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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

STAMPED FRIENDLY PLASTIC BOX TUTORIAL BY LUCY EDMONDSON

CONTINUING OUR SERIES OF LUCY'S TUTORIALS


Indented Lid Box with Stamped Friendly Plastic Lid
by Lucy Edmondson of True Colors



For this project and the next, you will need to choose a stamp design preferably in red rubber, that is big enough to cover the whole piece in one go, and has an abstract pattern. For this project I have used a favourite of mine, the border from Elusive Images Harlequin Rose plate. The rectangular indented papier mache box is from The Altered Element, as are the Lumiere Paints. These papier mache boxes are by Efco and I found them to be good quality compared to others I have tried. Sometimes I coat these items with

watered down PVA glue, to seal any fibres, and so you need less paint. On this occasion I didn’t need to and I found the Lumiere paint gave good coverage. It is best not to use a very wet paint as it can cause the papier mache to swell. If there are any rough edges (which mine didn’t have), give it a light sanding before you start. There will be a sticky label on the base. Use a quick blast of the heat gun to melt the adhesive to remove this cleanly, or use sticky stuff remover or again, a light sanding.

1.  Sponge the box inside and out with the Gold and the Green Lumiere paint, in streaks so the colours are partially blended, to give somewhere between a chartreuse and a verdigris sort of look.





2. Cut a piece of Friendly Plastic 10 cms long to fit the indented part of your box lid. The width will be just right.



3. Soften the piece using your heat gun until you have a crazed appearance as before, with the edges starting to soften. Ink up your Harlequin Rose Border stamp with Versamark and stamp into the FP, using even and firm pressure as you would generally when stamping. Leave the stamp in place for approximately two minutes until cooled, then peel it away.







4. Rub Gunmetal Metallic Rub On (from Earthtones No 2) or Rub N Buff from the Altered Element into the embossed design with your finger.





The design will become more defined. Stick the piece to the lid of your painted box using Red Line strong

double sided tape.











5. Stick co-ordinating ribbon or trim around the lid and base of your box, and around the indented area around the edge of the Friendly Plastic piece, using strong glue. Use pegs as you go along to hold each section in place whilst it dries.



6. Finally, add your Heart embellishment to cover where the ribbon meets on the lid, and as extra embellishment.





Here is another colourway in the same box, using Chameleon Friendly Plastic and the Blue and Purple Lumiere Paints:-



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