Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Alter it for Frilly and Funkie

Today we are kicking off the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. The lovely Cec is our host and here's what she has to say:

It is time to transform something you have sitting around or can pick up for a song and make it one of your works of art. It could be a frame, a bottle, an old cigar box, a discarded CD - the list is endless. Just make sure your final transformation is vintage or shabby chic.

So I took a good look around and spotted a little box that I bought some time ago and thought now was the perfect opportunity to give it a makeover.

I didn't take a before photo but this was a plain box just waiting to have some attention ! I first of all coated it with Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste. When it was dry I then spread Wendy's Crackle Paste all over it and left it to dry naturally. I find the cracks are far more impressive if you have a little patience.

As you can see I was not disppointed, the cracks are quite possible the best result I've ever had ! This kind of made my thought process go in a different direction too as I really didn't want to cover the gorgeous cracks. I then used the Yvonne Blair stamp with gold embossing powder, and I absolutely love the effect on the crackle.

I stamped and gold embossed all around the box, and on the front I used another Yvonne Blair stamp with Potting Soil Archival ink.

The gold embossing paste shows through the Crackle Paste beautifylly and the lid remided me of old metal where the layers are flaking away through age.

To give it a more aged look I used Tree Branch, Potting Soil and a touch of black Archival inks around the edges and in particular on the corners. I then put away all the embellishments I'd got out as I really quite like the simplicity and of course the crackle !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.


  1. Gorgeous project Sue, I love the crackle texture and the wonderful stamps you used. hugs :)

  2. Such a fabulous project, Sue! The color is perfect to blend with any home decor. Gorgeous and most inspiring. Thanksgiving hugs, Autumn

  3. Well that box turned out beautifully....and cracking crackle! Beautiful tones and great stamp of Yvonne's Ruth x

  4. amazing crackle texture Sue - really gorgeous piece x

  5. The cracks are very impressive Sue and I love the stamping! It is a beautiful box. Anne x

  6. Amazing project, I love those cracks too xx

  7. Sue your box looks awesome. The cracks look fabulous. I can imagine the gold looks pretty beneath the craks....
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  8. Great transformation of the box. I am glad you followed your instincts and did less once you saw all the wonderful cracks. Now, both the cracks and the stamping shine in their own right and neither overpowers the other. Gorgeous.

  9. Oooh! It's lovely. Each element sets off the other perfectly; symbiotic serendipity no less :oD

  10. WOW Sue, what a transformation! Love the crackle effect and the soft warm tones on this. Jenny x

  11. What scrumptious crackle, and I love the stamping - those meadow flowers are glorious!
    Alison xx

  12. finally I have time to glad I stopped by. this is just gorgeous. love your take on the embossing paste! it's a beauty!