I used a variety of Distress Stains (Wild Honey, Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo) that I mixed with Gloss Multimedium to create layers of glaze. Black Soot was used for large grooves. For the overall woodgrain, Black Soot was also added sparingly in some places to get into the deep crevices of the wood grain. I then wiped off the surface layer of Black Soot and let the crevice layer dry. I then added layers of the Wild Honey, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo until I got the color that I was looking for.
I added some rub on gold letter for my initials and some tiny travel stickers. The hardware was given some tarnish with alcohol inks.
Each of the sides of the trunk get some remnant rubs and/or stickers
On this end, I added a handle. This is made out of grunge paper and Tiny Fasteners.
The most significant travel that I've made in the last few years has been to New York. As most of you know, I've had brain surgery and my neurosurgeon in NY literally changed my life. So I really, really, really love NY. It has been quite a journey. You may notice the Subway tissue tape on the interior lid. I used some industrial stickers and one of Tim Holtz's blue print stamps to decorate the trunk bottom. I again made a glaze with Gloss Multimedium and Distress Stain (this time in Barn Door) to color the heart. It makes such a great transparent colored window to view the architecture print underneath. More tissue tape lines the interior of the trunk.
So, I'm going to enter my tiny travel trunk in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (a trunk is a container -- even if it small :)) and Frilly and Funkie's challenge (it definitely is a small world ... isn't it?) Thanks for dropping by! -- Mary Elizabeth