I was very excited when these thin metal boxes arrived from Sakura Craft. Approximately 5" x 6" by 1/2" deep. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do. In the back of my mind, I'd had thoughts of a puzzle - where you move the pieces around to create a picture.
I started playing with the Graphic 45 Curtain Call Borders and some found objects . . .
An idea was slowly starting to take hold . . . the paper reminded me of Film Noir, the name given to Black & White films created from the early 40s with big stars and melodramatic stories.
And, yet, I still had the idea of a puzzle to form a picture . . . inside the box. 24 Scrabble Tiles
I had picked the tiles randomly out of a bin at Zinnia's in South Pasadena. Maybe I had a word . . . .
I obviously needed to do a little research on Film Noir, as I was spelling it incorrectly. No Spell Check on Scrabble tiles. The box cover was starting to come together . . .
Now for the tiles, rather than one big image, I decided to combine a bunch of small images from the Curtain Call border paper. I adhered the images to the Scrabble tiles using the 3D Crystal Lacquer.
Although not pictured here, I trimmed off the edges on each tile and then applied 3D Crystal Lacquer on top of each.
I painted the inside of the box black, to really make the images on the tiles pop!
I then was trying to figure how to secure the tiles into the box in a neat and orderly fashion. I also wanted to be able to move the images around, finally something clicked and I pulled out these small button magnets.
On the inside of the lid, I applied another image and covered it with 3D Crystal Lacquer. Once again, I was too impatient with giving the lacquer time to dry and I closed the lid too soon and there was a glue mishap. Give your 3D Crystal Lacquer plenty of time to dry, especially if it is a thick layer.
Once the inside was complete, I moved back to the outside to add the elements decided on, earlier in the process.
I realized that I would also have to paint the lid black, to get the same effect as on the inside of the metal box.
This project took a lot of time (waiting for paint and glue to dry); however, I was very pleased with my results. I loved the Curtain Call paper from Graphic 45 and it was a fun way to put it to use.
Keep on feeding your Creative Soul!
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