Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Seeing Stars....

Time to fill you all in on what I've been up to lately in the crafting world.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine handed me a brown, paper mache box similar to this one:

She asked me to do something with it.  The guidelines were that it was for her son and was going to go into his room.  She wanted the muted country red, white, and blue colors on it.  So.....off I went.  And this was what I came up with:

The lid reads, "Four wheelin', tractor lovin', overall wearin', all American country boy.  This kid is all about tractors, four wheelers, construction vehicles, trucks, motorcyles - anything that makes the "vroom" noise gets his undivided attention.

The lid on the box was actually in two pieces - a rim and an insert.  I covered the insert in an embossable metal.  I found a picture of a barn on the internet and engraved it into the metal.  To highlight the engraving, I wiped in a little black alcohol ink.

The "rivets" on the corner are brads that I picked up at Michaels.  I beat them up a bit before putting them through the lid to give them a more rugged look.

This is a little bit better picture of the embossed barn.  :)

The bottom of the box has hand painted stripes on it and the box is lined with dark red felt.

This was a fun project - it wasn't too difficult and I was able to try something new with the metal embossing.  


  1. Hey Kathy! Love the box - you are so talented. But I knew that the year you painted coffee cups for your coworkers at the Key. I think you are where you are meant to be.