Monday, June 13, 2016

SKELLIE-FEST altered wood container tutorial!

Hiya Lost Coasters, Happy Monday the 13th!
Today is the finale of our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity's 2nd annual SKELLIE-FEST over on our event and challenge blog!  You've still got time to get in on the action and win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda by entering your skeleton/skull themed projects in our linky party HERE by midnight PST tonight!

Today I'm showing you how I made my altered wooden container created for Day 1 of SKELLIE-FEST!
I used our fab Lost Coast Designs stamps on this project:
Skeleton and Roses, Skull Flourish and Long Swirl.

I found this unfinished wooden container in the craft section at Target and just loved the triangular sides.  
The triangle sides of the container aren't identical so I started out by numbering the sides with a pencil.  I then traced each panel individually with white cardstock and cut them out.  I made sure I had the orientation of each triangle right before numbering them accordingly.
The stamping fun came next.  I first randomly stamped each panel with the Long Swirl flourish stamp in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink all over to add a subtle interest to the background as well as the open areas of the Skull Flourishes.  Before stamping I removed some of the ink from the stamp onto scrap paper for a lighter more distressed effect.  I then stamped alternate panels with the Skeleton and Roses and Skull Flourish stamps in Onyx Black Versafine ink.
Before I started stamping all the panels I applied Black Soot Distress Stain to the top, the bottom and all the side edges of the container and left it to dry while I did my stamping.  The stain dries fast but you can speed up the dry time with a heat gun if it's still damp.  I then ran each stamped cardstock panel through my Xyron to add permanent adhesive and adhered them to the container. 
To further enhance the distressed look I sanded back all the cardstock edges with sandpaper and applied Tea Dye Distress Ink to age and colour each panel and Black Soot Distress Ink to all the edges.  To complete my project I adhered skull feet from a Halloween decoration in place with hot glue.  They finished off my container nicely don't you think!  I love how it turned out!
Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!  Now dash on over and enter your skeleton themed projects in SKELLIE-FEST by midnight PST tonight!

Happy Stamping!
LCD/CV DT Leader


  1. Love seeing how you put your box together, using the triangle shapes, inks and stamps!

  2. Inspirational project! Love the skeleton legs!I have to make something like this!

  3. Great tutorial on this, Leigh! Love the stamps you used and how it turned out xx


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