Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tea Box

Recently I joined a swap with the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group, it was for a tea cup, your favorite tea and a small gift. Well, my swap partner received her goodies so now I can share what was inside the shipping box that I blogged about a few days ago.

I got a little carried away with my small gift but boy am I glad I did! The original idea was to make a box to put some tea in but never in my wildest art filled dreams was what came out of me imagined. Michael's is to blame! I was just wandering around when I found the ruffly ribbon (in the bead section) and I knew I had to have it. Then they had a giant thing of pearls on sale and I thought, well why not. The next thing that really got me was a tutorial about how to make backgrounds using paper clay and rubber stamps by Laura Carson over at Artfully Musing.

With all these fabulous element and a new to me technique I got started. My little sister helped me out a lot, I think I sent her about a billion pictures to make sure I was on the right track. I started by sanding and painting the entire box while it was drying I cut the ruffle ribbons to size and sewed on randomly various sized pearls. Between each section of ribbon (where the box turns) I glued a strip of pearls.

Once all the sides were done I moved onto the top. I had already started my paper clay background (it did take 3 days to dry) using my favorite swirl stamp. I painted it to match the box and filled in the swirls with some pink sparkeling H2O and bronze glitter. It looked a little flat still so I ended up dusting it with a bit of brown ink to age it slightly. The paper clay piece shrunk a bit more than I expected so after sanding down the sides I added a strip of pearl to fill in the gap between my paper clay piece and the edge of the box.

One of my favorite things that I did on this box was to create a ribbon to go around the lid's lip. Yep, you read that right, I made the ribbon, and you can purchase some in my Etsy Shop. The ribbon is tea died/stained and then various tea words were printed onto it. Between each word I sewed a pearl. That got wrapped around the entire lid, where the closure is I ended up hiding that they didn't quite meet right with a thin pink bow. I also used a bit of this ribbon on the top of the box.

To finish this off I added a string of pearls, some aged leaves and a bit of ribbon to a box topper, the flower I purchased at Michael's. The last detail is a chipboard spoon that I crackle painted.

I ended up filling the tea box with some blooming tea's, when you drop them in hot water they bloom like a flower, they are gorgeous! Later this week I will share the tea cup that I sent to my partner, which believe it or not, was in the pattern she is going to start collecting.


Awishdream said...

Caroline your tea box for Becky is so over the top Gorgeous! and what a wonderful surprise to open! Fantastic job! and lucky Becky!
Melanie :)

bes53913 said...

Luscious! One of the first details that caught my eye was the stamped ribbon around the lid - great idea! I love this, I may even covet this!

Wanda said...

I am loving the box, great job.TTFN