Graphic 45 “Playtimes Past” Dresser
I started by cutting all of my chipboard pieces. I also started with different drawers and changed in the middle (what can I say, I’m a woman). That’s why the drawer sizes are not quite right for the carcass. Also there are spacers in the back of the carcass. When I changed my mind the spacers were already glued and weren’t going to turn loose. So this meant I had to change my drawer size. Here are the adjusted measurements.
- Top and Bottom 7 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ (You need a top and a bottom.)
- Sides 5 5/8″ x 5 7/16″ (You need 2)
- Back 5 5/8″ x 7 1/2″
- “Shelves” 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 (You need two of these. These are what your drawers sit on.)
- Rails for shelves to sit on. 2 1/8 x 5 3/8 (You need 4)
- Sides 4 15/16 x 1 7/8 (You need 4)
- Back 7 1/16 x 1 7/8 (You need 2)
- Front 7 1/16 x 1 15/16 (You need 2)
- Bottom 7 1/16 x 5 ( You need 2)
- Drawer Front Facades 2 1/8 x 7 3/8 (You need 2)
- Sides 5 3/16 x 7/8
- Back 7 3/16 x 7/8
- Front 7 3/16 x 15/16
- Bottom 7 3/16 x 5 1/4
- Drawer Front Facades 1 1/8 x 7 3/8
- Sides 2 1/2 x 5 3/8 (You need 2)
- Front and Back 2 1/2 x 7 5/8 (You need 2)
Dresser Top: 8 5/16 x 5 7/8, 8 x 5 11/16, 7 5/8 x 5 1/2
All pattern papers are cut 1/8″ smaller than the piece of chipboard they are attaching to.
I glued the carcass together first and because I haven’t mastered transfiguring into an octopus yet I got my husbands help holding all the pieces while the glue dried. We did the same for the drawers. Then I painted the inside only of the carcass. I did not paint the drawers, I only covered them with black cardstock.
Next from my black cardstock scraps I cut 1″ strips of paper to cover all the raw edges of the carcass on the outside. The length is determined by the place where I’m adhering the strip. I scored each strip in half long ways. Folded, then sniped off a small wedge from the fold in towards the long side of the raw edge. I adhered all of my strips and did the same for the drawers.
I was going to use vintage photo to color the dresser top but then decided to paint it black. I only needed to paint the edges because the three pieces will be stacked together and a piece of pattern paper will be added on top. I used We-R-Memory Keepers scallop punch on only two of the corners (this is very much like my actual dresser). All the pieces of the dresser top will be flush on the long unpunched side, the front is stair stepped. For all of the pattern paper (except the black pattern paper, because it won’t show) I used vintage photo distress ink and walnut stain distress paint to distress the edges. I then adhere the dresser top to the dresser.
For the feet of the dresser I free handed a gentle curve on a folded piece of printer paper the size of the feet pieces. This is for the sides and the back. For the front I traced the outside edge of my Life Style Crafts die cut (the largest one) and then added some extra curves. If you don’t want to reinvent the wheel click here for my template. On the opposite side of the fancy side at 1/2″ in from the edge I GENTLY scored with a craft knife (being careful not to cut all the way through). The idea is you are creating a hinge of sorts. I then painted the edges with black paint.
I used the chipboard pieces to get the shape for the pattern paper. Then added the paper to my feet. I gently bent the chipboard at the score (away from the score) to make a hinge for attaching to the dresser. I used hot glue here. The front and back feet are cut to go in front of the side feet but make sure everything is flush.
I angle cut the hinges to fit around the bottom of the dresser. I reinforced the inside of the hinges with hot glue. I also put a piece of black cardstock (scrap) on the inside of the junctions on the feet after using hot glue to glue the junctions together.
On another piece of chipboard I traced my mirror pattern. I made this pattern by tracing around my Life Style Crafts die again. Then I added the posts. The mirror and posts are one piece of chipboard (click here for template). I did the same thing here for a hinge type thing as I did for the feet. This is where it will attach to the dresser top.
Then I cut the posts again out of white cardstock. Then with the largest and third largest of my Life Style Crafts dies I cut a mirror frame from Grungepaper.
I then colored them with Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain and used my woodgrain embossing folder to give them a wood look.
To create the mirror I used aluminum foil because that’s all I had on hand, however I think it would have been better if I had used mylar. I sprayed the aluminum foil (dull side) with spray adhesive and then smoothed it onto the chipboard piece. Trimming the excess off of course. I then added the mirror frame and the posts (the frame overlaps the posts just slightly). I cut two pieces of scrap chipboard slightly smaller than the post and painted them black. Next I threaded faceted beads onto head pins and sandwiched the excess head pin between the posts of the mirror and the pieces I just cut and painted. Then attached the mirror to the top of the dresser.
At this point I added whatever pattern papers I have not added yet.
For the drawer front facades I attached the pattern paper, then the hardware and then the facade to the drawer front. I then covered the outside of the dresser with Mod Podge gloss (two coats). I did not cover the mirror (aluminum foil).
For the dresser scarf I cut a piece of the hexagon shaped paper from the “Home Sweet Home” 12 x 12 stack. The length is 12″ and I just followed the pattern of one hexagon, then two, then one, then two and so on across the paper. This paper made me think of a quilt (love it). Then I made two tassels with some embroidery floss. I attached them with some tape. I put the scarf on the dresser and folded down the sides. Then I glued the scarf in place. I did not glue the decorations onto the dresser they are meant for fun and maybe I will change them in the future (perhaps following the holidays).
Here is a look at the back of the dresser.
Papers “Playtimes Past” and “Home Sweet Home” 12 x 12
Ornate Metal Label Holder (3)
Close to my Heart
White Daisy Cardstock
Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Distress Spray Stain Vintage Photo
Distress Paint Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungepaper
Life Style Crafts
Die Cutters ( the ones that come with the plate kit)
Mod Podge Gloss
Head Pins (2)
Large Beads (2)
Chipboard ( I used 1/16″ thick chipboard form AccuCut Crafts)
Graphic 45 “Home Sweet Home” Tea Box
I’m not going to go into great detail with this project. It’s pretty simple however if you get stuck please feel free to contact me.
I started with an Allure Beauty Box but you can create your own with chipboard. I sanded the box to rough up the glossy finish. I also cut two corners on the lid to create a hinge so my lid will be attached to the box. I made dividers out of chipboard and covered them with cardstock. I put my dividers in my box and covered the edges of the box and lid with white cardstock. Then I lightly went over the edges with Barn Door Distress Paint.
I then cut all of my pattern papers, inked them with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint and adhered them to my box. I fussy cut the tea pot and cup from the Playtimes Past 12 x 12 paper, added a paper doily under them and glued them to the top of my box. I used Sticky Strip to adhere the lid to the box. Then covered the outside with two coats of Mod Podge Gloss. I painted my hardware with white paint and when it was dry I removed some of it with a wire brush. I used E6000 to glue on the hardware. Then I embellished the top.
I used stickers from the Secret Garden sticker sheet on the top on the box and one in the label holder. I also (because I love the paper so much) cut a bunch of the hexagon shapes out, distressed the edges then glued them to a piece of white cardstock the size of the inside of the lid. It was like putting a puzzle together. I think I’ve seen quilts like this where the raw edges are visible and roughed up. There are two sections for tea bags and one for … chocolates (shh… don’t tell anyone). So grab some of my tea and chocolates and sit back and relax while you watch the video of the last project I made for my audition.
Papers “Home Sweet Home” and “Playtimes Past” 12 x 12
Cardstock Stickers “Secret Garden”
Tags and Pockets “Home Sweet Home”
Chipboard “Home Sweet Home”
Ornate Metal Label Holder
Antique Brass Claw Feet
Distress Paint Barn Door
Close to my Heart
White Daisy Cardstock
Mod Podge Gloss
E6000 (for feet)
White Paper Doily
Flat Back Pearls
Chipboard ( I used 1/16″ thick chipboard from AccuCut Crafts)
Graphic 45 “Good Ol’ Sport” Policy Envelope Mini Album
This is a policy envelope mini album made with Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport 12 x 12 paper.
Paper “Good Ol’ Sport” 12 x 12
Cardstock Stickers “Good Ol’ Sport”
Tags and Pockets “Good Ol’ Sport”
Chipboard “Good Ol’ Sport” (Save the packaging, you’ll use it.)
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Alterations Die Torn Notebook
Idea-ology Locket Keys
Close to my Heart
Die cut Cards and Envelopes (Disc.)
Waxie Flax (Disc.)
Hook & Loop Dots
Clear Embossing Powder (Close to my Heart sells it but it’s by Ranger)
Embossing Folder (the one with all the gears)
Life Style Crafts
Die Cutters (the ones that come with the plate kit)
Create-A-Collage Rub -on
K & J Magnetics
1/4 x 1/16 Neo Magnets (8)
1/2 x 1/16 Neo Magnets (2)
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