Greetings! Thanks for hopping by for the cool Sizzix Art Box blog hop using Eileen Hull's soon-to-be released Scoreboards block die. I got pretty jazzed about these blocks when I started playing with them and I have a feeling you will like them, too. My mind was spinning as I was working on the surfaces of my sample boxes. I was thinking about all the things they could be used for! If you stop by their cool Facebook page you will be able to see even more ideas.
Since I'm still crushing on Ferro Special Effects Paste because it produces a dimensional surface I wanted to figure out a way to create layered marks underneath it. To accomplish the base layer I pulled out my 8x10 Gelli Arts gel plate, which worked perfectly to cover the entire length of the box "strip".
First, I spread a very thin layer of paint over the surface of the Gelli plate with a brayer.
I like to mix a couple of analogous colors...
Using this "fancy" old antacid packet, I displace the paint in the gelli plate.
I love the irregular shapes that emerge.
I placed one portion of the Artist Trading Box onto the plate to pick up the texture.
I want to create a mottled effect for the die-cut letters so I used bubble wrap
as well as the River Rocks stencil.
After picking up some of the paint on a separate piece of paper I get this with a piece of watercolor paper from gelli plate surface when I lift the stencil.
I use this same texture to mono print the die-cut letters
Using the River Rocks stencil again, I spread Ferro Special Effects Paste through the stencil.
Working on the inside of the box sections I stencil over the mono printed area with the
I decided to switch to the Fade Horizontal stencil and scatter the distribution of marks
First, I used a transparent green which didn't show up very well, so I moved to an
opaque blue, stenciling just a portion of the surface.
I used the same stencil over the darker exterior of this section.
Once the Ferro paste dried I used a black marker to add a bit of shadow-dimension to the texture.
I chose two of my business cards to add some imagery to my piece.
I used my paper-cutter to cut the card into an exact square, selecting the
area of the card I wanted to retain.
Using Yes! glue paste, I glued portions of my card into the interior of the box.
This card is glued to the exterior of the box. This image is of a quilt I
created for the Quilt Alliance annual auction. It is called
"Our Roots Run Deep".
I'm calling this piece "Sanctuary", because it is my word that describes how I think of my home.
Here is the inside of one of my box sections...
And here is the other: I glued the letters to the inside of the second box section.
A=family, B=love, C=safety
Exterior of panels
Interior of the panels
I have always loved little boxes that contain "secrets".
Thanks for stopping by and remember to leave a comment to be eligible for the prize. I hope you will be inspired to create your own amazing Artist Trading Box! Stop by often: you never know what might be going on around here!
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