Matchbook Boxes For Holidays & More!
The holidays aren't that far away and we're already dreaming of lovely holiday home decor ideas! Today we're going to share some amazing ideas for decorating with our fabulous 8x8 Matchbook Boxes! Today's festive crafts include a whimsical Steampunk Spells Matchbook Box by Miranda Edney and a fabulous 12 Days of Christmas Matchbook Box by Annette Green! There's even a fun tutorial that Annette created to show you how to make your own holiday-inspired altered box! Today's post is filled with so much holiday cheer! We're going to have so much fun!
Lets begin by announcing this week's blog prize winner! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, the winner is...
-Mary Roccanti Meckling: "Ooh, another chance to win some great G45 products! I'm in...I'm in!!"Congratulations, Mary! Please email us with your shipping address at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize! Here is the fun Place in Time prize that Mary won this week! We have a new contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog. There's always a chance to win something wonderful! Stay tuned to our blog for another opportunity to win more wonderful Graphic 45 products!
And now it's craft time! We begin with this awe-inspiring altered 8x8 Matchbook Box by Miranda. This is such an incredible way to craft for Halloween with Steampunk Spells. Altered Matchbook Boxes are the perfect way to get creative with home decor! You can add so much holiday cheer to your home and have fun at the same time! Miranda added lots of fun fussy cut elements, cardstock embellishments and Metal Staples to this sweet creation. She definitely captured the fun spirit of Steampunk Spells! Here is what Miranda had to say about this breathtaking piece of home decor!
"I can’t say enough how much I LOVE this paper line! I was thrilled to be able to create this piece for CHA! It took me a few days , but I just love how it came out! I found this mask in my stash and thought it had to go with it! It is quite easy to cover these with paper, as long as you emboss the paper first. I did a ton of fussy cutting and adding “dimensionals” The inside part has a ton of layers. The hot air balloon was so easy to do, all you need is the shape to start with! I made the little train using chipboard with the stamped metal brads as the wheels. To form the tracks, I cut little pieces of chipboard and covered them with paper. The metal rails are all the ornate metal keys. I just cut the tops of the keys off to achieve the look i wanted. 32 keys in all hehe! Hope you like it!" -Miranda
Steampunk Spells- Fanciful Floral
Steampunk Spells- Nevermore
Steampunk Spells- Tick Tock
Steampunk Spells- Pumpkin Power
Steampunk Spells- Frightful Folly
Steampunk Spells- Beware
Steampunk Spells- Vintage Voyage
Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1
Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2
Steampunk Spells Banners
Graphic 45 Metal Staples:
Paper Mache Mask
And now we've got some fabulous inspiration featuring our new 12 Days of Christmas collection! This gorgeous creation features some fun techniques for creating a snowy effect in your holiday crafts. Want to know how it was made? Follow along with Annette's wonderful tutorial to create this enchanting 8x8 Matchbook Box! It's guaranteed to add stunning vintage-inspired charm to your holiday home decor! Take it away, Annette!
Even though I live in warm, sunny Florida I still wish for a snowy wintery season at times. The 8 x 8 matchbox made for a wonderful display for my snowy dreams. White frosted trees, snowflakes, sparkly baubles and tinsel with a white-wash of paint overall creates a perfect frosty scene to display in my home during the holidays.
Ornate Metal Box Feet
White Miniature Trees
Picket Fence Distress Paint
Perfect Pearls Spray
I began by painting the matchbox with White Gesso. You don’t have to paint the entire box, just the places where the paper won’t cover the box.
Cut “Ladies Dancing” paper 8 x 8 inches out of the center of the 12 x 12 sheet to line the inside of the box. Spread a thin coat of watered-down white acrylic paint across the surface, then spray with Perfect Pearls and let dry.
Use the outer frame from the paper you cut above and cut four pieces at 1 ½ x 8 ¼ inches. Miter the corners. Whitewash the paper and spray with Perfect Pearls.
Adhere papers to inner box and front of outer box. Also cut papers for sides and top of outer box and do the same white-wash treatment, then adhere. Adorn the frame of the box’s opening with a red/white strip cut from the Joyeux Noel sheet and miter the corners, then adhere.
Add tinsel around front of box and adorn the display with snowflake cuts, white trees, baubles and boxed feet. (The metal feet and the drawer pull were painted with gesso to coordinate with display colors.)
Light blue buttons with red twine clustered on top.
Large die-cut snowflake covered with Ladies Dancing paper and sprayed with Perfect Pearls, then layered with a snowflake rosette and vintage style button. Baubles dangle from thick wire suspended from the inner lid of the box.
Die-cut doily with layered snowflake rosette and vintage style button. Metal box foot painted with white gesso, then brushed with a light blue paint and sprayed with Perfect Pearls.
Light blue button cluster with red twine. Red velvet ribbon runs all around the box.
Metal label holder painted with red gesso, then rubbed away to distress. the word Joyeux was cut from a strip in the Joyeux Noel sheet and adhered behind the drawer pull’s opening.
Blue tinsel added around the perimeter was adhered with strong thick glue that dries clear. A hot-glue gun could also be used.
Small snowflake die-cuts are adhered in the background inside the box, popped up with foam tape to help them stand out more.
It's time for a very special Graphic 45 birthday announcement! We wanted to take a moment to wish a very happy birthday to the amazing Diane Schultz, CEO and Designer for Grpahic 45. Diane's birthday is tomorrow and we hope she has an incredible day!
Destined to make a substantial mark on the world
The life path of people born on September 14th is to learn to be more sensitive to the needs or feelings of others. Once they have found a way of influencing others without giving offence, their destiny is to make a truly original and substantial mark on the world.
This statement couldn't be more true for our fearless leader, Diane Schultz. As many of you know, Diane is the heart and soul behind Graphic 45. When starting G45, Diane set out to bring a sophisticated and elegant product line to be used without any limitations, birthing our motto: "Unique Papercrafting." All of us here would like to invite you to join us to wish Diane a Happy Birthday. Happy birthday to a brilliant artist, a loving mother and 'Grammy', and a caring and compassionate friend!
Wasn't that fun, G45ers?! We just love birthdays! We will be bringing you lots of holiday inspiration and cheer as this festive season approaches. Huge thanks to Miranda, Annette and Clare for their splendid work today. We also want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us. It is always such a joy for us to share the inspiration with you on our blog! Come on back and see us tomorrow for more craft inspiration and prize winner announcements! We wish you all a very happy day!
With Love and Pretty Paper,
Your Friends at Graphic 45