Saturday, September 24, 2011
My Leather Suitcase Box
Side view of suitcase
You can see the design on the ends of the handle in this picture.
This picture shows drawer open
I had so much fun creating this box. Does it look like a leather suitcase? All the dies, embossing plate and stamps can be purchased from Joan's Gardens. I have used the Cheery Lynn "Burble Texture Embossing Plate" (E164) before, but from the time I first saw it, I thought it would be fun to create a box that looked like a leather suitcase using it. Well I finally completed this project. This is a box, with a drawer, that measures 6x9". I used the Burble texture embossing plate to create texture all over the areas that show on the outside of this box. What is great about using this texture plate, rather than an embossing folder, is that you can lay the texture plate over parts already embossed and it works out great. I had to overlay the plate on the embossing in order for it to fit through the die cutting machine. After all the pieces were embossed, it was distressed with Tim Holtz Distress ink then I patted the VersaMark pad all over it and covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it. Doesn't it look like leather. I was thrilled with the way it turned out. The box was taped together with ScorTape. A handle was cut and each end die cut with a Spellbinder tag die. The handle fit into the opening of the tag die so I could cut just one end at a time. It was attached to the front of the drawer with an antique brad.
To design the side of the "suitcase" a sunflower was die cut using the Cheery Lynn (CL) Sunflower (DL121). There are three layers of the flower. The tips of the petals were sponged using a darker ink to give depth to it. The center was shaped with the tools from the Flower Tool Kit and sponged with different colors of yellow and brown inks. Flower Soft was added around the edges. The stem for the sunflower is just a thin strip of green card stock. The leaves, Heartfelt Creations "Distressed Leaves PreCut Set" (HCPC 3376) were clear embossed on green card stock and sponged with a darker green. They were cut out with the matching Spellbinders Nested Leaves Nestabilities.
The sentiment is from the JustRite "A Day in the Country" stamp set. It was stamped on the Marianne tag (LR0 188). The edges were sponged with different colors of Distress Ink. The three buttons also come with that tag die and were cut out of brown card stock then twine put through the button holes. A small piece of wire mesh embellishment was placed under the buttons. The Indian Corn is also from the same JustRite set. It was colored with Copic markers and cut out then attached with glue.
The leaves and acorns, below the sentimen,t were created with the Cheery Lynn Small Leaves #1 (D133), Small Leaves #2 (D134), and Large Leaves #2 (D136). I love how when you die cut thesem they also have the embossed veins in them. The acorns and leaves were sponged using small sponge daubers and the acorns were clear embossed. Everything was arranged on the side of the box then a small bow added to complete the design.
I plan to fill this with chocolates for someone who will be having a birthday soon.
Hope you enjoyed my project day - I sure had a lot of fun creating it. Remember, you can purchase All these products from Joan's Gardens.
It is a gorgeous Autumn day. Wishing you a spectacular weekend.