I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who follows my blog, visits for inspiration, or stumbles across me via Pinterest or Google. This is my 100th blog post! It’s been a labour of love over the past 6 months. I have learnt lots (widgets & blog code anyone?!), enjoyed challenging myself and delighted in knowing people are visiting. I have spent countless hours doing blog type things such as typing, photographing, watermarking, linking to my online store and researching (so many hours on Google & Pinterest!). I take my hat off to everyone that maintains a regular blog – they are hard work! But, like everything in life, the rewards for hard work are grand.
My thank you present for all the support from the blog world is a tutorial for a “matchbox” that fits (like a glove) a 220g Cadbury block of chocolate. Which, makes this project a perfect gift when you need something little but wow! for a friend, colleague, family member. They say chocolate is the best way to say anything. Here we go – I hope my written instructions make sense. I still haven’t been able to bring myself to make a video tutorial. [Lets put that one on the blog bucket list!]. If you’d like to see a video that shows how to make the matchbox base, I recommend the you tube video for Rachael’s 3D Matchbox Pop-Up card.
Note: Measurements are in inches.
Whisper White 12×12″ cardstock cut down to 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
Whisper White A4 cardstock cut down to 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 8″
Lullaby DSP – 3″ x 7 3/4″ (this will be available in 2014-15 catalogue)
Soft Suede cardstock – 6″ x 3 1/2″
Whisper White cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ plus scrap for flowers
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe & Blushing Bride
Marker: Crisp Cantaloupe
Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Petite Petals
Punch: Petite Petals
Framelits: Apothecary Accents
Adhesive of choice (Tombow, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip)
Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot
Simply Scored with Diagonal Plate
Instructions for Base:
1. Take 10 1/4″ square cardstock and your Envelope Punch Board (EPB). Line up your first side at 2 7/8″ – punch & score as far as you can before the board ends. Slide your cardstock to the left and punch & score again at 4″. Rotate your cardstock 180 degrees (so you are punching & scoring the opposite side). Line up at 2 7/8″ – punch & score, slide to the left, punch & score at 4″.
2. Using the diagonal plate, extend the partial score lines you just did in step 1 with the EPB to the edge of the cardstock for all 4 score lines.
3. Go back to your EPB. Select one of the sides without any punch marks. Line up one of the score lines with the score guide – punch & score. Repeat for the other three lines (line up with guide, punch, score).
4. The two score lines on each side will have made a little square in the corner – cut down one side of the square to form tabs (see photo below).
5. Fold the inner score line, then the outer score line on each side. With the flap folded along the outer score line, fold again to create the sides of your matchbox. The two large triangles will need trimming so they fit into the base.
6. Place glue dots on each tab and stick the tab to the inside of the short side you’ve just created. At this point it will start to look like a box.
7. Place adhesive (ie, Tombow) to flaps and stick them to the base of your matchbox. Your box base is now finished.
Instructions for Matchbox Case:
1. Place your 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ cardstock in your Simply Scored with the long edge along the main ruler. Score at 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 4 7/8″ & 5 5/8″.
2. Fold along your score lines.
3. Place Sticky Strip along the 1/2″ panel at the end and adhere to the opposite edge so that your cardstock forms a casing for your matchbox.
4. Feed your matchbox into the middle of your case.
Instructions for Embellishments:
1. Adhere DSP to Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock allowing an even border. Adhere this piece to the centre of the matchbox.
2. Create the sentiment panel using the largest die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set to cut and emboss. Your Big Shot sandwich should be: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Plate, Whisper White cardstock, framelit (flat side on top), Soft Suede Cardstock, Cutting Plate. This will cut the Whisper White and leave an imprint on the Soft Soft. Using your Paper Snips, fussy cut around the imprint using the outer edge of the embossed image as a guide.
3. Stamp your Happy Birthday sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe ink in the middle of the sentiment panel. Outline with your Crisp Cantaloupe marker (if desired – I like finished look edging with markers gives). Adhere to the Soft Suede mat you meticulously hand cut. Adhere this to the middle of the DSP.
4. Stamp & punch 2 Crisp Cantaloupe Petite Petals and 3 Blushing Bride Petite Petals. Adhere to the edge of the sentiment panel.
And you’re done! Put a block of chocolate into the matchbox (if there’s any left). Kelly x
Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 1st July 2014.