Monday 26 November 2018

2018 #21 Matchbox Art: Treasures with ESN {by Miriam Grazier}

 2018 Topic 21: Matchbox Art

To kick off the new topic Miriam has created a matchbox from her own stamped background card. Keeping to a limited palette has allowed her to personalise it perfectly! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a matchbox that I have made to use as a jewellery gift box for a Christmas present.

I love making my own gift boxes.  They add such a touch to a gift.  And for me it's even more special when I create a complete background to use for the box.  

There is something so appealing about collage and layering your favourite stamps.  I always worry whether it looks too busy or not busy enough but once the project is complete it always makes me smile.

I started my project by brayering on with Courtney's newbies: Koala, Mulled Wine and Blah Mange Fresco Acrylic Paints.

I then set about stencilling and stamping using Sara Naumann stencils and stamps.

Eclectica³ Sara Naumann Stencils PS113 and PS114

Eclectica³ Sara Naumann Stamps ESN29 and ESN31

I used colours that are not 'traditional' Christmas colours but I loved how they worked and looked together, but I thought these looked quite stylish and 'rich'. There is a link to a matchbox Template here on Leandra's Pinterest page. You can find them online in different sizes.

After the matchbox was die cut I decided to edge it using Mulled Wine Fresco Acrylic paint.  This framed the box.  

I also stamped and cut out the pine leaf.  This was then shaped and added to the top of the
box to create further decoration.

It really was great fun to create this match box.  The possibilities are endless.  You can really personalise the box for the recipient.  I really hope that I have encouraged you to create custom made matchboxes of your own - whether they are for gift boxes or for fun, they are great to make.  You can use whatever colour scheme you wish and I plan to create more of this using other colour schemes.  

Thank you for joining me this evening. You can see more details of how i made this project over on my blog.   I look forward to seeing your creations and inspiration.

To join our challenge and win a £50 PaperArtsy voucher:

Simply make something arty relevant to the topic, and link your creation from any social URL (eg. Instagram, Pinterest, Blog Post etc) sharing your original make to this challenge page.

The current topic link Topic 21: Matchbox Art will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, December 9th 2018, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

All links go in the draw to win a PaperArtsy voucher. Please make sure we can contact you as a prize winner - it helps if you share your contact info from the platform you opt to use.

Good Luck! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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Helen said...

That's so pretty, Miriam!

Corrie Herriman said...

How lovely ! Great start of the topic !
Corrie xx

PaperArtsy said...

Fabulous Miriam!! Such a perfect gift box!

Words and Pictures said...

Delightful, Miriam - such a pretty masterboard, and your finished matchbox is so festive. Love those fussy cut fir fronds - well worth the effort.
Alison x

Dianne said...

Perfect box for your gift! Love it xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous masterboard Miriam and a lovely matchbox perfect for your gift! x

Etsuko said...

Stunning your gift box Miriam,lovely idea!! xx

geezercrafter said...

Lovely gift box Miriam. Love how you have used the Mulled Wine, fab colour choice.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Miriam, I love the colours you have chosen!

Lucy x

Mac Mable said...

So much detail and gorgeous colours on one little box. Love the stamping etc and what a fabulous little box x

craftytrog said...

Love this Miriam, great colours! Xx

Raquel Burillo said...

So beautiful! What a great way to give a jewelry present! xxx