Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


If you love Alice in Wonderland and tarot cards, you will love these projects.  One set of cards is the size of an ATC and a mini version of cards that are 1 3/8" x 15/16".  To store the cards, I’ve used two different sized Faux Book Boxes decorated with beautiful themed Alice paper and images from my new image sets.    
For this project, I have designed a 3collage sheet Alice themed Tarot card set of the 22 Major Arcana tarot cards which are ready to be cut out, backed with decorative paper and voila, you have a set of cards. The images are available as collage sheets or as a digital image set.
If you love miniature items, I created a half collage sheet mini version of the tarot cards which is Free with Purchase for a limited time at AlphaStamps (see details further down in the post).


This 3 collage sheet set contains 22 Major Arcana tarot cards featuring characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” books plus some images to decorate a card box.  It is so easy to make your own set by merely cutting out the card images and attaching a decorate paper backing.   This set fits perfectly in the ATC Sized Faux Book Box.
This sheet contains 18 characters from the “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” books.  Included are: Executioner, Duchess, Mock Turtle, White Knight, White King, Red Queen, Caterpillar, Humpty Dumpty, King of Hearts, March Hare, Gryphon, Cheshire Cat, Carpenter, Walrus, Unicorn, Lion, Jabberwock, and the Messenger.  This sheet works well with all of my other Alice themed collage sheets and digital image sets.
This sheet is a mini version of 3 Alice Tarot Collage Sheet (22 Major Arcana tarot cards) set featuring characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” books plus some images to decorate a card box.  The cards measure 1 3/8" x 15/16" and fit perfectly in the Tiny Card Faux Book Box.

This set contains all of the cards found on the Alice Tarot 3 Collage Sheet set which includes 22 Major Arcana tarot cards featuring characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” books plus some images to decorate a card box for a total of 24 images.  This set fits perfectly in the ATC Sized Faux Book Box.

I started by assembling the box part of the book.  Next, I painted all of the edges that will be exposed after papering, black.
As a closure, I added ribbon to the inside of the lid and the back of the box (before papering).  You could alternately add the ribbon to the front of the cover as opposed to the back. 
To all of the surfaces inside and out I added paper from the Alice 12x12 paper pad which is filled with beautiful designs and images, I had a tough time choosing which ones to use.   Notice how the paper covers the ribbon and helps to hold it in place.
For the spine, I used bookbinders tape or cloth tape.  It is fabric on one side with adhesive on the other.  Other options would be to use paper or to hinge the cover to the spine.  I cut the tape wider than the spine to facilitate attaching it to the lid and back of the box.

I attached the tape to the spine (first picture above) then glued the spine to the side of the box.  I then folded the tape over the back of the box and then folded it over the lid of the box.
I used images from the Tarot Card collage sheet set, the Alice in Wonderland Characters collage sheet (March Hare on the spine) and my Wonderland digital image set (trees & cat on the front cover) to decorate the outside of the box.
I used three layers for the tarot cards to make them sturdy.
Top – tarot card image
Middle – cardstock (alternatively you could use thin chipboard)
Back – Alice decorative paper
After assembling the three layers I painted them with Glossy Accents to give them a shiny finish.

I assembled the mini cards and box in the same manner as the larger box and cards with a few minor differences.
For the small box, I used only one ribbon as a closure.
For the mini cards, I backed the images with the Alice decorative paper but did not use the cardstock in the middle as the cards would have been too thick to fit in the box.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Anthropomorphic Theater Presents - Death Comes to Call

The inspiration for this project came from a series of shadow box lids with cutouts of various shapes and sizes.  I thought it would be fun to put them together to construct a theater.
Wanting something unusual, I decided to create a new collage sheet “Strange People #2” (further below in the post) filled with anthropomorphic characters and decided on the macabre theme “Death Comes to Call”.
In this theater, multiple scenes are taking place at the same time.  The crocodile and unicorn vie for the attention of the giraffe.
In another room the stork pines for the crocodile who is fixated on the giraffe while in another scene the crow maid quarrels with her fop of a master.
Lurking at the top is Death sensing the tension between the characters while the stag plays his fiddle.

This collage sheet contains 15 anthropomorphic characters.

The theater is made from 4 different shadowbox lids and their corresponding shadow box kits.  I decided to make the opening larger (at the top and bottom) on the largest shadowbox lid which is arched.
I marked cut lines on the top and bottom of the lid and then drew lines along the arch to help guide where to expand the top of the arch.  I used a stencil to help me mark the new arch line.
I covered the lids with damask style paper.

To give the lids the look of a theater I added curtains with fringe (2 different colors).  These are digital images so they can be sized to fit the project.  I also used architectural elements from the Mini Gothic Architecture Collage Sheet.  At the top of the large box is the theater sign which you will find further down in the post and can download for your project.
I painted the shadow boxes on the inside and outside with a combination of yellow shades of paint and added yellow paper to the inside bottom of the box.  I chose this color as it is bright and whatever I added to the inside would not get lost in the shadows after the lid was in place.
Next, I added furnishings from the Mini Gothic Architecture Collage Sheet and the Step into My Parlor Collage Sheet.  All of the images are popped up from the back (using double stick foam tape) to give the impression of dimension.  Lastly, I added the characters (also popped up from the back).

Once I was satisfied with each of the scenes I slid the lids over the boxes and then glued the boxes together, positioning the side boxes slightly in front of the center box.
Feel free to download this image and use it in your artwork.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Miniature Peddler's Cart - Christmas Treats - VIDEO TUTORIAL

For those of you into miniatures, how about a peddler’s cart filled with tasty holiday treats. I decorated the cart with gingerbread chipboard trim, a wreath, holly leaf images, gingerbread images, hanging lights, candy canes, and two tin soldiers.
Many of the cookies are made from polymer clay and cookie cutter cabochons which I’ll cover in the video tutorial. 
There are chocolates (decorated with slices of polymer clay canes) and lollypops made from beads.  
I used various pre-made candy canes, cakes, and gingerbread house beads.  The large wrapped trees are paper images and the wrapped gingerbread men are buttons (from my stash) decorated with slices of a polymer clay cane.
I jazzed up the sides with candy cane and gingerbread images and on the side with the pull, I hung candy canes.
This piece will make a great addition to my Streets of Paris shops when I decorate them for Christmas.

You might recognize the Peddler’s Cart kit as it is the same one I used for the Streets of Paris Artist cart.

In the video tutorial below I'll walk you through how I assembled and decorated the cart plus how I made the tasty treats.