Thursday, September 09, 2010

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Sneak Peek Day 1

Hello and welcome to the first day of sneak peeks for the September Waltzingmouse Stamps release! We may have been a bit delayed, but I can tell you that the wait will be well worth it! WMS is releasing five (yes, five!) wonderful sets on September 12 and the design team has three days of peeks to share. So, without further ado, I want to share one with you!

I have to start by saying that this was an incredibly difficult project to photograph! I attempted to capture all the detail and sparkle, but it just doesn't compare to how this looks in real life. But hopefully you'll get the idea!

This project started with a plain paper mache box that I covered with vintage sheets of music. Oh, wait. I didn't use actual sheets of music, I created my own! That's right! And it was easy to do with the fabulous new Musical Backgrounds set to be released September 12. This set includes several different musical stamps that I used to create different pieces of "sheet music," tearing and inking the edges to age them. I then glued the pieces to my box using watered down white glue. (I used black StazOn ink to make sure the ink wouldn't run when I applied the glue.) After it was all dry, I wiped on a bit of brown watered down acrylic paint. I let that dry, then rubbed on a bit of ivory paint to tone it down. In the end I like the aged, yet soft look all that paint created:

Doesn't it really look like old sheet music?! A final touch on the box was to add some random stamping using a few stamps from another new set, Nutcracker Sweet. Other than the obvious nutcracker images, this set includes several holiday sentiments in other languages. A great addition to my Christmas stamp collection!

For the box lid I added two rows of ric rac trim and lots of glitter. I used Martha Stewart coarse glitter; it's perfect for adding shine and vintage charm to your Christmas projects!

On the top of the box lid is a little stocking ornament I made last Christmas. I thought it would make a great embellishment, but it's also a "gift within a gift." I finished it off with some silk ivory ribbon, a few buttons and a tag using the Merry Christmas sentiment from Nutcracker Sweet.

Wow, I hope you made it through all those pictures! I have only just scratched the surface of what Musical Backgrounds and Nutcracker Sweet are all about! Make sure you check out the rest of the talented WMS design team to catch a few more glimpses of these (and the three) new sets!

Claire Brennan
Anya Schrier
Belinda Chang Langner
Bonnie Sharp
Carly Robertson
Julia Aston
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Hjulberg
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton

See you back here tomorrow for another sneak peek! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Musical Background, Nutcracker Sweet (WMS)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI), BasicGrey
Ink: black StazOn, True Black (PTI), Antique Linen distress (Ranger)
Other: paper mache box, Ivory and Burnt Umber acrylic paint, ivory silk ribbon, Scarlett Jewell vintage button (PTI), snowflake button, twine, embroidery thread, floral berry pick, velvet ric rac trim (MayaRoad), stocking chipboard shape (Cosmo Cricket)


Alice Wertz said...

wow! gorgeous project, Jennifer! that music sheet pattern is a must have!! love this!

Nancy said...

Definitely a wow this box!
I can see that music sheet set ending up at my house very soon.

Ann said...

Love how you've covered that box to make such a pretty gift. Musical backgrounds are going to be a favourite this holiday season I can tell!

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Wow, absolutely gorgeous, I just love what you have made for the preview. Can't wait until Sunday !


Jo x

Cammie said...

This is a gorgeous project! The aged sheet music, trim, sparkly lid---wow! The box alone is one special gift!

Sue W said...


Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Jennifer,

What a wonderful project this is!! Love those music backgrounds and how you really did make them look old, they are very, very pretty!!!


Kelly S. said... Jennifer, this project is STUNNING! I will stay up no matter how early/late to have that musical background stamp, hee! I love the sentiments in the different languages, too! Just WOW oh WOW, you've outdone yourself!

Melissa said...

Wow, what a gorgeous box and ornament! I love how you aged and tore the music beautiful!

Bonnie said...

Oh What a wonderful way to display the sheet music!! BEautiful project Jennifer!

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Awesome Jennifer. Love the way your tore your music and the vintage way you designed your projects. The chunky glitter is such a wonderful touch.

Carly said...

Really beautiful work Jennifer! Love the vintage details.

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful technique you used on your box with the lovely music stamps Jennifer - and I just love the great glitter!

Claire Brennan said...

Oh the way you have used the music set on this wee box just captures the essence of Christmas!! A stunning project! Gorgeous Thank you Jennifer!

LaurieJ said...

Wow, gorgeous!! I don't know where to start - every element is perfect, especially the sheet music you created and layered on the box.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

STUNNING Jennifer! This gift packaging is gorgeous! I love how you covered the container with your custom stamped music DP & all the Shabby goodness!

Cassie_lu said...

what a way to present a gift. So very pretty and I love how you achieved the aged effect with the music image.

Dorothy C said...

WOW! This is so beautiful. Your photography captured it perfectly!

Sandie said...

Stunning work. I love it all!!

Jen said...

Loooooove it!!!
the chunky glitter is so fun... kinda like a sugary treat! I have a bottle of something similar to this from when I made my son's octopus costume for the end of the year school program. Oh, I you've given me some inspiration on how to work it into a future holiday project.
Thanks for sharing

IamDerby said...

Wow this looks awesome! Loving that sheet music.

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Super duper cute project Jennifer!

Diane Jaquay said...

This is so beautiful Jennifer!!! I am so looking forward to seeing the music set in it's entirety. I NEED a sheet music stamp!

Lola G. said...

This is too fabulous!! I'm all in a flurry about the music stamps, and the font for the sentiments has me truly beside myself, and, and........I think I'm speechless! The frosty glitter on your project is so completely fabulous, and I'm over the moon about that little chipboard stocking....sigh.

Ren-Yi said...

Ha - you couldn't fool me on your box. But only because I read on Claire's blog that musical background was coming. If I hadn't, that box could have passed as store bought to me. how clever to paper mache it. the picture doesn't do the project justice, but your wonderful explanation helps fill in the gap. just wow.

anya said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I swear I saw this in a fancy boutique somewhere!! ;) Great job!

Amy said...

G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!!!!!! Really this could be sold in a fancy boutique as Anya said!! Such attention to details!

Sandy Ang said...

It's so charming !


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