Hello there, time to share my first March project for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have recently discovered how much fun it can be creating your own home décor objects. I like to make practical things with a purpose besides looking good, hence, a savings bank made from a box as an altered object. I can use it to hold money I’m saving and it is a pretty accent for a mantel, shelf or table.
This is how I went along altering the box:
1: I first took out my Gelli Plate, some stencils and acrylic paints and created random, layered gelli prints. When I do this, I always make several at once to have enough material to choose from and to use on various projects.
2: I first adhered the house pieces together and added a layer of tissue paper onto the surface. Next I applied a layer of gesso over the tissue paper and let it air dry.
3: I then chose a gelli plate print and used both the Fitted Squares and Fitted Rectangles dies to cut 6 pieces with the smallest square die, one piece with the smallest rectangle die and 2 pieces with the 3×3 inch square die.
4: Next, I cut several circles with the smallest Stitched Circles die and colored the walls of the savings bank with blue spray ink. I used a paint brush to spread the color.
5: Adhere the window, wall and door pieces as shown.
6: Next adhere the roof tiles. start with the bottom row and work up to the top with rows overlapping and offset. Trim excess at the roof line.
7: Back a book page with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and die cut branches, numbers, hearts and flowers. See the supply list for the names of the dies that I used. TIP: Save all of the leftovers from the gel print and the book page – you’ll need them for the project I’m posting on March 24!
8: I had some alphas left over from a previous project (For the Love of Squares) so I used those for decorating the house walls. Next outline the windows, doors and walls with black and white pens to add contrast and interest.
9: Adhere the pieces die cut from the book page onto the saving bank; outline with a black pen. Color the alphas with a yellow paint marker.
10: Add white ink splatters onto all sides and use a small round cap and a credit card to create additional detail with black acrylic paint. When the white ink splatters are dry, add some black and white ink/paint droplets onto the roof for a fun detail. This is the finished project:
In case you would like to create the same kind of savings bank for yourself or as a present to give someone, you could repurpose an empty milk carton or a candy box. And if you don´t happen to have a gelli plate to create such bold colored papers, why not grab a few of Els’s Through the Lens paper designs. For example the Metal and Wood Series would be a perfect match for this project!
Hope you get inspired to create an altered project yourself!
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
1119 – Fitted Squares
1121 – Fitted Rectangles
1116 – Stitched Circles
1115 – Fitted Frames 5 – Lace Circles
1075 – Alphabet 2 – Lower Case
1076 – Numbers & More 2
1033 – Leafy Branch
1144 – Cupcakes
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Silk Microfine Glitter – Saffron
Acrylic Gesso – Liquitex Basics
Yellow Paint Marker – Liquitex
Glimmer Mist Patina & Key Lime Pie – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Paint brush, old credit card
Old book sheets
Glimmer Glaze black – Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Liquitex ink! – Titanium white
Gelli Plate – Gelli Arts
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop
Acrylic paint – Liquitex
Signo Uni-ball white pen
Black pen – Faber-Castell