Sunday, September 16, 2012


Hello friends!  It's another Monday and you know what that means!  Time for a new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show

This week, it is all about tape: masking tape, washi tape, tissue tape, metallic tapes...whatever!  We want to see what YOU can do with tape!  Have a look at the challenge blog and see what my amazing Design Teammates have waiting for you this week.  I never knew there were so many ways to use TAPE!  

A very special hello to Hels Sheridan, our first guest designer at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  Her altered frame is amazeballs!  Be sure to check that out!  

If you "like" what you see over there, be sure to "like" us on Facebook, too!

On my post this week, I'm going to talk about several different ways to use tape.  I am also going to show you how to make this gorgeous dragonfly.

He was my inspiration for this piece and graces both the top and the inside of my box...only in different finishes.  Do you recognize him?  He is Tim Holtz' dragonfly on his newly released Classics #1 stamp set.

Now...let's get to this week's challenge....

One of my favorite fascinations is taking something new and making it look old.  That is what I did this week.

I transformed a plain wooden box, measuring 9 1/2"x5 1/2" into a shabby chic-ish box that looks old, worn and like the paint is peeling off of the wood finish.

This is another of the techniques I learned from an online course I recently took from that acrylic paint genius, Andy Skinner.  This technique is called "peeled paint" and that is exactly what it looks and feels like.  The beauty of this technique is that it is all about using masking tape...perfect for this challenge!

Out of respect for Andy and his online classes, I won't divulge the specifics of the technique but I will share with you every detail that I feel is appropriate.  I will tell you I removed all of the hardware and completely covered the box in masking tape before I began.  After doing Andy's "magic" ...

my nice, smooth wooden box is altered to look like an old weathered box.  I covered the entire box with a coat of Claudine Hellmuth's wonderfully creamy Studio Blank Canvas White Acrylic Paint and let it dry.

Next I selected the acrylic paint colors to paint my box.  You can use any colors but at least two colors is suggested.  Again, I used Claudine Hellmuth's paints because they are so easy to work with and give such rich coverage.  The colors I used are Painterly Pink followed by Landscape Green.  After those dried, I made a light wash out of Sable Brown and water and washed over the box, to tone down the color a little bit and give it an even more worn, distressed look.  

Here is a closeup view of the really cool texture I was able to achieve with just masking tape!  Isn't that awesome?

Here is a closer look at the texture and the color on the lid of the box prior to my adding the Sable Brown wash.

Next, I finished the interior of my box before embellishing the outside.  Since this is a tape challenge, I decided to keep with that theme.  I measured the inside of the lid and cut a piece of chipboard a tad smaller than the lid.  I then covered the lid in various Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes.  They included Sketchbook, Nostalgic, Journeyman, Symphony and Traveler.  As you can see, I randomly stuck the tape in place.  I left that one area bare as I was planning to put something over the top of that.  No reason to waste my tape! (smile)  

Next I colored the tape using Wild Honey and Broken China Distress Stain.  I kept adding and blotting until I achieved the look I wanted.  Then I added some Gathered Twig Distress Ink and a touch of Black Soot around the edges.

Now I was ready to add the first dragonfly to my box, on the inside of the lid.  But, I needed a surface to stamp him on to.

I created this piece to put over the area that I left free of tape on my lid insert.  I mixed Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and Picket Fence Distress Stains on a Non Stick Craft sheet and then swirled them together on a piece of manila cardstock; adding colors and drying in between until I got the color of background I was going for.  On my last coat of stain, I also thought I'd experiment with something I'd never done before and it worked!!!  I sprinkled a little Copper Embossing Powder directly onto the cardstock with was still wet with the Distress Stain and then dried it with a heat tool.  The embossing powder took longer than usual to react but it did.  It left a gritty feeling on the chipboard and a really nice subtle coppery effect spread on the background.  Next I heat embossed Tim Holtz' Carte Postale stamp in copper on the background.  I intentionally brushed away some of the powder BEFORE I heat embossed it so that I would not get such a vivid image.  It worked perfectly, too!  I tore all around the edges and inked them with Gathered Twig and a touch of Black Soot to age them even more.

Now it was time for my beautiful dragonfly.  I heat embossed him with Black Embossing Powder because I really wanted him to stand out.

I also added a little Juniper Paint to add some green patina effect.  The flower in the corner is a one that I pieced together after cutting two or three strips of cardstock covered in Tissue Tape from Tim's Tattered Flower Garland.  I colorized the flower using Distress Stains, stacked it, added an antique brass brad and stuck it in place.  Finally I added a few pieces from an adhesive metallic copper grid that I had and a few black rhinestones on the top right.  I pop dotted that square into place and then moved to the other side.

For this technique, I used Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Multi Medium both as a glue and a sealer.  First as a glue...I stuck a metal butterfly that I had onto a 3" square stretch canvas.  I did that by brushing the canvas with the Multi Medium and pressing down the butterfly.  

Then I took some text out of an old dictionary and brushed Multi Medium on the backside of the paper.  I then pressed the paper over the canvas, encasing the butterfly.  This technique really works well if you have an image with real definition.  While the paper was wet, I gently pressed the paper down into the crevasses of the wings and around the edges of the butterfly to really give it definition.  Then I tore off the excess dictionary paper and tucked the edges under the canvas.  I brushed Matte Multi Medium over the entire canvas, sealing it.  Then I let it dry.

After it was dry, I added Iced Spruce Distress Ink to the canvas (to draw in that green tone again).  To add a little sparkle and sheen, I lightly dusted the canvas with Kiwi and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls.  Next, I added a bit of Gathered Twig around the edge of the canvas for a more distressed look.  I put some Gold Paint Dabber on my finger and very gently added gold paint to the raised areas of the butterfly and to the edges of the canvas.  Around the butterfly, I added some shadowing with a graphite pencil and rubbed it in with my finger.  I added a Regal Adornments crown that was altered from silver to gold with gold paint and then given a patina look with a touch of Juniper Paint.  Finally I added a Tim Holtz Sentiment from his Mini Classics stamp set and the lid insert was finished.

Here is a picture of the butterfly canvas stuck in place using 1/4" Scor-Tape.  I love the background that the colored Tissue Tape provides.

I repeated the same technique of finishing out the bottom insert of the box as I did on the top; only I completely cover the piece of chipboard for the bottom.  I colored the bottom with the same colors I used on the top insert.

So, here is what the inside looks like (minus the butterfly above my butterfly which was an afterthought).  I really like the way it turned out.  Now for the top of the box....

I wanted to be sure that I finished the top so that it complimented the worn, peeled paint looking surface of the box.  As I said, I knew before I even started this box that I wanted to use Tim Holtz' dragonfly on the top.  So, this is what I came up with and I was really happy with the results.

To make the frame, I used a piece of manila cardstock and cut out the Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles die cut twice; once as a frame and once as a base.  I also covered another piece of cardstock with more Sketchbook Tissue Tape, colored it with Victorian Velvet and Evergreen Bough.  I added a little sheen to the finish with Biscotti Perfect Pearls.  Then I distressed the edges with Gathered Twig.  I placed little adhesive pearls all around the top frame, right onto the plain manila cardstock. 

Next I painted both of the frames with Raw Umber Acrylic Paint for the base color and then lightly dry brushed some Gold Metallic Paint over the top of it, for an antique brass type of finish.  When dry, I attached the Tissue Tape piece on top of the base of the frame.

Then I pop dotted the top frame piece directly on top of the base.  Don't you just love those little pearls?  They look like rivets and give so much more interest to just the plain cardstock frame.  It really looks and feels almost like a metal frame.

Now it was time to bring that beautiful dragonfly to life.  I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival Ink twice onto manila cardstock.  I cut one of the dragonflies out, including the wings and I colored the wings with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  I cut the other dragonfly out...but I only cut out the body...without the wings.

The wings...these are so fun to do!  I almost forgot this technique, since I'd not done it in a while.  You take three pieces of Art Glitter Fantasy Film and stack them on top of each other.  You can use all the same color or mix them for a really cool iridescent look.  Then you stamp your image on top of the Fantasy Film (just on the top piece of film on the stack) using black PERMANENT ink.  Next, heat up a regular iron or a little craft iron.  Cover the Fantasy Film with PARCHMENT PAPER (to keep it from melting onto your iron ~ and YES, I forgot to add the parchment paper one time.  You don't forget it a second time!)  Press the iron over the Fantasy Film (that is underneath the Parchment Paper) for about 3 or 4 seconds...just long enough to fuse it all together.  Take your fused Fantasy Film and cut around your stamped this case, two sets of the dragonfly wings.  Not only do you have the iridescent wings but the design is also stamped on the top of them.  Next, I glued the wings on top of each other and onto the body (with the wings that I had cut out) using Glossy Accents.  Then I glued the other body (without wings) directly on top of the other dragonfly to hide where I'd attached the wings.

In the sunlight, these wings are AMAZING!  Can you see the black stamped image of the wings, too?  Way cool huh?  Then I attached a couple of little 7 Gypsies Industrial Gears and attached this pretty frame and dragonfly to the center of the top of the box.  I added 7 Gypsies Antique Brass Display Trim Corners to each of the corners of the box I was all finished.

A really fun project.  There are several steps to completing it but really worth it in the end...especially the peeled paint look and feel of the box...all created just from masking tape!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Now it's YOUR turn to create something wonderful with tape and post it to our Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge.  You will have a chance to win our generous sponsor's weekly random drawing of a .....

If your entree is deemed one of the TOP THREE, you will also receive special recognition for that!  So, what are you waiting for?  Find some tape and get busy!

Here are the Simon Says Stamp products I used for this project:



  1. A stunning make, the dragonfly is beautiful and you have rocked andys technique with the masking tape! I lve all the details inside and the butterfly canvas is so fab! Anotherwonderful make Candy!! Really fab, so may techniques all so perfectly combined! Hugs trace x

  2. Candy this is just awesome!! Love xox


  3. Hi Candy, I am not sure where to begin with this...I have read and re-read it over and over. I have not stopped using this stamp set because of the dragonfly but to see what you have done with it - wow - it is absolutely, totally, spectacularly gorgeous. All the elements work beautifully together and the peeling paint on the box looks so realistic. I am in total awe of you and what you achieve in your art.... Crafty hugs, Anne x

  4. Such an amazing altering of that box Candy! Wow. I first saw the gorgeous outside and then the inside is just as pretty too! Love the butterfly canvas, and the dragonfly looks amazing.

  5. It's divine Candy and I LOVE what you've done with the AS paint technique, it's one of my favourites of those I learned. Your dragonfly is so beautiful and made me want to go out and buy fantasy film :D.....stop making me buy stuff LOL! Have a lovely week, Chris xx

  6. Wow! So much to take in! These techniques are fabulous and in turn make a stunning piece! So much to look at and gape over. Thank you for taking the time to write it all up for us! I love love love your box!

  7. What a wonderful transformation Candy and so many wonderful techniques. I love your dimensional butterfly on the top, the fantasy film wings are just the perfect irredescent touch. I love the frame to the butterfly too the touch of gold is perfect as are those rivets. Your inside has the same wonderful attention to detail but my favourite touch has to be the butterfly encased in text paper, perfect. Another beauty and fabulous technique with the masking tape too, looks so old. Tracy x x

  8. this is perhaps one of my favorite pieces you've ever done! I especially love that you've broken down your process so we can see how the magic happened. :) LOVE IT!

  9. Wow! I thought the exterior was so cool looking and the dragonfly gorgeous. (Forgot about that fantasy film too) Fabulous exterior and then open it up and wow! Gorgeous inside and out!

  10. Wow!Wow!Wow!
    That box looks so wunderful.I love the way you altered it and I love the dragonfly on top too.
    Great idea to use the masking tape this way.


  11. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! You've introduced me to so many new techniques and ideas; I hope I have time to try them in my lifetime!

  12. Fantastic piece! I have to take Andy Skinner's course. I am still working on the coffin!


  13. Love, Love, Love, this piece. So many things to look at and admire. You do amaze me friend!!!

  14. This is just jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

    So many wonderful details on this stunning box.


    Off to "pin it".

  15. This is awesome Candy! The wings on that dragonfly are just to die for! That fantasy film is a lot of fun!!

  16. your altered box is just great!! love it!!

  17. Holly crap Candy, this is beautiful and thanks for the walk through, I will be going to get some fantasy paper straight away.
    Great to see another Andy technique in use and you have nailed it.
    I really do not know how you find the time to create the stuff you create, It is always fun popping by.
    mark x

  18. Gosh Candy! This is a work of pure genius worthy of any art gallery! Where do I start? The masking tape covering, the various embellishments, that dragonfly, oh it just keeps on getting better! Thank you SO much for this inspiration and for sharing your techniques. Hugs, Buttons x

  19. Absolutely fabulous project! I love dragonflies, and that Classic #1 set has been at the top of my "need to have" list! I didn't see Fantasy Film in your supply icons--who makes it? And, I never heard of Andy Skinner, and this is the 2nd time this week someone has referenced his online classes. Gonna take one!

  20. WOW CANDY WOW!!! This is out of this world gorgeous and unique! I love the inside! So dang cool!!!!! The dragon fly is beyond gorgeous!

  21. Love this boxs! It's really gorgeous! Love the dragon fly a lot! Stunning job! Hugs, Sandra

  22. Oh, Candy, your box is outstanding!!! Every detail is perfect and that dragonfly on the!!!! I love dragonflies and butterflies and your box!!!!

  23. Brilliant piece Candy. Can I borrow your imagination! You just never cease to amaze me with your wonderful creativity and generous sharing og how you made it. Thank you xx

  24. WOW what a maginificent masterpiece!The box is fabulous, baut teh shimmering butterfly is really an amazing eye catcher!I'm very impressed.
    Hugs Anja

  25. SO very cool! Love your creativity!

  26. Your techniques really blow me away. I love that tissue tape too. Thanks for visiting my blog, your sweet comment really made me smile.

  27. oh what a wonderful project! This old worn box is so much more charming than a brandnew one, love it, as well als the delicate embossing look of the butterfly or the brilliant dragonfly - most extraordinary!
    Thanks for all the detailed information,
    hugs, serafeena

  28. You added some serious GORGEOUS accents to this box! I love the way you made the dragonfly dimensional!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  29. how do i say this, LOVE LOVE LOVE and continue to LOVE your wonderful work, what a brilliant piece… the textures are gorgeous and vintagy… thanks so much for sharing this beautiful piece, it has everything i want to try twice… ;-)

  30. Hey there Candy, I just LOVE your box, the dragonfly is stunning those wings are fabulous wowzersss, it is absolutely amazing what you make with just a plain wooden box, I LOVE IT Candy and all the fun stuff you have put inside it wwowzersss thank you for sharing your project wowwzerssss
    LOVE IT Candy, hugs Terry xxxx

  31. Candy, it`s such a pleasure to visit your beautiful page again.
    Gorgeous art work!

  32. Can you see me down on my knees? Spectacular the look of the box and the inside...makes me speachless. OMG..the dragonflies look awesome and i love the coloured little butterfly canvas.

  33. Brilliant and stunning and inventive as always. You are a constant source of inspiration and thank you for sharing.

  34. Oh my word... I'm almost speechless, but that wouldn't be very "me"! I can't believe all the glorious techniques you've shared with us here, but the most glorious thing is the masterpiece of altered art they add up to! Completely stunning... and I'm keeping the page in my favourites folder - there's so much here I want to try out and learn from. Fantastic inspiration as always - thank you!
    Alison x

  35. WOW! This is absolutely stunning, I love everything about it, just so beautiful
    Lindsay xx


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