A box for some treasures

Last September this empty cigar box was given to me to  alter and do what ever took my fancy with.

It will not surprise you, unless this is your first visit, that when inspiration finally struck it was inky, grungy and messy.   First off sanded the box prior to giving it a covering of black Gesso.    With the MAWTT's sketch and Sparkles Forum Challenge (Metal) in mind out came the metal.   The green center plate and the three gold squares were embossed using TSS embossing plates and tools.    Glued these to the lid and turned to the Viva Terra and Ferro pastes, spread the Terra around over and under the metal panels, dried with a heat gun so that it bubbles and touched with Cosmic Shimmer paint.   Next the ferro over the box and some of the Terra and wet paint.   Once that was dry all the remaining exposed box and sides were painted with the blue Cosmic Shimmer paint, the black undercoat enhances the glow.  

Then came the fun part!   More metal cut with TH tattered floral die and cogs die, flower shaped and held together with an eyelet.   Some silver coloured altered glue attached over and under the cogs.   Viva Inca Gold paints in gold green and gold touched over the various peaks.   Gold Green dotted around the sides of the box with a round sponge.    Cosmic Shimmer spray blasted over the top and all the other little metal bits and pieces added there is a Vellum butterfly in the mix as well.    Finally as the top still looked a little bare a strip  of lush blue and green lace down one side.

Then I realised all this started as a wooden box and Alter it Monthly have a wood based theme!


  1. Cool how it all comes together, eh?

  2. Beautiful makeover Zoe, Annette x

  3. Sounds like you had lots of inky fun Zoe, and the end result is fabulous.

    Thank you for joining in the fun at MAWTT this week - hope to see you again next time. Sylvia x

  4. Oh how totally fun and fabulous, Zoe! And I love the colors!

  5. This is totally, icy cooooool! Love it! Valeriexx

  6. This is fantastic Zoe I love all the colours you have used and you have created a great box for your treasures
    Thanks for joining in at SFC this time

    Hugs Jackie x

  7. you can enter a million things if you like as the main objective is sharing and showing. :)
    thanks for entering again Zoe. this is one of these objects that should be handled to enjoy the textures etc.

    Z x

  8. Gorgeous, I'm about to tackle a box for the first time. thanks for the inspiration,

    Liz x

  9. appreciate your words and I am delighted with your blog ... everything here is very beautiful!
    Again thank you.
    Already turned his follower!
    Kisses and huges from Brazil

  10. Oh this is brilliant and so different for the challenge. love it. Bet is smells divine. (Cigar smell makes me think of when I was wee, Dad used to smoke one occasionally) Thanks for playing along with my sketch on MAWTT this week Hazelxoxo

  11. What a fabulous altered box , fantabulous colours and textures bet you got really messy making that one !


  12. Great creation, it looks fab hun & what a great take on Hazels sketch!!

    Thanks for joining us at CES Challenge & MAWTT this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  13. Gorgeous creation, what a fab take on Hazels sketch! I love it!!

    Thanks for joining us at SFC & MAWTT this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  14. This is lovely, such a fab creation!

    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT for our sketch challenge and hope to see you again next time!

    Kitty xx

  15. I love seeing your altered pieces, they always have a number of layers and elements that I would not have thought about. Great job.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  16. Wow, what a wonderful altered piece of art, looks amazing. Thanks for joining in with our sketch challenge at MAWTT this week. Pami x

  17. Fab inky, messy grungy box

    Sam xxx



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