Friday 5 January 2018

Altered Box for A Vintage Journey

Altered Box - Nikki Acton
Hello - we start a new challenge today at A Vintage Journey. Our host is Deb and she is asking us to 'Think Inside or Outside the Box'. Here is her description:
For our first challenge of 2018 we'd like you to create with a box. Any box of any size will do, it can be one you have made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn. We'd like you to make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you.

I began with a small box that once contained some chocolates - it is about 2.5 x 3.5 x 2 inches. I gave it all a coat of black paints and sealed...

I took a sheet of A4 card and just played! Scraping paint with a credit card, a little brayering and finally some stencilling:
Before I added anymore detail I cut my card to size to fit the box and then added some additional stencilling and stamping onto each piece.
I adhered each section to the box and sealed again with matt medium. I finished with a star I painted in the same colours and added an embellishment.
Thanks for visiting, see you soon.


  1. A super way to recycle that wee chocolate box. Love those muted colours! A treasure to contain even more treasures. Happy New Year Nikki..
    Warmest of Wishes Tracey xx

  2. I just LOVE the colors, stampings, stencilings on your papers for your beautiful neat and trim box Nikki! The black is the perfect background for your papers - and your beautiful star with the white dotted outline and pretty adornment is perfect on top! Julia xx

  3. A fabulous alteration Nikki xx Love the details you have incorporated to create this stunning box, particularly like the stamping and scrapes with the credit card.

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  4. This is a real treasure, Nikki! I love the painted, stamped, and stenciled papers--how clever to cut first then add the details! The star is the perfect finishing touch for this very well made transformation of this choco box! I bet the chocolates were delicious! ;) Hugs!

  5. Great details Nikki! Love all the colors you used and the star on top is perfect for this creation.
    Hugs, S@ndy xx

  6. A wonderful transformation Nikki, I love your colour choices, the fabulous stencilling and the star is a wonderful topper. Beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Your layers have a universe of night sky colours which give your box such a magical look, Nikki - just lovely!
    Alison x

  8. Absolutely LOVE your box, Nikki . The colours, the detail , the fantastic star , the white pen work all spot on. With a box as fabulous as this the chocolates take a back seat.
    Hugs x

  9. Fabulous transformation of your chocolate box Nikki
    Amanda x

  10. Really beautiful Nikki. Love those colors and all those layers!

  11. Wow Nikki, fantastic transformation of that box!! Wonderful colours and layers and that star looks fantastic, the perfect finishing touch, love it!!

  12. First an apology - I am so far behind with blog visiting that I have only had a quick look at your previous posts before coming here I love this fabulous creation! A truly fabulous transformation! Happy New Year to you! Chrisx

  13. Oh Nikki, this so makes me want to have a good play in my Frescos! I just adore your color layering and the gorgeous black crackle mat. I have never made masterboards like this and my brain just doesn't think this way, but when I see them I so want to dive in head first! :) I love the simple star embellishment, it's perfect! Hugs, Autumn

  14. Amazing layers and colours on your adorable little box Nikki and the black sets it off perfectly! The star is a delightful finishing touch, thank you so much for sharing it with us! Deb xo


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