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September 12, 2011

Magic of Oz Altered Art Box & Card Tutorial

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another epic week of amazement here at Graphic 45! We have so much great stuff planned for this week. There's a new blog contest, lots of lovely and inspiring crafts, and our new Halloween Rejuvenation Craft Challenge! Wow, get ready for an awesome week! Lets get started with this week's blog contest! We love to hear from you, as we know you enjoy many fabulous blogs in your internet browsing repertoire. We want you to tell us what you love most about blogs? What keeps you checking back day after day? Is it artistic inspiration? Fun words of wisdom? Pretty pictures? There are lots of reasons to love a blog. Share your thoughts with us this week on our blog or Facebook page and you will be entered to win this great prize featuring An ABC Primer! A beautiful ABC Primer 12x12 Paper Pad, coordinating chipboard die-cuts, cling stamp set and  great pair of Fiskars scissors! Wow! We will chose a winner at random and announce them here on the blog on Friday, September 16!


Today's fantastic crafts were created by Robin Shakoor of our design team. Robin is a true craft wonder. A tutorial from Robin is like taking a cooking class taught by Emereril Lagasse! She's just that good! Today she has prepared this fantastic Magic of Oz altered art box that is filled with lots of gorgeous details. Get ready to be swept away to the magical land of Oz with Robin Shakoor! Take it away, Robin!

Photo 1

Bazzill:  Licorice Double Dot Patterned Paper
Partner Products:  Imaginarium Chipboard
Ranger:  Foam Squares, Black Soot Distress Ink   
EK Success:  Paper Shapers Decorative Punch – Fancy Photo Corners
Viva Décor:  Pearl Pen – Dark Carmine Red
Adhesive:  Zip Dry, Scotch ATG 700

The versatility of the “The Magic of Oz” collection never ceases to amaze me!  One of my favorite scenes from The Wizard of Oz movie is when everyone goes through the poppy field.  I used this memory as my inspiration for this Graphic 45 5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Box with Album.   

Photo 2

When the box is opened, you are taken into the poppy field along with the Tin Man and Scarecrow.  I covered both the inside and outside of the box with The Magic of Oz patterned paper.

Photo 3

This is the cover of my mini album.  I cut the image from The Magic of Oz – There’s No Place like Home patterned paper.  I detail cut poppies from The Magic of Oz – Poppy Fields patterned paper and adhered them to the cover of the album using foam squares.  I finished the design with drops of pearls.

Photo 4

I glued the two center panels of the accordion album together to create a three page album.  When you first open the album, on the left page you see the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion taking a stroll along the yellow brick road.  This image was cut from The Magic of Oz – The Magic of Oz patterned paper.  I added pearl drops in Carmine Red to frame the image. The right side of the album contains a simple chipboard sentiment “Simple Things Matter Most” from Imaginarium Designs.

Photo 5

The last two pages of the album contain photos of my friend’s twins.  I matted the photos using The Magic of Oz – There’s No Place like Home patterned paper.  The photo corners were cut using a punch and The Magic of Oz – Tenderhearted Tin Man patterned paper.

Next up is Robin's "You & Me" Magic of Oz card tutorial. 

You and Me - Photo 1

This card is just perfect for that special friend or loved one in your life. I just love the happy expressions on the faces of the Tin Man and Scarecrow.

Before you begin, select three consecutive sizes from the Grand Labels One die set. I used the three smallest dies in the set for this card.

Photo 2-3

Using the largest of the three dies, die cut and emboss two panels using Coredinations color core cardstock. Label each side of your card base, front and back.

Photo 3-3


Using the second largest die, die cut and emboss “Scatterbrained Scarecrow” patterned paper from your 8x8 paper pad. Adhere to the center of the card.

Photo 4-1


Using the smallest die, die cut the image above from 12 x 12 “There’s No Place Like Home” patterned paper. Tie a black ribbon vertically to the left side of the die cut and set aside.

Photo 5

Using your back panel, score the inside horizontally 1” from the top.

Photo 6

Apply scor-tape to the top of the card base directly above your score line. Apply a strong liquid glue to the rest of the card top as shown above. Adhere the card front.

Photo 7

Once you have glued the front and back together, your finished card base will look like the one above.

Photo 8

Once you have assembled your card base, you can begin to decorate the front. Begin by layering your die cut pieces in order of size, attaching each layer with foam squares. The Tin Man and Scarecrow die cut will become your top layer.

Photo 9


Using banner stamps from Making Memories, stamp a banner on ivory cardstock. (I always stamp several just in case of a mishap) Stamp your sentiment in each section of the banner, cut and ink edges. Apply to the lower portion of your card using foam squares.

Have fun!

Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 “Magic of Oz”

Cardstock: Bo Bunny, Coredinations

Chipboard “Oz” Circle: Graphic 45 “Magic of Oz”

Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko

Dies: Spellbinders Grand Labels One

Stamps: Inkadinkado (Hearts and Love), Making Memories (Dilly Dally Stamp Banners and Alpha)

Adhesives: Ranger, Scor-Tape, Zip Dry

Tools: Scor-Pal

Ribbon: May Arts

That's all the magic for today, Crafters. But you know we'll be right back here tomorrow with more whimsical and captivating ideas to keep you smiling. We hope you have a wonderful Monday and we look forward to reading your comments this week. Don't forget to post your Graphic 45 creations on our Facebook, Ning site or website gallery. We always love to see what you're creating with our papers.

With Love and Ruby Slippers,

Team Graphic 45


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I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you have done here! Genius little ideas!

I love the project it's so cute. I go to blogs to see the creative work of others and the wonderful ideas I get there. Thanks for the contest and sharing the project.

Inspiration is the key reason I read blogs. And I absolutely LOVE Graphic 45 paper. I buy the 12x12 pack of each line and always look to your design team for ideas on how best to use the paper. Would LOVE to win the prize pack you are offering. Thanks for the chance to win!

Photos! I love seeing what other people are doing and how I can build on an idea and make it my own! I then post on my blog and hopefully other people will be inspired by my creations as well!

I check all kinds of blogs every day. usually crafting blogs but they cover all kinds of crafting. I love Graphic 45! I adore the vintage feel to the designs!

The reason I love blogs is because of the information in them. I read craft blogs, humor, news, tech and probably a few more. All of them have something in them that I come away knowing more or feeling more. Blogs are a part of a person that the person gives freely of him or herself through.

Wow - what's not to love about blogs. I've made some great friends, learned tons, enjoyed the tutorials, visited places I'll never be able to visit, get my inspiration and am always able to go to my happy place when I visit blogs. Thank you for asking.

The projects by Robin are as always just beautiful! I love to see her work

my favorite part of blog hopping is to see the innovative uses these artists have for some simple ordinary materials. i really enjoy how they love to color outside the box.

Absolutely Stunning! Robin you are amazing...

I Love seeing new ideas, new ways to use tools/products. I love free tutorials and love seeing new products even though they make me want to buy more stuff!. Thanks for all the great ideas you provide and great products that make it easy to have anything made with them be fabulous!

I love seeing specific instructions. Thank you so much!

I come back for the inspiration and the tutorials. Your DT is made up of a bunch of incredibly talented people.

Wow, What a great tutorial.

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I love working on my blog. It is so much fun to see what everyone else is creating. The blog candy is fun and I enjoy the blog hops!

I really enjoy looking at my email everyday and seeing my new notice for the next project on your blog. I am a big follower of Laura Dennison and hope to be able to make the crayon box featured on your blog. Your Designers come up with some really great and awesome projects that gives all of us inspiration.
Thank you for sharing with us.

Love to see the projects, you can find alot of inspiration visiting blogs. Especially when the blog has wonderful quality products.

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Merci pour tout

I check every day to see what awe inspiring projects you have with these wonderful papers! Thanks for a chance to win some of my own!

I will say first off....Graphic 45 is my fave blog. I love going to different blogs cause of the artistic inspiration and how another can come up with a totally different way of creating. Getting the updates on the newest products or tutorials! Just like today with the cool trick for the canvas...awesome!!! Now I want to try that myself....Graphic 45, thank you for being so outstanding on giving us all the newest and greatest crafting ideas.....love love ya

Awesome project! I love this paperline!

I look around every day on blogs for inspiration. Love to see what other beautiful things to make. I also love tutorials!
Thanks for sharing good ideas

Greetings Hilde

I love the inspiration I get from visiting blogs especially Graphic45. It has to by my favorite. I love the card made with the Spellbinders die. Great Idea

I love the photo box and card. The card is so cute! Graphic 45 is my favorite blog. It is the first one I check every day. There is always great projects along with tutorials. I like sites that have a story, updated regularly, great art (cards, altered art, etc.), and good instructions/tutorials. I read about 20 blogs a day (depends on how much time I have that day). I am currently working on establishing my own blog: DoodlesInk. Thank you for your great blog. You always have great art, instructions, and we get to know the Graphic 45 staff and the design team.

i go to blogs for INSPIRATION! just seeing others amazing projects drives me to create my own. each morning as i drink my coffee i blog hop and it just sparks that creative mode in me!

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But the talent here is superior....tfs

Love to see creative layouts with tutorials or details on the techniques used within the showcased layout. Thanks for asking!

I just like to look!! I like to see if anything new has been posted and if so what it is!! What supplies were used and what places they like to look that I may have never heard of!! =)
THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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