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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
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cigar Box Chest – Video Tutorial – New “Letters from the Past” Collage Sheets & Digital Image Set

For all you altered cigar box fans I have a project that is right up your alley.  By combining multiple cigar boxes you can create a piece of art that is also functional.  Hunt down some boxes, choose your theme and you’re good to go.
In the sample, I envisioned a vintage writing chest that carried all of the essentials of proper communication, perhaps traveling with an elegant woman during Jane Austen’s time.  

Of course there are so many uses for a chest like this such as jewelry, keepsakes or maybe a place to store your favorite pieces of art. 
 
To go along with the writing chest I’ve created new collage sheets and a digital image set titled “Letters from the Past” which are available at Alpha Stamps.
In addition to the using the images in the writing chest I also used the digital images to create my blog header and Email Me button.

The digital image set includes all of the images in the collage sheet plus many more for a total of 98 images.  Along with more images, the digital image set gives you much more flexibility in printing just the images you want, and in resizing the images to your particular needs.
TUTORIAL
In this tutorial I’ll cover how to alter, decorate and assemble cigar boxes to create a chest.  There is also a companion downloadable PDF document which includes the information covered in the tutorial.  Further down in this post you will find the complete list of the products I used on the sample chest.
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used in this Project
Tim Holtz Curio Knobs (used on 3 of the boxes)
Fancy Handle (used on the sides of one box)
Small Box Latches (used on the boxes with drop down fronts)
Set of Curved Brass Hinges (used to for the lift up lid)
Lion Head Handle (used on the top box)
Round Corrugated Metal Beads (used for the matchbox drawer pulls)
Garnet Red 10mm Faceted Beads (used for the matchbox drawer pulls)

Alternative Products

FREE CIGAR BOX IMAGES
If you choose to keep the look of the cigar boxes for your chest you will need to replace the cigar box edging paper.  Below are links to free collage sheets with edgings.  I suggest you print the edgings on thin glossy paper as it will look like the real thing and be thin enough to wrap and glue to the box edges.  I use what is called glossy “presentation” or “brochure” paper made for inkjet printers.  You can find it online and at office supply stores. 
EDGINGS
LABELS

13 comments:

claude said...

a wonderful work, thank you for the video

Christi Conley said...

Amazing!!

Karen Mallory said...

Laura! This is such a spectacular piece!! Totally love it!
hugs Karen

Susan Salyer said...

This is amazing and beyond gorgeous Laura. Thank you for the treat and beauty.
hugs
susan s

margits bastelstube said...

great. thans for the wonderful tutorial!
greetings
margit

Marge Luttrell said...

absolutely stunning.....

HawaiianLibrarian said...

I am awestruck by this fine stationer's desk that would be the center of attention no matter its use; I would place handmade journals in its niches and drawers to delight the curious. Beautiful detail. Mahalo for sharing.

Ann said...

many,many thanks for sharing!!!
spectacular and beautiful!!

cathwren said...

I really enjoyed your piece.That seems like a huge understatement. I want to thank you for the tutorial. I am inspired to try at least one cigar box. Who knows, I may be totally "hooked" and never stop.

Coco said...

Fabulous piece and chest using recycled cigar boxes!!! And your new collage sheets are great also, there are many possibilities with them... Thanks much for the tutorial Laura, I keep it by my side, I'm sure it's fantastic, no doubt at all! Hugs, Coco xx

barbara macaskill said...

Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial and all of the free images!! I am fairly new here but am in love with everything I see so far!! I am looking forward to many happy hours reading your posts and creating with these fabulous images!! THANK YOU!!! Have a great weekend!

Janice B said...

Thanks for your fantastic tutorial and all the detailed work and downloads. Only problem is that the second cigar box art download is a repeat of the cigar box edging download. I don't mind in the least as you have provided me with enough artwork for several sets of cigar box chests of drawers, but I thought you might like to know.

berlykim37 said...

this is amazing and wow thank you for sharing.
I know how much work and time you put into it..