Friday, January 9, 2009

Tea Time

Hi friends! I thought I would share a fun, easy project using the blackboard technique. Up until now, I have pigeon-holed this to just card applications, but there are so many other ways that you can use it. Here, I have added this Lockhart Teapot image to the top of a paper mache box for a quick little gift set.
(I always try to have some nested paper mache boxes on hand; they're so easily decorated to suit a variety of needs. Here I painted it off-white with just plain ole .50 acrylic, then adhered paper and ribbon. So easy!)
If you're new here (hi to those of you!! I'm so glad you're here), you can find my first post on the blackboard technique here and here. I will be doing a more detailed summary of the steps very soon, so check back in the next week or so. It's a great technique that I learned from Karen Lockhart and I think you'll find it adds a lot of visual punch to your images.
Once my coloring was complete, I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut it into a circle to match the top of the box. If I am cutting an image that I've already stamped (as was the case here), I use a little blue painters tape to keep the die in place correctly on my image before I send it through my Wizard. (And just to make sure the tape loses some of its 'stick', I always tape it onto my pant leg a couple of times; this makes it much more repositionable and less likely to mar your paper.)
I grabbed a couple of tea bags (Bigelow Ginger Snappish that they put out for the holidays - yummy!) and a little glassine bag (from PTI) filled with little cookies (Orange cardamom star cookies from Trader Joe's - another holiday release that was full o' yum!). What a sweet little gift for a girlfriend (who, if she has any sense whatsoever, will promptly ask you to join her, lol).
Thanks for the super sweet comments on the blending pencil effects on the last post. As per your requests, I will do step-out details on it (probably the week of 16th).
Don't forget about the Spellbinders Blog Frenzy going on - today's post is by the wonderfully talented Heidi Blankenship. Take a look if you get a chance - and don't forget to enter. (Sunday's my turn, so make sure to check back then.)
Be well,


Stamp: (Teapot) Lockhart Stamp Company

Cardstock: (Black) Cardstock Warehouse

Patterned Paper: A Muse

Ribbon: craft supply

Glassine bag: Papertrey Ink

Die cuts: (Circle Nestabilities, Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities) Spellbinders Paper Arts


liannallama said...

I love how warm and inviting this is! Great project!

Claire Brennan said...

Gorgeous box Jennifer - love that blackboard style - thanks for the tips - Happy New Year.

StamperSharon said...

This is stamped on cardstock? I swear it looks like fabric! Beautiful box and wonderful idea, Jenn!

Norine said...

love the box it looks like fabric

Melisa said...

Love the flower/blossom! Great idea - Thanks!

Improvedliving said...

I love how warm and inviting this is! Great project!

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