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A random comment will be chosen from one of the Graphic 45 design team member's blogs and the winner will be announced on Monday, June 25th! There's also an exclusive Facebook prize! And a Pinterest prize! Check the Graphic 45 Blog for details.
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The blog line up for today (June 18th) includes:
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE
I used Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary papers and some amazing May Arts ribbon to decorate and alter a wood dresser. My inspiration was my Graphic 45 teammate, Arlene who created a dresser using the Little Darlings collection. See Arlene's project HERE! I love her project and wanted to make a dresser with a darker color palette.
This wood dresser is about 10 inches tall and is one of those simple pine items that you can purchase for a few dollars at any craft store. But look at it now!
I wanted to create a Victorian-inspired piece with black accents. The floral paper (Focal Point) has beautiful pastel flowers on a black background. Perfect!
Before I started the project, I used a heat tool to soften the glue on the small, wood knobs that were attached to each drawer. I pulled the knobs off and sanded the entire dresser. Then, I coated the dresser with Gesso and two coats of black acrylic paint (Making Memories Asphalt).
I painted the inside of the drawers, then lined them with paper. In the "old days" we used to line our dressers with pretty newspapers or magazine pages. I remember my mom lining all the dressers and all the kitchen drawers and shelves. (Ok, the old days were the 1970s, but we were "country people" and my parents grew up during the Great Depression!)
When you add this many coats of paint, you need to make sure that the drawers can still slide in and out. They can get a bit "stiff" and even stick. (Trust me!)
I added a sticker from the A Ladies' Diary collection to the top of the dresser. To tell the truth, I am covering a dent that I made trying to un-stick the drawer! Once each drawer was covered with paper, I glued a Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples to each drawer front.
To attach the paper to the outside of the dresser, I used a gel medium (Liquitex Matte Gel). I painted a thin coat of the gel medium directly onto the wood and added my paper. The gel dries a bit more slowly than other glues so there is time to make sure the paper is in place. Once I had the paper the way I wanted, I used a brayer to smooth it down. The result is PERFECT. No air bubbles, no buckling, the paper does not get wet or sticky.
For this side of the dresser, I created a rolled ribbon flower from May Arts black silk ribbon, then added a bow and a large pearl. I created a "fashion plate" from one of the Graphic 45 chipboard elements and some of the paper and stickers.
For this side I painted a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plate Staples and glued it to the dresser. I used micro tip scissors to fussy cut the lady and used foam tape to pop her off the metal. When fussy cutting, if you make a bit of a mistake, rub the edges with ink to mask the error!
For the top of my dresser I created a mini gift box using a Spellbinders die template. I tied some pretty May Arts green wrinkle ribbon to the box. I added a doily and a pen nib. But my favorite part is the tiny "lady's diary" that I made!
I cut two pieces of chipboard 2 1/5 x 1 1/5 inches and covered them with paper. I inked all the edges with black ink. For the cover, I added a Graphic 45 chipboard element and two of the Graphic Stamped Metal Brads.
For the inside, I trimmed some lined paper to 2 1/2 x 3 inches and folded them in half. I glued the pages together and attached them to the diary covers. I used some tissue tape to bind the spine of the diary. I added a bookmark by trimming a bit of thin May Arts Champagne silk ribbon.
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Do you want to learn more about Graphic 45 and May Arts? Here is some fun information about these two fantastic crafting companies!
Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters. Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.
May Arts Ribbon was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers imported from Taiwan, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler.
As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality,affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order.
May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day.
A Ladies' Diary: A Ladies' Diary, Focal Point, Fashion Plate, La Gazette, Tags 1 and 2, Cardstock Stickers
Graphic 45 Staples:
Metal Buttons, Metal Brads, Ornate Metal Door Plate
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink: Dragonfly Black
Ribbon: May Arts: Champagne Silk, Black Silk, Green Wrinkled
Wood chest: Michael's Crafts
Cardstock: American Crafts: Black
Tissue Tape: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Pen nib: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Journal pages: Crafty Secrets Summertime Journal Notes
Doily: Craft supply
Pearl button: Pro 31 Designs
Die cut box: Spellbinders Square Bracket Box
Paint: Delta Ceramcoat Gesso; Making Memories Asphalt Acrylic Paint
Adhesive: Liquitex gel medium; Cosmo Cricket Glubers; Scotch 3M tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Beacon Fabri-tac; Glue Dots adhesive dots; Scor-pal Scor-tape; white glue