Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Wednesday Extra - Altered Shadow Box by Julie

Hi everyone! :)

Today I wanted to share with you a Tim Holtz shadow box that I altered! :)  I know that Tim has "Distress Crackle Paints" on the market, but I wanted to share with you the way I create the "crackled" paint look! :):):)

Here are the products I started with....

And here is what I created with all of these goodies (and a few extra that you will see in the end!) :):):)

First I started by painting the shadow box with my Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Blue Paint! :)

After painting all the pieces, I then painted the pieces with my "Crackle Medium" paint! :):):)

After that is dry, I added my Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Pink Paint as my top coat. This paint will NOT go on solid, as I have used the "Crackle Medium" paint as my second step, it will cause the top coat to crackle against my blue base coat! :)

Here is the result of my Blue Base Coat, the Crackle Medium Paint, and then my Top Pink Coat! :)

Using the three different paints, you can see it gave my Tim Holtz shadow box an antique feel to it! :):):)

And here is my FINAL project!!! I used the Tim Holtz "Distress Ink - Rusty Hinge" around the edges of the shadow box, to add a little bit more rustic/antique feeling to it! :):):)

 The trim added to the side of the shadow box! :)

I added an antique milk cap in this box, and also a 7gypises ring to the front of it! :) Tim Holtz's examples for his shadow box showed all the squares placed inside - I decided to "go out of the box" and place one of the squares on top of the shadow box! :)

 I love the antique keys by Tattered Angels! :)

The Bingo Numbers I used from Maya Road, all have a meaning to me! The "14" and "4" are how old my kids are when I made this project, the "3" is a special number for me and Hubby, the "5" is how many we have in our home (counting the dog too!), and the "30" is the date we are moving this year, starting a new adventure in our lives! :):):)

 Really LOVE how this turned out! I can see me making more of these in the future! :)

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)


  1. This is so beautiful Julie! I love it,

  2. Fantastic work Julie, I really love that crackle effect :D

  3. Ohhhh, this is absolutly gorgeous! GREAT color combo on the crackle, thanks for sharing!

  4. sooooo fabbie julie! Such a great keepsake!

  5. so clever and charming - love knowing the meaning of the numbers!

  6. LOVE the shadow box. The crackle is really cool!! :-)

  7. Beautiful job julie.... and 3 coats of paint??

  8. Beautiful project, Julie!

  9. Very cool project. Love all of the number meaning you used. The crackle paint looks great!

  10. Gorgeous...I love everything from the crackle to embellishments especially the brown bingo pieces...just fabulous!!

  11. Wonderful project! I loved the PAP, altered the way it was done and how was the end result! The cracklet was very charming! Very Beautiful! Bjs!

  12. this is refreshingly different and very the spring feeling it has...


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