Frilly & Funkie An Altered State

25th November, 2015

It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

This challenge is hosted by Cec (CW Card Creations), who has chosen the theme AN ALTERED STATE …Cec Says,“It is time to transform something you have sitting around or can pick up for a song and make it one of your works of art. It could be a frame, a bottle, an old cigar box, a discarded CD – the list is endless. Just make sure your final transformation is vintage or shabby chic.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
This is such a busy time of year for many of us, so I decided to make a gift box that I could use to wrap a Christmas gift.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
I had kept this box because it was such a great size, but the corners of the lid were broken. I fixed this using idea-ology box corners, (see further down).

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
I covered the box with 2 generous layers of gesso. This prepares the surface for the glue n seal and distress paint, and stops the cardboard from getting soggy.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
Brush glue n seal over the box, working quickly as it dries fast! Cover with tissue wrap and scrunch. Once dry, rub distress paint on with your fingers and spritz with water. You can see the step-by-step technique on Tim Holtz’s Blog.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
I brushed with a final coat of glue n seal. From a distance it looks like scrunched up shot silk fabric.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
Line the inside of the box with paper. I used paper from the new Tim Holtz yuletide paper stash.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
Line the inside of the box lid with the same paper.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
I coloured idea-ology box corners with gold alcohol ink and attached to the corners of the box lid with hot glue, (this fixed the broken corners). I cut Merry Christmas with the Tim Holtz handwritten holidays die from gold metallic kraft core. The words got lost with the gold tones of the box, so I applied black alcohol ink with an alcohol ink blending pen. Using the pen it gives a lighter coverage and it turned the gold kraft core metallic brown.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
I cut holly from metallic kraft core cardstock with the Tim Holtz holiday greens thinlits die. I LOVE these dies, you can emboss detail onto the leaves! So cool! I covered these cute miniature pincones with picket fence distress paint and the even cuter miniature bells with fired brick distress paint, (both I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique). I attached them with hot glue. The bells give a lovely jingle when you pick up the box.

iGirlZoe: An Altered State
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.



  1. Astrid says:

    A stunning transformation! That tissue wrap technique always gives such a cool effect. Your embellies look super too!

  2. Pamellia says:

    Gorgeous box Zoe!! I love the crinkle texture and all the metallics are so wonderful for a Christmas project! hugs 🙂

  3. marchelle says:

    I love how this turned into such a magical transformation. Very beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving and THANKS for the inspiration.

  4. Autumn says:

    Great project! Love the tissue tape applied so wrinkly – cool concept! Gorgeous colors as well. Thanksgiving hugs, Autumn

  5. OH YUMMY!!! Altered boxed are my favorite and yours ROCKS!!! LOVE the outside and the Christmas theme!

  6. Cec says:

    Wonderful transformation of this box. Love the scrunched up tissue wrap and your pine cone spray with the golden leaves is so festive.

  7. What a fabulous transformation Zoe! Love the look of shot silk with the festive bouquet on top. Jenny x

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