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.