Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One last Summer Fling? Polaroid box - beach diorama (template)

First, Congrats to 'kksb' on being the winning bidder in the
Blogs 4 Boobies auction. Thank You ever so much!

And thank You all, more than I can say, for your kind comments & bids. You are the sweetest blog buddies ever! Another big thanks to Heather at Skipping Stones Design for all of her hard work organizing it.



And since Polaroids seem to be taking the crafty world by storm, I
wondered if you might enjoy one last little summer fling
with this new template...

Amber Ink polaroid box

...a Polaroid Beach Box.



I can just imagine making a diorama of the family by cutting out
some photos of kiddies & having them playing on the beach...
or
adding sand or little shells & stuff as a vacation memento box...
or
putting a photo inside the lid of the box & putting treats in there...
or
making a little Polaroid scrapbook book for inside the box.




The box measures just over 3-1/4" square.

The box & lid are both printed on 140lb watercolour paper, so that the
thin Polaroid frame is not too flimsy for a diorama box:

beach dirorama Amber Ink

But you could put acetate inside the lid of the box, instead of leaving it open.

The clothesline was made this way:

Step 1) Cut a piece of thin silver wire-about 5 inches long.
Step 2) Cut the bottoms from 2 mini skewers/toothpicks (to get the right length.)
Step 3) Wrap the wire around the toothpicks (eye-ball distance between them by wrapping one & holding it to the box.)
Step 4) Adhere the clothes to the clothes line with a nice strong glue.

...and to add the clothesline to the box:

Step 1) Pierce 2 holes in the sides of the box at the height of the wire.
Step 2) Thread each end of the wire into the holes.
Step 3) Adhere the ends of the wire to the outside of the box.
Step 4) Add a wee dab of glue to the toothpicks bottoms to hold them in place.
Step 5) To hide the wire ends, stick some cardstock panels on the outside of the box.




The 'itsy bitsy teeny weeny' swimsuits are just
1/4 of an inch to 1/2 an inch high:

clothesline detail
(I'm obsessed with mini things lately)

I coloured retro patterns on them with Prismacolor
pencil crayons & then used an eraser to try
to make them look sun-faded.


They come from this cute
accessory digi set at Amber Ink:

Day At The Beach Clothes set

The photo I used is from WikiCommons here
(a great resource for photos etc. that are in the public domain)Detroit_Photographic_Company_(0361)
[Other public domain beach postcards available here]






Polaroid Box BOTTOM:
(with the vintage beach postcard pasted &
primped & preened in Photoshop) ;)

Download the 'Polaroid Box BOTTOM'
as a PDF here on acrobat.com

or
To save this file:

In Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"


or
you can find this Polaroid Box BOTTOM as a PNG on Flickr here





Polaroid Box LID:


Download 'Polaroid Box LID'
as a PDF here on acrobat.com

or
To save these files:

In Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"


or
see Polaroid Box LID on Flickr here





Polaroid Box BOTTOM:
(NO score lines-just tick marks to show where to score)Link
Download the 'Polaroid Box BOTTOM
(plain no score lines)'
as a PDF here on acrobat.com

or
To save these files:
In Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"


orLinksee Polaroid Box BOTTOM plain
(no score lines)
on Flickr here





Polaroid Box BOTTOM:
(with score lines)
(left plain for your own photo)

Download 'Polaroid Box BOTTOM plain'
as a PDF here on acrobat.com

or
To save these files:
In Firefox/Chrome: right click on the image & choose "save link as"
Explorer: right click on the image & choose "save target as"



or
Add see Polaroid Box BOTTOM plain
(with scorelines here)
on Flickr here




Hope they're fun for You,

15 comments:

CharityHand said...

This is awesome! :)

Vee said...

Hi Mel,
You are so clever and so generous for sharing with us, thanks.
Vee xx

Tammy said...

This is so adorable! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Now to find time to make one ;)

Allison said...

How awesome is this? Love the BG and the line with those fab Amber Ink images are too cute. Love that your clothes even case a shadow!

Janelle said...

You are so extremely talented! Thank you once again for this great tutorial!

Dawn said...

oh...how CUTE is this!! I love it! and that old photo is just perfect! CLEVER YOU!!!

Glad C's dad seems some better! He could only improve with YOU two being there!!! Hope you get some "relax" time too.

MichelleMyBelle said...

Love this idea. Thanks for the tutorial and the box.

Amberbop said...

ALL HAIL, QUEEN OF WHIMSY!!!

Beth Norman said...

You are way too creative. I love how you incorporated a real photo. I haven't thought of that before.

Michelle*G said...

This is fabulous! Thank you for this!

cocotte bleue said...

absolutly irresistible !!

wendyp said...

Wow! This is amazing Mel! Thanks for sharing! And thank you for representing Team Orange! You have been AMAZING!

Pretty Shabby said...

So fantastic, memories of the summer.

Zlati said...

This is amazing Mel!Thank you for sharing the tutorial.A lot of time watching the box and wondering when I will have time to do. Today was my day. The box is ready, the difference is in the picture, I used sand, sea, waves and sky. Thanks again for the great idea.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Too cute, what a great printable template - thanks! I have this linked to my Summer printable art post too today!