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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.  

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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!


  1. What a beautiful piece! I agree that the image looks very soft and romantic!
    Great job, thanks for sharing!!

  2. Lovely piece. Amazing Zentangle and so mice to see it collaged with other elements!

  3. Very pretty, Deb!! I love how you embellished your tangle with the dots and flowers. Very soft and feminine!

  4. Love how everything came together! Fantastic job Deb! <3

  5. This is just beautiful! I have to make one!

  6. Beautiful and You know how to add embellishments without over doing !!

  7. Great tangle... love the colors!

  8. That is so pretty! Love your tangled heart.

  9. THUD!!!! Holy smokes, this is gorgeous!!! Deb, what an inspiration you are! I adore your fabulous project and thanks for sharing the process with us! It looks amazing!

  10. Beautiful tangle...just beautiful!


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