Welcome to another special day here on the Graphic 45 blog. Today we are excited to share the news that Maggi Harding will be completing her tenure on the design team after two amazing years and stepping directly into a new role with us as Special Project Designer. Maggi has been so generous to share her enormous talent with us over these last few years. From layouts to minis, cards, altered art projects, and more, her diverse skill set has been a valuable asset and a constantly renewable source of inspiration for us and hopefully you readers too. In her new role, she will develop workshops for us to use and share all over the world, and she will be in charge of our always popular monthly class series. In honor of this announcement, we are sharing a brand new French Country - DCE cabinet that Maggie has created, along with three of her greatest hit project sheets from her last year as a design team member.
French Country Cabinet
By Maggi Harding
"I am so excited that French Country is coming back as a Deluxe Collector's Edition! I had this dreary black cabinet hanging around and decided it would be perfect to repurpose using the French Country DCE. I love how it's now a cheerful piece covered with sunflowers.
I wanted it to have a distressed vintage look and to achieve that, I first painted the wood that would show with vintage white paint. Then I covered those surfaces with Crackle Accents and finally, I rubbed Distress ink into the cracks to give it an aged look. After finishing the wood, I used the beautiful blues from the collection and chose the sunflower paper, Abundance, as my focal paper. I love the imagery on this paper.
The flowers I used at the top are a combination of some older Prima vines and vines that I made. Here's a tutorial I did some time ago to make these vines." ~Maggi Harding
- Use matte medium to adhere and cover your papers. You'll get a really nice smooth finish and your paper will be protected from snags and scratches.
- You can give your project a different look by changing out the hardware. My cabinet had wooden painted knobs on it. I changed those out for glass knobs that looked so much more vintage.
Before & After
Graphic 45 Supplies:
- Prima Mountain Lily Vine
- Knobs from Hobby Lobby
- Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs
- Vintage white acrylic paint
- Crackle Accents
- Spellbinders Nested Leaves Die
- Spellbinders Blossom 2 Die
- Tiny daisy-like flower punch
- Blossom 2 Die
Here are three excellent project sheets by Maggi. Be sure to print these out and try them at home.
Off to the Races Card & Envelope Set
#SimplyG45 Cafe Parisian Wallet Mini Album
This week's prize package includes a Midnight Masquerade Patterns & Solids 12x12 paper pad, an 8x8 paper pad, decorative chipboard, die-cut tags and pockets, and a Square Ivory Tag Album, a $50+ value! To enter to win, just comment here on the blog and/or on Facebook each day. We will announce one randomly chosen the winner on this Friday's blog.
Thank you for being a part of this exciting announcement and the Graphic 45 family. We hope you are as excited as us about this next step for Maggi. We'd love to hear about some of your favorite creations of hers from the last two years in the comments below, and we are as excited as you to see what she comes up with next. We hope to see you here again tomorrow and be sure to keep an eye out for Maggi's first monthly class creation, coming Summer 2017.
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