Wednesday, April 4, 2012

OTP: Distress Inks Storage - Shabby Chic Style

Over on the Swirlydoos website the lovely Paulien showed us how to make a folder to hold all of our blending pads and blending for the Tim Holtz Distress inks.  I loved the idea but really wanted to store everything together, ie the ink pads.

So, recently I was wandering the shops and found the this cute box with a suitcase style lid and thought it would be perfect for TH Distress ink storage. In the same shop I also found empty match boxes ( awesome find)  packets of 10 for $2.00. I was so happy because now it was all coming together.

The lid of the case is where I store the Blending pads.  I have used velcro to secure the matchbox holders in place. Each holder has the color written under the pad, and the cardboard surround is inked in the color.  This was I can move my colors around if I want to group them differently. I also made space to roll and store my little Blending mat.  Again, velcro is me friend.

In the base is space to store the inks, and I made a little spot to hold the blending tool...

I used a bangle to make a separate space (which also help to keep the ink pads in order) .  This last corner was not quite big enough to hold another ink pad.

I used the cropodile to make a hole, then made a cute little chain with dangles to which I attached a hook clip.  I use a small ring clip on the blending tool which gets clipped in place nice and easily.  I put a little ribbon on the ring to make it look nice.  This way the blending tool doesn't move around to much when I move the case.

I decorated the handle with another bauble embellishment:, and also hidden in there is one of my calico flowers ( inked and colored with Lindy's starburst, then smushed through TH Mahogany Distress Ink for some antiquing)

I decorated the top with chipboard, home made calico flowers and more pretty embellies.

The whole case has been covered with crackle medium over a burgundy acrylic paint base, I then went over areas of the crackle medium with some TH Distress Crackle - Picket fence, t gave me great variety in the crackled aged affect.  The sides of the case have lace with rose buds around the edge, I finished off the side with pearl rope looped around with some funky swirls.  The top edge has a different lace edge to that used on the side, both were colored with a Lindy's starburst stain or spray.

Along with the calico flowers (made using TH tattered flowers die, of course)  I tried my hand a shabby chic pearl flower, which I think complemented all my little baubles.

This shabby chic flower (link above) tutorial was found by my friend, she found it other visiting the Swirlydoos

And finally a close up of the tag I made for the top.

Here's a look at the case before I got to far into my redecorating:

As a finished product I am really happy with this project. It meets the objective of storing the ink pads with the blending tool, and I think it looks great. Oh, and it was necessary too...cos I have more Ink pads on order and they wouldn't fit in the old container. 

I am so happy with it, I am going to make a few more for other products.  My Lindy's products are going to have their own case too ( hmm, cos I have bought quite a few....)  and probably a few more TH products are going to find themselves in more attractive storage...  I'll keep you posted.

But I do want to say that this project was completely inspired by Paulien...

Lace, Tissue Paper, Crackle Medium, Gesso, Disress Crackle - Picket Fence, Embellies from collection, calico, Cropodile, Distress Inks, Lindy's Obsidien Embossing powder, Lindys Starburst sprays. Prima Papers, Chipboard letters, Glue



  1. Awesome project - so handy too! Love it!!!

    1. Thanks! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Oh wow..... what a fabulous project.... stunning creation!

    Thank you for joining in the challenge at Anything Goes this time, and hope to see you here again soon..

    Christine x

  3. Gorgeous Creation! Simply Stunning!! Thank you for joining us atAnything Goes Challenge Blog!

  4. Great to see the finished product, it came together fantastically. Where did you get the pearls from to make the pearl flower? Cheers FiLoMa

    1. Hi Filoma, those pearls came from my little box of jewelry treasures. They were a bracelet which I took apart for bits and bobs.