Friday 30 November 2018

2018 #21 Matchbox Art: Tea Notes with ESC {by Jennie Atkinson}

 2018 Topic 21: Matchbox Art

As ever, a delightful idea from Jennie. I really like the shape of this, the format really appeals to me. What would you put in it??? ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live the Dream) here with you today sharing a tea themed set of matchboxes.  

I can remember spending most of my childhood making matchbox projects. There always seemed to be plenty of boxes to work with having coal fires and a gas stove and I always loved the "compactness" of the box and it's ability to hide away small objects - beach finds, buttons, tiny sweets ..... Obviously I haven't grown up yet! 

I really love Scrapcosy's ESC15 stamp set and thought they would be just perfect for this project. However, I also wanted to try and recreate the colours of a lovely botanical tea pot I had years ago - gorgeous blue hues and pink flowers on a white background. So here I am reminiscing again! 

I started with the matchboxes and luckily I do have a die which cuts them out perfectly. I wanted a plain covering of paint but like using the Gel Plate and a brayer to get something a bit more random. 

I have used Fresco Finish Lake Wanaka and not been too careful brayering or picking up the paint.


When this stamp set was launched in July I just knew I would use so many of the small elements. There are plenty of words, individual stamps, little bits of lace ...... just perfect!

Once I had cut out my boxes I stamped the ribbon around what would be the edges of the box. I used Stazon Opaque Cotton White Ink but it dried a lot of lighter.

Once the boxes were made up they were easily glued together and I made a base and top from good quality whiteboard.

As you can see a fairly simple construction. 

Stencil PS106

I wanted texture on the top of the box but wanted to leave everything as white as I could. 

(Note to Self : remember to blow off the dust before taking photographs!!!)

I wanted a more textile feel to the top of the box so stamped on calico. Not very successful but most of it was going to be hidden.

I love how this stamp set just keeps giving. So many little gems - stamps and individual words.

A lovely little label which I coloured and embossed before adding a sentiment.

Finally I added a handmade flower to compliment the blue and white theme. 

As you can see the white lace is quite subtle and delicate ..... a happy accident.

I hadn't thought about how much the acrylic paint would add to the thickness of the card for making the matchboxes. They got a little distressed in the making and creasing the cardstock was made more difficult. The length of the box required some feet to keep it level as well.

I am not sure what I will use the box for as I am not a tea drinker but I do love that it reminds me of that lovely tea pot I had many years ago (it sat on the dresser and was never used !!). A little bit of spring colour in the middle of winter!

I am always on the lookout for a stamp set which can be used in so many ways, the larger stamps have made some lovely birthday cards, but small parts of the stamps are just perfect for smaller projects such as these matchboxes. I can see the postage stamps  being used in journals and the little ribbon stamp is so delicate and pretty it would make a lovely addition to so many projects. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x

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Redanne said...

Jennie, your matchbox art project is beautiful! I love the stamps you used, they suit this type of project perfectly! xx

Etsuko said...

What a beautiful project Jennie!! Fabulous matchbox idea, love how you have used Raquel' stamps and stencil. Love this!! xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a lovely idea! Precisely my cup of tea 😊 Lx

Annie said...

Great step by step with a fabulous outcome and I love the stamps used x your flowers as always are amazing x
Hugs Annie x

Marci said...

I love this!

Miriam said...

Truly beautiful Jennie. I love this.

Paper Wishes said...

So pretty and such a clever use of the stamp set. I too loved to turn matchboxes into many things as a child. Great Challenge topic. Thanks for the lovely post.

Mac Mable said...

So delicate and so very pretty and adorable. Love the soft colours and the use of those wonderful stamps. Thank you for the step by steps and the fabulous inspiration x.

Words and Pictures said...

Utterly charming, Jennie... I'm relieved now that I didn't go for the chest of drawers option I considered! This is absolutely gorgeous in design and delivery.
Alison x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely stunning, Jennie,

Lucy x