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Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I can't believe it is already February!  With February being the month of love, I have another romantic project to share; the traveling Theatre Francais presents "Lovers Promenade." It's the final scene in which, after many pitfalls, all the lovers are finally united (aka a happy ending).

This collage sheet is filled with 26 miniature men and women wearing Regency period fashions (my favorite) and is approximately 2 ½" tall.  The images are sized to fit the theater shadowboxes carried by Alpha Stamps and are great for other small art projects.  Click on the image below to purchase the collage sheet.

I assembled this theatre using a chipboard kit, collage sheet images, and chipboard wheels.  
On either side of the stage are the doors (faux) so that the theater can be secured and moved to the next town for another performance.

I started with a chipboard shadowbox kit with 5 pieces that lock together with tabs and notches.
After gluing the pieces together, I used decorative paper to cover the outside of the shadow box.
Next, on the inside, I added the background scenery from the French Fairies Shadowbox Façade collage sheet.  You don't need to add anything else to cover the inside of the shadowbox, as you won't see it when the curtains are attached.
I backed the characters from the Mini Regency Fashion collage sheet with heavy cardstock.
I attached the characters to the back of the shadowbox using popup dots.  I used between 1 and 3 dots so that they would pop up at different distances from the background.
To create the theater façade, I started with a chipboard shadowbox facade.
I used decorative paper for the top of the curtain and part of the curtain image from the Square Shadowbox Curtains – Teal Collage Sheet for the lower sides.
I added more of the teal curtain image to the chipboard facade and attached the chipboard to the front of the shadow box.
Next, I used images from the Gatefold Shrine Curtains collage sheet to create a skirt for the stage.  I thought the skirt gave the piece more height and provided a place to attach the wheels.  I backed the stage pieces with chipboard to make them sturdy.
Next, I attached layers of teal curtains, popping up sections of the curtains to create dimension, and added the chipboard skirt.  I added a pediment backed with decorative paper to the top.
To dress up the theatre, I glued together 3 sets of white feathers colored with Inca Gold Gilders Paste.  I used my fingers to apply the paste to the feathers.
I attached one of the sets of feathers to the back of the pediment and used an image from the Gatefold Shrine Curtains collage sheet to cover the base of the feathers.  The "Lovers Promenade" sign is accented with cherub buttons.
Next, I made the doors for the theater.   The door frame is from the Antique Frames digital image set.  Notice how I used the same image in the background as I used as the background in the shadowbox.  The couples on the doors are from the Days Gone By collage sheet and/or the digital image set.
The door layers starting from the back to the front, are:
  • Decorative Paper
  • Thin Chipboard
  • Collage Sheet Backdrop Image
  • Digital Image Set Frame Image
  • Collage Sheet Couples 
I also attached feathers to the doors and brass connectors to serve as a faux pull (to close the doors).

The picture below is a side view of the theater before the doors are attached.  You can see how the pop dots on the curtains are visible.  The doors serve as a structural and decorative element of the theater, but they also hide the pop dots.
Next, I glued the doors to the shadowbox at a slight angle (forward).
The last step was to add the chipboard wheels, which I painted, and then dressed up with a piece of filigree and an image (the same image that is in the skirt).  Lastly, I glued the wheels to the skirt.


claude said...

a valuable and original set

smokeysmom said...

Lady Laura, you are so amazingly talented! This piece is fabulous! You never cease to amaze:)

Juliz Design Post said...

Wonderful inspirational project.
TFS, Julie x

Betsy Skagen said...

I always learn something from you Laura (even if I don't usually remember to comment!). Beautiful work as always!

Betsy Skagen said...

I always learn something from you Laura (even if I don't usually remember to comment!). Beautiful work as always!

Tristan Robin said...

You just keep raising the bar. I can't believe you created that little beauty out of those materials. You're really a wonder woman. I must find a way to spend a day (or weekend!) creating and watching YOU create stuff!!!!! I just know I could learn so much from you - we have a similar aesthetic - you've really refined it!

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Wow Laura! Your creation is truly beautiful and dreamy! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

sheilaAR said...

Beautiful and elegant reminder of gentler times gone by! Just wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial. xo sheila

Jennifer Hatt said...

Love this so creative, just wondering how you backed the sheet with cardstock, did you use the Mini Regency Fashion collage sheet and then put it on cardstock and cut it out again? Would really like to make these and im not sure what to order from A.S. as I want to make them very sturdy.