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EXPLORING ART is my thing - I love crafting - Altering things, Mixed-Media, Art Journalling and Card Making.

I would probably say my favourite styles of crafting are vintage, grunge, shabby chic and; Steam Punk.

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Friday, 14 February 2014


Today is Saint Valentine's day and I'd like to share a project that I made to give to my husband to celebrate this special day. My hubby has absolutely no feminine side, so I wanted to make my version of this treat box wallet in a grungy masculine style that I thought would suit him better and I'm pleased to say he really liked it.

I used a tutorial by Arlene of mybutterflykisses on YouTube for making the box and you can watch this and find all of the cutting sizes here:-

She has made some lovely versions of this box herself in a more girly & vintage style which you can see in her video.
I made my wallet out of recycled cereal box which I covered in metal tape, purchased from a hardware shop, which I'd  put in an embossing folder and run through my die cutting machine. I then painted the whole thing with black gesso and then used Inka Gold in Lava Red to pick out the high points and give it a metallic look.

I freehand cut two hearts out of corrugated card, painted them with white gesso then added some Ink Gold Lava Red. I adhered them together and wrapped them with twine. I adhered some cheese cloth to the lid then some red netting. I then adhered my hearts on top of this and added metal cogs and small watch parts randomly. I stamped my sentiments on white card with individual alphabet stamps, cut these into strips and adhered them into place.

I added a button and elastic hair tie closure

I constructed the small box for the inside treat following Arlene's instructions and again covered it in the embossed metal tape and painted it as before. I adhered this into place, centered on the inside bottom flap of the wallet.

I lined the box with red tissue paper, then filled it with delicious heart shaped chocolates.

If you would like to see the step-by-step process of giving the chipboard a metallic look and making the button closure; you can watch my YouTube video below.

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