Another one of my sisters turned 60 this year so I made her a special card-in-a-box to mark the occasion.
It started out as a patterned tin box which held chipboard shapes – it was silver coloured on the base but a garish blue/orange/green/yellow hotch-potch on the top. The first step, therefore, was to mask around the acetate window and then paint the top with acrylic paint in an orangey-brown colour and then once that had dried I went over the top with a thick coat of silver crackle paint. I love the effect of this, I just left it alone overnight and woke up to this lovely aged effect. I didn’t photograph the side view unfortunately but I did put a silver ribbon all around the lip of the lid to make it all tidy. 🙂
I used some double-sided, heavy-weight scrapbook paper for the pages of the card, overlapping where they joined to make it several ‘pages’ long. Using the same paper I die-cut a Cut, Fold n Tuck rosette (Floral Burst) and an Anemone Flower Topper using alternate sides of the paper and adhered these to the top using a hot glue gun. I added a bit of a flourish, used a heart shaped UTEE pendant which I found in my “previously made but not sure what to do with” stash and topped the anemone with a glass heart and some glittery dew-drops.
Then to the inside……the first page showing through the window of the lid has a photo of Gill taken at her 50th birthday bash. It’s mounted on a frame cut from more of the same paper using a Sizzix Ironwork Frame die. I glued this to a piece of wallpaper (from my newly decorated lounge) and cut a border around it using my Perfect Layers rulers. The letters were cut from a discontinued alphabet set from Spellbinders and the numbers from a set of Sizzlets dies. The ‘handle’ is a cute Chinese embellishment I’ve had for years!
I had a good old rummage through a box of family photos I’ve got and laid them out on each page of the ‘book’ and then embellished liberally with just about anything I could find. 🙂 I did both sides of the pages and a few extra photos and things are hidden under the acetate base of the box (I had to tell her about this when we spoke, she hadn’t spotted them!).
I put photos of we four sisters as children; the four of us at various weddings; our parents; her husband; some old memories….. I know she liked it – she phoned to tell me so and I’m delighted that she does. A lot of work but extremely rewarding.