Monday, April 18, 2011

More Cosmo Cricket Fun!

Beachy Button Box
by Krissy Clark McKee

Supplies Used
Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Collection
Decoupage Glue
Acrylic Gel Medium
Clear Crackle Paint
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Letters
Small Butterfly Punch
Pearl Flourish
Three Flowers - different sizes
One Charm
Pom Pom Ribbon

I have been having so much fun playing with the Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Collection! One of the reasons I love it is because it is extremely versatile! Not only can you use this collection to scrap your vacation pictures from last summer, but the Salt Air papers are perfect for your vintage-themed projects, such as this button box I made by recycling a discarded cigar box. Would you like to make one? Here's how:

First, I used an old beat-up cigar box that Hubby was going to throw away.

I started with the sides of the cigar box, measuring out the strips of paper for each section and gluing them on with liberal amounts of decoupage glue, which can be purchased at any craft store. I used a small craft knife to cut around the clasp in the front and the hinges in the back of the box.

Next, I adhered the paper to the top and bottom of the box. After I completely covered the outside of the box I coated the entire surface using an acrylic gel medium. I simply brushed it on with a paintbrush. After this dried thoroughly, I painted over the entire outside surface using a clear crackle paint.

Once the outside was completed, it was time to cover the inside of the box. All of the Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Collection papers coordinate so beautifully together that it was hard to choose which papers I wanted to use! I loved mixing and matching the bright, vibrant patterns! Since my box is going to be used to hold buttons, I decided to make an interior pocket to hold extra needles (that I always seem to misplace). I simply glued down three sides of a cut out piece of paper, originally a journaling tag included with the Salt Air Collection, to the inside top of my box.

Finally, I was ready for the fun part - decorating my altered box! I simply cut out parts of the Borders Page and the Elements Page from the Salt Air Collection and painted them with crackle paint so as to maintain my vintage feel. I used a butterfly punch, a couple of flowers that I layered together, a starfish charm, and a pearl flourish to complete the top. For a finishing touch, I adhered pom-pom ribbon around the sides of my box.

My Beachy Button Box was super fun and not difficult to make at all! And the STORE is getting more and more embellishments and papers in every day, so why don't you head on over and pick out the perfect supplies you need to make your own altered item?!


Nicole Nowosad said...

fun project!

Andrea Wiebe said...

Your button box is beautiful...what a fantastic idea!

Kathy Skou said...

Adorable!!That starfish is fabulous!