Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence...my father would lift me high, and dance with my mother and me...

Hey y'all, what's up? It's Tuesday, and I'm headed to Austin, but I have a cool project to share with you today, and something scheduled for tomorrow, too! (Go me! *grin*) Today is my day on the Verve Blog for the Project Parade, so I thought I'd share that here as well.

When I was at Stamp Asylum last week, I stumbled upon this cool stuff called Sophisticated Finishes. It's a two-part process that involves painting a surface with a Metallic Surface finish (I used Copper), and then applying an Antiquing Solution (I used Patina Green) to areas to create a cool finish. Off to Hobby Lobby I went to look for something to antique! I happened upon this unfinished wood cube with inserts for photos, and it is on a little turntable so it spins. I thought it would be a perfect addition to my dad's desk.

After the antiquing process (which I have the urge to do on all non-moving objects at this point), I went to work on the inserts for the cube. They measure just over 3 1/4" square, so I cut some Classic Cream cardstock to size and then decorated them with my stamps. For the first square, I stamped the second generation image of the background from the Protector set in Distress Tea Dye ink. I repeated that image until the entire square was covered. Then I stamped Whimsy Tree in Distress Walnut Stain (stamped off once), and added the sentiment from Dare to Be You in Walnut Stain full strength.The edges were then sponged with Tea Dye and then Walnut Stain.

The next square was stamped with the "another name for love" stamp from World's Best. I then stamped the frame from Dad's Day in Tea Dye ink, and the sentiment in Walnut Stain, and finished by sponging the edges.

For the third square, I inked up the "DAD" image from Protector in Tea Dye, and then created a pattern from the strip of dots from Father Figure in second generation Tea Dye. The sentiment is also from Father Figure, and I stamped it in Walnut Stain before sponging the edges.

The last square is probably my favorite. I stamped the Dad image from Protector repeatedly in second generation Tea Dye to create a background. Then I added the sentiment (my favorite!!) from Dad's Day in Walnut Stain before sponging the edges.

Once I finished all four of the inserts, I glued some Natural Jute along the bottom of the box, along the trim. I also covered the top with the same jute, wrapped in a square pattern working from the edges to the inside.

All in all, a very manly, rustic gift that took me about an hour and cost less than $10 to create! I'm pretty proud, if I do say so myself. *wink*

Don't forget to check out the rest of the projects on the Verve Blog...the Divas are rockin' it so far!! Have a wonderful Tuesday!


so A"MUSE"D said...

Wow.. that is a great look, and what a great idea for dad!

Yvonne said...

What a fabulous way to use those stamps! Truly amazing!

Angie Tieman said...

Wow! What an awesome project for Father's Day, and so very special! Looks like I'm off to Stamp Asylum to get some cool painting stuff!

Christi said...

Oh wow!! This is fantastic!!!!!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Holy wow, Girl! This rocks! Love that Sophisticated finish. :)

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