On Tuesday I had the rare day where I didn't HAVE to do anything. No house projects, no art projects due, no errands to run - Oh My! So after farting around on Facebook for a bit I got tired of seeing HIS face so I decided to head into the studio and find something productive to do. My little way that I treat myself is with fancy bath soaps - Dove just won't do for me! They aren't crazy expensive (especially at HomeGoods!) and they sometimes come in really cool packaging just DIEING to be altered. Such was the case with a soap I got last summer. It came in a really sturdy box with a magnetic lid. I just couldn't throw it away so I shoved it onto a shelf that has my 'Some Day' projects. So I pulled it out and got to work.
I wish I had taken a before pic, but by the time I thought that I had already painted the whole thing with black gesso. After the gesso dried I painted over it with Regular Body Golden Acrylic Paint in Iridescent Bronze. While that was drying I started cutting the paper pieces (Memory Box) - inking all the edges of course! I used some gold embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a Tim Holtz stencil for the top of the box and let that air dry while I prepped the knob. I die cut a scrap piece of grungeboard to fit the fancy label plate. I glued a piece of the paper to it, inking the edges, then applied a thin coat of Collage Medium. Once that dried I applied a generous coating of Crazing Medium and let it air dry. I find with the application of Collage Medium that the Crazing Medium doesn't flake off like it will with untreated surfaces. Once the embossing paste was dry I glued the papers in place with Collage Medium.
For the front of the box I chose matching Thistle brass charms. They were raw brass and pretty bright so I applied Black Soot Distress Paint with a makeup sponge and buffed it with a clean side of the sponge to bring back the details of the stamping. I felt like it needed more so I played around with different laces and trims for about a half hour before pulling this trim out of my antique trim stash. I keep these highly prized and horded trims in a separate jar. They have a beauty you just don't find in modern trims! This trim is from the late 1800's and is real metal filament wrapped around thread - and it fit my project perfectly!
The inside of the box I left mostly painted. I papered the bottom. The inside of the lid had a piece of cardboard that I pried off prior to painting so I painted and papered that too and reattached after attaching the knob and label. It hides the brad prongs and knob screw, finishing the inside of the lid quite nicely.