Here's my latest project for Basically Bare.
I was lucky enough to score the awesome “Hooked on Fishing” line from the Paper Loft as part of my goodies to play with. I have never worked with such a heavily “outdoorsy” themed line before so I relished the challenge. What immediately drew me to these papers was the color palette. It’s an extremely sophisticated color palette and it just called to me.
Here’s what I came up with for some of this line. The picture below is not actually the finished product. As I was taking pictures, I realized that it still needed “something”.
|The box before I realized it was missing something.|
I decided to experiment with several techniques when putting this together. The first was heat embossing. I new that the “Film Strip” chipboard piece from Basically Bare’s “Paparazzi Set” needed to be dressed up a bit. I inked the whole piece with my StazOn in “Timber” then heat embossed it with a gold opaque by Stampendous. The square cut-outs made the perfect frame for my fish paper from Paper Loft.
To frame the top, I realized that I was in a minor crisis. I wanted to use my gold ball chain by Tim Holtz. Wouldn’t you know it?! It wasn’t long enough! BLAST! ::cue super hero music:: In comes my gold mixative alcohol ink by Ranger! TA DAAAA! I had a silver ball chain from an old set of dog tags that I could use. I ran it through the gold mixative and VOILA! Awesome gold ball chain! A little hot glue, a couple burns followed by some creative word usage, and BLAM! Finished box top.
|I love some awesome techniques...and ball chains.|
Now my favorite little embellishment on this box has got to be the fishing lures I attached to the clasp. I went to a local store and bought these lures specifically for this project! They were just too cool and were the perfect accent to a fishing themed project! BRILLIANT! I used some hefty wire cutters to cut the hooks out of them because I just wasn’t feeling like getting stabbed with a treble hook and bleeding all over my project.
Once the hooks were safely removed, I attached them to the clasp using a spare jump ring I had in my stash. I used the lure paper as a decorative strip around the body of the box and punched it using a Martha Stewart border punch. For the ribbon along the bottom, that is seam binding that I dyed green using Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist in “Fern”. There is a subtle gold shimmer to it when the light hits it just right. I finished it off with what was left of my Tim Holtz ball chain. (I did cheat though. The chain doesn’t wrap all the way around the back!)
|Fishing lures are a PERFECT accent! Just remove the hooks. ;)|
Now onto what I realized it was missing. When you look at the previous photos, the box looks good, but it doesn’t seem to be “complete”. It looks like it needs “something”. A little OOMPH. Pizzazz. But something subtle. Here’s where outlining can be a crucial detail.
An often overlooked detail, outlining can really define a project or an element. At the same time, it can unify the different elements of a project. I realized that this needed some outlining. But where???!!! Oh those li’l “somethings” get ya every time! Then I figured out where.
My bluish lure paper just seemed to be floating on the box. It didn’t really seem anchored and tied in. Cue ZIG Writer markers! I used my ZIG Writer marker and outlined the punched border.
|Outlining! Who woulda thought?|
The effect it adds is amazing. There’s a huge difference between the before and the after. Outling. It’s that simple.
Thank you for checking out my latest project for Basically Bare and tolerating my ramblings!