Friday 6 September 2019

Box it Up ! ~ A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! It's time for a new challenge on the A Vintage Journey blog. Julia is our fabulous host this month and she has chosen a fun topic which she has called 'Box it Up' This is what Julia has to say.....
This month our theme is boxes! Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
Well ! this was a timely topic for me, as I am always finding little piles of loose change around the house when I'm tidying up. Coins can found down the side of the sofa, in the bathroom , by the phone in fact just about anywhere .....Does anyone else experience this? I think the men in my life must have too much of the stuff . So, I decided to make this little money box and I shall put any loose change I find into it, after all 'finder's keepers' ! Unfortunately I had forgotten to charge my camera battery so I do not have many process pictures but this is how I got started......

I firstly embossed some lengths of sticky backed aluminium foil tape and applied some colours of Alcohol Ink to the surface.
I then die cut the box out of grey board, using Eileen Hull's Canister Die. I constructed the canister and left it a while to make sure that the glue was completely dry. I used Cosmic shimmer glue and held the seams together with clips.
Once dry I covered the canister with the Aluminium foil.....
I distressed the surface, by lightly sanding back the alchohol ink with wire wool. It was then time to add the embellishments. I gathered together some die cut cogs, some skeleton hand pendants, and a Tim Holtz label frame......
I gave them all a rusted finish by heat embossing them with Seth Apter's Baked Texture embossing powder in  'Chunky Rust'. This technique is a great way of quickly and easily creating a 'rusty' finish on all kinds of substrates. Here's a closeup....
I used Cosmic Shimmer glue to attach most of the embellishments. The skeleton hands were a little more difficult to hold down, so I used a little blob of silicone. Now all I have to do is keep on collecting all that loose change that nobody seems to want!I let you know how much is in there once it's full !
 If you would like to enter our challenge, then hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link . Once there, you'll find some fantastic inspiration by Julia and the other Creative Guides as well as the challenge rules. I look forward to seeing your creations. x



  1. Love how you've used Eileen's canister die to create this spooky coin box Toni! The metallic cover is gorgeous, embossed and rubbed with black, and the rusted gears and hands look SO rusty!! What a great idea to use it to collect all the change left around the house! Thanks for joining in my challenge this month! xx

  2. What an amazing make! I love the metallic look and feel with the embossing folder and rusty embellishments, it's spook-tacular 😉. Wishing you a Happy September! Hugs, Jo x

  3. Absolutely LOVE this , Toni. Your metal industrial embossing is fantastic and looks so good decorating the the cannister and your fabulous rusty well chosen elements make for the perfect embellishments . Terrific idea and fantastic creativity .
    Hugs x

  4. What a fabulous coin box Toni xx I adore the embossed metallic and the rusty adornments look amazing xx Very clever idea xx
    Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  5. Fantastic Toni - this is wonderful. Love love love the metallic effects and and how you decorated it. Nikki xx

  6. Oh Toni, this just looks amazing!!! The metallic look has turned out so well!!! LOVE the whole project,the textures, the rusty effects the embellishing, it looks fantastic!!

  7. This looks absolutely fabulous, Toni - I love the burnished metal, and the fantastic rust effect on the embellishments. I would think those creepy bony hands will keep anyone 's fingers off your findings! Brilliant.
    Alison x

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  9. This box is fantastic Toni! Love the metallic look and rusty embellishments.
    Ann xx

  10. Wow wow wow! I adore this piece Toni! Your rusty gears and hands are fantastic! I love the folder you used to create the base of your box, fabulous! Barbara

  11. Such a clever use of Eileen's cannister die Toni - I love the metal layer and then all those wonderful rusty embelllishments. Stunning !! xx

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