I've altered a matchbox and created a mini-journal using images from our new Toy Emporium stamp set with a snowflake or two thrown in from our Snowy Woods set.
In preparation for this project, I used the Tim Holtz Matchbox Bigz die and created a matchbox. I stamped the sentiment and little Christmas girl from our Toy Emporium set, onto coffee stained mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival. I also have pieces of a master board trimmed to size to fit onto the top and inside of the matchbox.
Here's what the master board looked like before I started cutting it into pieces. I wanted to create a Christmas-y themed master board, and 'ugly Christmas sweater', is how this turned out! PERFECT!!
I distressed the matchbox a little bit more with Barn Door DI. I thought the Vintage Photo DI against the white was too severe, so I brought in more red to really make things festive!
I further decorated the box with paint circles made with a barrel of a pen, pencil eraser dots and spritzes of Distress Marker ink, finished with a wrapping of tissue tape and a piece of red & white trimming.
Before I started adhering everything into place, I ran each piece of the master board through my sewing machine to add a messy stitched border. When creating the mini-journal (I have yet to remember to take pictures when I'm putting one of those together!), I also ran that through my sewing machine to sew the inside pages together and to also add the fun zig-zag stitch as embellishment. OH--the binding of the book? It's a little piece of black duct-easy peasy!
I water colored 'little Christmas girl' with Distress Markers and my water brush, heat set and fussy cut with my finger knife. I also fussy cut the sentiment into word bands, inked with edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered onto the top of the matchbox.
I just love altering matchboxes and making these mini-journals. This little treasure is another fun mixed-media project that I learned how to do by taking an online class. I live in a pretty rural part of the U.S. with no craft/specialty stores to go to, to be able to learn new things. So, the next best thing is taking crafty classes online--Such a great investment and it sure does open up doors of creativity, not to mention creating new things to use your Artistic Outpost stamps with!!
As Christmas is just a few days away, and I won't be posting again until after the holiday has passed, I'd like to take this moment and say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
I hope today's mini project has brought a little bit of crafty Christmas joy and inspiration to you, just in case you do need to whip something up in a hurry--It's never too late!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Designer: Shari Trumbull
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