I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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I had wanted to use this Eiffel Tower die by Spellbinders for some time (the story of my life). Eventually I decided I wanted to make a 3D Eiffel Tower and house it inside a tall explosion box.
I constructed the base of the box using heavy weight offwhite cardstock. I used paper from a Tim Holtz Paper pad, Wallflower, to cover the box and the lid. I used various idea-ology items, fussy cut elements, some resin roses and a couple of charms to embellish the box.
For the lid I fussy cut a couple of butterflies. I embossed the edges using aged gold embossing powder. You can achieve a similar effect by mixing a little bit of black and regular gold embossing powders. I added some mica flakes and glittery enamel dots to one of the butterflies. For the other butterfly I filled an idea-o-logy vial with mica flakes, wrapped a tiny piece of paper and some jute string around it and added the vial to the center of the butterfly. I also added a Tim Holtz Typed Token saying love which I enhanced with some distress paint.
. I painted some resin roses with fired brick distress paint and randomly applied some versamark ink over them. I embossed these too with some aged gold EP. I fussy cut some phrases from the the paper and added these to the lid.
Next I worked on a metal word band saying ‘souvenir’. I applied some distress paint cracked pistachio mixed with some gesso and embossed the piece as before.
I altered some metal corners with distress paint, gesso and silver metallic paste. Everything was adhered down with Gel medium.
. I attached a couple of charms to some hand dyed seam binding which was hung from the metal word band on the lid. The charms were treated in a manner similar to the word band on the lid so they would coordinate with the rest of the box.
I embellished the sides of the box with some fussy cut elements and a metal butterfly on one side.
And the Eiffel tower at last! I diecut the tower 4 times out of some vintage Bo Bunny paper. I sanded the embossed areas a bit and applied walnut stain ink to give it a vintage look. The diecut has flaps which allows you to construct a 3D structure. I embellished the tower with some fussy cut elements.
I added some pockets and tags to the sides.
Finally I added fussy cut elements with 1 and 4 on these, a reference to Valentine’s Day.
I used Walnut Stain distress ink throughout for adding a distressed look to the elements used to embellish the box. I also added highlights using some Stickles glitter glue.
Would love to hear what you think about this project.
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies – Le Tour Eiffel
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Heirloom Roses
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Typed Tokens
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Metal Word Bands
Idea-Ology Ornate Corners 1″ 12/Pkg
Idea-Ology Corked Glass Vials
Idea-Ology Paper Pad 12″X12″ 36/Pkg Wallflower
Distress Paint 1oz Bottle-Cracked Pistachio and Fired Brick
Distress Inkpad Walnut Stain
Woodware Metallic Wax Paste – Silver
Versamark, Watermark Inkpad
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool