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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Guest Post - Key Cupboard by Lisa Winnard

This week's guest post is by Lisa Winnard, who has cleverly taken an MDF key cupboard and altered it into this beautiful piece of home decor. This is quite a long post, but I know you are going to enjoy it.

List of Materials:
Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Flourish Swirls
Distress Inks - Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Iced Spruce, Black Soot
Black Stazon Ink
Clear embossing powder
FlitterGlu or similar adhesive
Brighton Pier gilding flakes
300gsm card
Paper and foam flowers
Bees wax
Melting pot
Rusty Keys
Metal lock & key embellishment
Natural twine and ribbon
Other metal and glass embellishments
Dries clear glue
Hot glue gun
Sponge/Cut n Dry foam

1. Remove all the fittings on the MDF key cupboard, sand and paint with a coat of gesso, then a coat of light coloured emulsion paint. 

2. Colour the cupboard with Distress Inks. I chose Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough, PeacockFeathers and Iced Spruce to work with. 

3. Using the Butterfly Flourish Swirls stamp set, randomly ink areas of the large butterfly stamp with Distress Ink and the un-inked areas with FlitterGlu. Stamp the image on the inside back of the cupboard. (This creates a half inked/half sticky stamped image.) Cover the image with Brighton Pier gilding flakes and remove excess. 

4. Stamp the smaller leafy swirl on the inside back top part of the cupboard using the same technique.

5. Stamp the larger leafy swirl on the outside sides of the key cupboard and use the corner swirls to stamp on the outside top, using the same ink/glue technique. 

6. Stamp the corner swirls on the door of the cupboard using Black Stazon Ink, don’t press too hard to create a distressed look. Randomly dab FlitterGlu on to the cupboard door using a sponge/Cut n Dry foam and cover with the gilding flakes. 

7. Stamp the butterfly stamp on to 300gsm card using Black Soot Distress Ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Cut out the butterflies and colour them with Distress Ink to match the colour of the cupboard. 

8. Colour some paper and foam flowers with chosen colour of Distress Ink and dip them in bees wax using a melting pot. Glue some of the flowers on to metal plate embellishments.

9. Using a metal lock and key embellishment, dab some FlitterGlu randomly and add the flakes. Tie together using some natural twine and tie around the door knob of the cupboard.  

10. Using a hot glue gun, arrange and adhere a selection of metal embellishments on to the top and door of the cupboard. Add some natural thread ribbon to create texture. Add rusty keys to the inside of the cupboard. Add the cut out butterflies. 

11. Replace key cupboard fitting to finish.

A huge thank you from us Lisa for contributing this stunning project, I'm sure you will want to show your thanks by sharing your comments here. If you would like to see more of Lisa's artwork then please visit her blog - Lisa Makes


  1. this is just stunning - beautiful work Lisa xx

  2. Oh this is absolutely gorgeous.

  3. A gorgeous project Lisa. Beautifully made. Really enjoyed reading your post. TFS.
    Florence xx

  4. Gorgeous project, I love the colours. You've also included a fantastic description, thank you! Shirleyx

  5. That's so gorgeous!!! Wonderful inspiration, and thanks for the tutorial too! Coco x

  6. Wow what a stunning masterpiece , I really love this art work, great project,my congrats!!


  7. WOW I love this and the gorgeous colour. Fabulous embellishments too.
    Linda xxx

  8. Fascinating combination of stamping & gilding technique proving very effective with the blue colour scheme. I love the deep blue of the butterflies contrasting with the paler & softer tones of the box itself.
    Paula (PEP)

  9. Fantastic, love the colors and the embellishments really lovely. Debs x

  10. Super cupboard! That's one you keep seeing new things on...

  11. This is a beautiful piece of work and with such lovely colours and very pretty extra embellishments. x

  12. Oh wow!!!!
    Thank you all so, so much for your wonderful comments.

    I love Chocolate Baroque stamps and I loved taking part as a Guest Design Team member. (if only for a short time.)

    I thank Glenda for this wonderful opportunity and really appreciate all your lovely comments.

    It nice to know I have inspired some people with this creation.

    Lots of love, Lisa xxx


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