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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Video Tutorial – Creating an Armoire to Showcase ATCs, Tags, Domino Books and other Small Art Pieces

I hope you've been having fun gathering up your supplies and getting ready to make an Armoire.  Once you make one, I know you’ll want to make more.  These boxes are a great way to store and display your small art pieces like ATCs, tags, domino books, mini books etc.  I have two new samples (Time Machine Steampunk Themed and Peacock Dress Form) to show you in addition to the ones you've seen in previous posts.  I also have a new collage sheet 
In the video tutorial I cover how to create an armoire using either a cigar box or building one out of foam core board.

In addition to the watching the video tutorial you’ll also want to check-out the detailed photos and product supply lists for all four samples, the link to the stained glass transparency tutorial and the free images all listed below.  Per usual, I have a downloadable PDF document that contains all the information in this post as well as the steps covered in the video tutorial.
Time Machine – Steampunk Themed Armoire
Made From a Cigar Box
On the fronts and sides of this armoire I used images from the Hardware and Tick Tock collage sheets.  I used a Gold Bangle Bracelet to act as a frame for the collage of gears, clocks, numbers and chains.
The large acrylic Bulb at the top magnifies the image of the man with goggles.  The bulbs come with words on them but it is easy to remove the words with some Windex and your finger nail.
Alpha Stamps Products Used in the Time Machine Armoire
Peacock Dress Form Domino Book Armoire
Made From Foam Core Board

To embellish the dress forms I used real bits of peacock feathers in addition to peacock feather images from my Whimsical Frames collage sheet.
After making the French themed cabinet with an area to stack and display more small pieces of art at the bottom, I decided to make a cabinet just for small pieces like domino books.  The shelves are made of the same foam core board as the cabinet.
The doors are made from two pieces of heavy chipboard with the transparency film sandwiched in between.  To create doors with inserts that look like stained glass I used a technique of printing and embossing on a transparency.  Click here for the tutorial on this technique.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for the Peacock Dress Form Armoire
I created raised panels on the front of the doors using 2 layers of thick chipboard.  At the bottom I added a decorative chipboard panel where I can display more ATCs.  The area in front of the panel is large enough to display small pieces.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for the French Style Armoire
Tick Tock Collage Sheet (Pediment and clocks)
Alpha Stamps Products Used for the Regency Period Armoire
Resin Round Frame and Corners Set – On the front
The image below is the one I used on the front of the chest.  Feel free to download the image and use it in your art.
In addition to the pediments on my collage sheet Tick Tock, below are a few pediments that you can download and use for your armoire.


Alexandra♥ said...

Absolutely gorgeous works!

Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

Thank you so much for this Tutorial!! Absolutely love it!! All the pieces are amazing!

Again, your talent is endless and your willingness to share it with all of us shows how thoughtful and kind you are!!

Take care,

PeggyR said...

Oh my gosh I may just have to try these. I have many extras laying around that need a home! Love your artwork.

Seahorse Ranch Girl said...

Laura, magnificant! Each is such a showcase of creativity, and love. So much love goes into your work. Brava. Charlotte

smokeysmom said...

Totally awesome Laura! Thank you so much for the video and pdf for these wonderful armoires. I can't wait to try out! Like I've said many times before, you never ease to amaze me with your creative talent. Hugs, Maggie

Socrates said...

Perfectly beautiful. And all those different options. It's a wonderful tutorial, thank you.

HI! I'm Tabitha said...

holy cheese and sprinkles!!! these are breathtaking Laura!!! your craft room must be over flowing with loveliness

Joanne said...

Oh Laura, decisions, decisions
These are all so wonderful

Joanne said...

Whoohoo! I've just managed to buy a cigar box for £5 so can start planning at last

Julie Loeschke said...

These are all so wonderful! I plan to make the 'time machine" and even found the same box on etsy! My only question is: where do I find the Time Machine banner on the top.I didn't see it on any of your collage sheets.Would you be able to steer me in the right direction? Thanks so much.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your armoires are not only a practical way to store your artwork, but they're an amazingly beautiful piece of art in themselves. Your craftsmanship and instructional skills are mesmerizing too. Blessings!

Karenann Young said...

Do you have a PDF file for the Time Machine? Just love it!!!

Karenann Young said...

Never mind! I found it just above where I posted a comment!!! Oops!

peggy gatto said...

Your art work is divine, I love so much of what you have created!!