Saturday, 30 June 2012

Medicine Cabinet

There has been some fun had in the Izzwizz household this week culminating in another book card for your delectation:

"Olde Curiosity Shoppe Medicine Cabinet Book Card"

The basic construction has 300gsm brown card for an outer cover, with 200gsm white card interleaved concertina-style to provide an inner frame resembling the pages of a book.

"Sideview Showing Closure"

The closure is provided by two short lengths of chain attached inside the card with Glossy Accents and joined via two jump rings with a jewellery closure. A diecut padlock and key are threaded onto the chain.

"Shop Front"

The brickwork for the shopfront is handpainted on watercolour paper using distress inks, water and paintbrushes. This was my first attempt at brickwork and I'm quite pleased with the results. The window is diecut from 300gsm brown card. The window panes are made from white card stained & stamped with distress ink, then diecut and adhered to the base window with PVA.

"Olde Curiosity Shoppe"

"Olde Curiosity Shoppe" is stamped twice on brown card and heat-embossed in gold. One of the stamped images is diecut into a circle, the other has the word "Curiosity" trimmed separately and attached on top of the circle using Pinflair for dimension.


The flowers are leaves are diecut from Graphic45 "Le Cirque" paper offcuts using Spellbinders Rose Creations, Carnation Creations & Foliage dies. The flowers edges are inked and shaped before assembling with brads and fixing to the card with Pinflair.

"Window Scene"

A square of paper showing the inside of a cabinet is cut from the paper pad and fixed to the inside front cover of the card with Pinflair.

Let's move onto the inside...


The back of the square used to make the window scene has a lovely harlequin pattern which makes an ideal background pattern to show off one of the frames from the paper pad. Some glitter glue is added to the boot's wings and distress stickles added to the frame for a little sparkle.The wings and boot are shaped before adhering with Pinflair.

"Medicine Cabinet"
It is hard to see the stamped background behind all the bottles, but it is made by stamping images in antique linen onto a background stained with the same colour, then overstamping more images with walnut stain. The book aperture is filled with bottles made by stamping bottles and labels onto white card in archival inks, colouring with distress inks, and glazing with a glaze pen. Each of the bottle is cut out and shaped before adhering with Pinflair dimensional glue. The raven & sign are stamped in black archival and heat-embossed in clear. The key is cut from patterned paper and some glossy accents used to highlight the watch face. Lots of lace is used to decorate the edge. Those little liver pills are something I could do with LOL!

Graphic45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Stamp Sets 1, 2 and 3
Graphic45 Old Curiosity Shoppe 8x8" paper pad
Spellbinders dies: Heartfelt Creations Chateau Gate, Carnation Creations, Rose Creations, Foliage
Sizzix Framelits: Circles
Cardstock: brown 300gsm, white 160gsm
Watercolour paper
Distress ink pads, markers, reinkers: Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans
Versamark clear ink pad
Archival inks: Jet Black, Olive, Crimson, Cobalt, Sepia
Embossing powder: Cosmic Shimmer Gold
Sakura Glaze Pens: Clear, Green
Clear Glitter Glue
Distress Stickles: Antique Bronze
Brads: pale pink
Adhesives: PVA, Glossy Accents, Pinflair Dimensional Glue

Entered for the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Depth of Distress (loads of distress here with layers of ink & stamps, painting with distress inks, distressing edges, staining, etc., but also lots of depth with the dimensional card and extra dimension from the opening window & scene on the front.
Hotshot Crafts - distress inks
Allsorts - In Bloom
Try it on Tuesday - Anything Goes


  1. Very cool piece! I really love the cover of your book/medicine cabinet. And the inside...well, it's awesome as well! Those bottles look amazing! Love the colors and dimension you've achieved on them. Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  2. oh my goodness, this is amazing! The design is stunning, I love all the detailing. I can see how much thought and effort you have put into this and it has been well worth it. I could look at this for hours!!
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  3. Wow what a card. Absolutely fabulous and so much detail. Wish you would do a tutorial on making the book especially the "pages". This should win any challenge hands down.

  4. How fantastic, a wonderful piece of art.

  5. Found you on the Allsorts linky tool.. wow, this is a real labour of love! So pretty, must have taken you ages! Really love it! M x

  6. absolutely adorable!! Thank you so much for entering our flower challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!

  7. WOW this is simply stunning!!
    Love it.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this time.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  8. This is amazing Maddy. I see you got your stamp set. Really fab project. I love the front too. Lee x

  9. What a great project! Thanks so much for sharing with us at TiopT. Cindy

  10. What a stunning piece of art. love the idea. Thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesdays "Anything goes" Challenge and have a great day. Angela

  11. Wow Maddie love it, what a gorgeous die and just love the inside Love Kathy xx


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