This is an old cigar box my husband brought in from the garage and asked if I wanted, have to say I had already scrubbed it before I took the "before" photo as it had been full of oily old nuts and bolts from his tractor. I have spent a lovely afternoon altering it, first painted in with red acrylic paint, then rubbed on some black acrylic paint with a babywipe. Added some smears of texture paste and some crackling stuff -croco transparent, then I daubed some gold paint on just with my fingers, heated the whole lot with a heat gun so it bubbled and cracked. The centre panel is made with base of a tinfoil dish that had contained Asda fresh tastes chicken and leek, well scrubbed of course,embossed in the cuttlebug with an embossing folder which I can't remember who's make it is,then coloured with alcohol inks,toned down a bit with rub on gold and black. Hinges are grungepaper coloured with alcohol inks and also done with the rub on stuff. the corners and centre bit are actually paper and from a 99p embellishment pack at The Works, also alcohol inked and rub and buffed (just remember that is what the rub on stuff is called )managed to make holes through the wood for the brads with my ancient "prodder" thing . It is very textural which doesn't really show up very well, I did try to take a close up of it to show that but the gold paint and metal just reflect the light. Its too gloomy and miserable outside even in the afternoon to even attempt to take photos outside today. My sister in California called me last night and said they had temperature of 111degrees at the weekend ! that is just too hot for comfort but I wish we could get a bit of sunshine to cheer things up here. It has not photographed very well but I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Nearly forgot to say this is for the Stampman challenge which is "altered". Just seen that Lots to Do challenge is also for altered so am putting it on there too.
My name is Joan.I am retired person who spends far too much time playing with rubber stamps and anything crafty, not particularly gifted but like to have a go at anything. I am married with one grown up daughter and live in a village in North Yorkshire