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Creating a Curio Cabinet and Album

Creating a Curio Cabinet and Album

Sometimes I get my best ideas when sat contemplating in the bathroom.  Years ago, I inherited a little black gloss Chinese cabinet with little drawers and shelves; I keep bits of jewellery in there.  Anyway, I thought I could have a go at making one of my own out of grey board and paper.  Well it was a challenge but loved how it turned out.   I wanted to create little windows in my curio cabinet that would show what was inside.  I made a drawer in the bottom for keepsakes and a mini album for photos and journalling to go into the top of the cabinet behind the doors.

I mostly used black card for the base design but then went completely outside mu comfort zone and used the 8 x 8 pack of Stamperia Hortensia papers.  I managed to get the whole cabinet and album decorated with just the single pack of papers and a few flowers for the front.  I love how its turned out.

I have added the cutting guide and instructions if you want to make your own to the  website shop if you wan to download the printable guide HERE.

A few photos of the album inside.


Distress Inks in Monochrome

Distress Inks in Monochrome

Most people think of monochrome as black, white and shades of grey, but it can be any colour within the same palette.  A challenge was to create an item using only a single coloured inkpad, for this I chose the #TimHoltz #distressink Dusty Concord which is a gorgeous purple shade.  The distress inks are translucent and water activated.

To achieve this tag effect, I rubbed the distress ink pad directly onto my glass craft mat and gently sprayed with a water mister.  By dipping the tag substrate into the ink on the glass craft mat several times, it built up a few layers.  I used a heat gun to dry off the excess moisture and repeated the process with the ink pad again. this gave some areas a darker mottled effect and a deeper purple shade.

As Distress inks are water reactive, I sprayed a little puddle of water from the mister onto my hand and then dropped it like a splash onto the tag and let the water rest there for a minute. I then dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel.  This has a faux bleaching effect like rain drop splashes.  Once the tag was dried again, I used a little text background stamp with the ink pad to create a little bit of interest in one corner.

I was using an set of Indigo Blue stamps for the main images.  I attached the gorgeous deeply etched red rubber stamp of  the lady image into my stamping platform and inked the stamp up directly from the same dusty concord distress ink pad.  Using a plain piece of white card, I stamped the image of the lady and also the wording which was also in the stamp set.

Distress inks can also be used to paint with. So I dabbed the ink pad onto my glass mat and sprayed with a water mist again. then using  a fine paintbrush, used the ink to colour in the outfit of the lady.  Once dry, the lady image was fussy cut around the image and glued onto the tag background.  The words were cut out in strips and the same ink pad wiped around all edges to add a bit of colour.  These were then glued onto the tag.

Why not have a go with a monochrome  project using a single ink pad colour to create a background and stamp. We would love to see what you create.