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Alice in Wonderland Dresser Pt. 7 “The Talking Door”

by Amy Bowerman

Happy Friday Friends!  I sure am happy it’s Friday…how about you?  We have another fun challenge at TOFF this week…”Cake”.  For my project I have completed another drawer on the Alice in Wonderland Dresser.  This is the 7th installment in this ongoing up-cycling project….can you say Lucky number 7?  I’ve been waiting for the right moment to use The Octopode Factory “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” images.  With this weeks theme at TOFF being Cake…well, don’t mind if I DO!!

Alice in Wonderland Dresser part 7

The Talking Door

The entire scene for this drawer was built around the Talking Door image in the center.  This image was cut from a children’s book I snagged out of the dollar bin at Target.  You know I can’t resist anything Alice in Wonderland especially when it’s only a buck!!  Lets take a closer look at some of the details.

Alice in Wonderland dresser part 7 Key to Wonderland

One makes you small....

Here we have the Famous “Drink Me” bottle conveniently located next to the key to Wonderland.  If only the talking Door Knob had mentioned that Alice should pick up the key BEFORE she takes a sip!  Oh those pesky inanimate objects….what nerve :) The background “Wall Paper” was made with Core’dinations Gemstone Cardstock and Perfect Pearls, shading was added with Copic Markers.

Alice in Wonderland Dresser part 7 Drink Me Bottle

"Drink Me"

To create the glass-like look on the Drink Me Bottle I lightly colored the image with Copic Markers making sure to leave plenty of white space for highlights.  I went over the image with some Folk Art Pearl acrylic and sprinkled Martha Stewart glitter on the wet paint.  The image was sealed with Krylon Glitterblast Clear Sealer (a must have when you work with glitter) and mounted on Grunge Board with Mod Podge.  I placed packaging plastic over the entire image to get the glass effect and adhered with glossy accents.  With a pair of Tonic Scissors in hand cutting through Grunge Board and plastic was a breeze!  I always grab my Tonic Scissors when opening plastic packaging why fight it?  I swear some of the packaging these days you need a chainsaw to get through…thank goodness for Tonic Scissors!!  Thanks Tim Holtz!!

Alice in Wonderland Dresser part 7 Eat Me

Eat Me

Now for the cake!  Let them eat cake if you’d like to grow large…in more ways than one :)   The Octopode Factory cake image was colored with Copics and Folk Art Pearl was added for highlights.  I slopped on the paint for the frosting part and added Martha Stewart glitter to make it extra frosty.  This idea was inspired by this fun video by designer Sandra of Stars in Palm.  She used a Marvy snow maker pen which I was unable to find at the store but am now on a serious mission to locate!  The song playing in the background of the video is my new Fave by Priscilla Ahn.  The plate the Eat Me cake is resting on was cut from a Mackenzie Childs Catalog, layered with a piece of vintage doily and topped with a rhinestone heart.  The Alice in wonderland Dresser was inspired in part by Mackenzie Childs designs since they are oh so Alice!  The DH says I can have a room (just one) of Mackenzie Childs furnishings when I’m rich and famous :)

Alice in Wonderland Dresser Part 7 Talking Door Knob

The Talking Door Knob

The Talking Door Knob image is my FAVORITE part of this design.  I MUST have a Door Knob just like it in my Alice inspired Mackenzie Childs room someday (yes recreations of this Door Knob do EXIST follow me on Pinterest and check out my “Oh so Alice” Board to see it).  I used the original Drawer Knob and topped it with a vintage button to create a 3 dimensional Door Knob on top of the image.

Alice in Wonderland Dresser Part 7 Heart Curtains

No Sew Curtains

To create the curtain rod I snipped a piece of a wire hanger from the Dry Cleaning I FINALLY remembered to pick up. The curtain technique was shared with me by Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studio and creator of the Altered Alice.   The curtains were made from dollar bin heart paper and sealed with several coats of Mod Podge to make them nice and sturdy.  I attached them to the rod with jump rings and placed beads on the end that my cat chewed off a pair of my shoes.  What no one else has a sweater, carpet, basically anything with a thread on it eating cat?  She has expensive “taste” in fashion  and likes to dine on Banana Republic and Coach clothing.

Alice in Wonderland Dresser Part 7 checkerboard floor

The "Before" Shot

Just like Wonderland I’m always Backwards with my process.  Here is what the Drawer looked like before the altering process.  I used Folk art Acrylic to paint the checker board floor and a Black 100 Copic Marker to do the line work.  Whew!  That was a long one…I apologize for my long winded-ness…details, details!

I hope you will stop by for some cake at TOFF this week.  Also the Octopode Factory is sponsoring our “Hearts” Challenge at the Altered Alice this month so swing by there as well for even more Octopode/Alice in Wonderland inspiration!

Have a creative day!

Amy*

 

 

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