Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Study in: Boxes (Antique Bottles)




 Here's another card carrying the same theme as the cards in my last post, but this time they are a little different. No longer square tiles, but antique glass bottles.

 Inspired by a fun card featuring bottles by Amber Kemp-Gerstel at CASE Study (which I just missed, rats!):


AND the blues in the Tuesday Trigger (see that ONE orange flower on the night stand too, I think?!):

 
AND my collection of antique bottles:


AND my kitchen backsplash:


 Here you can see the bottles on the counter the night before my son's 1st Communion party last year, just waiting for the fresh lilies of the valley that take over every Spring. You can also see the Quatrefoil back splash that our tile guy cursed. Apparently, no straight edges + tile guy's friend giving the estimate while he's on vacation = grouchy tile guy. I gave him a large tip, it turned out really well, although now I'm wondering if I should have used a light gray grout so it relates to the dark granite better. And if we weren't looking to move soon, I would paint the cabinets in Paris Gray Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with a plain wax finish. Oooh, that would be so pretty ... OK, wait, we're talking cards here ...


The bottles and woodgrain shelf are made like the tiles, only they are different sizes. Simply score a length of paper at the increments you want (I used 1/4" and 3/8" thicknesses) and fold into a box. Before you adhere it closed, you'll want to emboss the patterns into the glass, and the woodgrain texture into the shelf. 


 That's where the Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Cover Plate Die comes into use, only this time it doesn't go through the die cutter. Carefully place the top section of your box over one of the segments, and dry emboss. You can also score basic lines at the tops and bottoms of the bottles for further effect.


 Slide the bottles down in either direction, fold the shelf on top of them all, and you've got a card that can easily be stuck inside an envelope to mail.



The Stripes Impression Plate makes a nice beadboard effect. The flower is a left-over from one of my very first card posts. Right now it's just stuck loose in the vase.

Also adding this to the CASology cue word of "Drink" after I saw Ardyth's clever-as-always interpretation:



Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

33 comments:

  1. This beauty is nothing short of amazing...
    when you think you have seen it all, Kelly arrives and completely reinvents the card making business! wow! wow! wow!

    blown away here...

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  2. Seriously??!!!....This is jaw dropping!! Love it! :)

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  3. Your creativity has no bounds, Kelly!! Love how you were inspired!!!

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  4. Ohhhh this is my favorite of them all Kelly!!!

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  5. Absolutely brilliant. And, gorgeous. Truly stunning. I'm speechless, actually!

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  6. You are AMAZING! I love this idea , missed the before post so I will also check the one out. I will agree with Lisa my favorite of them all so far! Just gorgeous!
    Oh I bet your tile guy was proud of the work he did even though it was not his norm. Love the bottles you had out for your son 1st Communion. Congrats to him for that big Sacrament.

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  7. Kelly you are super talented, you vases are just amazing! Thank youso much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

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  8. WOWZA! I'm in 3-D amazement!!! So very cool!

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  9. More 3D geniusness! Love all the embossed details and that perfect flower popping up. So cool! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

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  10. Just when I thought you couldn't top yesterday's card - you did! This is fabulous!!! And I like the grout as is, don't want it taking over as dark grout is want to do.

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  11. No, YOU'RE the best! Wow! This is so out of the box at the same time as being inside the box! lol! Great original work - as always!

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  12. Oh my gosh, you are definitly the best. Your cards are just awesome and this one is another great example how talented you are. Where do you always find these awesome Ideas and make everything fitting so perfectly together.
    Have a wonderful day
    Love
    tascha
    P.S. love also the antique bottles and the sneakpeak of your kittchen

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  13. I hope you are grinning ear to ear as you read these comments, because part of me just wants to say "ditto" to all the above! Love the idea to selectively dry emboss the IP - this whole series of tile/boxes is really, truly fabulous!

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  14. I didn't even notice that this was for CASology - I'm glad you played along - it's always great to see your work!

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  15. Stunning! Love love love it!!

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  16. amazing. love your recent study of boxes.

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  17. Totally TOO Cool! This is amazing and pinned!

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  18. Wow, amazing! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!

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  19. I loved the post from yesterday, but this one really takes the cake! Not only does the whole dimensional effect grab aesthetically, but the brilliant engineering to make each a mailable card puts these projects heads above anything I have seen for a while. It's so much fun to open my email and see what's happening in your Notable Nest!

    Loved the peek into your beautiful kitchen! : )

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  20. I am so loving these box cards of yours! This one is just perfect! I have to try this!

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  21. Wow! Amazingly constructed and stunnungly beautiful.

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  22. Came for the Papertrey Blog Hop, and was blown away. To say you are a true sculptor of paper would be an understatement! And they fold up - what GENIUS. Well now you've done it; now I need to sign up for an email every time you post your brilliance. (I try to to gush because it could seem ingenuous, but nothing but 'glush' will do! Thank you for sharing and I'll be back.

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  23. Kelly, somehow I've missed this whole box series (so behind in visiting my favourite blogs) and every single one of them are AMAZING! WOW WOW WOW!!!

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  24. You have taken plain old boxes to a whole new level Kelly!
    ..Wonderful!

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  25. Where oh where do you come up with these 3D ideas? I'd love to see the recipient's face when they receive them. This is uber lovely - that bloom jumping out at me.

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  26. I know I've commented overall on your 3D confections, but had to come back as I saw this on CASology ... amazing, stunning, wonderful ... I am in awe! Anita :)

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  27. Again with the amazing! Love how you showed your bottles and backsplash for inspiration! :)

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  28. Hey Kelly! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  29. This just blows my mind away - fabulous!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly