(Hopefully my swap buddy doesn't read my blog) It has been so fun and thinking of 8 gifts to make for my buddy has really pushed me outside of my comfort zone when it comes to scrapping. Altering has always been something I have wanted to try, but hadn't gotten around to yet. I had altered a few canvases before, but that was the extent of it. Plus I had never gotten the chance to use Mod Podge and I was dying to try it out.
My first use of it was on an altered canvas. I started out painting the background with Star of David Masks. Then I added a light layer of silver paint over that to give it a misty look. Then I used my cuttlebug to make a ton of die cuts. Archiver's has an awesome set of Hanukkah Quickutz dies. They are exclusively sold by Archiver's so I felt REALLY lucky that I have one near me to get it I adhered the die cuts using my ATG adhesive gun and then added several layers of Mod Podge. I think it turned out really fun and festive.
My next project I was super excited to try, but so afraid to start! I wanted to create an altered box, because my buddy said that she loves boxes and little storage containers. I went to Hobby Lobby and found this really pretty wooden box for only $4! Then I added a few pieces of glittery patterned paper that I found at Archiver's any yet again my Hanukkah die cuts. First I painted the box white using some house paint we had. Then I used silver Tim Holtz alcohol ink to add some silver stripes and I inked the metal hinges and hardware with silver to give them a bit of a distressed feel to them.
My first thought was to use a grid or blocks for the top of the box. For the stars I cut them out using silver cardstock. Then I look a pretty swirly decorative stamp (any will do) and stamped over the die cut so it was covered in bits of swirls. THEN I covered those in crystal and black diamond Stickles. I am really happy with the result. After all of that I went with an alternating blue and black design on the sides and on the front I added a few bling circles.
All in all I am very pleased with how this turned out. My husband even asked me to make one for him.