Wow! I only managed to get one post done in the last week! I didn't realize how much help my family needed for my sister's wedding reception! We spent many hours building favour boxes and cutting food for trays of meat, cheese, etc. Anyway, it left very little time for posting! So the next few posts will be the parade of homemade Christmas gifts!
This gift has been in planning mode for well over a year now. Occasionally, I'd do a little work towards it, but then I'd set it aside again for several months. I figured it was high time I finished it! My mother is a violin teacher, a beautiful musician, and a lover of music. So when I saw the Elegant Notes stamp set from Stampin' Up! (I think it's retired now) I bought it with this gift in mind.
For starters, I wanted a little note set. So when my friend Karlene, came over to craft with her Top Note Die I cut out 50 cards before she left! I stamped the treble clef on each note and sponged the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. One of the really awesome things about distress ink is that it stays wet long enough to be able to emboss with it! So, immediately after stamping, I sprinkled Iridescent Ice sparkly embossing powder over the image and heated it with my heat tool. I love the subtle sparkle!
The labels say "This music belongs to". I really needed bigger labels (hubby got the wrong size) but I was completely out of time at this point so it was these or nothing! So I stamped the image on as best as I could and sponged the edges.
I used the Beaded Pen technique found on Splitcoaststampers to make the beautiful pen.
The box I designed myself. It's just a simple box. I made a seperate box for each element and then a box to put them all inside of. That's how it ended up looking like it had dividers! It was a struggle to get them all to fit just perfectly, but in the end I was pleased with the results.
This picture of the box really shows the shine on the Crackle Accents and the shimmer of the Glimmer Mist! The top of the box is simply decorated. I printed out my mother's favourite hymn (There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today) and dyed it using the same technique Tim Holtz used in this Christmas Tag. I smeared Aged Mahogany over my Craft Sheet and spritzed heavily with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist. After dragging the paper through the colour and making sure it was completely covered, I dried it with my heat tool and sponged the edges with the Aged Mahogany Ink. I stamped the Treble Clef on a small rectangle of cardstock and covered it with Crackle Accents. I topped the whole thing off with some beautiful Crochet Trim.
Have a delightful day!