|Steampunk Altered Chocolate Box|
Well, whatabout ye folks. Me again back to fill your minds with more of my nonsense, lol. Today I want to show you another altered chocolate box I made. Heyyyyyy.......it was Easter recently remember! So I got a box of choccies from Scrubby......so no I am not a complete gorbyguts! Well......maybe just a bit when it comes to chocolate but anywho, Im not counting the calories so neither should you, lol. Anyway calories don't count if its a special occasion like Easter, Christmas, my birthday, Our Anniversary.....everyone else's Anniversaries, other peoples birthdays........Monday's, Tuesday's, Wednesday's........... are you getting the picture? Heehee.
Anywhoodles, I am doing a Altered Box Swap with a fellow Youtuber and friend, Vikkie from Norway. Well no she is from England but now lives in beautiful Norway. We decided an altered box swap would be the perfect thing to work on as we both LOVE doing altered boxes. So, here is the box I made. Now it is my FIRST EVER attempt at Steampunk so please forgive my amateurish work. I'm not completely happy with it if Im honest, and I don't know what it is that I'm not quite happy with but hey ho, I'll hopefully do better the next time if I ever do Steampunk again that is. Maybe Shabby Chic is something I do well and should stick to and Steampunk is the Genre that I will always love but have to admire from afar? Hmmmmm, who knows? I wanted to use a colour scheme of pinks, browns and metallic colours.
Here it is.......time for the arty farty deep meaning bit......heehee. We all know I'm as deep as a puddle, lol.
The whole theme behind the box is Nature meets Industry. I wanted to have two distinct sides to the box. One side would be nature, filled with flowers and Butterflies and the other side with Industrial gogs and gears, chains and watch pieces. But the whole point is that I wanted Nature to meet Industry and show that both can co-exist beautifully together. I wanted the nature side of the box to be reaching out to the Industrial side of the box as after all.....nature is alive and the Industrial side although moving parts, its not actually alive. So that is why the wee pearl sprays from the flowers looks like its stretching and growing out to touch the Industrial side. I also added fussy cut butterflies from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante papers to add to both sides. So with the butterfly on the flowers and one on the gears, they are the connection that brings the Nature and Industrial parts together.
|Sorry I can't remember this paper on the sides of the box, but I added it and used Walnut stain on all corners of the box and paper....they may be from the Graphic 45 pad.....but my sieve head has forgotten! The feet were coloured using the Umber coloured ProMarker. Its my first time not painting them but the Promarkers did a great job colouring the wooden feet. The closure is an amber coloured gem dismantled from an old jewellery piece from me old mucker Fiona (Jennings644 on YT and Etsy).|
|The beautiful braided trim is from another YT friend, Kerry (thanks Kerry). I think the colour was just perfect and looks very similar to the Victorian Velvet coloured Distress Ink. Its stuck down using hot glue (of course......where would I be without my hot glue!? Hmmmm, I'd probably have less burns on my hands and fingers for a start!)|
|The Tim Holtz Gears were very kindly given to me by Maddy......Hi Maddy (she says waving frantically at her screen!). I don't have this die........YET! But Maddy die cut me some. I used the Tim Holtz Gears Embossing Folder sent to me by my lovely friend Bernice (Hello there!) and I covered all the gears with versamark ink with a little help from the versamark pen too and I embossed them with Debbi Moores Cooper embossing powder.|
|I bought some wee broken down watch pieces off ebay and added them to the gears and box. I also fussy cut one of the butterflies from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante papers and added it to the gears.|
|Here is a top view of the flowers. For once I used bought flowers! GASP! And some gifted flowers too. I know.....they arent all handmade by me. BUT dont panic.....do you see the wee Cherry blossoms (one of the right middle and one at the top middle of the picture).....they are made by me. Some of the wee rose buds are from Lindsay (LindsayCraftymonster81, thanks Lindsay) and others are from friends and some I bought. I couldn't do a project without some of my handmade babies on it. I also added some crystal sprays within the flowers.|
|I added flat back pearls the whole way around the top of the box and coming from the flowers are some pearl sprays.|
|I cut out some of the wee tags from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante papers and made some stickpins for the pinboard|
|I added some more chain as a way to keep the box lid open. It ties in with the Steampunk feel of the box.|
|The chain is held on using brads in the side of the box and on the pinboard itself. The brads connecting the chain also helps hold on the pinboard to the lid.|
|I added a piece of cream textured cardstock to the floor of the inside of the box and added bling mesh which I cut into strips and added it around the edge.....not too straight either as you can see, lol.|
|This is one of the stickpins using pink and brown beads and spacers|
|This is a more Steampunk style stickpin|
|I love the wings on this stickpin|
|And I had to throw in a lovely shabby chic stickpin! Well, I couldn't not add it, its so beautiful.|
|And thats it, from inside and out|