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Collage box in Reverse

We are doing a GIVEAWAY for the month of June to celebrate our Partnership with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.  

You can win by leaving comments!   
We will draw a winning name July 1.

Receive: 15 x 18 inch heavy weight AlteredPages canvas tote with 4 StazOn midi Inks, Shimmer Mist, Alice in Wonderland Stamp Set, 5 assorted Tags, 5 large glassine envelopes and Washi Tape ~ WOW!

Good morning everyone, Deb McCormick here, I hope you enjoy my reverse collage box.  Here in Ohio the air coniditioning is already running, I promised I would not complain due to the horrible weather we had during the winter, but I am not complaining just stating a fact that the air is on and running at 8:30 A.M.

Well, on to more fun things, this piece has a real twist to it for me, I am a doodler/tangler for me to make a collage with ephemera and such is a new concept.

First of all I started with a tracing of a heart stencil that I had laying around and a random doodle, actually more than one doodle. I tried to give depth to this project.  I doodled the background of the cardstock, and then drew a much darker line for the heart so it would stand out as the focal spot.  

I took a piece of wood that I had at home, but came to find out that I could have done this as a shadow box had I used the 12 X12 shadow box sold on The Altered Pages website.

From there I painted my piece of wood with standard acrylic paint.  I gave it a little texture with a different contrast paint color very lightly done, as I didn't want to take away from my doodle and ephemera.

I then attached the the paper to the board after it dried and used a product for decopage, I was afraid the IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Momento Markers in PISTASHIO and LOVE LETTER might spread as they are water based pens, I was right they did but I really like the effect, it was lighter and more romantic.

In the drying phase, you can see how the colors ran together some, which like I said before I liked it because it made it more romantic.

After the project dried it was ready for ephemera,

I chose a stamp that I thought would fit the wood, something that was in my cardmaking stash... 

I chose the beautiful pigment colored stamp pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Momento Luxe Rhubarb talk such a beautiful color!  

Just look at how beautiful the stamped image is and I haven't even embossed at this point.  I was so excited, and fingers crossed that my heat gun still worked.....

Here you can see how beautifully the embossing process went.  I am very pleased at this point but it is a little to bright for what the effect I was looking for.  So I placed a little gold acrylic paint on my sponge brush and just touched it up a bit.  I added an gold embossed circle as well and then came the flowers and butterfly.

After the embossing and adding of the flowers I added some beads around the doodle for a little depth to finish my collage.I hope you enjoyed my piece, I had a lot of fun making it.

I am so happy with this project and would like to thank all of those at IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko for our lovely samples to play with, and I can assure you I am not done playing.

Be sure to stop by the Altered Pages blog each day and see all the great projects the team is creating with their IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko products!

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