Saturday, 23 January 2016

Construction with Artisan Style

Creating constructed projects is something I love to do. There are many styles of this type of 
paper craft project I think mine are not as complex as some but I love
making  them just the same.
The inspiration behind this project was my addiction to metal embellishments and the 
Graphic 45 Book box. In my mind theses two add up to my curiosity cabinet.

I call this my artisan style curiosity cabinet.
The artisan style paper collection by Graphic 45 is elegant and as the 
name suggests stylish.

The main part of the cabinet is created using the graphic 45 book box, the remaining sections are constructed using box board or otherwise known as chipboard.
I made a base section to the support the book box.

The roof section is the same width as the base giving the project vertical symmetry.
I left the diagonal section open at the front to give a more open feel.

Of course the entire external surfaces of the box are lined or covered with designer 
papers from the artisan style collection. I chose to use black papers on the top and base to allow 
the coloured papers of the book box section to stand out.
The back is decorated with an ephemera card from the collection. The images on these cards are so elegant and can stand for themselves on any project as can be seen here.

The base is supported by the Graphic 45 claw feet and I used one of the lion head door 
knockers centrally on the front of the book box.
The closure on the side is made from two metal swivel clasps and mini door knobs.
When the closures are unlatched it reveals the inside of the cabinet. The door
has another ephemera card with a fabulous peacock image.

The three shelves hold different embellishments, ranging from wooden through to metal and each shelf has some artisan style flair.
I used little bottles, made small books, assorted metal embellishments and wooden cotton reels.
Artisan style stickers and paper were used to decorate some of the embellishments to keep the flow going into the inside of the project. 

The next couple of photos are some closeups of the embellished shelves. I love  
how the designer paper images and stickers lift each of the shelves 

Well that is my artisan style curiosity cabinet. 
I had a lot of fun making it and hope it has given a little scope into the varied ways that Graphic 45 products can be used in conjunction with one your favourite Graphic 45 paper collections

Happy Paper Crafting



  1. This little cabinet is fabulous, Andrew. As are all of your projects. What a treat, two mixed media projects in two days! You are such a talented designer. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects.

  2. Hi Andrew, Could you tell me the thickness of the chipboard? Did you get it from Bunnings? I am also in NW TAS. Thanks very much. Love your work.


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