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May 29, 2012

Get Jazzed With Curtain Call & Graphic 45 Altered Art Boxes!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 01

Hello G45ers,

Thank you all for stopping by our blog today! We hope you are all having a great day so far! You day is about to get even better because we have the most awe-inspiring crafts on today's blog! Get ready to be wowed! Today is all about our elegant Curtain Call collection and our fabulous altered art boxes! There are so many great ways to combine these wonderful products to create unique and beautiful works of art. Today you will see two incredible pieces by Nicole Eccles and Denise Hahn. Nicole has created an extraordinary Victrola Phonograph! This project is so outstanding. You wont believe your eyes! There is even a great tutorial that Nicole created that corresponds to this amazing piece! It's tremendously fun and inspiring! Today we're also featuring a marvelously beautiful Curtain Call altered art box with accordion-fold mini album by Denise Hahn. Get ready to fall in love with every pretty page of Denise's exquisite creation! This is going to be such a fun day!

First up is this brilliant Victrola Phonograph by Nicole Eccles using Curtain Call and the Graphic 45 5x5 Altered Art Box. This piece demonstrates so much imagination and skill! It is both beautiful and fun! There is even a great tutorial that Nicole created so you can make one of your very own! Here Nicole explains her inspiration behind this fantastic work of art! 

"This piece was created using Graphic 45’s  5x5 Kraft Board Altered Art Box, and a few simple household objects.  The idea came to me as I was trying to wrack my brain for something different to create with the box.  It wasn’t until I remembered a CD that was handed to me free at a music store, that I got the idea.  The CD was terrible, and I probably wouldn’t have kept it, except the top of the CD was made to look just like a record and fit perfectly on top of the Altered Art Box.  SCORE!!!   All it needed now, was a little Jazz!! Designed in the style of a 1920’s Vintage Victrola Phonograph complete with a usable hand crank and pivoting horn.  In keeping with the style, the Graphic 45 Metal Tags were perfect for duplicating the “manufactorers plate” on the front as well as all their wonderful vintage inspired papers, including the amazing Curtain Call Line that made the Roaring 20’s come to life!  Combined with classy touches of Kraft Reflections, and the ever favorite Renaissance Faire, this piece has all the vintage flaire of it’s time.  Also like some Phonographs, a drawer has been added making this musical masterpiece the perfect gift box for any lover of antiques, the 1920’s or just Music!" -Nicole Eccles

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial


Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard flourishes and decorative chipboard pieces
Cor’edinations Sanding Block
Fiskars: Craft Knife, Paper Trimmer
Tim Holtz: Ornate Metal Feet
Ranger: Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Glossy Accents
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other: Paint(black, silver, copper), paint brush, drill, wire, chipboard, chipboard tube, Mod Podge, E6000, wooden bead

Now Nicole takes us on a journey into the creation of this wonderful phonograph in this fun tutorial! Get ready for some serious fun and creativity! This tutorial has everything you need to recreate this wonderful project! Take it away, Nicole!

Supplies:
Approx 7” wooden block, or box lid for base
CD
Lid from a Sour Cream container measuring the size of a CD
Wire
Kraft Knife
Mod Podge
Sandpaper or Sanding Block
Drill
Pliers
E6000
Food Skewer
Wooden Bead
Black, Silver and Copper Paint/ Paint Brush
Imaginarium Designs Decorative chipboard pieces
Ideology Ornate Metal Feet
Chipboard Cone
 
Step 1: To get started measure and draw an outline for the size of the drawer you wish to have on your altered art box.  To make things easier make sure the side you are cutting through has only 1 layer of chipboard to cut through.   

My drawer opening is 3”x 1 1/4” *Note my box has the top cut out also, this is not required, this is just something I did for better lighting in photos

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 2 Using a Kraft knife carefully cut and remove the drawn area for the drawer.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 3: Prepare your altered art box, and wooden base by painting all the edges black. 

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 4: As your paint is drying, cut a few pieces of leftover chipboard to stack inside your box to help your drawer from “falling” down while pulling it in or out. 

* Note: Once your chipboard pieces are stacked together they should be flush with the cut bottom opening of your drawer. 

After making sure they fit flush, Place inside the drawer opening, and adhere firmly

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 5: Cut and cover the Altered Art box and Wooden Base with Graphic 45 papers, sanding the edges as you go for a smooth aged finish.

Once covered with paper, ink all the edges to a desired effect, and seal with a thin layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry, repeat Mod Podge for better protection. 

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 6: As your Mod Podge is drying it is a great time to get your drawer made.  Cut a piece of chipboard to 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”
 
The measurements given are for a 3” x 1 1/4” drawer opening. 
If you have created a different size opening then you can determine your size of chipboard needed for the drawer by adding your width + width + length – 1/4”  
So for my box it would be 1 1/4” + 1 1/4”+ 3” =  5 1/2”  Then to make sure once folded it slides smoothly inside the opening subtract 1/4”. 
Making the starting piece 5 1/4” x 5 1/4 “

Whew!!! Glad all that math stuff is done!
 
Step 6: Now draw a grid on your chipboard showing where the center and sides will be.  To do this measure 1 1/8” from each side drawing a straight line from top to bottom.
This should create a 3x3 square in the center of your chipboard grid.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 7: Using a craft knife remove the corners and score along all the fold lines.  Once complete, fold it up to look like a drawer

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 8: To attach the drawer together, cover with long strip of paper around the outside, pulling all the corners together tight.
Continue until the inside and outside of the drawer is completely covered

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 9: To create the front of the drawer cut a piece of heavy chipboard to 3 1/4’ x 1 5/8”. Paint the backside and edges black, cover the front with desired paper to match.

Attach to drawer to center of cover using Glossy Accents of heavy duty adhesive.  Seal with Mod Podge and set aside to dry.

Once dry attach Graphic 45 Metal Button as a drawer pull.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 10: Now that your Altered Art Box is dry you can now decorate it with Imaginarium Chipboard and desired embellishments.  Paint chipboard embellishments using metallic colors for a fancy look!

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 11: To create the crank use a small piece of craft wire and pliers to carefully bend into a Z, or crank shape.  Or bend overtop a firm hard corner like a countertop or metal table. 
Adhere a bead at the end, embellished with a tiny Graphic 45 Metal Brad.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 12: Once your crank is made, decide where you would like it to go.  I placed mine exactly in the center of a decorative piece of Imaginarium chipboard, on the center of the right side.
Once you decide, use a Drill to create a tiny hole for your crank to be inserted.  Cut crank down if necessary using wire cutters and insert.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 13: Now that your Altered Art Box is almost complete you may now adhere it firmly to it’s decorated base, and attach the metal feet to the base using E6000

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 14: While everything is drying it is time to create the Arm and Horn. 
To create the horn simply paint a small chipboard cone using desired colors and decorate using Graphic 45’s Metal Brads.  To create the “needle”, simply separate a Graphic 45 Metal Clothespin in half, and adhere to the inside of the cone slightly sticking out.

*Note: For easy placement of the brads, remove the brad backs quickly using pliers.  

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 15: To create the arm, and stand for the horn simply print off the provided shapes.  Trace them onto heavy chipboard, cut out using a  kraft knife or heavy duty scissors and paint silver.
Make sure to cut notches into each the stand and arm as per the diagram
The arm should measure approx. 4” long, and the stand should be approx. 2” long
 

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 16: Once the arm is complete, attach a Graphic 45 Metal Hinge to the backside of the arm using E6000.

At this time the E6000 used on the feet for the base and the hinge on the arm will need to dry at least 12 Hrs, a lot of Hurry up and wait at this point!!!

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 17: After waiting all that drying time, your hinge should be dry on the arm, and ready to attach to the Altered Art Box.
First, slide your crank out and set aside, so you can turn your whole glued phonograph on it’s right side.  Exposing the left side and making a flat surface for glueing.
Again, using E6000 adhere the arm to the left side of your altered art box making sure the placement is correct for horn.

Prop up using something sturdy and allow to dry another 12 hours.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 18: Wow we are almost there!  Once the hinge is completely dry you may now attach the stand by sliding the two notches together.

Once together it should now hold the cone in place.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 19: To create the record and it’s turntable you will need a CD and a plastic lid the size of the CD.
The record/CD I used was already created, however you can just as easily create one out of black paper and a CD, or chipboard painted black etc. 
Once created decorate the center with desired images from Graphic 45’s Curtain Call line. 
 
Step 20: Paint the edges of the Plastic lid silver.  Allow paint to dry and adhere record/CD to the top.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 21: Use a drill to create a small hole in the center of the record on the turntable.  This way you can create the post that would hold the record.
To create the post simply cut off a small piece of wooden food skewer, paint silver and slide through the hole.
Finally adhere the finished record to the completed Phonograph.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 22: Replace crank, drawer and horn to completion.  Add any finishing touches with chipboard, or a Metal Tag to signify a manufacturer’s name plate etc.

Wow, wasn't that great?! There's more inspiration on the way if you can believe it! Next up is this enchanting Curtain Call altered art box by Denise Hahn. This wonderful creation absolutely captures the classic Hollywood glamor of Curtain Call. Here Denise explains her inspiration and some of the fun techniques she used to create this little treasure. It is absolutely magnificent! Take it away, Denise! 

 
I love nothing more than making a handmade gift and this sweet gift box was created for a Swap. Each gal created a blinged out compact mirror for a Breakfast at Tiffanys themed event we were attending. What would go better for my gift box than a Kraftboard Altered Art Box and Curtain Call?

I printed Audrey on cream colored cardstock, instant Sepia tone!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 01

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 02

Inside I used the accordion book as a holder for the compact. I just punched holes and ran a piece of vintage ribbon through to tie it down.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 03

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 04
In the base I put the swap info and the recipients name and my signature- well Autograph!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 05
This silk ribbon from May Arts is A-mazing! Think big fat silky seam binding!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 06
Inside I had to keep it simple, to make sure there was enough room for the compact. Want 2 Scrap say it with pearls were perfect and didn’t give too much dimension

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 07
I put in the Envelope tag to keep Moo cards and business cards in, we always seem to collect a lot of these at these artful events.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 08
I sparkled up this Curtain Call tag with a Sakura Gelly Roll another good option that adds sparkle but no dimension.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 10

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 09
Marths Stamp on some vintage dictionary paper.
Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 11
The back where I ran the ribbon to hold the compact.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 12
I embossed the chipboard buttons and ran seam binding through them.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 13
I have this little Swapping rule of thumb. If I don’t want to part with it, I know it’s good! And this is definitely one I don’t want to part with!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 14
Supplies:
Graphic 45 Kraftboard Altered Box 5x5
Graphic 45 Kraft Flowers
Graphic 45 Curtain Call papers
Graphic 45 Staples Metal Brads
Graphic 45 Chipboard Buttons
Graphic 45 Staple Trim
Graphic 45 Envelope Tags
May Arts Silk Ribbon
Want 2 Scrap Say it with Pearls
Other:
Acrylic Paint
Sakura Gel Roll-Clear Star
Colorbox pigment brush pad
Clearsnap embossing powder
Clearsnap emboss gloss
Martha Stewart Clear Label Stamp
Pop Dots

We hope you all had a great time today! We sure enjoyed getting to share today's incredible crafts with all of you. Huge thanks to the amazing Nicole Eccles and Denise Hahn for their gorgeous creations today! We have more lovely works of craft art to share with you tomorrow. We hope you'll all come back and see us! Have a great day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45
 

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I'm blown away

Incredible!

These projects are over-the-top amazing!!!! Wow-wee!
Thank you so much for sharing them. I would never have believed that old phonograph was made of paper and embellishments if I hadn't read the step-by-step instructions!
Uber fabulous!

Amazing - you make it look so simple. I can do that.

Maureen

Love how the galz explain how they come up with their project ideal!!! Sometimes, we need stories like this to show us where ideals come from.
thanks ladies
ava

I've previously left a wow comment about the projects that have been precently posted on the blog. I'm sending this super wow comment in response to the release of the new Graphic 45 fabric...I don't sew, but this new fabric might be the reason that I start. Kudos for all the remarkable paper and fabric that you make available to us.

Wow. LOVE it.

Omgosh! These projects are amazing!!!

I have my Tiffany bow up on a pedestal in my sewing room!! You can see it the minute you walk in the room! I was so thrilled to have you as a partner, it made everything about that weekend even more perfect. Your creativity and abilities just astound me! Thank you again for mt wonderful box and compact!!!xooxox-cindy

Almost missed these today - would have been my loss. What outstanding talents on the Design Team! I look forward to seeing their works of art every morning while I'm drinking my coffee to inspire me for the day! Thanks for sharing with us.

Wow! How great they both are. Thank you for sharing them.

Absolutely AMAZING!! WOW WOW WOW!!!! I loveeeeeeeeee all the details and thanks for the how to!!!

Heaven's above! Next thing you know someone will be making a paper airplane but not the regular kind.....one that you park at the airport. LOL I have a little motorized turn table I've had in my stash for years. I'll have to get that out. I'll bet it would make propellers turn. LOL Just kidding. I'm not nearly that cleaver. Thanks for posting. It's just amazing. I loved all of this.

I love love these projects. What a blessings to have such wonderful artisans share their work with us! There goes my monthly budget for G45 supplies-yet again.
I have spent the last hour and a half looking for the Audrey Hepburn Altered Box silk striped ribbon- no luck. If anyone knows where I can find it-please please let me know. I want it soooo bad. I want to make this project as soon as I can. Again, thanks for sharing your talents. Blessings.

they are freakin amaaaaaazing!!!

This is just perfect! my boyfriend have big collection of records, and have one record player, so i think ill try to make him similar one! tnx for the tutorial!
all the best!!! :)

thanks for sharing these beautiful pieces. I had been thinking about using my box with your products. These examples sure sparked my creativity.

These two artists have gone well beyond the humble beginnings of the art of papercrafting. The projects are simply amazing and inspiring. Completed, they look like masterpieces. Broken down into their individual steps, they look attainable and that is a testament to the beauty of their work. Wow. Just Wow!!!

Unbelievable!! The creativity astounds me!! Stunning works of art

This is truly amazing.....it just amazing me how our imagination can come to life thru our own creations.....
Both of these creations are the best work and craftsmanship I've seen.....if I worn a hat.....I would take if off for these ladies.....awesome masterpieces....

Projects are amazing. The papers are beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

WOW! That phonograph looks real! And gorgeous!

No other design teams can ever do the things the G45 design teams do! Wow! What else is there to say? WOW>

How imaginative Nicole Eccles is. It is so incredible to have seen the components of this project is so many objects. Lovely.

I read the gift note in Denise Hahn's lovely project. What a special gift. Such a beauitful project. I am finding it difficult to do my household chores instead of spending time in my craft room after these inspiring projects.

Thank you, thank you for all of the lovely comments. I see that a few of you were wondering where you can find the adorable film strip ribbon that Denise used on her Curtain Call project. Here is a direct link for you: https://www.shinodadesigncenter.net/1-3-8-film-black-silver-25yd/4676/
I hope this helps! Happy Papercrafting!!

This is AMAZING!! Amazing amazing amazing!

Both of these projects are so inspiring. Really love the phonograph and can't wait to make it. I'm glad you are posting tutorials for these great projects!!

I love, love, love Graphic45 papers and tags. Just wish more was available locally. I hate waiting for mail orders.

I am currently into making gift boxes. My latest was a treasure chest, but these boxes are just brilliant! I love it. Thanks for providing the inspiration.

We can create beautiful design even if we are just using a small kraft board or cheap board we just need to be creative and open-minded.

WOW love what you have created here....I can see why you don't want to part with it.

I'd like to know where I can obtain some of the film strip ribbon from...just love this.

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