Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

I'm working on a Cigar box and mini album swap over at one of Martica's fantastic swaps! This round I have the privilege of creating for Throwscraps and to be honest I am a little intimidated! She is so talented and I really hope she enjoys what I've been working on for her!

The mini album isn't quite finished yet but I wanted to share the cigar box I've made for her. I started with a blank wooden cigar box from Michael's and painted it with the Martha Stewart acrylic pearl paint. Silly me forgot to prime it first so it took several coats!
I used the Graphic 45 'Once Upon a Springtime' 12x12 pp pack. I just love this line, it is so soft and pretty, perfect for this springtime swap! I had a fabulous time in Michael's looking for coordinating flowers and embellies and I'm pretty sure I broke the bank on them! But I have such a huge selection to choose from now.

The sign on the cover was cut out of standard chipboard from the Tim Holtz Alterations die 'Hanging Sign' I just flipped it upside down to cover the holes with flowers. I first inked the entire thing with Vintage Photo distress stain and then embossed it using vintage photo embossing powder. I then covered the entire thing with a thin layer of Rock Candy distress crackle paint. Surprisingly I didn't lose the texture from the embossing under the crackle paint and I just love how it turned out!

I wanted to keep the inside fairly simple so I went for schlacking the inside cover with a thick layer of matte mod podge, layering the pps and podged it again; adding a few flowers. For the interior I wanted to give the impression of the mini 'nesting' in the box so I lined it with pink silk. For the most part the mini still fits inside-but it isn't done yet! Look for photos and a tutorial to come for the mini album portion!


  1. Annie, i love everything i see here, it's absolutly gorgeous. I can't wait to see it close up IRL.