Monday, February 8, 2010

Fond Farewell: Mo Valentine's ATC matchbox

Edited to add: Ooops, added that liner (at the bottom with the templates.)
Migraine's are real brain suckers! LOL.

This tutorial was originally for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog,
but I wasn't well enough to finish it at the time.
Hopefully, it'll still hold an idea or two for ya...

LRG Cuttlebug_Challenge_#67Mel_McCarthy_ATC_matchbox

This post is also, unfortunately, a farewell post to Mo's Dream Team DT. I loved being part of one of Mo's Design Teams. (You've never met a more kindhearted bunch of ladies & I adore Mo madly!) ...but I'm consistently finding I have to be more realistic about how much work I can handle--ShEEsh! hey?

Of course, I'll continue to keep up with those super stars...
(and You're still sure to see many a Mo image here, since who can
resist her gorgeous art??? Not me!) :O)

You can visit Mo's fabulous gals through the sidebar links on Digital Pencil Too.
If you've never seen their work, you're sure to be delighted!
( There's Mo's Dream Team and Mo's Challenge Team too.)

LRG CROP Cuttlebug_Challenge_#67Mel_McCarthy_ATC_matchbox - Copy

This image was a free one from marvellous Mo who shares SO much digital love!
(Details on where to find other surprise (limited time freebies) are below in the Materials list...)

edited to add: Looking for the image?
Now, you can find Bella hearts Bronte available for purchase here.

ATC Valentine's Box

For the box:
  • Match Box templates (linked below)
  • Strathmore 100lb Bristol Vellum, & BasicGrey Gypsy paper
  • Scoring & cutting tools, Provo Craft Cuttlebug folder Plum Blossoms,
  • Copic Markers, White Acrylic Paint, Scrap of cardstock (to apply paint)
  • Sandpaper, cloth to clean dust, double-sided tape
For the image:

The ATC match box bottom & liner:

A) Print, score, cut, & assemble the ATC match box bottom.

B) print the liner (on the back of patterned paper) cut it out & trim it

C) Dry fit the liner into it & trim it, if need be.

The ATC match box cover & the image

Step 1) Print the matchbox outside, cut, & score it.

Step 2) Dry fit & trim the outside of the match box.

Step 3) Cuttlebug emboss the cover of the match box. This is the new Provo Craft Plum Blossoms folder.

Step 4)
Roughly colour the raised embossing (This colouring went really quickly with the broad chiseled of Copic markers for fast coverage.)

No need to colour perfectly, as you can see by this sloppiness:

The painting step will clean up the look a lot & mute bold colours...

Step 5) Apply paint with a scrap of cardstock, or however you like (I applied in circles & also used my hand to smooth is into the grooves, but you can use a rag or paintbrush if you're not a messy freak like me.)

Step 6) Let the paint dry & sand the raised least, let the paint dry mostly LOL. I've never tried this with the paint dried for an extended period of time, since I'm too impatient. ;o) to sand it, I used a scrap of 150 grit sandpaper.

Step 7)
Clean off the dust from sanding.

Step 8) Cut strips of 12x12 patterned paper (to match the inside liner of the box) and dry fit them--to get the spots to fold & to trim them to length

Step 9)
Adhere the strips to cardstock (I used the same light turquoise coloured cardstock as the box bottom)

Step 10)
Trim the strips, pierce & stitch them if you like & adhere them to the ends of the matchbox cover.

Step 11) Print, emboss, & colour Bella Hearts Bronte. For more details on how to emboss a digital image from an ink jet printer with matte medium please see this post.

Step 12)
Adhere Bella to a heart (This cute ruffle-edged heart from one of Mo's other swwet Valentine images Cupid in Love; I added Glitzy Glass glitter to it.)

Step 13)
Glue a bow onto bella's hair (this is tied embroidery thread) .

Step 14)
Adhere Bella & Bronte to the box top.

...and there you have it...

(Please click these blogger photos if you like a large view)

This matchbox measures 2 and 3-4inches x 3 and 3-4 inches
(and it's 1 and 1/8 inch tall)

Took a while to get the fit of the lid for this, just right so it slides free nicely. (I've never made a matchbox before) But now I'm finally happy with how it sits, so hopefully you will be too!

the matchbox inside:

Templates for direct printing (no dotted line "mess"
but there are tick marks for easy scoring):

Matchbox template INSIDE JPG
Matchbox template INSIDE PDF

Score guides: (with dotted lines):

Matchbox Score Guide INSIDE JPG
Matchbox Score Guide INSIDE PDF

the matchbox outside:

Templates for direct printing
(no dotted line "mess"
but there are tick marks for easy scoring):
Score guides: (with dotted lines):
the match box LINER:

Templates for direct printing (Liner with no dotted line "mess"
but there are tick marks for easy scoring):
Liner with Score guides: (with dotted lines):

Click to check out the fab Valentine's ATCs made by
the Cuttlebug Challenge Team with the Provo Craft Asian line:

Thanks for taking time to stop in today!
See you tomorrow,

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Unknown said...

Que bonita, haces unas cosas preciosas. Besos.

Karen W said...

Beautiful and thanks for the tutorial.

Dawn said...

too stinkin cute! love that new folder! fab job as usual kiddo! hope you feel wonderful today! xoxo

lilscrappers said...

too lovely! I agree, Mo's images are too good to resist. I love that new folder...gonna haveta buy :( I think this wee box is on my list of to do's...I just started playing with ATC's. Did you template the liner??

Leslie Hanna said...

It's the "wait til it's dry" part where I fail. I have no patience AT ALL. Cute project!

Tiffany said...

This is such a cute idea!! I have looked everywhere for that Basic Gray: Gypsy paper with no luck... Anybody know where to get it?

Janiel/ janny said...

THis is ADORABLE!!!! Wonderful tutorial.
Have a great week. Janiel

Tatanky said...

I just love all the detail of your work everything you made is fabolous !

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW this is just gorgeous!!! Love your fresh colours! I too am a HUGE Mo fan - sorry to hear you're leaving the team!

L.A. said...

As always your work never ceases to amaze me! Going to skip over to Mo's and get some digital images!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Box, Purses, etc. post on Feb. 08, 2010. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

Limarea said...

Great templates, thank you :)

scrappermimi said...

This is the cutest box ever!

Kim Etherington said...

Sweet little box. Gosh you must have the patience of a saint to do all these detailed little projects. I'd be swearing and cursing with glue stuck all over me.

June Houck said...

There is no end to your amazing creativity, Mel. I can't create AT ALL with a regular headache, and a migraine keeps me in bed hating any glimmer of light or whisper of sound. You are a super star in all that yo do. I am always in awe of you :)

Barbara said...

Adorable Mel!! What a sweet image and perfectly colored! Love the matchbox--thank you so much for the template!

Erum Tasneem said...

he mel! how have you been! im back and hav started creating again! took my time eh? lol gorgeous work as always... need i say more? the image is really cute and i love the sparkle.

Hannah said...

That is sooooo cute!!! What a neat idea!!

Pretty-In-Ink said...

Fabulous project! Thank you for sharing!

Deepa Gopal said...

Hey Mel

WOnderful fun the cute art.

Whats cuttlebug embossing???
Would like to knw abt it.

Advance Valentine's Day Wishes:))

ps: do chk out my simple ideas for Valentines'

Mary said...

Wow beautiful job. TFS

Elena said...

What a sweet match box! I love your custom made DP! It looks amazing! And your hand stitching is so neat! Thank you so much for sharing the template!

Donna Espiritu said...

thank you for the tut and the template!