Thursday, September 24, 2009

Project Designer? Me?

This is a shoebox project I made for the A Muse Addicts get together at Ink about It back on Sunday Sept. 20th. A rather large group of us came from around the state and even further to spend some time together and celebrate our love of all things A Muse.

For 10 Treat-Filled Halloween Matchbooks you need:

mono adhesive
foam tape
paper distresser
Black Dye Ink pad - I used Memento
Black Pigment Ink pad
- I used Colorbox Chalk

Stamps (all from the A Muse 2009 Halloween/Fall release)-
Open if you dare
Pumpkin basket
Happy Halloween

Paper & Embellishments-
1 pack of 10 A Muse 4-bar Slate solid note cards
1 pack of 10 A Muse 4-Bar Palm Green Solid note cards (cut one card into 10 1" x 2" rectangles)
2 sheets A Muse 8.5 x 11 in Vintage Orange (cut into 10 3.5" x 3.25" rectangles)
1 sheet A Muse 8.5 x 11 in Natural White (or whatever works well with Copic Markers)
3.5 yards of A Muse Orange polka dot ribbon (cut into 12" lengths, I was very generous with the amount)
Copic Marker # YR07 - Cadmium Orange

  1. Take a slate note card and put it color side up on the scor-pal so that the long side is against the ruler edge.
  2. Score your card at 1" and 6", repeat this for all 9 remaining cards.
  3. Fold the cards on your score marks so the fold at 1" is the flap to catch the matchbook lid and the one at 6" helps form the wide edge of the matchbook.
  4. Distress all edges of the slate cards with the paper distresser so that you can see the white of the card stock beneath it.
  5. Using the black pigment ink pad, distress (or flip according to Jenn :P) the edges of all 10 pieces of the vintage orange. You can do this as lightly or heavily as you prefer.
  6. Using mono adhesive, attach a distressed vintage orange piece to each card so that the left, top and right sides have an even amount of space between it and the card.
  7. Using the black dye ink pad, stamp the pumpkin basket on the vintage orange pieces.
  8. Stamp 10 images of the pumpkin basket on your piece of Natural White and color in with the Copic marker.
  9. Cut out each pumpkin basket you just colored (ignoring the handle part) and attach one to each of your cards with foam tape directly over the one on the vintage orange.
  10. Using the Black dye in pad, stamp Open if you dare on the 1" x 2" Palm green rectangles.
  11. Use the paper distresser on all sides of the green rectangles. Then, bend each of them so that they look crumbled.
  12. Attach the green rectangles to each card using foam tape.
  13. Flip open the matchbooks use mono adhesive to secure your favorite candy inside (I personally prefer Gummy Body Parts). Make sure to leave room at the top to stamp Happy Halloween above the candy.
  14. Finally, tie the orange polka dot ribbon around the bottom of the matchbook to secure the bottom flap and keep the matchbook from opening.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my first attempt at designing a little project. I had lots of fun working on it and getting it ready for the A Muse Addicts for last weekend. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me an email.

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