Monday, 3 November 2008

Teachers Christmas Presents

Well I finished the teachers and teachers assistants christmas gifts - am I on a roll or what?  Daren't stop or I might lose my mojo again!

For the teacher I had a plain, unfinished wood, chest box (which I bought for £2.99 at Craft Central). 

Then I stained it inside and out with some blue ink.

Then added the crackle medium (I used decoart weathered wood crackling medium) - once the crackle medium is dry (about 1 hour), I added a coat of white acrylic paint.

At this point I gave the box 1 light coat of varnish, then rubbed a bit of broken china and peeled paint distress ink over it to give it a further antiquey aged look.
I stamped lots of Alice in Wonderland images out onto plain printer paper, watercoloured them and cut them out - then stuck them to the box using pva type glue.  Most of the images I used are on the Cherry Pie Art Alice sheet.
Finally a couple of coats of spray varnish and it was finished.

Inside I used another stamped image which Jake signed for the teacher.

For the Teachers assistants I have made mobile / handbag charms. The charms are wrapped in stamped tissue paper (stamp used is from the Tuscan Rose Flourish sheet) - then tied with organza ribbon. The boxes made using pink card (and a scoring board) and again stamped with the flourish stamp.

xxx Karen


Chriss Rollins said...

Karen your Alice box is amazing, love that aged look you are fantastic at altering 'stuff'.
I adore what u have done with the tissue and gift boxes just makes them even more special.
thanks for sharing them with us and hope the teacher and assistants dont find your blog befor christmas xxx chriss x

Jenni Hamilton said...

These are all gorgeous - all I can say is lucky teachers!
Jenni x

Chris said...

Wow!! Karen you always come up with such brilliant ideas for your gift making and your box is just absolutely magical. I am sure it will be received with delight as will all the other gifts you make.
They are so wonderfully personal, you are soooo talented. TFS :D
Chris xx

Flippinpest said...

What amazing presents. I think the box is just gorgeous and its one of my fave childrens books of all time

Andrea said...

they are fantastic presents, love these loads xx

Linda said...

Oh what gorgeous presents Karen - you are so thoughtful!(and talented!)
Love Linda xx

Jaqi said...

Wow Karen, they are stunning, what lucky teachers. What a popular mum you will be at the school.
The charms are really beautiful and the box is amazing, what sweet images and i love the crackle effect. Really lovely Well Done , Jaqi x

June said...

Oh I love your altered work and your charms. I love the crackle effect on the box and the chosen subject ( my fave ) It looks terrific.
I shall keep popping back to see what you are making as your work is inspirational

Hugs June xxxx