The folks at the May Arts Ribbon Blog are having a Design Team Call, and as I LOVE ribbon, I have decided to submit the following projects for their consideration. Please wish me luck on my application for their team!
This first piece is a tutorial that I did for Scrapbooker's Paradise back in April. In my opinion, the beautiful silk ribbon bow pulled this whole project together and gave it that extra "ooomph" of elegance.
I wanted to make a "panoramic" matchbox similar to the panoramic eggs you see at Easter time. To begin, I picked my image from the beautiful Graphic 45 6'x6' paper "Sweet Sentiments". These images are about 2-1/2" x 4", so I needed a fairly large frame for my cut out ... Prima to the rescue! I then figured out the size my box needed to be, working from these two main elements.
I have made a template to show you how I created the match box. (Remember to "click' on it to make it larger.) If you have any questions about it, feel free to enter them in the "comments" box below and I will be sure to answer. (I'm going to be on holidays from April 3-13 though and am not sure if I will have an internet connection, so my answers might be later in the month.)
1) First cut your match box bottom out of regular cardstock, as per the template above.
2) Cut your outside wrap out of a heavier material, such as cereal box board. Score & fold (both the wrap and the bottom) on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines.
3) Glue the box bottom together.
4) Score and crease the wrap as you see below.
5) Cut a piece of patterned paper to fit the wrap and glue it down using a glue stick. (I used a piece of G45 "Botanical Tea" patterned paper for this part.) Important: if you're going to add a ribbon hanger as I did, glue it in between the cardboard and the patterned paper. Go over your folds again with a bone folder and make some nice creases.
6) Figure out where you are going to have your opening, mark it on the back.
7) Cut it out and ink the edges and folds of the wrapper with Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo.) (I didn't worry about how raggy mine looked, because I knew the frame would be covering it.)
8) See .... all pretty now!!
9) At this point I knew I was going to hang my matchbox, so it could no longer be a "sliding" matchbox. I glued it down to the wrapper, added a piece of patterned paper that was cut to fit the back, and then figured out the placement of my image and glued it down, centered behind the frame.
Those two "blocks" you see are pieces of packaging that I glued down to give the box more stability, so the top didn't collapse in. You could make yourself little boxes out of leftover cereal box and glue them down to serve the same purpose. When you have your box bottom looking the way you want it, you can fold the wrapper around it and glue the tab down.
10) Now comes the fun part ... go to town decorating!! I wrapped the edges of the box with some rose ribbon I had, then got busy with some Petaloo flowers and some baubles from my stash.
For the panorama inside, I added one of G45's lovely silver/white metal key hole pieces. The beautiful butterflies are cut from a piece of Bo Bunny "Primrose" patterned paper. I used VersaMagic "Pixie Dust" chalk ink to give the frame a pale pink colour.
To finish things off I added a bow from silk ribbon that I have at home. It drapes and ties beautifully. I have to confess though, I use my Zutter "Bow it All" to tie the bows because I am all thumbs when it comes to tying bows! :)
So, I hope you give this project a try. It looks so pretty hanging on the wall and reminds me that Spring really IS coming, even though it keeps snowing and snowing.
Have fun creating!
A piece of cereal box board
Click HERE to see how I created the ribbon border at the base.
Hanging Christmas ornament
Click HERE to see how to make it.
Shadow box to hold the hanging Christmas ornament.
Click HERE for instructions on making the shadow box.
Other Projects using ribbon:
Click on the picture to be taken to the post for further information.
Entered in Swirlydoos National Scrapbooking Day 2014
Also entered in Swirlydoos National Scrapbooking Day 2014