Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blues and Greens glasses case

How scary is this, we are already half way through the summer! The heat is making crafting difficult but I did manage to rustle up some enthusiasm for the August Country View Challenge, hosted by team mate Corrie. She wants to see Blues and Greens and this is an easy remit... plus I needed a personal gift for my OH who keep dropping his glasses cases and breaking them.

So here I go again, a 3rd incarnation for the cheap high street glasses case (Boots, if you must know).

Click here and here for previous versions of the makeovers.

This time I used a Gelli print and over-stamped motifs from sets designed by Andy Skinner with Archival ink. The paper I used is similar to tissue paper in thickness, and is actually what typists used to produce copies on typewriters.

I didn't take any pictures of the Gelli printing or how I applied the print to the case, as both of these things need to be done quickly to prevent any premature drying and I only have one pair of hands! [I'm going to have to look into a DIY contraption that would let me take pics hands free!]

Here's a picture of a similar case before I tampered with it:

1. Gesso the glasses case, apply 2 coats
2. Apply gel medium, one side at a time and place the tissue trying to smooth out the wrinkles as you go along.
3. Cut or tear the surplus paper, and take care of the corners by cutting out small triangles and folding the paper.
4. Repeat for the other side
5. Make sure, if there is a mechanism to open the case, that it is clear of paper and/or paint. Use a craft knife to tidy up.
6. Coat the finished article with as many layers of varnish as you can bear to do! It is an item that is handled a LOT! I did 4...

Gelli plate and paints
The Crafter's workshop Gears stencil
Stampendous Curiosity (ASCRS04), Shabby Chic (ASCRS05), Toxic ( ASCRS06)
Gel medium
DecoArt Soft Touch varnish.

Here's the front and back pictures of the finished piece:

If my hubby doesn't like it, I'll use it myself as I love how the print turned out.

I hope me and my teammates have inspired you to enter our challenge! You could win a £20 voucher to spend on crafty stash at Country View Crafts is all I'm saying...
Thanks for coming by,
 I am entering the We Love to Create and SanDee & amelie's Steampunk challenge.


  1. a much better look to the glasses case!

  2. I love how it turned out too, a brilliant idea and beautifully executed xxx

  3. That's one cool glasses case Christine. It will be a real talking point when your Hb uses it. Watch out for requests from friends and family! xx

  4. Amazing makeover of a simple object. Well done as always

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. I was so intrigued by this, I just had to come over and see it - what a fabulous idea and such a gorgeous result!! Thanks for sharing how you did it too. Love this... Anne x

  6. A brilliant alteration to your glasses case, I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

  7. Such a great idea ! Love it !
    Corrie x

  8. What a fabulous makeover - I don't think I'd be able to give this away. Gorgeous blues and greens and those AS stamps look just perfect.
    Alison x

  9. Wow, this is amazing!!! What a transformation!!! I love it!!! xx

  10. What a great idea - I love your new case!

  11. A brilliant idea and so well put together! I hope that he likes it! Xx

  12. Fantastic and will certainly catch the eye. He's bound to love it xx

  13. what an amazing transformation. brilliant xx

  14. Super sympa cette réa !!!
    Je ne vois pas trop de quel papier tu parles comme je n'ai pas de machine à écrire manuelle (ça semble déjà si vieux !! :D)... Mais j'imagine qu'on peut faire la même chose avec du vrai papier de soie héhé :)
    Bises, et oui oui, j'ai craqué avant-hier sur les petites chouettes moi pour répondre à ta question mdr!! Aie le porte-monnaie... idem que pour toi :-(

  15. Oh, Wow! What a fantastic project.
    Hugs Flo x

  16. This is really lovely Christine, and no way would I hand it over, this one is definitely a keeper! Have a fun week, Sue xx

  17. Such a cool idea and it turned out beautifully - love! Hugs, Autumn

  18. Belle idée et beau cadeau! L'association des bleus et verts est superbe!

  19. WOW! It's gorgeous!!! I really ought to make a few of those... I have glasses for every occasion (different colours, different strengths). Thanks for the idea and inspiration! xx

  20. Oh, Christine, I can´t understand your hubby! I love this glasses case! But I´m sure, you´ll have fun using it yourself =)
    Hugs Evelyn

  21. I have to have a go at this Christine. I'm with Evelyn above just can't understand hubby!!!

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  22. belle idée de cadeau , merci de jouer pour Sandee & Amelie's , à bientôt NATE

  23. This is a fabulous glass case I really love what you have done with it very clever! thanks for joining us over at SASPC x