Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tiny Travel Trunk

So ... I have been inspired yet again by a couple of great challenges this week: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Try to Contain Yourself and Frilly and Funkie's -- It's a Small Small World Challenge.  For my project, I took a cute little wooden trunk from Michaels that I bought for $1 and tried to give it that aged varnish look. 

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


Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Holy cow! Never has a $1 box from Michael's looked so good! I am always amazed at your ability to transform the mundane into the magnificent and this is no exception! I also love how you made the inside as interesting as the outside. This is a stunner and it made me smile. I'm always inspired by what you do and just couldn't pass by without giving you a huge KUDOS for this one!

Nancy Dynes said...

Wow! Your miniature trunk has made a fabulous transformation!! I would never have guessed it's size until I saw the photo of you holding it in your hand. Thank you so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

Lorraine A said...

Oh wow!! this is gorgeous! I love how you decorated this little box, the whole design is fabulous, LOVE it :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Lols x x x

Lys Scrap said...

Fantastic! Great miniature trunk!

Barbara Schiassi said...

masterpiece! Love this work, it's fanyastic! Barbara

klistersøster said...

Really nice trunk you have created, and I just took a walk around your blog and it looks great and it seems like you had have much fun with Tim's course! Hugs, Susan

Sara Barker said...

Mary Elizabeth, this little travel trunk made me smile! Lovely transformation and I would have never guessed it to be so tiny! I certainly can guess you LOVE New York! We are so blessed that you made a remarkable recovery from your brain surgery! Big hugs!

Lucy said...

The trunk is wonderful. It is a very compelling, interesting piece.

Redanne said...

Such an adorable little trunk Mary Elizabeth, the finish you have given it looks wonderful and you have decorated the inside beautifully! It is a little treasure in itself! Hugs, Anne xx

Cec said...

What a fabulous transformation of that little trunk. You have made it look so vintage with your combination of distress products. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

butterfly said...

A tiny delight... you can come and play in the dollshouse museum any time you like!
Alison x