Sunday 28 December 2014

A New Life for a Truffle Box!

Hello everyone! I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas with lots of craft goodies and packaging by the lorry-load to re-cycle!Tonight I'm sharing some space over at PaperArtsy with my friends, Gabrielle and Lucy. We're delighted to be tonight's #3Up-ers! If you haven't done so already, please do hop across and take a look at the fabulous projects Gabrielle and Lucy came up with, using their favourite materials and a very lovely Lynne Perrella stamp! We were each allowed to choose a favourite technique, but Lynne Perrella's LPC030 was our co-ordinating feature. I had a truffle box I had been saving from last Christmas and I wanted to use Shrink Plastic to give it a special makeover. This particular stamp was just perfect for decorating a circular box and adding interest in the detail.
I snipped off the little ribbon loop on top and coated the whole box with Gesso.
As you can see, I also painted inside the box with PaperArtsy Little Black Dress for contrast. The Gesso was quite rough in places, so I sanded it down, before applying my Frescos.
For a shabby-chic look, I painted the inner box with Little Black Dress and then a thin coat of PaperArtsy crackle glaze applied with a palette knife. When this was dry I over painted with thick strokes of Nougat. I then sponged the edges with some Chocolate Pudding and, for the final touch, I stamped some Hot Picks text in Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival. I didn't use a block with the stamp and I just touched the surface in places with it to give an uneven, worn impression.

Now it was time to add some texture. I had given the lid a coat of Nougat Fresco and I added a few drops of Irish Cream to some Grunge Paste and pushed this through a stencil to create the lacy pattern on the lid. I used a couple of PA flower dies of different sizes to create the rose from good quality drawing paper, painted with Nougat, Irish Cream and a touch of Chocolate pudding. There's also some of that text from Hot Picks on there!
I liked the way my box was shaping up, but it needed something to give it a new history! Using the Lynne Perrella stamp, it was going to be transformed from a just one of many chocolate boxes on a production line to a little keepsake for storing special things.
Over on the PaperArtsy blog you can see how I painted the Shrink Plastic and die-cut it to create these miniature leaves, which I edged with a little Treasure Gold. The Guacamole was a nice 'pop' of colour, I thought.
Here is the final view of the project with the Lynne Perrella stamp in its entirety, stamped onto tissue painted with Nougat, with a little brayering of Snowflake here and there for highlight and fixed on with Satin Glaze. I like to think that it no longer looks like a truffle box from a very well known high street store; but a curio found hidden away in a cluttered old junk shop. I filled it with a selection of twines and ribbons for a special, crafty friend. I do hope you are all finding lots of inspiration from the #3UP projects and lots of time to play this holiday! Very Best Wishes everyone for a Happy and Creative New Year!


  1. Just saw this over at PA - another wow of a creation. Lovely to see some more details here - the tiny shrinky pieces are gorgeous, and I love the texture on the lid as well as the beautiful stamping around the outside. Leandra's right... a visit here is always full of surprises and pleasures - always a delight!
    Alison xx

  2. I think your truffle box looks stunning, and will even forgive you my least favourite technique, I think even I could manage leaves.. possibly! the rose on top looks fabulous and it certainly makes a wonderful gift box.

  3. Love, love, love this - an utter joy! You are incredibly talented and this fabulous gift box really shows us just how much. Thank you for being my 3Up buddy x

  4. Wow Julie Ann! This is a stunning transformation! Of course we share the love of LP(still hoping for the chance of a workshop we could get to!!) but this is fantastic with your little shrink plastic leaves! Chrisx

  5. A wonderful box, Julie Ann!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Beautiful altered box, great textures and flower. The shrink plastic leaves are fab:-) xxz

  7. Oh! This is a fabulous box and one of my favorite of your works in 2014. Shabby look and great harmonic of colours. You are really talented. xxx

  8. I visited PA Blog a moment ago and I can tell you, I am so impressed with your gorgeous box and all that beautiful shrink plastic! You are Queen of the Shrink because in your hands it never fails to look so very beautiful and always perfection.
    I hope you are feeling much better.

  9. Such a beautiful box, julie Ann, and so much more beautiful IRL! I love how clearly the face images have come out on the shrink plastic and i love how you have used the collage stamp two ways!

    Lucy x

  10. A lovely bit of recycling Julie Ann! xxx

  11. Hi Julie Ann a lovely festive up cycled box love it! Happy New Year xx

  12. Oh my delicious!! Julie Ann!! i love the truffle upcycle!! one question...were the truffles the yummiest? mmmm! Glad to hear you are on the mend my dear friend! xoxo

  13. Delightful box, recycled too... Love your shrink plastic creations as usual!
    Wishing you a happy New Year!

  14. Hello Miss Julie Ann, missed you, sorry to hear yo have been unwell, no fun for the holidays, now that box is BRILLIANT full stop, with just the perfect amount of crackle, the lovely texture and that gorgeous rose, then for the icing your signature pieces, awh BRILLIANT, you are the Queen of SP, thanks for starting off my trip around blog land perfectly, I'm staying home today and hoping to get lost in creativity, have a wonderful New Year, hope you and Mr Magpie do something special and romantic, just being together anywhere,(((( HUGE HUGS )))) my sweet Magpie Cuz XXXXXXX

  15. Just the sound of "truffle box" delights me and makes me want a nice hazelnut truffle as we just happen to have some dipped in dark chocolate in a not exciting box though.
    To see what you've done with that great box is fabulous. Each step along the way charm was added to charm and your shrink plastic leaves are just perfect too!
    Thank you for being such an inspiration and sharing your heART.
    Take care I hope you are feeling tiptop very soon.
    Happiest of creative new years to you dear Julie Ann ♥

  16. Oh wow wow wow this truffle box looks totally gorgeous, I love the way it looks vintage with the cracks and the shrink plastic looks beautiful. The flower on top looks amazing. I would love to wish you a Happy New Year to you and your family and I hope 2015 brings lots of creating and artful adventures. Lots of Hugs Kerry-Ann xxx


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