Monday, February 27, 2012

Pretty Box

Boxes are a lot of fun to redesign.



This one used to look like this.



Cardboard.  I added a little dimension, followed by multiple coats of thickened paint.  I used a gypsum based powder to add thickness to the paint.




I could have stopped here, but I decided I wanted a little color.  The image I used is from an old book of mine.  I reduced the image, and copied it onto a copy of blue ledger paper  (I wanted to preserve the original sheets).  I then tore the edges, and decoupaged it to the top.






I decoupaged more paper to the inside.
















This was a fun redesign.  Making cardboard pretty.

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42 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

That sure is making cardboard pretty Rosemary! Nice.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Only you could transform cardboard like this! Such a romantic piece now.

Peggy57 said...

Beautiful job Rosemary. I love it. Have a good week.

Karina Russell said...

Oh so pretty! I love that you did the inside too.

Judi said...

You are so amazing. I love everything you do.
Keep them coming.
Thank you.
Judi

Donna said...

This is just stunning, Rosemary! I love all of the texture you added, and the image on the vintage ledger paper is such a wonderful touch! You have so many incredibly creative ideas:)!

Terry said...

I especially love the surprise of opening the box and finding the pretty paper on the inside. Very nice, Rosemary.

Poppy said...

So pretty, Rosemary! You make everything look so beautiful and timeless:) Even the inside of the box with the vintage script is sooo pretty! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great week ahead!~Poppy

savvycityfarmer said...

you could make a trash can look pretty!!

keep it coming ...Kane is just ahead

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Rosemary! I love the paper you used and the depth you've added to something that was plain before.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is so pretty--you sure do a lot of beautiful projects!

Mystica said...

What a pretty transformation!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

I love this! You have such a gift.

Revi said...

It's great that the inside is just as special as the outside! I love the texture, too.
-Revi

Susan said...

Rosemary, I love to alter boxes too. Your better at it than I. Your box is beautiful.

It's All Connected said...

With this, cardboard becomes a magical, mystery box! ~ Maureen

Rinni's Playground said...

Rosemary, your talent and savvy style is just fabulous! I just love the raised design on this. Who knew cardboard could look so not cardboard?? ;)

Marija Basta said...

Beuatiful! I am impressed by your work.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

LOL -- I wasn't SURE this was you but then I thought, "She transforms wood. Why not cardboard?" And sure enough . . it's you :) This is lovely -- I have a feeling NOTHING is off limits for you to transform!

Vintage Rose said...

Sure is making cardboard pretty! The cardboard actually looks like plaster! Great job Rosemary.

Betsy said...

You'd never know that this started life as a simple cardboard box. Another beautiful transformation!

Kelly said...

I love how you added the writing on the inside of it. That turned out nice.

Biljana said...

Great redesign, so pretty box:-)
Hugs, Biljana

Deserae said...

What a beautiful little box! Love the script you added to the inside too...so pretty!
~Des

Sherry said...

Rosemary, you did a beautiful job!

Marigene said...

Beautiful!

Karena said...

Rosemary you always inspire and amaze me! Your box is beautiful!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Rhonda said...

THe dimension sounds like a new supply I need!! Beautiful box, Rosemary.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Just lovely Rosemary!
Lorraine

Kris said...

Sweet little box Rosemary!

ImSoVintage said...

hard to believe that it is cardboard. very pretty. :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Gorgeous, Rosemary! I love that a cheap little cardboard box can end up looking so pretty! That dimension technique is just an amazing transformation technique! :)

xoxo laurie

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

This is really pretty! Who would ever know that it started as a basic cardboard box? This is a great transformation!!

Shabby soul said...

Darling Rosemary it's just so pretty! I love the choice of adding the writing inside.
Have a good day
Silvia

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love the raised areas of the box, and the gorgeous engraved print. The inside is just wonderful. You are a real romantic! xo

Cinnamon Rose Cottage said...

Hello Rosemary,
You have been tagged... have fun!
http://cinnamonrosecottage.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-tagim-it.html

As usual another absolutely beautiful project!!!

Have a wonderful day,
Beverly

Olive Cooper said...

Love the image on the box. I do not do anything with images but bought a copy of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth (love that title) today because I need to read it and it has some lovely illustrations. If you see it, do snap it up. Thanks so much for your support today. Pray I make it through. hugs, olive

One Shabby Old House said...

That project was amazing. I will have to give something like that a try . It stirred up some creative energy that has been asleep. Thanks for sharing.
Becky

Lucy said...

Did I tell you I have a thing for boxes, too? Who wouldn't love to have this for their secret treasures?

Gen said...

Now there's a lovely transformation! Great job. So inspiring. Cheers,
Gen from
http://cabinfeveredgem.blogspot.com

Linens and Laurel said...

Beautiful! I just picked up a book of French prints at a thrift store. This is such a good idea for the boxes I have around.

✯StaceyAnne✯@Rendition Road said...

Nothing is safe from your creative talents! What a beautiful way to transform plain cardboard. I must go get out my cardboard books & play now. Thanks for another wonderful piece of inspiration!.