazingly beautiful..Real Chicken Wire with real Patina....Like I said,amazing!!

  7. that is gorgeous!!!! talk about a work of art!!! LOVE LOVE how pretty this is!!!!! amazing details!!

  8. This is absolutely stunning, Tracey!! Wow, what a gorgeous box!! The textures and colors are amazing!! This is a work of art!! Happy Saturday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Aaaaaa-MAZING !!!! Just love your girls grunge & especially the chicken wire!!!! TFS your how to's as always:):):)

  10. Wow, Tracey. This is a stunning piece. I love the colour combination you used and the textures are amazing. Love girly grunge, and oooh that chicken wire. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your techniques. ox Marg

  11. Oh wow this looks amazing! So many techniques you have used to create this gorgeous box! Love your flowers, the chicken wire and the wonderful textures on the outside of the box!

  12. Wauw stunning box cool colors and details.

  13. A work of Art.... truly amazing.... love the colours, texture and details. Thanks for sharing. x

  14. Oh my goodness, Tracey! Your altered box is so pretty and a real beauty! I bet it will hold some awesome treasures in the future!

  15. Love your altered box! The chicken wire being used again for art is just fabulous. The blue and carmel colors together are lovely.

  16. Now this is so much fun!! I love the great texture!!!!

  17. What a wonderful Altered Box. Thanks for sharing with us this week,
    Word Art Wednesday

  18. Wowzers, this is amazing .. with so many wonderful techniques!

  19. Beautiful box, love all the texture. Thanks for joining us this week at WAW.

  20. This is SO beautiful, Tracey. I love how you create and make it look so effortless, but I know it must have taken you hours to create. It's just delightful! THanks for sharing this in our challenge.
    Have a blessed week, and I hope all is well with you and your beautiful family.
    Word Art Wednesday

  21. Love the colors and the texture, Tracey!

  22. WOW WOW Tracey is this STUNNING!! The colors texture flowers all of it is awesome :)


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