Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maya Road ATC Shadow Box

I am really excited to share with you a new altered art project I finished recently.  Being on the design team for Paper Patch Crafts has really given me an opportunity to try out new products and explore new creative possibilities.  This month Anne sent me this adorable Shadow Box from Maya Road.  It measures  8.75x8x1 and contains 6 compartments that are ATC (Artist Trading Card) dimensions. 
Maya Road ATC Shadow Box
When I received the box I really thought I would create something of my children, but as it started to take on vintage characteristics and I poured through old photos of my childhood I knew it had to be about the year I was born.
I started by coloring the box with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Paper and Old Paper.  I then applied Crackle Accents to the exposed surfaces to give it a more distressed look. 
The Vintage Keys and butterfly were also colored with the distress inks and more crackle added to them as well.  The number tiles were made with the Tim Holtz Fragments and stickers included in the Echo Park For the Record packet. All of the papers, stickers and word tags used in this project are included in that same collection.

The organza roses  and Tickets are also from Maya Road.  The mini picture frame and tea cup are mine from my doll house furnture collection.
A technique I thought I would share that you may enjoy trying is photo tinting.  I scanned a picture that I wanted to work with and then printed the photo on cardstock.  Using copic markers and ink pads I lightly colored in the eyes, lips and cheeks on the photo below.  It is very light.  Another fun thing you can do is color in one item if interest only.  Such as the eyes, an object being held, or a focal point in the photo.  You can experiment with your favorite photos by changing the tones to Sepia or black and white and then experimenting.  Your original photo is spared any mistakes and you can get the look you are trying to achieve.

the colorization doesn't show very well here, but the look is very subtle and vintage.

The word tag was also crackled to give it an aged look.  The sweet little resin flower from Maya Road was a nice way to balance it out. 

Supply List of items available for purchase at Paper Patch Crafts
Echo Park For the Record
Maya Road ATC Shadow Box
Maya Road Organza Rose Ribbon, Resin Flowers, Butterflies, Mini-Tickets
Kaiser Kraft wooden Embellishments


Anonymous said...

wow does not even begin to express how amazing this is. i love all of the details and techniques u used. totally amazing project.

Pammejo said...

Shelley, simply amazing, the detail, the love and thought you place into your project. Amazing. I love it. I actually have one of these trays and you have inspired me. I just love it. Pam

Linda Dale said...

What a wonderful keepsake you have made that could be passed down and in spire others to do the same. It is very creative and lovely.

liz at liz's paper loft said...

oh my goodness, this is just beautiful!
liz :o) said...

Beautiful Shelley!