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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Victorian Matchbox designed for That's Crafty




When I saw these Lost Coast designs doll stamps I knew they would be ideal for an altered matchbox. I have never made one before and have seen quite a few on other blogs so was inspired to have a go. I imagined a Victorian child playing with this.

I started by painted the whole box with black gesso. Then I stamped the doll stamps on white stamping card and coloured with distress inks and watercolours. I place the matchbox onto the stamped card and drew around it then cut out and glued in place with matte medium. I sanded the edges down, then buffed the edges with distress ink in black soot. I also lined the inside of the box. I added a Tim Holtz hitch fastener to the draw, then I stamped and cut out two of the dolls and placed inside the draw with some lace.





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Happy Crafting xx


24 comments:

Fliss said...

This is gorgeous Paula. Your stamping is fabulous and the black gesso under layer adds a lovely shabby look to your altered creation.
Great stamps too.
Hugs, Fliss xx

florenceandfreddie said...

Oooooo! Simply gorgeous. Lovely idea Paula.
Florence xx

Paula Whittaker said...

wow thats gorgeous!

Dots Dabbles said...

Wow Paula...this is stunning!
Dot x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic box, love all the details on it.

Zuzu's Blog said...

Oooooooo so nice..
and you didnt join in with the matchbox swap!!!!
shock horror.

(i wouldnt want to part with t if I was you. way too gorgeous. so its just as well you didnt join the swap lol)

Sue C said...

Gorgeous project Paula, I absolutely love the idea and your stamping is stunning as usual. Sue C x

Samantha Read said...

OMG Paula, totally awesome!
Wishing you a lovely day xxx

Katie K said...

Paula,
This is beautiful!! Love every detail.
Hugs,
Katie

Astrid Maclean said...

You have the most wonderful stamps Paula, these ones are just so lovely and what you have created with it is stunning!

Ann B said...

Thought I had lost my marbles there for a moment Paula as I saw this post and made a comment this morning but no-where to be seen. Then I realised I had commented on the That's Blogging Crafty site and not your own blog so: -

"Love your matchbox Paula. I have done a few in the past but not for ages now but just signed up to a Facebook swap and I had thought to use a hitch fastener as well. Mine is just in the 'painted' stage at the moment."

Ann B
xx

Sid said...

Ohhh that's fab !!

lynne said...

Hi Paula
Sorry I have not visited before now. I see I have much to catch-up with such as this adorable matchbox. Aren't they fun to alter (and so inexpensive!!). Those stamps are perfect and I love the idea of tucking the little stamped dolls inside.
Wishes
Lynne

Deborah said...

Gorgeous matchbox, Paula. Now I'll have to think of a different way to use the dolls :-)

craft-roomjulia said...

I adore this Paula, what a wonderful idea, I love how you have stamped onto paper then attached,just so clever. Julia xx

Sandra's Spot said...

This is soooooo beautiful I just love it. Sandra X

Gillian .... said...

Gorgeous project Paula x

My name is Cindy said...

Perfect project, an absolute delight!

Maria said...

This is stunning Paula, I love the aged/vintage look you've given it. I do like LC stamps, and these dolls are gorgeous and perfect for this little box.

Maria x

Candy C said...

Your victorian matchbox is awesome! I love the doll stamps and how you've used and colored them to make such a cool little box! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Redanne said...

Hi Paula, I think I am stuck for words on this project - stunning, gorgeous just don't seem enough! What an amazing project.....

ellen vargo said...

Your matchbox is gorgeous! So elegant! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Ellen :)

MD said...

**** que des bravos
superbe*

Annie said...

Hi Paula this is a fab creation and hard to believe it was once a matchbox. I love the stamps and colours you have used. Lining the drawer with lace and paper dolls just finishes this piece beautifully. Thanks for sharing and good luck in your challenge. Having viewed your creations I have became a new follower. Hope you will follow me too. Happy crafting........Annie :)