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”.

Here's what I had before I realized it 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!