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Alice in Wonderland Dresser Part 5

by Amy Bowerman

Happy Friday Everyone!  I’ve been on a roll with the Alice in Wonderland Dresser and have completed another drawer for the Shades of Gray Challenge at TOFF.  Perhaps I will meet my goal of completing the Dresser by Mad Hatter day after all!

alice in wonderland chess board the octopode factory

The Octopode Factory Plays Chess

I had previously painted the dresser with Metallic Silver Folk Art Acrylic paint (boy is that a mouthful!).  I gave it a second coat for good measure.  All of the elements added to this particular drawer were inspired by a couple other challenges such as Simon Says Stamp and Show “Kings and Queens” and Grungy Monday.  It’s a safe bet that when you are in need of inspiration Simon Says Stamp, Grungy Monday, and the rest of the gang over at TOFF will be sure to deliver.

alice in wonderland chess board the octopode factory

Property of the Queen

I was so inspired by some of the fabulous artwork submitted to the Altered Alice for the stripes challenge (many involving a game of chess between Alice and the Queen of hearts)  I wanted to create my version of the famous match of wits.

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Croquet anyone?

Here you can see how Alice and the Queen are on opposing sides of the board.  The placement of the Page Boy Rabbit and Flamingo image seemed to flow with the chess board theme.

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The Queen of Hearts

The playing cards are packing tape transfers of real playing cards placed over a harlequin background.  I created the harlequin background with a Stampers Anonymous Stamp, using Folk Art Onyx acrylic paint.  To add texture and shine I sprinkled Martha Stewart Onyx glitter over the image while the paint was still wet.  To add even more texture and some separation between the chess board and playing card transfer I added ribbon scraps on both sides that I had in my stash.

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Begin at the beginning....

Here you can see the black braided ribbon I added to both ends of the drawer.  I love this ribbon and only had a small piece left after using it on another project.  The leftover piece was too small to do anything with but I saved it anyway.  What do you know I found the perfect place for it!  This is why I save things…you just never know when they might become useful :)

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Page Boy Rabbit

The Page Boy rabbit is one of my FAVORITE Alice in Wonderland themed Octopode Factory images.  As always I colored him and the rest of the Octopode Factory images with Copic Markers and mounted and sealed them to chip board with Mod Podge.  Distress Stickles in Red Barn were added to his hearts to give a hint of grungy shine.

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Flamingo Fab

I’m a sucker for flamingos and this Flamingo image is another Octopode favorite of mine. In case you were wondering…yes I do have a plastic flamingo in my yard….there’s no shame in my game.  I glittered him from head to toe and even gave him crystal eyes….I call him “Flablingo”.

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Chess Board with Core' Couture and Distress Crackle Paint

To create the chess board I punched squares from Core’ Couture Glitter card stock using an EK success 3/4 in square punch.  The hearts were punched from playing cards.  To create more shades of gray I went over some of the squares with Distress Crackle paint using this technique by Tim Holtz and sponged on Black Soot Distress ink once dry.

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Alice in Wonderland Dresser...nearing completion

Another Friday and another drawer in the Alice in wonderland Dresser is complete!  I still have a LOT of work to do before it is complete but I’m starting to get exited now that it is nearing completion….or at least that there’s an end in sight.  I’m totally winging this thing and taking the inspiration as it comes to me.  So stay tuned I will be posting more updates soon.  Who knows how deep this rabbit hole will go! :)

Hope you will join us at TOFF!  Thanks for stopping by <3


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1 FreeDiscounts February 12, 2015 at 9:12 pm

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2 charlene February 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

Amazing work here!!!


3 Barbara February 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

thankyou for your comments on both challenges on my blog x
love this chess board a good ‘put together’ !
Barbara x


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