Tuesday, 17 July 2012

We've Packed Our Bags!

With the Olympics this year, the airports might be getting pretty busy, and I thought as We're All Going on a Summer Holiday this month, an alternative form of air travel might be needed. How about a flight to Paris in a hot air balloon?



I have used one of the papier mache suitcases which can be found here. I coated it with gel matte medium first, as this helps to seal it so the paint doesn't cause it to swell. I then used dark brown paint, a crackle layer, and a beige paint.


For the straps I used grungeboard which I painted with the dark brown paint and then sprinkled with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder, to give a rusted effect, and added fleur de lys brads dabbed with alcohol ink, which I also used on the catch as it was a bit too silver. I glued them on with glossy accents so I could work the stamping around their positioning.


For the stamping I used Artistic Outpost French Flight and Paris Exposition, which combine well together, and I think I used every stamp on the two sets! I used StazOn in Jet Black, Timber Brown, and Rusty Brown, so that some of the images were more in the forefront than others.


I wanted some rivets on the base so I used hole punched circles of card, covered in brown paint and Vintage Photo ep, to give a rusted effect. I curved then a little on a mat with a ball tool and then filled them with glossy accents which I left to dry, then applied more to glue them on.


I'm going to use this suitcase to store my marker pens in.

11 comments:

  1. Terrific makeover Lucy, which reminds me I have one of these cases will have to dig it out and wipe the dust off........lol Annette x

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  2. Delicious! Love suitcases, and I love travel ephemera... this is a beautiful project I'd love to have made!
    Alison x

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  3. Gorgeous Lucy, it must of taken ages but soooo worth it :o) xx

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  4. Hi Lucy, what a transformation! Beautiful crackle effect and stamping. X

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  5. Lucy, I left a comment yesterday and have no idea where it went! This altered suitcase is incredible! I love the crackled background and the collage of stamped images are perfect! Fabulous as always! Hugs!

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  6. Gorgeous! Love the wonderful vintage feel!

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  7. Awsome suitcase Lucy! How long did it take you to finsh this? What a great piece of art.

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  8. This is awesome! Let's go on holiday!

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  9. Lucy, this is great--what a fun AND useful thing!

    :)

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  10. Fabulous!!! Love all your stamping and those hinge straps are perfection.

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