Sunday, 26 June 2016

Shabby Chic Tissue Box

Hi there and thank-you for taking the time.

I've an altered tissue box to display today. It began as kraft coloured cardboard but now it's a whole lot prettier...

I painted box white. Then used servietten technique to adhere an embossed white napkin to all sides (a lot of the raised detail of this was lost - unfortunately it got flattened as I stencilled etc). I tried some sepia text stamping for contrast but ended up painting over this as it looked way too busy. Instead I decorated with lots of Shabby White and Ivory Frantage.

Used stencils by Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz to stencil all sides with both pearlescent texture paste and crackled stencil paste. The Melissa Frances centre resin frame reminded me of "Ring a Ring o' Roses" so I've typed a more optimistic sentiment inside frame. The little resin angel is by Prima. All the decorative corners are made by me using paperclay and silicone moulds. Dabbed all the white embellishments with gilding wax.

Next, a twirl to the rear. The brass feet are by Graphic 45 (added extra gilding), ribbon is from stash and tissues are by Kleenex!

Many thanks for stopping by and a special shoutout of appreciation to the lovely peeps who leave a comment.

Have a great week!
Nicola x

I wish to enter tissue box to the following challenges:
Simply Neutrals - Challenge 26
A Vintage Journey - Texture or Embossing Paste
Country View Crafts - Crackle
City Crafter - White & Bright
The Crazy Challenge - R is for (Resin and Ribbon)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Love To Create - Anything Creative / Mixed Media


  1. WOW!!! Shabby chic gorgeousness at it's best!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. This is really beautiful Nicola, it puts me in mind of lovely vintage pieces of porcelain my Great Granny used to have which always seems to have such delicate gold gilding on them.

    B x

  3. Oh my goodness, Nicola, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! It's a work of art!! I love all the details!! You did such an amazing job!! It looks like a treasure that you would pay huge dollars to own!! I adore it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Oh wow Nicola, this would not be out of place in a Stately Home! I love all the texture you created, it looks amazing. The metal corners at the top are beautiful, as are those opulent feet. I just love this wonderful creation!

    Thanks so much for joining in our challenge this month at A Vintage Journey! Hugs, Anne xx

    1. Thanks Anne. The corners at the top are paperclay, handmade by moi! Nx

    2. My apologies, I did mean to say metal look corners, they do look so realistic! xx

  5. Wow, Nicola this is a gorgeous shabby tissue box! It is beautifully embellished, love the gold gilding you added for the extra shabby vintage touch. A wonderful make and a practical item!
    Hugs, Katie

  6. This is a beautifully shabby creation Nicola, I adore the cream and gold colour combination and the wonderful textures. The fabulous additions of the resin frame, the gilded Angel and corner pieces give it a wonderful regency appeal and I'd certainly love my tissue boxes hidden in something as luxuriant and grandiose as this. I just love your creative mind and what you design xxx

  7. Very very pretty Nicola, love all the paper clay embellishments and the crackled flourishes. Mo x

  8. WOW WOW WOW!! Nicola, this is just stunning! If my hubby would let me, this is how I would decorate the whole house! So shabby and vintage, elegant and divine! LOVE the wreath with the little sentiment, and the angel watching over it. Swoon!! sending hugs :)

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the stencilling moulds & gilded feet :)

  10. Dear Nicola, it is so beautiful,-so shabby lovely.
    The gold and cream are gorgeous, and the sweet angel ,corners and brass legs makes it look like a decoration in a movie from time gone by. I love your creations, and admire your ideas !
    Dorthe, xoxo

  11. Good evening Nicola, a beautiful piece of art you managed indeed ! Very elegant. I love this shabby style and and the balance between creamy colours and gold highlights. A warm hello from France.Veronique.

  12. What a gorgeous home decor project! This is exquisite, Nicola! You are so talented and I bet you live in a beautiful shabby home with such great details, like on your projects. Hugs, Autumn

  13. Gorgeous work, Nicola!! Indeed looking way more gorgeous and interesting now than as card board box :) Thank you for linking up at Simply Neutrals! xx

  14. A new favorite!!! LOVE the alteration, and what exquisite results! Every side is a delight, and so fit for the Queen's room!!!

  15. WOW Nicola, this is stunning, a truly beautiful alteration. Love the shabby white with the pearlecent embossing paste and the touches of gold on the embellishments. Very creative.
    Avril xx

  16. What a lovely tissue box cover! love the legs the corners and pretty stenciling! thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

  17. Most beautiful tissue box I have ever seen! Very elegant, looks like something from Versailles, maybe?

  18. So stunning, Nicola - the shimmering shades of white and ivory are so gently beautiful, and the texture is to die for. Fabulous work!
    Alison x

  19. Loving the delicate colour palette you have used for this box, it really is just beautiful...The embellishments are perfect too.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  20. Nicola, this is sheer perfection... you have such an incredible eye for design. Your work blesses and richly inspires me! This project is pure elegance and quite a stunning transformation. Absolutely gorgeous, my friend. You make my heart happy. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  21. What a beautiful tissue box you have created here Nicola xx Love the colour and shabby feel x Great details.............quite spectacular xx

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  22. Beautiful tissue box. I love the touches of gold which gives a real opulent feel to your design. Love the cherub too. Tracy x

  23. Hi Nicola!
    Wow! What a transformation from a humble tissue box to total and complete vintage elegance!! Your box looks as though it belongs on the nightstand of the Queen of England. I love every little detail you've added to create this timeless treasure. I hope all is well with you and that you're having a wonderful summer!

  24. Thank you for thinking of my family Nicola! Your altered project looks amazing! Love all the fancy embellishments and distressing!


Thank-you! Your visit and comment is very much appreciated. Nicola x