Wednesday, 5 December 2012

First, it was a HUGE surprise to see that I had been chosen as one of the Fabulous Four featured artists for my layout for challenge 6: a stitch in time at   So thank you to the team for this.
Today I'm showing an altered box which has a nautical theme, to be entered for challenge 7 at ABAC.
The box was a fairly plain one picked up at a local shop. Basically painted white and blue with a couple of beach stencils and wooden fish. Potential? Yes!

Side of box before alterations

The base was sprayed with Glimmer  mist (Sea Glass and Silver) and while wet, covered with cling wrap, scrunched and moved around and left to dry. The cling wrap was removed when dry. This left an interesting pattern. The base and interior of the box was stamped with coral and shells (Darkroom Door) with Stayzon Midnight Blue and Teal Blue.

Interior of box showing creased markings and stamping.
The exterior of the box was given a coat of Viva Croco Azure, left to dry overnight, before stamping with the Stayzon and Distress Stain Brushed Pewter.

A net was made from an onion bag and filled with shells and treasures from the deep. Dolphins were cut from packaging and given an Opals Enamelling Powder treatment (Zeehan) Starfish were made from wooden stars treated to an Opals finish. Liquid Pearls were added to these, fish and some of the shells decorating the box.

The box was completed with craft buttons, (pirate ship and fish, with the shanks cut off), shells and shell discs and small cane baskets (fish baskets).

I've popped in a piece of sea sponge and coral... so it could be a display box for those sea treasures or a storage box for art/ craft equipment, lotions and potions........ anything really.
It was fun to make over.
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate comments that are left and enjoy reading them. Come again.
Cheers, Di


  1. WOwee Di your box has received a deluxe makeover thar is for sure. I can just see you with all your bits and pieces having a fabulous painty and inky time. Thanks for playing at Anything But A Challenge this time and well done on your recognition for your last piece.

  2. This is a wonderful make Diane! It really should be seen, perhaps in the bathroom, filled with lots of gorgeous goodies. It really is very beautiful. It was lovely to see your win over at ABAC too. Hugs, Anne x

  3. What a beautiful makeover you've given this box Di - a girl after my own heart!! Love the colours, the stamping and all the little extras that have turned this into a wonderful project.
    You shouldn't be surprised that you were chosen - your layout was such a worthy winner!
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend and thanks so much for showing us your lovely work again at Anything But A Card.