Altered Momento Holder

Momento Holder

Momento Holder

This framed wooden box, with glass lid, is usually used to display a medal or service pins.

Shepherd Hills Outlet store in Lebanon, Missouri is a place we stop when we travel on I-44 in Missouri, either east or west.  Last September there was a three foot stack of these display boxes for sale.  Original price was $12.99 but I got it for $7.49.  I only bought one since I was not sure what I was going to do with it.  This holder has sat on a shelf in my room since then.

Front of altered medal box

Front of altered medal box

This is now the outside front of the box.

Glass front

Glass front

Inside of box

Inside of box

YES!!!  I’ve used flowers and GLITTER.  The glitter I will get to and it is some really stunning stuff.

Back of the box

Back of the box

This box has been specially made for the owner of Whole Lotta Scrap in Norman, Oklahoma – Leslie – who recently lost her husband.  I’m not a very good card maker – YET.

Some things I’ve learned in creating this box:

Twinkling H2O's

Twinkling H2O's

At Whole Lotta Scrap this product by Lumiarte can be purchased in single pots, in bottles of shimmer paint, or in this multiple pack.  Not having seen this product before I opted for the multiple pack.  It comes with a spritzer bottle which is used to wet the pots.

Notice the butterfly cut out I have circled in the orange red oval in the photo above.  This is what it looked like after I applied the Twinkling H2O’s.

Butterfly with Twinkling H2O's

Butterfly with Twinkling H2O's

Using a fine tipped paint brush to stir the water I spritzed into the pot of yellow I painted it on the plain butterfly.  It is translucent enough to allow the fine lines printed on the butterfly to show through while the glimmer and color show up vibrantly.  I used my heat tool to dry the yellow before I went on to adding the blue color.  I did not want the vibrant blue turning to green as you can see happening at the top edge of the butterfly wings.

The next thing I learned:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets

I have had the EK Success “Fresh Cuts” tag things for a really, really, really, long time.

Glossy Accents, Facets, and tag

Glossy Accents, Facets, and tag

The mistake I made was to put w-a-a-a-a-a-y too much Glossy Accents on the back of the Facet then press it down on the tag.  The Glossy Accents squeezed out of it like crazy.  In my attempt to get the excess glue cleaned up with a paper towel I smeared the Glossy Accents onto the Facet itself.

After I got the glue cleaned up I quickly saturated a cotton ball with alcohol and wiped the Facet clean of the Glossy Accents.  While the glue is still “wet” it can be successfully removed from the Facet using the alcohol without damaging the plastic surface and causing it to “fog” over.  I then left it as you see it for over an  hour to dry before trimming away the excess paper.

Facet hanging from tag

Facet hanging from tag

Once more I had to enlist the aid of my “Scrubby” to finish this project.

My "Scrubby"

My "Scrubby"

Joe was tasked with drilling a hole in the front frame to attach a cabinet door knob.  I needed a screw with a flat head so it could be safely covered by the glass and not break when installing.

Here is a photo montage of the process and products I’ve used in this project.

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It’s Child’s Play

Most places, here in the US, school is out for the summer.  If you might be looking for something to do with your children that is relatively inexpensive and will hold their attention for a while, plus have the added benefit of creativity I have a toy for you to play with along with the kids.

I’ve created a couple of card fronts that are in dire need of a sentiment and more embellishing but will do as a sample of how exciting this toy can be in your creative process 🙂

Water based ink on cardstock

Water based ink on cardstock

Alcohol ink on glossy paper

Alcohol ink on glossy paper

Beware, this is a really messy process.  Inks will be spattered in all directions so newspaper, or some kind of protective layer of paper, spread about three times larger than the toy itself is recommended to protect your table top and carpets.

Spin & Splash

Spin & Splash

The Spin & Splash comes with four tubes of acrylic paint, two tubes of glitter glue, and four empty tubes to be filled with the colored sand included.  Two sort of square unglazed ceramic tiles and two ceramic dish/bowls are in the kit.  There is a separate platform for the ceramic pieces to spin on, one more sturdy than the fan type for the paper.   There are two protective covers that mount over the spinning mechanism but the ones included in my box were so misshapen they are an utter joke.  NOT included in the kit is a “D” size battery to power the unit.  There also are pieces of a glossy type of heavy cardstock in sizes of 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 and 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 included in the kit.

I purchased this unit at Hobby Lobby in the children’s section of the store where all the Crayola brand creativity machines are stocked.  The cost of the Spin & Splash was $16.99 USD.  You may want to check your local toy store or online if there is not a Hobby Lobby near  you.

Quite a number of years ago I had seen a product similar to this used with alcohol inks only on glossy paper.  A much older version of this toy that the person had “borrowed” from her children was used and the name of the toy was not specified.

Cardstock, photo paper, alcohol ink paper

Cardstock, photo paper, alcohol ink paper

I’ve successfully used this with Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White cardstock, some Club Scrap textured cardstock, Adirondack’s Alcohol Ink paper, and even Kodak photo paper used in your printer.  The inks I used were Stampin’ Up!’s ink refills, Ranger Industries alcohol inks, and Ranger Industries distress inks.

Stampin' Up! ink refills

Stampin' Up! ink refills

 

Ranger Industries alcohol ink

Ranger Industries alcohol ink

 

Ranger Industries distress inks

Ranger Industries distress inks

Here is a video I made using the Spin & Splash.

Using Nestability dies I’ve cut and embossed flowers and a dragonfly from the creative mess that ensued using this toy.  I even tried this toy with paper flowers attached to the spinner base using a pop dot to hold the flower in place.

For the next several months, while I am out with my “Day Job”, I will pop in here to show or tell you about things I’m creating while at home for a brief period of time.  You can keep up with all of my other “Foolishness and Mayhem” to see what I do that keeps me from being creative and crafty 🙂

Have fun this summer.  Don’t get in a tug of war with your children over this toy but do get sneaky when commandeering it for your own uses 🙂

Leslie