Saturday 1 December 2018

2018 #21 Matchbox Art: Under the Sea... with Zinski Art {by Helen Chilton}

 2018 Topic 21: Matchbox Art

On the blog today, a lovely fishy double-ended matchbox niche! And of course, Helen has her usual sneaky tricks to share, I love the tentacle-seaweed! ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you a piece of matchbox art, a large matchbox in fact to accommodate the wonderful Zinski fish. I love these stamps as they've got so much character! 

My matchbox creates an underwater scene, opening at both ends simultaneously. I had great fun working out the design and how to get it to open. As I had them out for another project I used one of Sheena Douglass's 3D embossing folders - I've fallen in love with them, they create such a deep impression and the Infusions settle nicely into the nooks and crannies of the design.

Here's my matchbox when it's closed - I've used the octopus tentacles for my seaweed at the back.

Then here it is open. I couldn't resist adding more dimension by having the long fish wiggling its way out of a porthole type aperture.

Cut the inner box in half. The two ends will be attached with a piece of ribbon so they can't pull out altogether.

Here's the embossing folder - a gorgeous design, just like waves.

Decide where you want the porthole.

To cover the box I used some kitchen towel that I'd used to mop up some inks in a previous project (knew it'd come in handy!).

Then I stamped a selection of fish and coloured them with inks.

Matchboxes are not made of very strong card so you have to be a bit careful that they don't buckle too much when inking or painting. Having said that, I think the size is very appealing. I've made a scene with mine, but you could make tiny books or cards to fit inside or even use them to store little treasures. You don't have to use them singly either - stack them up to make mini drawers or arrange them side by side to create a montage. Try combining different sizes.
Whatever you do, have fun!


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Lauren Hatwell said...

OMG! I LOVE it! You are SO clever Helen! Lx

Etsuko said...

Wow!! This is ingenious amazing idea Helen. I love the fish pop up of the hole and they look happy. So lovely project!! xx

Miriam said...

This is wonderful Helen. Great fun.

Susan Battensby said...

This is so lovely, great ideas.

geezercrafter said...

Fun project, love the porthole, ingenious.

Paper Wishes said...

Absolutely wonderful make! I think the way the fish weaves through the porthole is brilliant and the diorama effect is great very inspiring thanks so much. x

Mac Mable said...

Very creative and contemporary. Wonderful creation and thank you for the inspiration x.

laury55 said...

so all those fishes

Words and Pictures said...

This is such fun... I love the double-ended opening - a great trick!
Alison x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous and such fun, Helen,

Lucy x