The intriguing thing about them is that you have not one, but five surfaces to decorate: front, back, sides and top. The bottom can be made pretty, but has to be flat so the piece can stand.
Gloria, one of the list moms at ATT is hosting a 3/3 swap of these beauties, and I really wanted to participate. But being an apartment dweller, getting wood cut to size is not something I can just do on a whim. But Gloria very kindly sent me a box of pre-cut pieces, so I could join in.
The photos are a little dark, but if you click on them, you'll get a much better view.
These are the fronts. I covered them with metal from Ten Seconds Studio, which I embossed and sanded. The vintage typewriters are from a Graphic 45 paper. They were distressed a bit, mounted on cardboard, metal corners were added, and they were attached with foam so they're very dimensional.
The backs are also covered with embossed and sanded metal...different color. I added some of Tim's ornate frames with text inside.
One side has another Graphic 45 paper of vintage pens, and I added an actual pen nib. On the bottom is a faux typewriter key. Hey, I think I have a theme going on here.
On the other side, atop the same Graphic 45 paper is a Tim stamp, done on grungepaper, inked and distressed. Don't know how well you can see, but attached to the GP with one of Tim's mini pins are a spinner and a bird charm.
The tops are embellished with some numbers and black scrabble-like letters.
I also did a fourth for me to keep, and look forward to receiving three new ones when the swap is over. I think they will look great on display, and have a spot in mind.