February 14, 2012

Valentines Day Altered Cigar Box and Wow Embossing Powders

Happy Valentines Day everyone. Today is a day filled with chocolates, valentines cards and people we love. A day to craft with your children and do something special for your spouse.

Yup, I'm a fan of the Hallmark holiday known as Valentines Day and today I'm sharing with you the Altered Cigar Box project I've created for the WOW Embossing Powders Valentines Week Hop. If you haven't been following along this week, make sure you take a moment and check out the creations so far.

I wanted to create something special for my husband and thought what better thing than an altered cigar box. My husband is a fan of a good cigar, so the item kinda jumped out at me. For this altered cigar box, I used Whirly Pop, Cable Car Red and Gold Ultra High embossing powders. These embossing powders work fantastic on wood, plexi and flowers and to prove it, I've got pictures!!!!

First of a close up of the Gold Ultra High on chipboard. I love this stuff!!! Such a crisp emboss when it has been heated. No bubbles!!!!

Next I masked a chipboard heart and used both Whirly Pop and Gold Ultra High. Pretty Pretty I say...

For the front plexi part of the box, I used Whirly Pop and Gold Ultra High again. I wanted a really distressed look, so took a fan brush to some of the powder before heat embossing it.

With me still? Now the entire cigar box itself was embossed using a combination of Whirly Pop and Cable Car Red. I love these two colors together. Perfect for a Valentine project indeed.

Now for the entire shadow box. I added the flowers using Helmar 450 Quick Dry and Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to give dimension. The burlap and papers were from the January Dixie Pieces Kit Be Mine, The rub-on in from The Robin's Nest.I hope you like it.

Think he'll like it? Probably would love it if it had a few Cuban cigars in it for sure haha. Well, thank you so so very much for stopping by today. Make sure you leave a comment, because I'm pretty sure at the end of this Wow Valentines Hop week, there is a Wowtastic Prize. Hope you all have a fantastic day filled with love

Until next time


  1. Lovely, you're so creative! Love all the gold. I currently have a birthday blog candy on my blog btw! Hugs, Hanneke

  2. Ohhhhh this is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeeeee the gold and loving all the hearts!

  3. Now this is a box you wouldn't mind having out all the time-bet he loves it!
    I love the distressed embossing such a great effect.
    Now really this sounds like a great embossing powder-love that it takes the high temp and doesn't bubble-nothing worse then that on a project
    Happy Valentines Day sweetie

  4. Oh how gorgeous! Looks amazing...hugs! Leah Ann

  5. Erika, I "love" the look of the gold on the letters!!

  6. Absolutely stunning ... much better than cigars (lol)

  7. Erika, thanks for the details on how you got the special effects for the cigar box!!! Beautiful work

  8. Wow, Erika! Smashing! If hubby doesn't like it, I know someone you can send it to who would truly appreciate it!

  9. This is stunning - great altered cigar box & perfect for Valentines Day!

  10. Erika,

    You outdid yourself!!!!!! This altered cigar box is AMAZING!!! :) I bet your husband loved it!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  11. What a cool project! I'm loving it, especially the way you brushed the gold over the plexi top.

  12. This is so pretty!!!! Love all your flowers....amazing...

  13. well I certainly hope that your DH enjoyed his gift - it's stunning

  14. Great idea! So unique. I love cigar boxes and have a few stashed away. You gave me inspiration to get them out and DO SOMETHING with them! Thanks for sharing.


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