Happy happy Tuesday! I love the project I have to share with you today! It is an easy one, but so cute! This cute little girlie is a vintage image from my personal collection. You can download her image at the end of the post. I don’t know what her real name was, it wasn’t on the photograph so I named her Ava. I think it is sweet and fitting. She is the centerpiece on this repurposed gift box.
Begin by printing the image on heavy weight natural colored cardstock. The print size may need to vary depending on the accessories you want to pair with her. I printed mine so that it fit on a 4″ x 6″ piece of paper. Use fine tip scissors to cut the image out.
Scribble different colors of Distress Ink onto a craft sheet. Use a water brush to apply the color to the image. For this image I used Scattered Straw on the hair, Tattered Rose on the skin, Spun Sugar for the cheeks, Tumbled Glass and Brushed Corduroy for the dress. I used the water brush to also add a light touch of Salty Ocean Distress Marker to her eyes.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo to the edges of the image.
Ink a butterfly stamp image with both Vintage Photo and Jet Black Archival Ink. Focus the black ink on the outer edges of the image. (Stamp- Quietfire 5695 Butterflies/Dragonflies.)
Stamp the image on natural colored cardstock. Re-ink the image using just the Jet Black Archival ink. Stamp the image a second time.
Cut the two butterflies out. Use an ink blending tool to apply Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to the butterflies.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the outer edges of the butterflies.
Cut the two butterflies into two pieces, cutting through the center of the body. Place a thin line of liquid blue on the cut edges of the light butterfly wings.
Place the two darker butterfly pieces over the lighter butterfly wings. When the glue is dry, curve the top layer of the wings up.
If you would like to add shimmer to the wings, mist them with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth.
Use a heat tool to dry the wings. When dry, reshape the wings if needed.
Adhere the wings to the back of the sweet girl. Tie a bow with thin ribbon. Trim away the bow from the image. Adhere the bow where the original hair bow was.
Die cut a frame using the Tim Holtz Ornate Frame die. Use an ink blending tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Stain to the inner and outer edges of the frame.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the inner and outer edges of the frame.
Mist the frame with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth.
Use a heat tool to dry the frame.
Stamp a sentiment (Quietfire Design If You Don’t Believe…) on a scrap piece of natural colored cardstock. Tear around the image. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Add curls and tears to the edges of the cardstock.
Trim around Ava’s hand so that you can slip the sentiment into her hands. Adhere the sentiment in place.
Cut or tear a piece of fabric (Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Symphony) and cotton batting to fit the front of the box. Stitch the fabric and batting together. I added extra stitching along the pattern on the fabric for a quilty look.
The box I used was a paper board box from a Brenda Walton Sizzix die. This box has a pretty design on the side and a fitted bottom. You could upcycle all types of small gift boxes or even a pre-made gift or paper mache box from a craft store. If your box has wording or an undesired design on the back, simply cut a piece of pattern paper to fit the back. Adhere the fabric and cardstock to the box.
Adhere the frame to the upper front of the box.
Add a strip of dyed Crinkle Ribbon to the center font of the box. Glue or staple the ribbon to the front of the box.
Tip: To staple onto the face of the box, open the Tiny Attacher. See the long reach stapling mini tutorial on the Basics 101 page.
Create a bow with more dyed Crinkle Ribbon. Adhere the bow to the front of the box over the ribbon strip and along the side of the frame.
Add strips of adhesive foam squares to the back of Ava. Adhere her to the front center of the box over the ribbon and over the frame.
Lightly brush Spun Sugar Distress Ink to small pre-made paper flowers using an ink blending tool.
Adhere the flowers and small colored pearls on stems around the bow. Add a long pearl stick pin through the bow.
When I was little I fell in love with colorized black and white photos. My parents had several of my older sister. Even as a girl I thought that there was something magical and dreamy about soft muted coloring on a black and white portrait. The Distress Ink palate of colors is perfect for creating that same look!
I think the image of Ava is just perfect for holding a little sentiment sign. She is perfect for any occasion with just a change of the sentiment.
I love the way you get frays and curls by tearing fabric. It is the perfect touch for a shabby project.
How fun to be able to upcycle a box that you might otherwise throw away! Even if there is text on a box, it doesn’t mean it can’t be a great repurposed gift box!
Isn’t she just the sweetest? I absolutely love the way she turned out with the added color from the ink and with a perfect little sentiment and wings. She makes me smile and I hope she makes you smile too!
Right click on the image and save it to your computer. I ask that you use this image for personal use only. You may link others to this image but please do not repost it on your own website.