Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sharing: Challenge Entry/ Altered Ink Box

As if you need another reason to enjoy Gray Goose vodka....
...the wooden box makes a perfect Distress Ink holder!
I'd been hanging onto this box for a while, it was just too nice to toss and I knew that someday I'd use it for something.  Then I saw others making boxes for their Distress Inks and the lightbulb went on.  I dug around in the storage room and yup...the DIs fit in it perfectly!  Time to alter it!!
First thing I did was get out my new Distress Stains (Vintage Photo) and using a foam brush, stained the inside of the box.  Next I broke into the "Lost and Found" paper stash and measured and scored and folded so that the paper would wrap around the box.  It wasn't quite long enough so I centered one pattern and then added another pattern to the top and bottom.  Squares of complimenting paper was cut and used for the top and bottom.  I used Matte Medium to adhere the paper.
I used the Distress Stain on a measuring tape ribbon and added it at the bottom, just above the paper strip.  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foundations Box Feet were attached with Glossy Accents. 
The top knob is a Tim Holtz Idea-ology curio knob.  I did have to add a longer screw to go through the thickness of the box, but it was easy to find a replacement in my stash of screws.
Next I worked on the plastic sliding cover.  I used paper from the same stash but the plainer side as I wanted to embellish and didn't want to fight the pattern.  I also made sure that the paper did not extend all the way to the edges as that part of the plastic would get wear from sliding.  Using pieces of the Lost & Found paper, I added the bottle cap border to the top and bottom of the cover.  An Idea-ology Philosophy Tag was glued to the top of the cover with Glossy Accents and makes a "handle" to pull up the cover.  From that Tag I attached a length of chain with a jump ring and then added a Sprocket, a Muse Token, and a charm I created using spare pieces of the bottlecap paper and a round fragment charm.
The ticket and bottlecap stickers came from Tim's Lost & Found Salvage Stickers pad and the letters from the Salvage Stickers pad.
The box holds 24 Distress Inks.  I guess if I want any more DIs, 
someone will have to drink more "Goose"!
The ink stack is a little wobbly when you have the box full and take the lid off.  I think it's fine to store standing upright, but when I'm going to use the inks, I will lay the box down so I don't have an inky disaster!
I'm entering this Altered Box in the following Challenges:

31 comments:

Dorothy said...

I love it!! Very smart!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Very nice! I love all of the great accents you added- perfect storage for the Distress Ink pads!

Claudine C. said...

Love this! I need to get me some vodka now. Hmm maybe the neighbor has one of these boxes lying around. haha!

Deb said...

very nifty idea, but have you priced grey goose lately?? Lol
thanks for the inspiration!

Lynn Stevens said...

What a fabulous idea for storing those inks, great box too!
hugs Lynn

Cec said...

Oh I wish I drank Vodka so I could do one of these for myself. This is a fabulous project and a great transformation of a throw-away. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Hugs!
Cec

PaulaJ said...

beautiful job Cindy!

KAT said...

Your distressed drunk box is fabulous - Love how the ink pads just fit right in and they take up little space on your craft table... Hmmm maybe I need some Vodka this weekend ;0)

Dawn said...

What a great idea. Now to find a similar box. My inks are currently living in a very plain jewelry organizer.

Maria said...

Grey Goose, Distress Inks and bullies...I think I wanna be your friend, lol!

Chris said...

What a clever idea! Not much of a chance finding an alcohol box like this here in Utah, LOL. Not much drinking here, LOL. Your idea was really smart. Your finished product is wonderful! Thank you for joining us at Paper Creations Ink challenges!

Chris

Sharon said...

Oh wow this is just amazing!

Cheryl said...

oh wow just love this its one stunning box and just love how you have decorated it bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this weeek,hugs cherylxxxx

Cath Wilson said...

What a great box! Lovely idea and beautifully done x

Kathy Eddy said...

Cindy, this is just a gorgeous box for your distress ink! It turned out wonderfully grungy!

DebbiB said...

I love it - your imagination for repurposing the box is wonderful and your artistic abilities amazing!

Willy said...

Fabulous altered box!

mom2fivekiddos said...

omgosh...LOVE this!!! We don't drink, but I may have to spread the word looking for one or three! TFS!
Kristin
http://www.scrappingmamahen.blogspot.com

Terry said...

WooHoo! Love this brilliant idea! Gorgeous altered box, just gorgeous!

Cgra said...

Fantastic idea! Very well done.

Paper Squirrel said...
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Paper Squirrel said...

I volunteer to help you drink your way through more boxes! I notice though that you have less empty ink slots in that box than you did when I left your house a few weeks ago...hmm...someone's been shopping again!!! LOL

Great idea for repurposing and love the grungy goodness!

2amscrapper said...

smiling here re "as if you need another reason to like...". Great project!

marsha said...

How clever and what a stunning vintage box! I need one of these for my ink pads too! I just love your colors and the entire design is scrumptious! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow challenge.
Hugs,
Marsha
SCH-DT

Lynn said...

What an absolute masterpiece and fantastic idea:)
Thank you for joining us Paper Creations Ink Challenges:)
Hope to see you again:)
Huggs
Lynn DT xx

Michele said...

fabulous! excellent idea, gorgeously executed! thanks for joining the challenge at the cheerful stamppad. xo

dragonllew said...

What a great idea thanks for joining us for our Just Charming challenge at Creative Craft Challenge.
Jenny x

Vicki Romaine said...

This is amazing. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for joining "Let's Reuse" at the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Vicki Romaine said...

Congratulation, you won the challenge "Let's Reuse" at the Cheerful Stamp Pad. I'm afraid I couldn't find your e-mail on your blog. If you will contact me at vickiromaine@yahoo.com.

Vicki Romaine said...

Congratulation, you won the challenge "Let's Reuse" at the Cheerful Stamp Pad. I'm afraid I couldn't find your e-mail on your blog. If you will contact me at vickiromaine@yahoo.com.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Wow Awesome-- no wonder you won the recycled challenge-- its pure vintage treasure indeed!

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V
http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com