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!
Belinda Chang Langner
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)