Today we took my son Josh and his girlfriend, April, out to eat for his 37th birthday (which was actually last weekend). I always give him money - as that's what he likes most - so he can use it as he wishes - but I always put it in a homemade card. This year I was inspired by the A Vintage Journey Heavy Metal Challenge for my design of Josh's gift container. I made a box to hold the monetary gift. For the challenge you can use any form of metal - paper, paint, Idea-ology pieces and it has to be in the "Tim Holtz" style.
Here are some photos of the steps I took to create this box. Using Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - I die cut two pieces for the box using the Sizzix Block/Cube/Bank 3D die. Then I masked each piece with Eclipse tape.
I then stenciled the sides with Tim's Dot Fade, Stripes and Lattice Work Stencils using Brushed Pewter Distress Paint - the paint, being more liquid than ink, ran a bit behind the stencils but I like the look it gives!
Then I went to work adding stampings and metal to the sides. Here's how the decorated panels look before putting the two pieces of the box together.
Here is a close up of the top of the box. My son was in the Army for about 8 years right out of High School. He had hoped to make the military his career - but he was shot (by a civilian in a robbery) while he was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC - and had to be discharged on disability. He was left blind in one eye, with a bullet lodged in his neck near his spine, suffering from nerve headaches and a good dose of PTS, but otherwise in good pretty good shape considering - and thankful to be alive. This all happened over 14 years ago. He now works in a motorcycle shop and riding is his passion - so heavy metal is a good theme for him! I chose the LUCKY Heart Charm for the top of his box - as he was blessed to have survived when he was shot - he also has a tattoo of the word on his arm and it's his biker name amongst his friends. I painted the Clock Key and Time Piece with the Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and used a wire pin to attach the Heart Charm.
I painted a Word Band with the same Distress Paint, wove a piece of Tinsel Twine through it and adhered it to the box with Glue N Seal. I embossed this sentiment (Keep Cool and Bike On) from Jillian Vance Designs on silver, punched it out and adhered it with a foam dot.
More Tinsel Twine knotted through a Philosophy Tag painted with the Distress Pewter. This sentiment is from Classics #16 Stampers Anonymous. Again - embossed with Black Sparkle on silver card stock - I hand cut around the sentiment and adhered it with foam dots.
Another sentiment from Live to Ride set by Jillian Vance Designs - and two Sprocket Gears painted with the Distress Paint.
I'm happy to say he liked his Birthday Gift Box (along with a check and 4 Reeses Peanut Butter cups inside)!
You'll find the A Vintage Journey challenge here.
I'm also linking this to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #5 - Ribbon, Twine and Fiber - I used Fiber!
Paper: Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - Sizzix, Brushed Silver - SU
Accessories: Black Sparkle Embossing Powder - Ranger, Ranger Distress Paint - Brushed Pewter, foam dots, Glue N Seal - Ranger, ScorTape, Idea-ology Time Pieces, Clock Keys, Word Bands, Tinsel Twine, Sprocket Gears, Philosohy Tags, Wire Pins, Heart Charms, Mirrored Stars, Die - Block/Cube/Bank 3D - Sizzix, Tim Holtz Stencils - Stripes, Latticwork, Dot Fade.