Sunday, February 24, 2013

Faux Metal Cigar Box

I have been collecting cigar boxes for the past several months. My plan is to use them as storage boxes for small embellishments. Of course I can't just leave them as a plain old cigar box, I had to alter them a bit. This is my first altered box.

When I saw the Metal-ology Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted the box to have an old metal patina feeling. I started by covering the entire box with Modeling paste to give it some rough texture.

I did not have a good green patina paint color so I mixed white acrylic paint with Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage re-inkers.  I painted the box in layers with the Terra Cotta Paint dabber, Lumiere Metallic Olive Green paint, and my green patina paint mixture. At first I was not very happy with my results, but the more I added layers of paint, the more I liked it.
I was inspired by Anita's wrinkled foil technique. I used Rust, Terra Cotta, Espresso, and Ginger Alcohol Inks because I wanted my foil strips to be a bit more rusted looking. For the faux nail heads I used the Viva Copper Pearl Pen.

The metal corner embellishments are painted with the same paint colors and the center metal embellishment is inked with the Alcohol Inks.

I added a Tim Holtz Label pull to the front of the box. This way I know exactly what is in the box and when it is sitting on the shelf I have a pull handle to access it.

Stay tuned for more altered boxes and for the final storage unit. As always thank you for stopping by.


  1. If I inspired this, I'm honored! Gorgeous! Wonderful texture and your rusted metal is AWESOME! Gorgeous again I say it! Thank you for showing us your metals at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

  2. Great work done with the alcohol inks. Love your cigar box.

  3. Hi Stacy! Congrats on your TOP THREE recognition from Simon Says Stamp and Show's Metalogy Challenge last week! Great work! <3 Candy

  4. Very nice. I love all the nail heads. Must have taken ages. I love altered boxes. Congrats on your top 3

  5. What wonderful box. I like altering boxes and giving them as gifts. Maybe I need to do a faux metal box. Your altered cigar box is great inspiration.

  6. Gorgeous, Stacy! Congrats on your SSSS win!

  7. Gorgeousness! Nice pick at SSS!