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Going Postal




(another Taking Out The Trash Class)

Start with an empty tissue box.

Cut diagonally from opening to corner,

fold flaps inward and glue down.

Any size vegetable can

Recycling some more, I had this handmade kozo paper I had ordered sight unseen that was supposed to be violet, and turned out to be Pepto Bismal Pink


If you don't like the color of a paper,

it's easy to change.

I watered down some greyish blue acrylic paint,

spritzed the paper with plain water,

then sponged the paint mixture onto it.

After the paper was dry, I sponged some gold metallic acrylic paint to highlight.

Tear handmade paper so you get a nice feathered edge.

Using a mixture of Mod Podge Matte and water, decoupage paper onto surface, overlapping the feathered edges.

Be very generous with the Mod Podge mixture,

let it soak through the paper.

When dry, this makes for a very strong box,

and does not need any other sealer.

Notice the marbled effect where

the feathered edges of torn paper overlap.

Stamp postoid images with

Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Inks

on Ivory cardstock.

Cut out with postage stamp decorative scissors.

I used The Ultimate Glue from Crafters Pick

to adhere images to sides of box and can.

© V. Blancq January 2006


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