Over the weekend, I was showing a friend how to alter a box. I started off making one for a swap and decided I came up with the wrong color of red, so I decided to just play and this is what I came up with. I went with a simple, clean vintage with a dash of elegance.
I started by painting the box with a couple of coats of MS Habenero Red satin paint. Let dry. Once I decided to use the G45 Communique papers.I love the black and white diamonds (go figure...are we sensing a theme here...lol). Plus this pattern had tiny little bits of red in it. I decided that the box was too red. I decided to use a technique (I know I didn't invent it, but I don't know what the heck it is called). I call it dredging. So i take my finger and "dredge" it in the lid of the black pain so I get a little bit on my finger and I smear it on the box in different places. Then I take the red paint and "dredge" it through the black kind of smearing them together. I love the outcome.
I used the black and white paper as my base. I added a strip of black cardstock to mat the red patterned paper that was left over from the inside of the box. I added some of the images from the stack. They already had a nice thick back border. I just added a tiny bit of red paint and wiped off the black and white image (tanish too) to tie it in with the rest of the images. I added a black flourish and a couple of TC corners. However, I didn't like that they were so silver (which I loved) against the color of the box closure. So I added just a little Inka Gold in gold to the corners to make them match a little better.